2024 AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting

March 14 – 16, 2024

Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa, California

Join AGMA and ABMA for this Member-exclusive event nestled among the vineyards of Napa, CA at the Meritage Resort & Spa!

Gear and bearing professionals from companies all over the world gather together to listen to experts in economics, trade, workforce development, supply chain management, political forecasts, and more. Aside from the informative presentations and interactive workshops, attendees will have plenty of time to network during curated events, dinners, and activities. Whether you want to talk shop with existing customers or enjoy time away from the office and meet new people, the 2024 Annual Meeting has what you need. 

Don’t miss out on the event that brings together the leaders in our industries and is the best place for high-level, C-suite executives to receive tangible takeaways and actionable advice back to their businesses.

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Hotel Information

Meritage Resort & Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, California 94558

Discounted room rates for this event are available for $259 per night plus a $25 daily resort fee. 

The hotel cutoff date for this discount is February 26, 2024. 

The hotel room block at the Meritage Resort and Spa is currently full, but rooms are available at the AGMA/ABMA group rate at the Grand Reserve. Grand Reserve, the luxury resort experience at The Meritage Napa, is located directly across from the Meritage Resort and Spa, about a one to two-minute walk away from the main building. The block will consist of premier kings at the Grand Reserve. The Premier Rooms offer a modern 425 sq. ft. oasis outfitted with plush, modern furniture and a serene color palette create the perfect respite in Wine Country.

Ride share options (Lyft and Uber) from the airport to the resort may be limited. It is recommended that attendees rent a car. Discount codes for Hertz and Avis are provided in the Pricing section.

Reserve your rental car with Hertz here. Use discount code 2188961 when making a reservation to receive 20% off the retail rate.

Reserve your rental car with AVIS here. Use discount code J760755 when making a reservation to receive 5-10% off the retail rate. This discount will not be in effect until March 7, 2024.

Become an Annual Meeting Sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities have been split into four packages:

  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

Sponsorship opportunities are available here. If you have any questions regarding sponsoring the Annual Meeting, email lewis@agma.org.

Registration Rates

Regular Rates

1st Member Registrant


Additional Registrant


Guest Full Pass*

Guest Networking Pass*



*The Guest Full Pass includes Guest Program activities, Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Networking Dinner, Saturday Closing Dinner and After Party. The Guest Networking Pass includes everything from the Full Pass except Guest Program activities.

Discount Codes

Discount codes cannot be combined with other discount codes.



For individuals attending for the first time.



For future leaders, ages 40 or below, who are individuals attending for the first time.

Event Schedule

  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Thursday, March 14
  • Friday, March 15
  • Saturday, March 16

10:00am – 12:00pm
AGMA Executive Committee Meeting
Meritage Ballroom – Salon VII

12:00pm – 5:00pm
AGMA Finance Committee & Board Meeting
Carneros Ballroom – Salons FG
Lunch included.

6:30pm – 9:00pm
Combined AGMA Board & Foundation Dinner
Oakville Terrace
Invitation only.

10:00am – 5:30pm
Registration Open
Carneros Pre-Function

8:30am – 9:30am
AGMA/ABMA Combined Board Breakfast
Carneros Ballroom – Salons DE

9:30am – 12:00pm
ABMA Board Meeting
Carneros Ballroom – Salons FG

11:30am – 1:30pm
AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
Meritage Ballroom – Salon IX

1:30pm – 2:30pm
ABMA Business Meeting
Meritage Ballroom – Salon II

  • Steel Industry Trends Panel Discussion
  • Join the ABMA Business Meeting on March 14 from 1:30-2:30pm for a dynamic panel discussion that delves into the landscape of the steel industry. Our panel of industry experts will discuss recent innovations, providing invaluable insights into the trends shaping the steel sector. From technological advancements and sustainability practices to global market dynamics, this discussion promises to be a comprehensive exploration of the forces driving the future of steel. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain a competitive edge and stay ahead in this ever-evolving industry. Both ABMA and AGMA members are welcome to attend this engaging session.
  • Panel moderator:
    • Mary Ellen Doran, AGMA Director, Emerging Technology
  • Speakers:
    • Jamie Price, President – North America, Ovako
    • Kevin Raketich, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer for TimkenSteel
    • John Socrates, Senior Product Manager, Charter Steel
    • Jay Murthy – Director of Product Development & Technical Services, Gerdau

2:30pm – 3:30pm
AGMA Members’ Meeting
Carneros Ballroom

3:30pm – 4:00pm
AGMA/ABMA Refreshment Break
Carneros Pre-Function/Oakville Terrace

4:00pm – 5:45pm
General Session I
Carneros Ballroom

  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm
    Welcome Remarks
  • 4:15pm – 5:15pm
    Make Shift Happen: How To Up Your Game & Elevate Your Success in Life
    Anthony Trucks, Former NFL Athlete, American Ninja Warrior on NBC, Host of The Aww Shift Podcast, & Founder of Identity Shift Coaching

    Increase personal productivity for yourself and your employees which leads to more bottom-line effectiveness, efficiency, and income.

