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SIM-FEI Joint Event | Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Enabling a Digital Workforce

  • Union League Club 65 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)
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Join your CIO and CFO peers for an exclusive event where you will learn about RPA – an exciting technology that is automating manual processes across industries and functional departments.  RPA adoption is growing at over 40% year over year with a projected annual spend of $2.9b by 2021 (according to recent published reports from Gartner & Forrester respectively).  A recent Deloitte survey indicates that over 53% of companies surveyed report starting their RPA journey with adoption expected to reach 72% by 2020. 

Hosted by SIM Chicago and FEI Chicago, this unique event will include an overview of RPA by Ashling Partners followed by a case study by Rich Tarapchak, Corporate Controller of Reynold’s Group Holdings.  Learn what RPA is / is not, how to leverage it within your organization, how it fits into your Intelligent Automation strategy, its benefits, potential use cases and pitfalls while gaining practical insight into how to get started and scale up from a leading integrator and a distinguished business practitioner.

 Join us for this exclusive event at a premier venue to network with your peers and learn about this transformative technology.  If you are a CIO, we encourage you to bring your CFO/Finance Executives as guests and likewise if you are a CFO, bring your CIO/IT Executives. 

 This is an event you will not want to miss!


Cocktails and networking 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Welcome/Introductions and dinner 6:00pm - 6:45pm
RPA presentations 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Q&A and wrap up 7:45pm - 8:00pm

About the Presenters…

Marshall Sied  Managing Director,  Ashling Partners Client Engagement & Growth

Marshall Sied                                            

Managing Director,
Ashling Partners                        

Client Engagement & Growth

Marshall Sied has 15 years of experience in helping organizations use technology to improve business performance and promote positive, innovative changes to their workforce.  He is the co-founder of Ashling Partners, a technology-enabled services firm that drives efficiency gains and business process improvement through Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learning, and targeted Artificial Intelligence.

 Prior to Ashling Partners, Marshall spent time at Gartner working across strategy and advisory services to help Fortune 150 clients achieve digital ambitions thru strategic planning, emerging technology and new operating models.

 Marshall has a BA in Business & Marketing from Michigan State University.  He has completed a number of certifications in RPA, Big Data, Microsoft technology stack, and data storage.  Marshall is a board member of the Illinois Technology Association’s AI Council, and has written several documents on the impact of Digital Workforce on the Future of Work.  He is co-author of the ‘New API: Advanced Process Intelligence’ framework and has spoken at several industry events focused on Robotic Process Automation, Intelligent Automation, and the Future of Work in the era of ML and AI.


Don Sweeney 

Managing Director,
Ashling Partners

Delivery & Operations

Don Sweeney has 25 years of process reengineering and process automation experience and is the co-founder of Ashling Partners, a technology-enabled services firm that drives efficiency gains and business process improvement through Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learning, and targeted Artificial Intelligence.

 Prior to Ashling Partners, Don founded a company focused on business process optimization, ERP, CRM, BPM, HCM and Analytics.  He also served in various roles at Andersen Consulting and PeopleSoft.

 Don has a BA in Economics from The University of Michigan.  He has completed a number of certifications in Business Process Mapping, Project Management, RPA, and ERP Platforms and has has written several articles on process automation and the Future of Work. He has spoken at numerous conferences and academia summits on finance processes and applications, process automation, Artificial Intelligence and symposiums on venture capital for technology organizations.



Rich Tarapchak

Corporate Controller,
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited


Richard C. Tarapchak, is Corporate Controller of Reynolds Group Holdings Limited, a $11 billion leading global manufacturer and supplier of consumer food and beverage packaging and storage products. Reynolds Group is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rich previously served as Chief Financial Officer of National Material L.P., a $1.3 billion privately held steel service and aluminum extrusion manufacturer. Prior to that, he served a number of positions at Navistar International Corporation: as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2010 to 2014; as Vice President - Strategic Initiatives from 2008 to 2010; and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Truck Group of Navistar, Inc. from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Tarapchak is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from The Ohio State University and a BA from Wittenberg University.