Laura Studwell, Industry Marketing Manager, Food, Beverage and Packaging,
Omron Automation & Safety

Laura Studwell is the Food, Beverage and Packaging Industry Marketing Manager for Omron, a provider of automation and safety products. She has a strong background in the food and packaging industries working with associations and governing bodies throughout the Pan-Americas to drive standards for food safety and quality. Studwell received her MBA from Northern Illinois University and is an active member of PMMI, serving on the Emerging Leaders Committee. She is also a member of the Packaging Association of Canada, serving on the Ontario Region Leadership Council.

Mike Uhrain, Technical Sales Manager of Packaging and Global Key Account Manager, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag
Mike Uhrain is Sumitomo Demag’s Technical Sales Manager of Packaging for North America and Global Key Account Manager working from the Strongsville, Ohio facility.  He was initially hired into the company in 2000 as a Mechanical Engineer at Van Dorn, handling many design-intensive projects and analyses for both horizontal and vertical injection molding machine configurations.  A few years later, Mike accepted a position within Demag as Product Manager for machine platforms tailored for the packaging, automotive, and multi-component markets.  In 2008, Mike transferred to the Sumitomo (SHI) Demag headquarters in Germany as a Project / Sales Manager where his responsibilities included project engineering, key account management, and technical sales support for various export markets including the U.S., Canada, and the UK. He remained there until his relocation back to the U.S. a couple years ago. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio, has earned a Professional Engineer License, and has been a Board Member for the Society of Plastics Engineers Injection Molding Division (SPE IMD) since 2007.

Derek Saniga, Senior Packaging Specialist, Best Packaging Systems
Derek Saniga currently serves as a Territory Manager for Best Packaging Systems Inc.  With a strong background in Packaging Equipment and materials, Derek has served as a senior packaging advisor with Best Packaging for the past 25 years.  While Food and Drug are primary industries for Best Packaging Systems, Derek also has experience working with customers in the Manufacturing, Logistics and Co-packaging industries where he has helped achieve greater efficiencies within their packaging fields.  From machine integration to inventory management, Derek has been assisting customers in reducing equipment downtime while increasing production line efficiencies.  Educated at St. Michaels College school and York University, Derek has also served with the Packaging Association of Canada as a council member on the Central Region Leadership Council.