    Whether it’s to raise the bar and access success at work, start a business, become an author, or reach the top of Mt. Everest, we all have big goals in life. But many of us spend more time talking about the things we want to do, than actually doing them. Yet every day we’re surrounded by people who achieve really big goals. From executives to entrepreneurs to athletes, we all have someone we admire for the elite level of success they’ve achieved. But why were they so successful, when so many of us fall short of our goals time after time?

    As a former NFL football player, American Ninja Warrior, and successful entrepreneur, Anthony Trucks knows it takes an incredible amount of work to achieve big goals and elite levels of success. But many times, there are necessary “shifts” standing between what we want to achieve and what we believe we’re actually capable of achieving. Anthony believes these “identity shifts” are the KEY to reaching our goals, because they unleash the amount of effort, we put toward achieving them.

    In this insightful and engaging program, Anthony shares how we can make the “shifts” that will skyrocket us to achieving our biggest goals. Learn the three core “shift stages”— See, Shift, and Sustain — and how elite performers use them to reach higher levels of success in their career, their relationships, and in life. Get ready to Make Shift Happen!

    Takeaways: In this program, you’ll learn…
    • How our beliefs are linked to our behavior and how we perform each day.
    • What an “identity shift” is and how it’s either keeping you from, or accelerating you towards, achieving your biggest goals in life.
    • The 3 “Shift Stages” and how they influence whether we achieve our goals – or not.
    • How to use the “Create Creates” method to achieve long-term success.
    • How to develop habits that help make achieving your goal easier.
  • 5:15pm – 5:30pm
    Closing Remarks

Spouse and Companion Meet Up
Vineyard Terrace

  • Spouses, partners, travel companions, friends, family, and any other guests of Annual Meeting attendees are welcome to attend the Spouse and Companion Meet Up on Thursday afternoon to kick off the Annual Meeting. Whether you have attended the meeting many times or this is your first time joining us, this is a great way to get to know the significant others of AGMA and ABMA members and build relationships with peers attending the meeting.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Welcome Reception
Oakville Terrace

7:45am – 12:00pm
Registration Open
Carneros Pre-Function

7:45am – 8:30am
Networking Breakfast
Oakville Terrace

8:30am – 12:15pm
General Session II
Carneros Ballroom

  • 8:30am – 8:40am
    Welcome Remarks
  • 8:40am – 9:40am
    U.S. Economy and Business Outlook: Traveling the Road without a GPS
    Jim Meil, Principal, Industry Analysis, ACT Research

    If there is any consolation in feeling that you are in a world adrift, it is in knowing you are not the only one.  Some days it seems the business environment is spiraling out of control – armed conflict in multiple global hot spots; central banks not knowing for sure to hike interest rates some more or start cutting them; consumers spending but capital budgets slowing; energy prices moving up, then down; and the prospect of a November elections with candidates who will not be qualifying for a place in Mount Rushmore anytime soon.  Throw a possible recession in the mix, and then – what can a poor businessperson do?

    As the AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting convenes in the spring, Jim Meil will try to shed some light and offer some insights to help, at least a little bit.  He will offer a coherent view of current business conditions and an outlook for 2024 and beyond for the domestic and international economies founded in part on facts, in part on informed guesswork.  He will go into additional detailed forecasts for machinery markets, materials costs, interest rates and energy prices, with an array of supporting metrics, for a planning horizon stretching through 2024 and into 2025.
  • 9:45am – 10:45am
    Building More Resilient US Supply Chains
    Mary Lovely, Senior Fellow, The Peterson Institute for International Economics

    This presentation explores key factors driving US manufacturers to build more resilient supply chains.  It provides an overview of Biden Administration efforts to alter global sourcing using reshoring, friendshoring, and de-risking tools, including the new turn toward industrial policy and more restrictive trade measures.   Finally, the Biden approach will be compared to new proposals seeking to raise US tariffs to levels not seen since the 1920s.  Discussion will focus on implications of this changing policy environment for US-based manufacturers.
  • 10:45am – 11:15am
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm
    The Global Automotive Outlook – Forecast, Disruption, and Industry Transition
    Joe McCabe, President and CEO, AutoForecast Solutions

    Disruption and Uncertainty define the current state of the global automotive industry. We are in the center of a constant battle between internal-combustion and electrification, legacy OEMs and new players, geo-political pressures, supply chain constraints, and many other issues that make critical decision making a very difficult task. Joe McCabe, President & CEO of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS), will provide a comprehensive view of the global automotive outlook and the key points shaping the industry today and into the future. Topics on regional production forecasts, legacy/new players, electrification, the China influence, and much more will be discussed.

