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 John  BrandtCEO, The MPI Group  

 The Internet of Things (IoT) Has Finally Arrived -  (Unfortunately,  Manufacturers  Aren't Ready) 

 For the first part of this session, John Brandt  explains why manufacturers aren't  ready  for the digital  revolution that is about to engulf them and what they can  do  NOW to  correct that. John will use data from a recent  survey of AGMA and  ABMA member  companies to verify  that there is indeed a digital divide in  manufacturing  between IoT  haves and have-nots and it's growing larger  every  day.

 IoT Executive Panel

 Executives from member companies within AGMA and/or ABMA will sit on a panel and  discuss IoT. They will react to the results of the MPI Survey, discuss how their companies  are moving toward IoT, and provide best practices for those moving into this space.


Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President - Policy and Government Relations, NAM

The Election is Over - What Now for Manufacturers? 

The unpredictable chaos for the 2016 election is finally behind us. By the end of  March, a new administration and Congress will be settled into Washington. What  does this mean for your company? What is on the horizon for the ACA and  current/future health care options for your employees? Are there any anticipated  changes to the tax code that would impact more of the bottom line? Will OSHA  increase inspections?


Gerald O'Dwyer, Managing Director, Blackmore Partners, Inc

CEO/Owners Guide to Successfully Exiting or Selling Your Company 

 Most people will only sell one business in their lifetime. Every CEO or owner wants  to sell to the right purchaser, at the right time, for the best possible price. The  potential financial and personal implications of a sale are enormous, so it's natural  to have some anxiety as you approach the process. In this session, we will outline  the process and answer these questions:

  • How do you separate your identity from your business?
  • How to find the right buyer?
  • and How to identify those external factors that will meet your goals?

Curt Steinhorst, Center for Generational Kinetics

How Millennials and Gen Y Employees Can Grow Your Business

 Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are the fastest-growing, largest employee  generation in the workforce today. Along with timely skills and valuable ambition, they bring a unique employee mindset that can frustrate the most experienced  leaders and managers. Join Curt as he reveals exactly what drives Millennial and  Gen Y employee performance in a multigenerational workforce. This presentation  will solve your biggest Millennial challenges with innovative strategies and proven  actions.


Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission & Aviation Contributor for NBC News/MSNBC

Special Presentation

 A combat pilot in Iraq, an accomplished astronaut, and the commander of the  final flight of space shuttle Endeavour, Captain Mark Kelly, is a homegrown American hero who exemplifies effective leadership and courage under  pressure. Now he draws from his in-the-trenches career experiences to deliver  disciplined takeaways and lessons on teamwork, communication, persistence  and leadership in dynamic environments. Captain Kelly will provide applicable  strategies for overcoming challenges as he outlines his foundations for success  in any high-stakes setting.


Jim Meil, ACT Research Co.  

Is 2017 the Year the Economy Comes Back?

Now, after seven years of slow economic recovery, the question remains, "when will we finally break away from lackluster business markets?" Jim Meil will return to share his perspective on the overall economic conditions. He will bring focus to the manufacturing sector, offering forecasts and insights on key markets such as machinery, motor vehicles, off-highway equipment and capital goods. 

Historically, Jim's presentations have always been one of the most highly rated sessions. Returning ABMA/AGMA attendees can attest that Jim's data is solid and offers one of the best "take home" aspects of the meeting. 

    John Palumbo, Senior VP of Operations, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Innovation and Technology in Aerospace

The use of military and commercial aircraft can be a key component to any manufacturing company's future forecast. Join John as he shares some of his thoughts on the aerospace supply chain, quality control within Sikorsky, and the future of their aircraft marketplace. 




Richard Sear, Partner and Senior Vice President of Visionary Innovation,
Frost and Sullivan

Innovating with Trends: The Coming Age of Disruption

The concept of exploring the future has occupied us for centuries with grand notions of space exploration to far flung galaxies, and a hot beverage materializing in our hand at the mere though of a coffee. But in reality, this is a practice that should be far removed from the image of "novelty" research. In this presentation, we will discuss data-driven, though-provoking content based around key trends driving global change, and how they can be used to drive transformational and sustainable growth for your company, both in and near the long term. 

Richard Sear is a global thought leader and speaker who has consulted in more than 70 countries. Using this global business environment, Richard brings a well-rounded perspective to these mega trends that drive change ranging from social issues to mass urbanization and the future of computing. 

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