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Investment Director, Portfolio Strategy

Boeing HorizonX

Beckett Jackson is the investment portfolio director and strategist for an organization that is shaping the future for Boeing and the aerospace industry. Boeing HorizonX explores opportunities through strategy and experimentation with business models for emerging aerospace applications, leveraging nontraditional partnerships and a venture fund that invests in early-stage startups focused on aerospace and industrial innovations. Jackson manages the portfolio for a team focused on identifying early-age startups that are developing revolutionary concepts around the world. Boeing HorizonX Ventures provides funding to chosen startups, connecting them with a global network of resources to get their ideas off the ground, and shape the future for Boeing and the aerospace industry. In his role with the Ventures team, Jackson seeks to identify technology and business model focus areas that will play a role in transforming the aerospace industry, creating new markets or product offerings, or producing productivity gains for Boeing.

He brings to the role a wealth of experience in market strategy, corporate innovation, investment prioritization, competitive intelligence, finance, sales, and international relations. Throughout his career at Boeing, he has led enterprise-wide strategic initiatives, and engaged international customers to develop advanced prototype solutions in the areas of autonomous systems, new air vehicle development and mission systems. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in national security from Georgetown University.

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VR/AR System Performance Engineer


Jack Eliker has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and has worked for Rolls-Royce North America (RRNA) for more than 5 years.


Jack is the RRNA Subject Matter Expert in Advanced Visualization and is responsible for bringing Augmented and Virtual Reality to life within Rolls-Royce. 

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Aerospace Vendors

Steve has over 47 years experience (since 1971) in manufacturing from large automotive in the UK to Aerospace manufacturing in the US. His focus had been Tooling and automation and new methods of manufacturing in industry. He served as the CEO and founder of Cimtech Inc., a Washington state technology company founded in 1986, for 30 years. He worked directly with Boeing , the U.S. Navy and Air Force for advanced manufacturing , metrology, 3D printing for manufacturing and industrial Robotics. 


Early in his career, Steve joined Ford Motor Company as a Toolmaker apprentice and also studied Mechanical Engineering in London NE University in the UK. He was an early adopter of 3D printing and in 2004, he managed sales and technical application support for Stratasys Additive machines. Steve has worked with developing protocol technology of utilizing 3D printed molds and tools for Carbon Fiber applications and delivered emergency 24 hour tools for critical projects.

In 2007, Steve formed a medical device company called Cimmed, which developed a new protocol for making burn masks in burn centers around the U.S. and South America. The company reduced the manufacture time of the burn masks from 12 hours to a little over 1 hour. The company was recognized in 2012, with a Top Innovation Award for Washington State, by Seattle Business magazine.

Steve has participated with many regional trade associations supporting the aerospace industry. In addition to serving with education associations, he was the past chair for Center of Excellence Aerospace, on the Board of Directors for First WA Robotics, served as an Education Advisor for technical colleges, and is a First Robotics judge. In 2012, at the request from the Washington State Department of Commerce, he created a supply chain capability website for the aerospace industry called Aerospace Vendors and promotes the industry during his travels to international airshows in London and Paris. 

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General Manager

Tool Gauge

Jim joined Tool Gauge in October 2015 and now serves as General Manager for the company, responsible for all manufacturing operations, sales and marketing, supply chain management, and engineering. Tool Gauge is a manufacturer of complex, high-value plastic and metal assemblies for global aerospace OEMs and tier-one aircraft interior integrators.


Based in Tacoma, Wash. with 130 employees, Tool Gauge was founded in 1966 with the belief that combining the best engineering talent and technical know-how with leading-edge manufacturing technology would bring lasting success. The company is the proud recipient of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s Aerospace Company of the Year Award as well as The Boeing Company’s Silver / Silver Performance Award for manufacturing excellence for the past nine consecutive years (2010-2018).

During his tenure, Jim has rebranded the company, launched an international sales program, developed a sales and estimating team, and launched effective global marketing campaigns. He has been working in the manufacturing sector for 25 years, primarily in plastics and metals manufacturing, serving such companies as FCA Packaging, Phillips Medisize, GM Nameplate, and Precision Plastics in various positions ranging from Business Development Manager to Vice President of Sales.


Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Operations and Production Operations Management from DeVry University in Phoenix, AZ. He sits on the board of directors of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA). He is also a United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran.