10:00am – 12:00pm
Companion Concierge Breakfast
Meritage Ballroom – Salons I & II

  • Today is your day to relax! Breakfast will be served on a flow from 10am-12pm and our Guest Lounge will be available for you to relax and connect with other guests. We will have some optional activities that can be done at your leisure, so come when you’d like and stay as long as you’d like!

12:15pm – 6:00pm
Leisure Period
Optional group activites to be scheduled.

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Napa Valley Festival Dinner & Reception
Village Lawn

8:00am – 12:30pm
Registration Open
Carneros Pre-Function

8:00am – 9:00am
Networking Breakfast
Oakville Terrace

9:00am – 12:30pm
General Session III
Carneros Ballroom

  • 9:00am – 9:05am
    Welcome Remarks
  • 9:05am – 10:05am
    The AI Gearbox: AI Strategies for Industry Executives
    James McQuiggan, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a transformative force in today’s rapidly advancing technological era, potentially altering the gear manufacturing industry’s operational and strategic dynamics. This paradigm shift demands more from top-level executives and Board members than mere adoption of a new tool; it calls for a strategic overhaul in navigating the company’s future. It’s crucial to understand AI’s impact on the industry, focusing on how it revolutionizes competitive strategies, risk management, ethical considerations, and leadership in gear manufacturing. AI is integrating into business processes, impacting data-driven decision-making, and organizations need to review their data and privacy policies with the increasing importance of AI literacy in corporate governance and the influence on shaping work environments and organizational culture.

    Learning Objectives
    • Develop AI Literacy and Ethical Awareness
    • Understanding of AI’s transforming role in fostering innovation
    • Be informed to make strategic decisions in an AI-enhanced business landscape.
  • 10:05am – 10:30am
  • 10:30am – 11:30am
    A Polarized People Go to the Polls: 2024, What May Happen and What It Means
    Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor, Schar School of Public Policy and Government, George Mason University

    The 2024 Election is a few months away and by the time we gather in Napa in March, we should know who the two candidates for President are.  It looks most likely that it will be the first presidential rematch in almost 70 years, and this time it is a rematch of former president versus a sitting president, which hasn’t happened in more than 100 years. And we’ve never in our history had an election in which one of the candidates will be on trial during the campaign.

    Jeremy will cover what can be expected to happen between March and November. What will the key issues be? What could make a Trump return to the White House almost certain, and what trends could keep Biden in office? What will the battleground states be?  Will the accelerating polarization and violence we saw in the aftermath of the 2020 election occur again? What are the implications for our nation, domestically and internationally?  How might the election outcome affect manufacturing and trade?
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm
    Gearing Up for Change: Innovative Approaches to Workforce Challenges
    Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist, Grategy

    In an employee-centric, post-pandemic economy, how can you ensure the future of gear manufacturing thrives in an era marked by a widening workforce and skills gap?

    You’re navigating a rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape where technological advancements and industry shifts demand fresh skills. The gear manufacturing industry stands as a vital pillar in the industrial framework. Yet, it’s at a pivotal juncture. The looming workforce and skills gap isn’t just a hurdle; it’s a formidable challenge that threatens the very growth and sustainability of the industry. 

    But here’s the thing: addressing this gap isn’t just about necessity. It’s about seizing an imperative. Your future success? It’s anchored in your ability to attract, train, and retain the right talent. And what holds the key to unlocking this vast potential? It’s effective marketing.

    During our time together, you’ll discover:
    The Power of Engagement: Dive deep into the undeniable link between employee engagement and business success. Discover actionable ways to nurture and amplify this engagement within your teams.
    Gratitude as a Strategy: Have you ever considered gratitude as more than just a sentiment? Explore how Grategy® can revolutionize your workspace, elevating morale, amplifying productivity, and ensuring retention.
    Effective Communication: In a world buzzing with messages, how do you ensure yours stands out? Master the craft of communication that not only resonates but also magnetizes the right talent to your fold.

