|2012 ABMA/AGMA Annual Meeting|
ABMA/AGMA Annual Conference
Held March 15-17, 2012
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Bonita Springs, FL
ABMA/AGMA Annual Meeting was held March 15-17 at the beautiful Hyatt
Regency Coconut Point Hotel in Bonita Springs, FL. Based on initial
feedback, the meeting was a huge success!
The meeting began on Thursday afternoon with a members luncheon followed by the ABMA Business Meeting. During the business meeting, ABMA President Scott Lynch outlined the highlights of 2011 while also providing direction for the year ahead. Additionally, Mr. Lynch was pleased to announce that five associate membership applications were approved during the Board of Directors meeting earlier that morning, expanding the associate membership category to 11 supplier companies.
Podesta kicked off the general sessions on Thursday afternoon. With
a combination of humor and motivation, she encouraged the crowd to close
gap between where you are now and where you want to be. On Friday
Gronbach spoke about the fascinating world of shifting demographics
Barnhart focused on how to grow your business by entering new markets.
Mr. Barnhart’s presentation, a panel of our industry colleagues
accounts of their successes and challenges with new business ventures.
pleased to have Rock Baty, President and CEO of NN, Inc. participate on
On Saturday morning, Jim Meil addressed the current economic crisis
followed by Charlie Cook concluding the general sessions with an
enlightened outlook on
the 2012 election.
During the closing reception, the association recognized its 50 year company members and Outgoing Chairman Jeff Manzagol, President of Kaydon Bearings Division. ABMA, founded in 1917, has a rich tradition with long standing companies. ABMA pleased to announce that The Abbott Ball Company, Accurate Bushing, New Hampshire Ball Bearings (NHBB) and Rexnord Bearing Division have achieved 50 years with the association. These companies join our 75 year members that we recognized at last year’s Annual Meeting. ABMA will continue its company recognitions at the 2013 Annual Meeting with our 25 year members.
In addition, this meeting concluded Jeff Manzagol’s two years as chairman of ABMA. During his tenure, ABMA experienced unprecedented implementation of a strong strategic focus that included the complete revamp of the education program, establishment of domestic anti-counterfeiting initiative and engagement of industry suppliers.
"It has been a pleasure partnering with Jeff over the past two years. ABMA would not have been able to achieve our many successes without his strong leadership and keen ability to gain consensus on critical issues impacting the bearing industry”, stated ABMA President Scott Lynch. The ABMA Board of Directors appointed Pete Eich, President of NTN Bearing Corporation of America as the new Chairman of ABMA. Mr. Manzagol will stay on the ABMA Board of Directors in the role of Immediate Past Chairman.
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