Rob Risany

Rob Risany, IoT Connected Analytics Executive in IBM Watson IoT, leads IBM’s Connected Analytics business in North America. With more than 20 years of experience in various technologies, from enterprise integration to data warehousing, business intelligence and advanced analytics, Rob is a hands-on practitioner as well as leader in helping others learn how to use analytics and IOT technology to disrupt traditional business models and create new sources of revenue.

Rob guest lectures at the University of Southern California and the University of Missouri, and is on the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Chicago’s Master’s in Analytics program (MScA)

Vlad Bacalu

Vlad has extensive hands-on experience in creating and implementing maintenance strategies to support operation’s needs and improve corporate bottom line performance through driving reliability improvements.  He has over 20 years of maintenance and reliability experience in manufacturing and process industry.

Vlad is an active member of SMRP, currently the Secretary of the SMRP Board of Directors, and Past Chair of SMRPCO. He holds the CMRP, CMRT & CAMA certifications. Vlad has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, is a certified and practicing Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a member of IEEE.

Shon Isenhour 

Shon specializes in Adult Education, Business Process Management, Strategic Planning, Organizational Change Management, Leadership, Asset Management and Reliability Engineering and has lead improvement initiatives for industries such as pharmaceuticals, metals, petrochemical, paper, and power generation, among others. Shon has been asked to speak at numerous professional conferences on these topics in the US as well as Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Shon is an engineering graduate of North Carolina State University and has become an expert in the implementation of holistic reliability solutions using tools such as Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA), as well as Six Sigma and Lean to drive significant bottom line results.

Shon is a Past Chairman of the National Board and past Director of Education for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and is a past committee vice chairman in the area of benchmarking. Shon also serves on the boards of other global asset management and Training and Development organizations such as GFMAM, ATD, and WPiAM. Shon is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), and has been certified by Prosci and Colorado State University as a Change Management Professional.


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Florian Buder

Florian Buder holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Munich, Germany and an MBA from John Molson School of Business (Concordia University), Montreal. He has 12 years of experience in the industrial maintenance and reliability world.

Florian Buder specialized in Reliability Centered Maintenance. Following his work terms in Germany and Australia and completing his thesis at BMW during his graduate studies, Florian Buder joined PRUFTECHNIK AG located close to Munich, Germany, as a Service- and Application Engineer in 2005. He conducted customer training, installations, commissioning and executed field machinery services related to PRUFTECHNIK’s products and technology worldwide. In 2008, he was appointed Condition Monitoring Division Manager of PRUFTECHNIK’s operation in Montreal, Canada where his mandate was to train the sales team, coordinate customer activities and promote the Condition Monitoring product line of PRUFTECHNIK in Canada. In 2010, he was appointed Managing Director of the Canadian operation of PRUFTECHNIK and in 2015 CEO for all North American PRUFTECHNIK operations. He is reporting directly to the Director/President of the company in Germany and is managing a team of around 50 employees and 24 partner companies in the region. His key mandate is to structure and organize PRUFTECHNIK in North America and improve channel management while driving profits throughout the country.

Florian Buder has a strong background in competitive sports with soccer and tennis being areas in which he has excelled. He enjoys a lot of other sports such as skiing, bike riding, playing golf and also loves spending time with his spouse, family and friends.

Tom Carr, CMRP, CMRT

Tom Carr demonstrated his technical expertise at a young age by graduating with honors from a 24-month welding certification program in 15 months. He was immediately hired by a major manufacturing company where he worked as a Maintenance Mechanic for 18 years. In 2000 he was promoted to a Mechanical Maintenance Instructor for 165 technicians. When Tom was selected in 2001 for the original team of 24 instructors to rollout the “Precision Maintenance” program company-wide, he was very pleased with the opportunity to develop his coworkers to their full potential and grow profits for his employer. In 2002 his role expanded to also include curriculum development and he created the content for classes in bearings, laser alignment, packing and mechanical seals, three of his specialty areas. He traveled to seven other mill locations training maintenance teams until 2003 when he was promoted to Maintenance Training Coordinator for his mill. In 2004 he was promoted again to Maintenance Supervisor for an 18-21 member team. In 2009-2010, he was selected to serve on an engineering reliability team tasked with creating preventive maintenance routes. In 2011 he joined Reliability Solutions to return to developing maintenance teams in all aspects of “Precision Maintenance” and contribute his 27+ years of expertise to client companies.

