Index Fall Conference 2024

Powering Workforce Development Through Multimodal Learning

October 22
Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Virginia

~By invitation only~

Index AR Solutions’ Fall 2024 Conference will bring together select enterprises and interested parties to share and better understand how Index mobile apps and eBooks are transforming digital learning tools, creating the next generation of workforce development.

The conference – hosted by Index AR Solutions at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia – is scheduled to allow participants to travel to Williamsburg on Monday, October 21 and return to any mainland U.S. destination by the night of Tuesday, October 22.

Attendees will experience hands-on Index demos and exhibits, listen to speakers describe how their companies are using and considering using Index AR Solutions, and network with other participants.


Tablets on tableA morning session on October 22 will give conference participants the opportunity to walk around and interact with Index mobile apps, eBooks and experts. Breakfast will be served just outside the ballroom and participants are encouraged to eat, network and experience these best-in-class digital products.

The augmented reality demos and displays will highlight the more than 800 Index AR Solutions custom SuperApps™, eBooks and projects. Clients are encouraged to spend some time at their own displays/demos and speak to their experiences.


The Index Fall 2024 Conference will include thought-provoking presentations from industry and business leaders who will share their experience implementing Index mobile apps and eBooks.

Stay tuned for additional presenters to be added as they are confirmed.



Dr. James Merlo – Vice President, Operational Excellence, Knowledge Vine

Dr. James Merlo is Vice President of Operational Excellence at Knowledge Vine where he leads the company’s efforts in helping companies around the world leverage Human Performance Improvement technologies to reduce the frequency and severity of errors while building an organization of shared trust. Prior to Knowledge Vine, James served over eight years at the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) leaving in 2019 as a Vice President and Director of the Reliability Risk Management department. In this role, he led the electric reliability organization’s efforts to assess the industry status and needs with regard to events and occurrences on the Bulk Electric System and explored human performance challenges affecting bulk power system reliability.

Bryan Shackelford Bryan Shackelford – Innovation Representative, Eastman Chemical Company

Bryan Shackelford is a full time member of the research community in Eastman Chemical Company and a sometime member of the Eastman Innovation Lab. Eastman Chemical is a top ranked material manufacturer based in East Tennessee which has been serving B2B needs since 1920 when it was founded by George Eastman. Bryan currently focuses on material color/surface issues from both a science and design background leveraging 15+ years combined Fine Arts and Chemistry perspective in order to provide material insight. Prior to joining Eastman, Bryan enjoyed a wide variety of experiences including gallery manager, restaurant owner, and military leadership. Bryan holds up to eighteen U.S. patents but is most proud of his first patent, US 6136869, a “Depolymerization Process for Recycling Polyesters” which he believes contributes greatly to sustainability.

Mike Hoff – Director, Health and Safety, MidAmerican Energy

Mike Hoff is Director of Health and Safety at MidAmerican Energy where he oversees all compliance, training and audit functions related to health and safety and the occupational health programs for the company. In this role, his team developed a centralized safety training program for frontline employees, digitized training materials utilizing eBooks, created a data analytics program to analyze safety data from the field, and implemented an athletic trainer model within the occupational health function.

Don Finn – Instructor, Electric Utility Technology, Des Moines Area Community College

Don Fin is an Instructor for Electric Utility Technology at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). He is currently teaching a Line Mechanic course at DMACC using a digital curriculum of eBooks and apps developed by Index AR Solutions in partnership with MidAmerican Energy. Don has vast experience using training, monitoring, and morale-building techniques to maximize employee engagement and performance. Prior to joining DMACC, Don spent 18 years at Alliant Energy, serving in variety of leadership roles in operations, sales support and customer service.

Kara Sappington – Sr. Training Development Analyst, PacifiCorp

Kara Sappington is a Senior Training Development Analyst at PacifiCorp where she works in Learning and Development. She has a strong background in formal and non-formal education, including community programs, universities, and corporate learning & development. Kara is currently working on her Doctor of Education with a research focus on adult multimodal learning in apprentice training programs.

Kirill Zolotov, Con EdisonKirill Zolotov – Lead Engineer, Steam Distribution, Con Edison

Kirill Zolotov is a Lead Engineer in the Stream Distribution group at Con Edison. Since joining the company in 2004, he has been involved in numerous projects such as the prevention of cascading events, developing compact submersible medium voltage switches, the JFK Airport Distribution Switching Station project, the Augmented Reality project at the E13th pump house, and the automation of the distribution grid. Kirill graduated Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from PACE University in Strategic Management.

Dan Arczynski – President & CEO, Index AR Solutions

Prior to Index, for 19 years Dan held a series of executive positions in the shipbuilding industry. He has served as Corporate Vice President of both business development and strategy at HII as well as Sector Vice President of strategy at both Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and Northrop Grumman Newport News. During this period Dan had staff responsibility for both strategic and growth initiatives and served on the board of directors for Continental Maritime of San Diego, AREVA Newport News and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Scott Sommers – Senior Vice President, Index AR Solutions

Scott Sommers is Senior Vice President at Index AR Solutions, responsible for the company’s Marketing initiatives, as well as Client and Corporate Development. Prior to Index AR Solutions, Scott Sommers was SVP, Finance and Corporate Development at SureWest Communications. He was instrumental in setting the Company’s strategic direction, leading the sale of the directories, wireless and tower assets as well as the acquisition of the Kansas City properties. He also lead the restructuring of the corporate compensation plans, freezing the defined benefit plan and outsourcing of non-core functions.


Monday, October 21
Kingsmill Resort

Tuesday, October 22
Kingsmill Resort

Reception and Dinner Monday Night

Welcome Reception

Special Guest

Registration and Breakfast

AR Demos, Displays, Networking

Formal Program*
Keynote and Speakers


Formal Program*
Multiple Speakers

Depart Kingsmill

*During the formal program, each speaker will present for 15 minutes, discuss their position, company, industry and challenges faced; explain if they currently use or would consider using Index mobile apps and eBooks, and offer their view on the future of digital products that support workers.


Kingsmill Resort Aerial

Located near the heart of Colonial Williamsburg in southeastern Virginia, Kingsmill Resort is a top golf and spa destination nestled within a gated community. Kingsmill features an unparalleled range of accommodations, a stunning James River setting, two must-play championship golf courses and a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits right on the grounds.

Kingsmill is a 45-minute drive from Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) and a 20-minute drive from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF).

Learn more about Kingsmill Resort, its accommodations and amenities at



There are three elements to the Index Fall 2024 Conference fees: 1) the Retreat registration, 2) the optional Monday evening dinner and reception, and 3) Kingsmill accommodations. Please be sure to purchase Conference registration and Kingsmill accommodations if staying for both days. When purchasing the Conference registration, you will also have the option to purchase a ticket to the Monday evening dinner and reception. If you are not staying at Kingsmill Resort and arriving Tuesday for the retreat only, you only need to purchase Conference registration.


The $150 Conference registration fee includes breakfast Tuesday, October 22, beverages and snacks throughout the day, lunch buffet and access to networking, speakers and exhibits. Tickets to the Monday evening dinner and reception are $65 and sold separately.



Kingsmill Resort has reserved resort guestrooms for retreat attendees at a rate of $179 (plus taxes and fees) for one night of accommodations. A credit card will be required to make a reservation. If booking by phone, please identify yourself with the Index AR Solutions Conference.



For more information about the Index AR Solutions Fall 2024 Conference, please contact:

Scott Sommers
Senior Vice President