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2019 AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting

April 11-13, 2019 | The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Join the 300 gear and bearing executives from around the world who gather every year for the unparalleled experience that is offered through this event. Engage with expert industry speakers, learn from panel presentations on the future of gears and manufacturing and join your peers for a meeting that will connect you with the opportunity to drive your business into the future!

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Hotel Info

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

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Room Rate

$299/ night

Reservations can be made using this link

The deadline for reservations is March 15 at 5:00 pm PT or until the room block is full. Please note that we cannot guarantee rates after this date and the rate is subject to availability. For any questions regarding the room rate, please contact


Early Bird Pricing (Before March 15)

First Member Registrant
First Member Spouse
Additional Registrant from Company
Additional Spouse/Guest

Regular Pricing (After March 15)

First Member Registrant
First Member Spouse/Guest
Additional Registrant from Company
Additional Spouse/Guest
Golf Green Fees
Golf Club Rental

In 2019, there is a First-Timer discount of $100.00 off the Member Rate (spouses not eligible for promotion). This discount will be in the form of a refund after the Annual Meeting has occurred. If the First-Timer writes down who referred them, that person will also receive a $100.00 refund after the meeting.

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Event Schedule





  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    ABMA Statistics Committee Meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    ABMA Bearings Technical Committee Meeting
  • 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    AGMA Finance Committee Lunch and Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    ABMA Associate Council Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    AGMA Executive Committee Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    AGMA Education Committee Meeting
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    ABMA Board Welcome Reception and Dinner (invitation only)
    Invitation Only

    Edie's Restaurant

  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Combined AGMA Board and Foundation Dinner (invitation only)
    Invitation Only
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Registration Open
  • 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    AGMA/ABMA Combined Board Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    ABMA Board Breakfast and Meeting
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    AGMA Board Meeting
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    AGMA Members: Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    ABMA Business Meeting
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    AGMA Members’ Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    AGMA/ABMA 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. - 7:30 p.m.
    Welcome Reception
  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Registration Open
  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    General Session II
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Spouse/Guest Breakfast Program
  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Golf Lunch and Tournament
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cornhole Tournament
  • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Casino Night
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
    Registration Open
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    General Session II
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Spouse/Guest Breakfast and Program
  • 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 pm
    Closing Dinner


The unparalelled line-up of speakers for this years Annual Meeting will inspire our attendees. There is a wide range of topics being covered that will touch on all facets of your business and life. From leadership and economics, to generational conversations and robotics, we have you covered for some of the best speakers in the circuit. 

Alberto Moel

Veo Robotics

VP, Partnerships and Strategy and Veo Robotics, making industrial robots collaborative. I am responsible for industry partnerships and company strategy. 

Previously a Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein in Hong Kong, where I covered Asian high technology companies in the automation and robotics, manufacturing technology, display, and PC OEM sectors. 

In a former life, Principal in the Hong Kong office and co-leader of the Tokyo office of Monitor Group. At Monitor, I specialized in technology strategy and corporate finance for Asian high-tech companies, with an industry focus in consumer electronics, flat panel displays, and semiconductors. Worked extensively with private equity and other financial investors in identifying opportunities, performing due diligence, and supporting turnaround efforts post-acquisition or investment. 

In addition I have been a Professor and Lecturer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at Harvard Business School, co-founded a successful Brazilian hedge fund, and worked at JP Morgan (New York and Mexico City), Toshiba Corporation in Japan, and IBM Corporation in New York, Cambridge, and Zurich. 

A native of Mexico, I have SB, SM, and ScD degrees from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where I graduated with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar. Fluent in English, Spanish, and highly proficient in Japanese, Portuguese, and French.

Carey Lohrenz

U.S. Navy

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a
combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic
environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. Carey’s experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Leadership,
High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training.

Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the
pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before
starting flight training and her naval career.
Carey lives with her husband and four children in Minneapolis, MN, and is currently working on her
Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Chandra Brown


Chandra Brown serves as the Executive Director of MxD (formerly DMDII). In this role, she is responsible for overseeing MxD's research and development portfolio and fostering relationships with government and businesses to put newly-demonstrated capabilities into practice.

Chandra’s expertise includes manufacturing, international trade, and gender issues. With over 25 years of experience, she is a sought after speaker who lectures around the world. Before joining MxD, Brown was the CEO and founder of Brown Executive Strategies, a strategic consulting firm focused on helping small businesses worldwide increase their competitiveness. She was previously president of Green Endeavor, Inc., a startup that helped industries replace harmful chemicals with more effective, affordable, and greener alternatives.

Before Green Endeavor, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she promoted U.S. businesses worldwide and worked to remove trade barriers. Chandra oversaw a broad portfolio of programs aimed at increasing the international competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and led numerous international trade specialists. She was responsible for boosting American exports, supporting the U.S. Manufacturing and other advisory councils, and helping create and support living-wage jobs for workers.

Prior to her federal government appointment, Brown worked for 19 years at Oregon Iron Works, most recently as vice president and then CEO of its subsidiary, United Streetcar. United Streetcar was the first U.S. manufacturer to create a modern streetcar in more than 60 years.

Chandra obtained both her BS and MBA from Miami University. 

