The SEA Supplier CEO Conference will take place in conjunction with the IMTS show



SEA board member Steve Barton of
Esterline Corporation /Kirkhill-TA networks with suppliers at the June SEA Supplier CEO Conference



SEA board member Paul Dymond of Bodycote Thermal Processing and Bobbie Goodwin of Orcon Corporation at the June SEA Supplier
CEO Conference



SEA Chairman Michael Beason and EADS North America Test & Services President, James Mulato



June ’08 SEA Supplier CEO Conference SEA Board 1st Vice President Host Donald Beverlin, Vice President, Supply Management, The Cessna
Aircraft Company



SEA Board member John Saliture, Director of Supplier
Quality for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, and
David J. Hilton, COO for Synchronous Aerospace,
at the June SEA Supplier CEO Conference Reception



SEA Board President Rick Behrens and SEA Outreach
Committee Co-Chair, Ray Wersel, both of the Boeing



SEA Board Vice President Bill Hayden, Director Supplier Quality & Development for Honeywell Aerospace networks with suppliers at the June SEA Supplier CEO Conference



SEA Staff members Petrina De Chine and Kelly Gaskins
at the SEA Supplier CEO Conference in June ’08 at The Cessna Aircraft Company


Summer 2008


SEA and Lockheed Martin team up for the
September 2008 SEA Supplier CEO Conference

Hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation in Chicago  
SEA and Lockheed Martin Corporation are teaming up for a Supplier CEO Conference that will take place in Chicago on Thursday, September 11, 2008. The Conference will be held in conjunction with the major IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show), the place to see the latest in manufacturing technology in North America. The bi-annual IMTS event will be held in McCormick Place, with the SEA Conference taking place in the West Building at McCormick Place.  A Reception for SEA Supplier CEO Conference attendees will take place on the evening of September 10, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Blackstone Hotel.

Keynote Speaker Vincent Volpe, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dresser-Rand Group, will headline an agenda that focuses on important industry developments.  

To register, go to  

July 28-August 1, 2008 – SEA Leader Certification
SEA Headquarters, Irvine, CA  
Guide your company on the journey to continuous improvement using the SEA Lean Enterprise System, the continuous improvement system designed by and for the aerospace/defense industry.  In this in-depth, five-day workshop participants will gain a full understanding of the SEA Lean Enterprise System, the SEA Roadmap, and how to prepare your company for SEA Certification.  Those who should attend include CEOs, Senior Operations and Quality executives and Champions for implementation of the SEA Lean Enterprise System.  

For more information, go to

2008 SEA Calendar of Events  
September 11 – SEA Member Conference
hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation, Chicago, IL  

November 11 – SEA Golf Event & Supplier Reception
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California

November 12 – SEA Member Conference
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California  

November 12 – SEA Awards Gala
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California  


SEA Supplier CEO Conference at Cessna Aircraft Company a big success
Thanks to the efforts of Don Beverlin, Cessna VP for Supply Chain Management, the entire Cessna organization for hosting the SEA Supplier CEO Conference in Wichita in mid-June.  Special thanks also go to SEA Sponsors Big Kaiser Precision Tools, IMTS, and SEA Gold Sponsor, Mori Seiki.  The Conference was attended by over 300 executives from supplier organizations and prime contractors.  

NDIA recognizes SEA  
SEA and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) have established a cooperative agreement that will focus on advancing the mutual goals of the two organizations. NDIA is the leading defense industry association promoting national security, the application of cutting-edge technology, superior weapons, equipment, and training to support a responsive government-industry national security team.  

Nominations now open for Annual SEA Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Awards  
The SEA Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Awards are open to all aerospace and defense supplier organizations, whether or not they are a SEA member company.  The Awards process is designed to recognize the best of the best suppliers and highlight best practices leading to outstanding business performance.  Award categories include:  

SEA Leadership & Culture Award
SEA Workforce Development Award
SEA Operational Excellence Award
SEA Performance Award: Most Improved
SEA Supply Chain Innovation Award
SEA Customer of the Year Award
SEA Richard Hall Award for Leadership Excellence  

Award recipients will be determine by a panel of independent judges who will use the SEA Roadmap Criteria to evaluate supplier applications.  The SEA Roadmap is the process standard for four critical areas of a supplier’s organization:  Leadership & Culture, Workforce Development, Operational Excellence, and Business Results.  Awards will be announced at the Awards Gala to be held November 12, 2008 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area).  

For an overview of each award category and to download a Nomination Form, please go to  

SEA CEO Conferences consistently rate high with attendees  

The graphic above is based on attendee feedback at SEA CEO Conferences.  These data support the value gained by suppliers participating in the Conferences.  Over 80% of all attendees responding rated every aspect of the Conference above average.

New directors and officers elected to the SEA Board of Directors and SEA Advisory Board  
Steve Barton,
President & CEO of Esterline Kirkhill-TA Co., C. Caldwell Hart, Jr., Director, Strategic Commodity Management for Dresser-Rand, and Steve Richards, Director of Procurement, EADS North America Test and Services were elected to the SEA Board of Directors.  Current board member, Frank Thompson, Group Vice President, Supply Chain Management, for Parker Aerospace was elected Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee.  William Alderman, Founder and President of Alderman & Company Capital.   was elected to the SEA Board of Advisors.  


Did you know…?  
SEA is the non-profit alliance of leading aerospace and defense primes and tier-one contractors and leading sub-tier suppliers dedicated to transforming the U.S. supply chain.  SEA helps suppliers improve performance, expand capabilities, and collaborate to produce breakthrough, integrated supply chain solutions.  

SEA Sustaining and Regular member companies include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Inc., Barry Controls Defense and Industry, Micropac Industries, Sikorsky, Bodycote Thermal Processing, Midwest Metal Products, Synchronous Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft Company, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Textron, Inc., Cristek Interconnects, Inc., Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Torotel Products, Inc., Dresser-Rand Group, Orcon Corporation, United Technologies Corporation, DRS Technologies, Parker Aerospace, Esterline Corporation, Perfekta, Inc., Hamilton Sundstrand, Photo Etch Company, Hitco Carbon Composites, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell Aerospace, Roberts Tool Company, EADS North America and Smiths Aerospace.    

SEA sponsors include Mori Seiki and PacMin.


SEA partners and alliances include: Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, California Employment Training Panel, California Space Authority, UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T).  

Contact Information  
For further information and answers to your questions about SEA, please contact:  

Headquarters: 2062 Business Center Drive, Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612
SEA Website:
Main telephone:
(949) 476-1144 Ext 339
Executive Director:
Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307 <>
Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 316 <>
Director, Small Business: David Blanco Ext 334 <>
Director, Events & Sponsorships: Petrina De Chine Ext 305 <>