May 02, 2011 09:00 ET

Fox Sports Commentator and Pit Crew Chief Jeffrey Hammond to Keynote SMRP's 19th Annual Education Conference

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - The Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is proud to announce Jeff Hammond as the Keynote Speaker beginning the 19th Annual Education Conference of the Society held in Greensboro, North Carolina, October 17-20, 2011.

SMRP is a premier professional society serving practitioners in the Maintenance & Reliability (M&R) profession. The Society's 3,800 international individual and corporate members represent a variety of manufacturing and service industry companies. The Society's Annual Education Conference provides members and non-members over 50 educational sessions based on the five pillars of the M&R body of knowledge, local Plant Tours, pre- and post-conference Workshops, a Career Fair, and best practice sharing with over 100 exhibiting companies.

Jeff Hammond's keynote address will focus on how NASCAR is all about getting better for each race with continuous improvement practices such as those used in M&R practice. SMRP's audience will learn from Jeff how data and past performance are used for continuous improvement in a pit crew team.

In 1982 Junior Johnson promoted Jeff Hammond to the crew chief position for the start of the 1982 season. The combination of owner Johnson, driver Darrell Waltrip and crew chief Hammond set the sport of NASCAR on its ear. Two more championships followed and 43 wins as a crew chief placed Hammond in the record books as one of NASCAR's all time great crew chiefs. Jeff Hammond is also a Fox Sports sportscaster and with partner Chris Myers and hosts the weekly pre-race show from the famed "Hollywood Hotel" usually located near Victory Lane at each racetrack.

"We're looking forward to hearing about Jeff's experiences as a NASCAR crew chief and how he accomplished his success through continuous improvements in precision maintenance, planning, reliability and execution," said Jay Padesky, CMRP, 2011 Conference Chair.

For more information on the 19th Annual Conference being held in Greensboro, NC on October 17th-20th, 2011, or to register for either the conference, please visit our website at or contact SMRP at: 800-950-7354.

About SMRP: The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is a mission-driven, non-profit professional society serving practitioners in the Maintenance & Reliability (M&R) profession. The organization is a premier resource for advancing Physical Asset Management by providing a variety of educational programs, M&R Body of Knowledge resources, ANSI accredited certifications and many local and global networking events. SMRP's mission is to promote and advance reliability excellence.

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