October 15, 2024|8:30 am – 9:30 am (ET)

FABx Tech Talks

  • Location: FABTECH Theater

This year’s FABx will feature a powerful line-up of speakers who are embracing change and navigating through uncertainty. Hear these experts discuss the key to success lies in transforming fear and doubt into innovation and growth. In this dynamic world of manufacturing, forward-thinking leaders understand that they can overcome the barriers that stifle progress. Embracing change isn’t just about survival; it’s about seizing opportunities to redefine the landscape of manufacturing for the better.

Andrew Kossowski – Embracing Change: Lessons from Immigration Stories Applied to Manufacturing Transformation

Rhonda Dibachi – Tackling the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt That Limit Manufacturing

Troy Underwood – Reviving the Flatlining Steel Business & Embracing Change

Adrian Little – The Dynamic Workforce and the Power of Mindset in Custom Manufacturing


Andrew Kossowski


Veterans Metal LLC

Rhonda Dibachi

CEO and founder


Troy Underwood


Urban Metals LLC

Adrian Little



Event Speakers

Andrew Kossowski

Owner, Veterans Metal LLC

Andrew is the owner of Veterans Metal LLC, a medium job shop located in Largo, Florida.

Andrew started his career in the USAF, where he contributed to the manufacturing of the C-17 & E-8C Aircrafts. He has since held several executive positions, most notably as CIO for Airtel Africa and prior to that, VP of Operations for Ericsson in Latin America and Caribbean. Andrew has a BSc from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a MSc from Boston University.

Rhonda Dibachi

CEO and founder, HeyScottie

Rhonda Dibachi is an American business executive, entrepreneur, and author. She is the co-founder and chief executive officer of HeyScottie, an artificial intelligence-powered platform delivering superior sourcing options for manufacturing finishing services.  She was also co-founder and CEO of Noribachi, a custom LED lighting manufacturer specializing in industrial and commercial applications. Prior to Noribachi, she co-founded Niku Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based infrastructure productivity software provider, with her husband Farzad Dibachi.  After going public in 2000, Niku was acquired by CA in 2005. Previously, Dibachi worked for Oracle and has been recognized as a leading female entrepreneur.

In an earlier career, she served as nuclear engineer for GE, and is an author, U.S. patent-holder, and has served a Board Trustee and Advisor for a number of educational, non-profit, government and educational organizations.

Troy Underwood

Owner, Urban Metals LLC

Troy Underwood is the owner of Urban Metals LLC, which does business in the Tampa Bay Area under the name of Tampa Steel & Supply (TSS).  TSS is a full line metal service center located in Ybor City that also produces decorative metal products.  Troy purchased TSS in 2018 having served as President since 2014.  The business was recognized by the Business Observer as one of the top 500 largest companies on the Gulf Coast in 2020.

Troy has an extensive record in management and sales of consumer and industrial building products.  Prior to his positions at TSS, Troy oversaw the stone veneer manufacturing facility for Environmental Stoneworks in Atlanta where he learned and implemented LEAN manufacturing principals.

In addition to being on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA), Troy is on the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) Leadership Council and he volunteers as an Advisor to both Hillsborough Community College’s Office Administration Program and Welding Program.

Troy is a Veteran, having served honorably for nine years as an Officer in the Army Reserve.  His company is Certified by the State of Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity as a Veteran Owned Business.

Adrian Little

Founder, JETechnology

JETechnology Solutions, Inc. was founded by Florida State University and UCF graduate, Adrian Little in 2004 with one simple premise — customer focus. Currently, our team has over 75 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of ground support equipment.  We are known worldwide for our custom fall protection equipment for aircraft such as the F-16, F-15, A-10, F-18 and more.  Our manufacturing facility is located in Apopka, FL and provides us a base to deliver our equipment worldwide including the Americas, England, Germany, Japan, just to name a few.

Today, JETechnology, continues to be led by Mr. Little.  Its 25 employees cover a wide array of disciplines, including Assemblers, Project Managers, Engineers, Accountants, Machinists, Welders, and more ensure that its products and services are provided to its customers and as they strive to be leaders in the fall protection industry.

Mr. Little is a family man and loves spending time with his wife and twin teenage sons engaging in activities including basketball, saltwater fishing, and traveling.

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