    The gears of the future are in your hands. It’s time to supercharge your strategies, harness the unmatched power of marketing, and lean into transformative approaches like Grategy®. In doing so, you’ll lay the foundation for a workforce that’s not just skilled but also deeply engaged. The challenge is real, but so is the potential. This keynote will help you bridge this gap, redefine the future, and steer gear manufacturing to unparalleled heights. Be the change. Lead the movement.

10:00am – 12:00pm
Breakfast and Wine Blending Class
Meritage Ballroom – Salons I & II

  • What is more fun than enjoying a bottle of wine? Learning to make your own! Join an expert wine maker to learn the art of blending wine. The wine maker will help achieve the balance and character for their wine. Taste it – Critique it – Enjoy it. In addition to the blending, guests will also be led through the bottling, corking and foiling process of their wine. Please arrive by 10:30 am to participate in the activity.

12:30pm – 6:30pm
Leisure Period

6:30pm – 10:00pm
Closing Dinner
Carneros Ballroom

10:00pm – 11:30pm
After Party
Meritage Ballroom – Salons VII-X


  • Mary Lovely
  • Jeremy Mayer
  • Joe McCabe
  • James McQuiggan
  • Jim Meil
  • Lisa Ryan
  • Anthony Trucks

Mary Lovely

The Peterson Institute for International Economics

Mary E. Lovely is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She served as the 2022 Carnegie Chair in US-China Relations with the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Lovely is professor emeritus of economics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she was Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar from 2010 to April 2022. She was coeditor of the China Economic Review during 2011–15.

Her current research projects investigate the effect of China’s foreign direct investment policies on trade flows and entry mode, strategic reform of US tariffs on China, and recent movements in global supply chains. Lovely earned her PhD in economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University.

Jeremy Mayer

George Mason University

Jeremy Mayer is an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where he also directs the Masters and PhD programs in political science. He is the author of Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000 (Random House 2002) as well as the brief textbook 9-11: The Giant Awakens (Wadsworth 2002, 2nd edition 2006) and American Media Politics in Transition (McGraw Hill 2006). He is coauthor of African American Statewide Candidates in the New South (Oxford 2022), The South and the Transformation of U.S. Politics (Oxford 2019), and Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in Higher Education (Brookings 2008). He has written articles on diverse topics such as presidential image management, Christian right politics, public opinion and torture, and comparative political socialization, in journals such as Presidential Studies QuarterlySocial Science Quarterly, and The Historian.

From 2001-2003 he served as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1996. He taught previously at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he won a campus-wide teaching award. Dr. Mayer is a recipient of the Rowman & Littlefield Award in Innovative Teaching for the American Political Science Association, the only national teaching award in political science. He is also the only two-time recipient of the alumni faculty award at the Schar School, and in 2018 he received the Don Lavoie Teaching Award from the faculty. He has also studied politics at Oxford, Michigan, and Brown. Dr. Mayer has trained new American diplomats and ambassadors for the State Department at their Foreign Service Institute since 2002. He has spoken on behalf of the State Department in Germany, Moldova and Mexico, as well as regularly to visiting foreign delegations in Washington. He has offered political commentary to major networks, including the World News Tonight, BBC, Fox News, Sky News, PBS’s Newshour, NPR, CNBC, and local affiliates, as well as many national newspapers.

Joe McCabe

AutoForecast Solutions

As President and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS), Joe leverages his decades of industry experience and knowledge to provide production forecasting and advisory services to the global automotive community. Joe manages the automotive turnkey operations at AFS including the global light vehicle, powertrain, drivetrain, and alternative propulsion forecast as well as a suite of AFS proprietary opportunity and sales planning software. AFS supports all tiered suppliers, VMs, government agencies, financial institutions, and the academic community with data, planning solutions, and a personalized support to help identify new business opportunities while mitigating risk.

Joe’s 25+ year career in automotive forecasting ranges from his tenure at AutoFacts, PwC, AutomotiveCompass, and now as founder of AutoForecast Solutions LLC (AFS). Joe earned his Bachelors of Chemical Engineering degree at Villanova University and an MBA at Pennsylvania State University.

James McQuiggan


James McQuiggan is a Security Awareness Advocate for KnowBe4. Prior to joining KnowBe4, McQuiggan worked for Siemens for 18 years where he was responsible for various roles, including Product & Solution Security Officer for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. In addition to his work at Siemens, McQuiggan is also a part-time faculty professor at Valencia College in the Engineering, Computer Programming & Technology Division.