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Principal Futurist


Devin is a futurist who works collaboratively with clients such as Boeing, Intel, JW Marriott, Nike, Starbucks, and Toyota to design preferred futures in aviation, automotive, smart cities, personal mobility, space travel, and more. Devin also leads TEAGUE"s future-focused conceptual projects. Most recently, these have included: Poppi, a vision for an airline of the future, and Hannah, a proposal for the future of autonomous school transportation. With nearly two decades of experience in strategy and design, Devin has worked across a broad spectrum of industries: aerospace, education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail; some of his past clients include Amazon, GE, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Viacom. He’s a frequent contributor to Fast Company, a board member at Aerial Futures, and teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.

Josh Mylnar


Industrial Automation Specialist

Buchanan Automation

Josh Mylnar is the Industrial Automation Specialist at Buchanan Automation Incorporated an Industrial Automation distributor in the pacific northwest since 1963.  Josh graduated from Spokane community college Fluid power program with an AAS degree in 1998.  Josh started working at Buchanan Automation in 1998 starting in the assembly department getting familiar with Buchanan’s value add department and the many products Buchanan supplies.  From there Josh moved into technical inside sales where he expanded his knowledge of automation products and technical support.  After 3 years inside Buchanan Automation Josh went into outside sales at Buchanan where he gained many years of automation experience in pneumatics, electrical control, robotics, vacuum, and sensors.  Josh has worked with customers in almost any industry you can think of IE: semiconductor, automotive, aerospace, food and beverage, packaging, wood products, biomed, and many more.   Because of his success in selling and supporting electrical automation he was moved into a position overseeing all electrical automation sales and support.  Currently his primary role is the sales and support of 4 product lines for the whole company including Mitsubishi Electric, Universal Robots, Sick sensors, and Balluff sensors.   At Buchanan Josh strives to provide customers with complete automation solutions covering a wide range of best in class automation products all married together to provide the total solution.  Josh and Buchanan can provide proof of concept automation solutions for your automation needs in an effort to give complete confidence to the end customer that they get what they want, when they want it the way they want it.    

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Automation Engineer & Operations Manager

Fives DyAG

After completing an enlistment in the US Army, Jesse began an engineering career in Alternative Energy and Systems Engineering with a focus in Department of Defense grade systems and sales. After completing a Robotics and Automation training program, he was introduced to Kuka Aerospace where he served as a PLC Software Engineer and Autonomous Guided Vehicle (AGV) programmer and later Installation Supervisor. Jesse's career positions have included work as an Installation Supervisor with the Boeing FAUB Program, and later returning as an independent consultant on the Boeing 777X program for AGV Transportation Systems. His primary career focuses have led to utilization of PC and PLC based Allen Bradley, Siemens, and Mitsubishi systems with an affinity for Aerospace and Specialty Programs. In his free time, Jesse enjoys playing the African djembe drum, acoustic and electric guitars, and he was a previous active actor in the Screen Actors Guild.

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R&T Project Lead

GKN Aerospace

Hamish is the project lead for GKN Aerospace’s Additive Industrialisation for Future Technology (AIRLIFT) project. The project will utilise digital methods, robotics and automation to drive forward the adoption of Additive Manufacturing.  Hamish’s team are working with world class partners in software, academia and specialised research and technology organisations.  Together they will develop solutions to the challenges facing the industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing. Hamish understands the process associated with technology development and implementation, having been involved with the team that delivered GKN’s first EBM and SLM additively manufactured flying parts.  Hamish enjoys working with internal and external customers to demonstrate the benefits of new technology and helping overcome scepticism to new methods. Hamish is a chartered mechanical engineer.  He previously worked at Roll-Royce where he was involved in test and development working in the UK, Germany and Hong Kong.  At Rolls-Royce he worked across civil aerospace, nuclear and defence sectors. Latterly, he delivered the certification critical fan blade off test for the Trent XWB 97 engine that powers the Airbus A35O-1000.

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Head of AR/VR 

Valence Group Inc.

Co-founder of 8ninths

Adam heads up the AR / VR practice at Valence, a Digital Transformation company specializing in AR/VR, IOT, Blockchain & Distributed Ledger, Voice & Chat, AI/ML & Robotics. Leaders in new UX design and development of practical Enterprise AR / VR solutions. Their 360° video documentary, ‘Capturing Everest’ won a Sports Emmy in 2018 for outstanding Digital Innovation. Clients include Amazon, Starbucks, Lowes, US Government, The Vanguard Group, Volvo, Microsoft, Fiat Chrysler, Hasbro, and Citi. Adam is the Co-Founder & CEO of 8ninths, an industry leader in Strategy, Design, and Development of cutting edge Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality solutions focused on Enterprise. He is a long-time former Microsoft veteran who helped build Microsoft’s skunk works innovation team, “Live Labs,” under Ray Ozzie and Bill Gates.


