Project Lead The Way President to Deliver Opening Day Keynote at Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

February 6, 2014 McLean, VA … AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to announce that Vince Bertram, President, Project Lead The Way, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, September 8, opening day of the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. 

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest industrial trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors and featuring 1,900 exhibitors. The Smartforce Student Summit is held in conjunction with IMTS and gives students a first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry.

“The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is a great way to introduce young people to the exciting innovations in manufacturing technology,” said Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development, AMT. “We want students as well as parents and educators to understand that today’s manufacturing industry is vastly different than 20 years ago. The program will emphasize the importance of STEM education in pursuing high-value careers in today’s high-tech manufacturing facilities.” 

“Asking Vince Bertram to kick off the Smartforce Student Summit seemed like a natural fit and AMT is honored that he has agreed to take part,” Jones said.

Project Lead The Way reaches more than 600,000 students in over 5,000 schools nationwide. Its five programs of study offer a different approach to learning and teaching, empowering students to identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

I am thrilled to participate in the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS,” Bertram says. “Promoting and encouraging students to pursue outstanding career opportunities, especially those in the high-tech, high-demand world of manufacturing fits very well with the mission of Project Lead The Way to prepare students for the global economy. Bertram will present a keynote address titled “Building America’s Future: Students, STEM, and the Global Economy,” discussing the role of STEM education in equipping students with the skills and experiences that will prepare them for success in their education and careers.

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., September 8-13, 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. More information is available at, including program details, a calendar save-the-date, and registration for additional notifications about the event.




AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit


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