Jim Meil

ACT Research

Jim Meil has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist and planner for over 35 years. At ACT Research, he is responsible for forecasts and commentary on the North American economy, and analyzing trends and the outlook for the manufacturing and construction industries, and for leading ACT Research’s efforts to forecast commercial vehicle electrification.  

He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic Indicators and The Wall Street Journal monthly U.S. economic forecast panels, and is frequently quoted in national media and in transportation and industrial trade press.   

Meil has received first-place recognition in the Wall Street Journal’s survey of 50 forecasters and ranked among USA Today’s “Top 10 Economic Forecasters” for accuracy.

Prior to joining ACT Research, Meil spent 29 years in the planning department of Eaton Corporation, retiring from the position of Vice President and Chief Economist in April 2014.  He previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Business Economics, the professional trade group of business economists.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in economics from the University of Chicago.

Since its inception in 1986, ACT Research has become the leading source of North American commercial vehicle market data, forecasting, and analysis.

Lisa Ryan


Prepare to be captivated by Lisa Ryan, a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), acclaimed author of eleven books, and a powerhouse keynote speaker who is set to energize your event! Lisa brings a wealth of experience and a laser focus on manufacturing excellence. Her dynamic presence and proven “Grategies” (gratitude strategies) are not just about spreading positivity—they’re about forging lasting connections and cementing loyalty among the industry’s top talent.

Lisa’s vibrant energy and sharp wit are matched by her deep understanding of the manufacturing world, honed over 13 years of industrial sales experience, including hands-on experience in the welding industry. Yes, she’s not just talking the talk—she can weld with the best of them, giving her instant credibility and rapport with her audience.

Beyond the stage, Lisa is the voice behind the “Manufacturers’ Network Podcast,” where she dives into the issues that matter most to the industry. She’s also the host of “Elevate Your Engagement Levels: What You Need to Know” on the Elite Expert Network and C-Suite Network, where she shares cutting-edge insights on employee engagement and corporate culture.

Lisa is the creator of the insightful video series “The Seven Mistakes Managers Make to Crush Company Culture,” offering valuable lessons on what not to do. Her best-selling book, “Thank You Very Much: Gratitude Strategies to Create a Workplace Culture that ROCKS!”

Anthony Trucks

Identity Shift Coaching

Anthony Trucks is a former Foster Child, NFL Football Player, Competitor on American Ninja Warrior, Author, and Identity Shift Coach. From foster care to the NFL, to successful business owner, Anthony Trucks has accomplished what statistics would say is impossible.

But it didn’t start out that way. At the age of three years old he was placed into the foster care system where he remained until age 14, when he was adopted by a poor, all-white family. In high school he set a challenging and lofty goal for himself … making the varsity football team. Hard work and determination lead to Anthony not only making the team but being offered a full ride scholarship to the University of Oregon and ultimately going pro in the NFL.

A fluke shoulder injury sent his NFL dreams crashing down just as quickly as they’d come. Drawing on what he had learned in childhood, Anthony realized that he had to pivot and pivot quickly.

With a degree in kinesiology, Anthony decided to open his own gym. However, it wasn’t long before Anthony found himself run down with a struggling business and a personal life that was suffering as well.

A conversation with a friend reminded Anthony that others viewed him as an inspiration and a hero because, despite the odds, he always overcame. In that moment, Anthony began to think, “what if I could be an inspiration for others?” It occurred to Anthony that the gap between his current situation and his desired outcome wasn’t a method, a secret marketing strategy, or anything like that. What was missing, was within.

Anthony once again put in the work. He spent years researching, practicing, and essentially rewiring his brain on a deep psychological level to achieve the necessary changes to become the person he wanted to be. Little by little, he slowly became a well-oiled “shift making” machine.

Now it is Anthony’s passion and life’s mission to pass along the knowledge that took him 30+ years to learn. As the founder of “Dark Work” and creator of the “Dark Work Experience” Anthony teaches people how to access the power of their identity through Dark Work, tap into their full potential, and Make Shift Happen!

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AGMA & ABMA’s On-Site Safety Protocols for COVID-19

COVID-19 On-Site Safety

  • Wearing masks indoors when not eating or drinking is recommended, but not required.
  • Vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours is recommended, but not required.
  • Every effort is being made to allow for social distancing during the conference. Please follow the guidance on-site.
  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided on-site. Frequent hand washing on site is recommended.
  • Frequent cleaning and food safety measures are in place at the venue.
  • If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or had recent exposure to COVID-19 prior to the start of the event, please do not attend.
  • AGMA will make COVID-19 Rapid Tests available on-site should you experience symptoms while the event is taking place.

If you have any questions regarding these protocols, please email lewis@agma.org.


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