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Confronting Uncertainty


This annual event brought together manufacturing industry leaders to discuss what businesses are doing to remain on top during a tumultuous economy and how to build a strong foundation for continued success.

If you missed the live event, a recording may be found below.


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Our Presenters

Thomas Alongi | National Manufacturing Partner | UHY LLP

Thomas Alongi | National Manufacturing Partner | UHY LLP

Thomas Alongi is the lead partner overseeing audits of public and private companies for UHY’s Audit and Assurance Department. For more than twenty years, Tom has given invaluable financial advice to both public and private clients, with a primary focus on companies looking to maximize shareholder value through acquisitions, profit enhancement, restructuring, and ultimately exiting their investment.

Tom is the leader of the firm’s National Manufacturing Practice and a member of the National Transaction Services Group, where he performs financial and operational due diligence, and has led a significant number of transactions over the past several years. He’s hosted several conferences and authored numerous articles for various manufacturing and accounting publications for UHY and outside the firm.

John Augustine | Chief Investment Officer | Huntington National Bank

John Augustine | Chief Investment Officer | Huntington National Bank

John has spent over 30 years as an investment manager, investment strategist and economic strategist for various financial institutions. He joined Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington Bank in May 2014 as Chief Investment Officer for the Huntington Private Bank®. In this role, he oversees more than $26 billion in assets under management.

Prior to joining Huntington, John was with Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati for 16 years in many roles, including senior portfolio manager, mutual fund manager, equity team leader, investment strategist and economic strategist. He also has worked at Star Banc in Ohio, Heritage Trust and Asset Management in Colorado, and IDS Financial Services in Colorado.

John is a former president and board member for the Dayton Society of Financial Analysts and was a long-time adjunct professor in the graduate school at the University of Dayton. He was also a part of the Global Asset Management Education forum offered through Quinnipiac University every spring in New York City to 1400 college students from throughout the U.S. and overseas.

John holds the professional designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University. He also is a graduate of the Midwest Bankers Association Trust School. He frequently shares his insights with the national media, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Reuters, Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg, among others.

Charles Clevenger | Principal | UHY Consulting

Charles Clevenger | Principal | UHY Consulting

Charles Clevenger is a principal in UHY Consulting, providing operational excellence solutions that strengthen and transform organizations. His specialties include complex supply chain, procurement strategy and structure, operations management, and total value management analysis, and solutions. He also has significant experience collaboratively integrating these areas into the overall business to optimize performance and financial results.

Charlie brings more than thirty five years of industrial experience, including over 20 years of executive level global experience in the areas of supply chain management, procurement, operations management, program management, and business leadership while living in North America, Europe, and China.

Tony Spielberg | Manufacturing Ambassador | Cambridge Air Solutions

Tony Spielberg | Manufacturing Ambassador | Cambridge Air Solutions

Tony Spielberg is a visionary leader and strategic advisor with a blend of luxury retail and manufacturing operations expertise and 20 years of experience developing highly influential global brands.  Often recognized as an industry disruptor, Mr. Spielberg proudly embraces this moniker as he revolutionizes the manufacturing space by driving engagement and relationships to grow topline revenue.

Mr. Spielberg was appointed as Manufacturing Ambassador for Cambridge Air Solutions in 2020. In this role, he has introduced hundreds of manufacturers to Cambridge and engaged over 2,500 unique guests through facility tours within the first year. Highlighting the expertise of each team member, he has created a synergy that has elevated the culture and engaged the community at large. Mr. Spielberg has hosted and presented at numerous international manufacturing events including the Center for Supply Chain Excellence, Saint Louis University’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and the Parkway Spark Entrepreneurial Program

Recognized for his exceptional business acumen focused on disruptive leadership and overhauling the leadership paradigm, Mr. Spielberg was appointed to the Association of Manufacturing Excellence and NAM Manufacturing Leadership Council boards of directors.  In addition, he is frequently profiled as a thought leader who possesses a unique blend of operations and branding experience. Mr. Spielberg has delivered numerous keynote addresses, presentations, and articles on pivotal topics that influence manufacturers throughout the country.  Active in leadership development, Mr. Spielberg recently spoke to the Missouri Association of Manufacturing on supply chain. Mr. Spielberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Maryville University.

John Basso | President and Owner | Diversified Tooling Group

John Basso | President and Owner | Diversified Tooling Group

John J. Basso is the president and owner of Diversified Tooling Group. The Diversified Tooling Group is a full-service engineering and manufacturing company servicing automotive, defense, heavy truck, infrastructure, rail and foundries.

John is a former Board of Director for the Center for Automotive Research and the past president of the Venetian Club of Mutual Aid. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Detroit.

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