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ABMA/AGMA Annual Conference
Held March 15-17, 2012
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Bonita Springs, FL

The 2012 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.

Connie Podesta kicked off the general sessions on Thursday afternoon. With a combination of humor and motivation, she encouraged the crowd to close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. On Friday morning, Kenneth Gronbach spoke about the fascinating world of shifting demographics while Steve Barnhart focused on how to grow your business by entering new markets. Following Mr. Barnhart’s presentation, a panel of our industry colleagues presented first-hand accounts of their successes and challenges with new business ventures. ABMA was pleased to have Rock Baty, President and CEO of NN, Inc. participate on this panel. 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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Featured Presentations

Stand Out from the Crowd: How to Out-Think & Out-Perform the Competition

Connie Podesta, Motivational Speaker, Author, Executive Coach & Industry Expert

How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm

Kenneth W. Gronbach, President of KGC Direct, LLC

Successful Business Growth; Five Guiding Principles

Steve Barnhart, Manufacturing Specialist of IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center)

Fork in the Road – Growing or Slowing?

Jim Meil, Vice President and Chief Economist, Eaton Corporation

Political Outlook for November, 2012

Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, Cook Political Report

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