Expertise & Client Contributions
• Aligning, rebuilding, and repairing rotating equipment using advanced technical expertise in bearings, packing/mechanical seals, and laser alignment.
• Instructing managers, maintenance teams, craftsman, and engineers on all aspects of “Precision Maintenance” including operational benefits.
• Serving as a consultant and adviser for clients’ management and leadership teams regarding the implementation of “Precision Maintenance” programs and the internal cultural changes and commitments required.
• Developing “Precision Maintenance” course content and manuals.
• Building individual skills and confidence of maintenance teams as viewed in classrooms, acknowledged on instructor course evaluations, and confirmed through post-training communication.
• Helping clients reap the significant financial, environmental, employee development and competitive benefits of “Precision Maintenance” that he has witnessed in numerous corporations.

Credentials & Professional Development
• Certified Welder, Wallace State Community College, honor graduate-2 year program
• Certified Industrial Maintenance Technician, John Patterson Technical college, honor graduate-3 year program
• Extensive training over 28+ years in: welding, various bearings, laser alignment, pumps, packing and seals, dial indicator alignment, rotating equipment, and manufacturer-specific industrial equipment.

Chris Colson, CMRP

Chris is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) and served as SMRP’s M&RK Body of Knowledge Committee Chair from 2010 through 2014. Chris joined Allied Reliability in January of 2006 because he shared Allied’s passion for Maintenance and Reliability. Chris is the co-author of the book “Clean, Green, & Reliable – How equipment reliability delivers low cost, energy efficient assets to plants around the world”. As Director of Operations, he is responsible for continuously improving and expanding Allied’s capabilities and offerings to provide additional value to their customers.

Chris has over 16 years of experience across industries including primary metals, mining, food & beverage, power generation, pulp and paper, automotive, and pharmaceutical. Primarily, his focus has been in engineering, reliability, design, maintainability, and energy management. He understands the challenges that companies face and has a tremendous ability to design innovative solutions that work for them. Besides expert skills and a strong drive to succeed, he makes improving asset health an enjoyable venture. Chris’s exceptional abilities in these areas have set him apart and he is considered among his peers to be a trusted resource in this field.

Beyond Chris’s contributions as a consultant and director, he has taught and spoke at numerous seminars/conferences and written multiple articles to help educate thousands of engineers and maintenance personnel worldwide on Maintenance & Reliability and Energy Management best practices.

Specialties: Management, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Power Quality Analysis, Infrared Thermography, Motor Circuit Analysis, Industrial Controls, and Energy Efficiency.

Terry Harris

Terry Harris is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP), certified through The Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP). I have worked in the manufacturing/process industry for 26 years for a fortune 100 company. During this time I was devoted to maintenance area efforts with most of my career being focused on improving the reliability of the plant and other U.S. and European locations.

Along with working as the facility Maintenance and Reliability leader, I was involved with many corporate wide projects to cut costs and improve equipment reliability. For many years I’ve focused my efforts in applying my knowledge to critical pieces of equipment and processes in a wide variety of industries with excellent results. I’ve performed training in the U.S., Canada, China, Dubai, Egypt, Europe, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South America, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, as well as many other worldwide locations.

Joe Anderson, CMRP

Joe has over 20 years experience in maintenance and management excellence in various industries and plants throughout the United States. He has published and lectured throughout the United States in these areas. He is a CMRP, CRL, CARO, MLT1, MLA1, LSSGB, IAM-55k, and was recognized as one of the top 50 leaders in the country by the United States Congress, being awarded the National Leadership Award.

Joe is currently the Reliability Manager at the Schwan’s Food Plant in Salina, KS. In his previous role as Reliability Manager at Smucker’s, he took the plant form 12% downtime to 1.5%, grew their OEE 13.5%, and realized cost savings of over $1,500,000. He can be contacted at with any questions or comments.


Randi Price, PhD

Randi is a senior applications chemist for Spectro Scientific.  She earned a B.S. from Purdue University in 2006 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Florida in 2013 with a focus on spectroscopy and instrumentation.

Charles Strickland

Charles is Special Projects Coordinator & CMMS Administrator, joined B&W Growers in 2012 to spearhead the company’s CMMS initiative. Strickland previously worked at NEFCO and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, and acted as a military electrician in coast guard, then a civilian electrician for five years.

Greg Perry

Greg Perry has over 15 years experience working in providing leadership in CMMS Maintenance & Operational “best practices”. As a Certified Reliability Leader and seasoned CMMS practitioner, Greg is dedicated towards helping clients navigate their CMMS / Reliability journeys with a broad base of world class maintenance reliability, asset management, project management, and consultative experience.