David Girzadas

Richard J. Daley College

David is the Dean of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing at Richard J. Daley College and came to Chicago City Colleges from a successful career as an engineer in manufacturing operations.  Most recently David has been the Plant Manager at a highly automated automotive parts manufacturing company producing engine and transmission components for major automotive producers.  Prior to that David was the plant manager at a large format offset printing company producing complex custom printed and assembled educational related products.


David worked for 26 years building locomotives for General Motors Electro Motive Division as a Quality Manager, Maintenance Manager, Project Manager, Quality Engineer and Facilities Engineer.  David started his career as a co-op student at GM while attending Purdue University.


David is known as a problem solver and leader of cross functional teams to achieve creative solutions to business goals.  He utilizes lean and six sigma problem solving tools to improve processes and facilitate team building which results in improved long term performance for his operations.


David received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, his Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Northwestern University and his Master’s Degree in Business Management from Northwestern University while working full time as an engineer.

Franco Dutto, Vice President HR


Franco is a master of his craft with over 30 years managing Human Resources and Sustainability at a global level. He balances his personal interaction with understanding the individuals needs with the corporation’s vision.

Strategic, Global & Multilingual Executive, with experience working at the C-Suite and Board of Directors level for large, global, industrial manufacturers and organizations. Strong background driving global transformational initiatives and aligning HR and ESH strategies to achieve business objectives. Proven leader in managing and leading Organizational Design/Organizational Effectiveness & Change programs with a track record of increasing organizational efficiency. Deep experience in leading / executing across cultures and countries that drive business results, as well as in managing employee and labor relations globally. Experience in ESH field, particularly in Ergonomics.

Jack Shaw

American Blockchain Council

Jack Shaw is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council.As such, he is a leading expert on the strategic business implications of Blockchain technology who has spoken and consulted on Blockchain around the world. He is a world renowned Keynote Speaker. He was recently voted one of the World’s Top 25 Professional Speakers by over 27,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees – the only Technology speaker to be accorded this recognition.

Jack has been a Technology Futurist for over 30 years – helping others to understand the impact of emerging technologies. In addition to Blockchain, he is widely recognized for his expertise in such breakthrough business technologies as:

  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Internet of Things, and
  • 3D Printing


He has advised such Fortune 500 Companies GE, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM,Oracle, and SAP as well as hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses.
A charismatic speaker, he’s delivered more than 1000 keynote speeches and executive presentations in 23 countries and every U.S. state. Jack graduated from Yale with a degree in Business Administration and has an MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Marketing.

Jack Uldrich

Global Futurist, Speaker Author

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning best
sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of
corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television
appearances on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel, and is a frequent guest on major media outlets,
including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.

Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications,
including The Wall Street Journal , Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek.
Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the
Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent
book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book
is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.

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..

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. 

Kim Jones

U. S. Department of Labor

Kim’s career has always supported assisting others achieve success.  Her role as Employee Relations Specialist in Human Resource offices for the Department of Defense in Germany, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Kansas City, and St. Louis, MO, served to be challenging yet rewarding. 


Kim later joined the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship in 2000 as an Apprenticeship and Training Representative.  She progressed in her career accepting the position of Regional Executive Assistant for the Office of Apprenticeship relocating to Chicago, IL where she currently resides.  Through this success, she recently accepted her current promotion to become the State Director of Illinois.    


A native of East St. Louis, IL, Kim has over 35 years of federal civilian service. 


Kim attended Columbia College.  She has served on Advisory Boards, various committees, managed several initiatives with the Department and has received numerous awards and recognitions. 

Nate Bolin

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Nate Bolin has significant experience advising clients in compliance, transactional, litigation, policy and regulatory matters involving U.S. national security and international trade laws.  Before entering private practice in 2004, Nate was an International Trade Specialist at the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, working on trade negotiations and trade agreement enforcement and compliance.

In the area of trade policy, Nate has been actively advising clients on the Section 301 investigation of China’s technology transfer policies, the Section 232 actions against imports of steel and aluminum, and the KORUS and NAFTA renegotiations.  Nate also frequently represents clients in trade cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, Court of International Trade, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Nate frequently writes and speaks to international audiences on current issues related to U.S. trade laws, export controls, economic sanctions, and trade and national security policy. He also teaches LL.M. students in the International and Comparative Law program at George Washington University Law School, where he has been a visiting scholar researching issues of international trade law.

Stan Shoun

Ranken Technical College

President Stan Shoun brings a background of military service, with graduate degrees in aeronautical engineering and a long career in technical education to his position. His military career included tours in Vietnam and Iraq. After transitioning to become an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) his program oversite included naval Aviation Calibration as well as the Deputy Program Manager for the AV8B (Harrier) aircraft program. He finished his naval career teaching engineering at the United States Naval Academy.


Embarking on a second career in education after serving 24 years as a naval aviator, Shoun taught math and physics at the high school level and served as the Director/Principal of the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School in Southwest Virginia, providing oversight for the day-to-day operations of a virtual school for gifted and talented students. Prior to  being recruited to Ranken Technical College, he then served  as the Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) in Lynchburg, Va., and also served as that college’s Dean of Math, Science and Engineering.


President Shoun has served the past 10 years as the President of Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri. Ranken has a 111 years of history of preparing a technical workforce work force for the midwest. Ranken is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited 2 and 4 year degree granting institution. Ranken prides itself on placing 97% of its graduates within 6 months of graduation and has an 81% graduation rate!


Shoun holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in political science, public administration and education from East Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College where he studied political science and international affairs.

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