Adam’s focus has always been on new and emerging technologies and how they can be applied to disrupt and improve existing ways we work, play, and communicate.As a co-founder of 8ninths, his company was one of seven selected worldwide to undergo a technology transfer on Microsoft HoloLens prior to general release. They also worked with executive and innovation groups at Fortune 500 companies to identify and build new ways in which VR/AR/MR will transform the way they do business and communicate with their customers. Clients include Amazon, Microsoft, Fiat Chrysler, Hasbro, and Citi.​

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See Algo

Adnan Siddiqui is a project and process management expert with a passion for AI. After a highly successful career managing global mega-projects in the energy industry, Adnan launched an applied AI consultancy developing web apps and consulting with businesses to select and integrate the appropriate AI tools for them. Adnan loves to combine his business process know-how with his hands-on software development skills. He believes that AI is not just for large companies with large teams and budgets but can be used by companies at all levels to improve their bottom line. He holds Master’s degree in Engineering and Business from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Six Sigma black belt. He can be reached at



Check-In & Networking

11:00am - 11:30am

Check-in, grab your name tag, lunch and network with colleagues.


11:30am - 11:45am


MC: Dave Kingstone, BAE Systems


Justin O'Brien, The Boeing Company

Luncheon Keynote

11:45am - 1:00pm



Beckett Jackson, Boeing HorizonX 

How has HorizonX influenced Boeing? HorizonX Investing Director, Beckett Jackson, shares the insider's view on HorizonX, its impacts to Boeing operations and culture, and how its contributing to maintaining Boeing's position as the leader in the aerospace industry.


1:00pm -  1:15pm 

Enjoy a short break before the sessions begin.

A Billion Reasons You Need an Augmented Reality Strategy

1:15pm -   2:30pm



Adam Sheppard, Valence Group Inc.

Jack Eliker, Rolls-Royce

AR is poised to become one of the most transformative ways we interact digitally since the mobile revolution. In this session, hear from AR guru Adam Sheppard as he separates the hype from reality, sharing real world use cases in business and how AR/VR will likely change the way we work in the near future. Then Rolls-Royce's VR/AR System Performance Engineer, Jack Eliker, will share how Rolls-Royce integrated AR and VR into their operations and the successes, challenges and best practices of the process. See the AR/VR technology in action as both the Valence Group team and Rolls-Royce share the AR/VR experience. 

Automation: Robotics Building & Scaling Operations

2:30pm -  3:45pm


Moderator: Steve Kidd, Aerospace Vendors


  • Jim Lee, Tool Gauge

  • Josh Mylnar, Buchanan Automation

  • Jesse Nagy, Fives DyAG

  • Hamish Rudram, GKN Aerospace Services Ltd.

The demand for production and delivery of parts and components continues to increase. While companies in the global supply chain work to meet these demands, there is still a high level of backlog. Companies are exploring and implementing solutions including automation. Learn about automation and robotics in the new era of the supply chain from a panel of industry experts including the predictable safety control, reduction in cost of assembly, creation of compliance standards, stabilization of productivity, enable technology and much more. Hear the insights, then see Josh Mylnar put his robotics in action with a live demo of UR Cobots.


3:45pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy a brief afternoon break before the final session and reception.

Artificial Intelligence in the Next Era of Commercial Aviation & What to Consider for Implementation

4:00pm - 5:00pm



  • Devin Liddell, Teague

  • Adnan Siddiqui, See Algo


There are already early versions of our future alongside increasingly intelligent systems and machines, from Tesla’s self-driving vehicle prototypes to Google’s Duplex, an eerily human-sounding machine intelligence–powered virtual assistant.  Regardless of whether we find these advances thrilling or terrifying, artificial intelligence will transform all kinds of industries in complex, sometimes interconnected ways. So, what are some of the likely ways artificial intelligence will impact commercial aviation? Devin Liddell, Principal Futurist at TEAGUE, will present a vision of some key A.I.-driven breakthroughs we might see in the next decade across the passenger experience as well as airline and airport operations. Then hear from See Algo CTO, Adnan Siddiqui, who will break down AI in manufacturing and share insight into what companies might consider when exploring AI integration.

Cocktail Networking Reception

sponsored by GKN Aerospace

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Foyer & Sycamore Room

Hosted by BABC-member GKN Aerospace, join us to network with industry colleagues and new friends. Beat the traffic jam, enjoy light appetizers and beverages, and leave with valuable connections! 

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