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Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, CA

March 30-April 1, 2017


2017 Annual Meeting marks the start of a new century for both AGMA and ABMA and the introduction of a more robust education program - 30% more than in past years!

Not only has the planning committee expanded the number of presentations, but they have also offered a tremendous amount of versatility, all thanks to you, the AGMA and ABMA members. This program is built 100% from your suggestions - suggestions that you offered following the 2016 Annual Meeting. Now instead of five or six presentations, we will have nine. That's nine new topics to inspire you; nine topics that create new discussion, new ideas, and new direction.

Come with us to California for the first combined AGMA and ABMA meeting in the Palm Springs area. We are convinced that you'll leave with a response of "WOW" and the reality that this meeting offers tremendous value - which translates into a can't miss opportunity.

Business Presentations include:

  • The Internet of Things Has Finally Arrived - (Unfortunately, Manufacturers Aren't Ready) - John Brandt, CEO, The MPI Group
  • Endeavor to Succeed - Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission & Space and Aviation Contributor for NBC News/MSNBC
  • Is 2017 the Year the Economy Comes Back? - Jim Meil, Principal Industry Analyst, ACT Research Co.
  • CEO/Owners Guide to Successfully Exiting or Selling Your Company - Gerald O'Dwyer, Managing Director, Blackmore Partners
  • The Election is Over - What Now for Manufacturers? - Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relationships, NAM
  • Innovation and Technology in Aerospace - John Palumbo, Senior Vice President, Operations, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (invited)
  • Innovating with Trends: The Coming Age of Disruption - Richard Sear, Partner and Senior Vice President of Visionary Innovation, Frost and Sullivan
  • How Millennial and Gen Y Employees Can Grow Your Business - Curt Steinhorst, Center for Generational Kinetics

Register online here or use our Printable Registration Form (.pdf)

Interested in becoming an Annual Meeting sponsor? Contact Madelaine Morgan, AGMA Director of Meetings at or 703-838-0061 to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities. 

Hotel Information

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92770

ABMA and AGMA have a room block at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas with a room rate of $239 per night for standard rooms. The room block deadline for the Annual Meeting has passed. Please use our hotel reservations link to book your room. If you are having trouble securing your room at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas, please connect with our reservation manager, Paige Terlaje at 760-834-2150 or, who is handling the rooms for the upcoming meeting. 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 30th

 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    Registration Open
 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.        ABMA Technical Committee Meeting
 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.    ABMA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Meeting
 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Combined AGMA/ABMA Board Breakfast
 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  ABMA Board of Directors Meeting
 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  ABMA Education Committee Meeting
 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  ABMA Statistical Committee Meeting
 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  ABMA Associate Council Meeting
 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  ABMA Members Lunch
 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  ABMA Business Meeting
 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Refreshment Break
 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  General Session I
 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  First Timers Reception
 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Welcome Reception 
 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Evening with Karaoke


Friday, March 31st

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   General Session II
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Spouse/Guest Spa Treatments
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Special Presentation
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Golf Tournament
6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  Off Site Event


Saturday, April 1st

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  General Session III
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast with Chef
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Spouse/Guest Spa Jewelry Making
11:30 a.m.  Open Afternoon
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Night of Illusion


View a detailed schedule with descriptions here.

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