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AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting

March 30 - April 1, 2017 | Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA

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 ABMA Members please use this link to register for this event.

 

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 percent 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 
  • 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

 

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Hotel Info

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

Driving Directions

Room Rate

$239.00 single/double, plus a nightly resort fee of $8 per room, plus applicable taxes.

In addition to the standard room, a few Executive King rooms have been set aside for our group. These rooms have a separate bedroom, parlor and small dining area. They are $339 per night plus the nightly resort fee and applicable taxes.

Your resort service fee includes: complementary self-parking, in room high-speed internet access, unlimited use of health and fitness center, in-room coffee service, and access to the Splashtopia area of the resort.

Check-in at the resort is 4:00 pm and check out is at 11:00 am. Hotel room cancellation is required at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

 

The hotel will be accepting reservations until 5:00 pm Pacific time on February 27, 2017. After this date your reservation may be accepted based on rate and space availability.

 

Reserve your Room Here

Pricing

Annual Meeting Registration Fees - on or before February 17

1st Member Registrant
$1,095
Additional Registrant from Company
$995
Additional Spouse/Guest
$750
Karaoke Event
$75
Golf Green Fees
$200
Golf Club Rental
$50
LPGA Ticket - Sunday afternoon
$20

Annual Meeting Registration Fees - After February 17

1st Member Registrant
$1,195
Additional Registrant from Company
$1,095
Additional Spouse/Guest
$800
Karaoke Event
$75
Golf Green Fees
$200
Golf Club Rental
$50
LPGA Ticket - Sunday afternoon
$20

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Event Schedule

Wednesday3-29-2017

Thursday3-30-2017

Friday3-31-2017

Saturday4-01-2017

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    AGMA Finance Committee Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    AGMA Finance Committee Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    AGMA Executive Committee Meeting
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Combined AGMA Board and Foundation Dinner (invitation only)
  • 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.
    AGMA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 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
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    AGMA Members Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    ABMA Business Meeting
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    AGMA Business Meeting
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    AGMA/ABMA Refreshment Break
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    First Timers Reception
    Invitation Only

    If you are a new Annual Meeting attendee, please indicate the box on your registration form. From there, you will be paired with a meeting veteran who will contact you prior to the luncheon, introduce themselves and answer questions. 

    This invitation-only event offers the first time attendee an intimate gaterhing place with their hosts. It is the perfect way to network and welcome the first timers into the AGMA/ABMA community.

  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception
    Dress - Business attire

    So much of the Annual Meeting revolves around networking and the opportunities to reconnect with friends and colleagues while making new acquaintances.

    Our Welcome Reception has become a "must attend" function for all coming to the Annual Meeting. This year's takes place on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Las Palmas countryside and will include the popular photo booth. You can share your photo with the gang from the office or just the two of you. Attendees always have fun at this event and enjoy the comradery and atmosphere.

  • 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Evening with Karaoke

    Optional event - $75 fee

    Casual attire

    Following the Welcome Reception, all attenees are welcome at the Evening with Karaoke. This is an extra networking opportunity, open to all. Over the last several years, this Thursday evening event has grown tremendously - and it always attracts a fun bunch, who are not afraid of being front and center and welcome the chance just to have FUN.

    This will be a pub atmosphere and include pub type food and drinks. If you would rather have a different dining experience, the Omni concierge can help you make reservations at any of the many Palm Spring eateries, including those across the street from the Omni. You can reach the concierge directly at 760-862-4518.

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • 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

    Omni Rancho Las Palmas Course

    Golf attire - collared shirt, long pants or walking shorts, no metal spikes
    Fee $200 - includes green fee, cart, unlimited use of practice facility, all golf tournament arrangements, and lunch
    Fee $50 - club rental

    Two things to note for this year:

    1. The tournament will start 30 minutes earlier so that all the players will be finished in time for the evening off site event.
    2. Captain Mark Kelly has agreed to play golf as part of the tournment.

    As in years past, the tournament format will be a scramble, with the teams teeing off from two of the three nine-hole courses that offer amazing views of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains. Be prepared for the six lakes and infamous Ted Robinson bunkers that raise the stakes for amateurs and professionals.

    The tournament is open to golfers of all levels and abilities. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to provide your handicap. From that information, the teams will be assigned. Your team information will be available at registration. 

    As a reminder you don't have to drag your clubs or pay the extra baggage fees. Instead you can rent new TaylorMade clubs from the pro shop. Just indicate that on the registration form and your clubs will be on your cart when you arrive at the tournament. There is a $50 fee for club rental.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Off Site Event - Palm Springs Air Museum
    Reception, Dinner, Entertainment and AGMA Foundation Silent Auction
    Casual attire

    What a memorable night this will be!

    Join the AGMA/ABMA attendees as together we travel to the Palm Springs Air Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft. This is a "hands-on" museum with no barriers to keep you away from the restored aircraft and the retired pilots who happily share their stories. This is indeed the place for aviation and history buffs as it combines the authentic historical artifacts of WWII with the history of flight.

    The evening will include a roving dinner at various stations, with a reception and the AGMA Foundation's Silent Auction. Attendees will have the option of climbing up into the B-17, the "Flying Fortress" and experiencing first hand the challenges that faced the crew during the many sorties over Europe. Many historians consider the B-17 to be the most important heavy bomber for the U.S. during WWII. 

    The evening concludes with entertainment by Company B, an Andrews Sisters Musical Tribute Act.

    Since you will have the option to tour th eB-17, it is highly recommended that you wear casual clothes (no jeans). The entrance to the plane is very restricted and requires you to crawl up into the fuselage. Wearing a dress or heels will be very awkward.

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast with Chef
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Jewelry Making
  • 11:30 am
    Open Afternoon
  • 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Night of Illusion
    Dinner and entertainment 
    Business attire - slacks, no denium; sports coat recommended; open collar optional

    Let's celebrate April Fool's Day with the most appropriate entertainment - an illusionist. Join Michel Turco and his entourage as they attempt the unnatural and try to convince you that indeed the world is made of magic.

    This is an awesome show that is perfect for that April Fool's Day crowd. This is one show that will leave you speechless and continuing to ask "how did he do that"??

    The evening will include reception, dinner, an awards presentation, and the change of the AGMA Chair.

Event Sessions

1 Looking Ahead

The Internet of Things Has Finally Arrived - (Unfortunately, Manufacturers Aren't Ready) - John Brandt, The MPI Group

John Brandt, CEO, The MPI Group

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.

The Election is Over - What Now for Manufacturers? - Aric Newhouse, NAM

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

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?

2 Factors that Directly Impact Next Steps for Your Business

CEO/Owners Guide to Successfully Exiting or Selling Your Company - Gerald O'Dwyer, Blackmore Partners, Inc.

Gerald O’Dwyer, Managing Director, Blackmore Partners, Inc.

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?

How Millennial and Gen Y Employees Can Grow Your Business - Curt Steinhorst, Center for Generational Kinetics

Curt Steinhorst, Center for Generational Kinetics

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.

Special Presentation

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

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.

3 General Session III

Is 2017 the Year the Economy Comes Back?

Jim Meil, ACT Research

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 manufacturin gsector, 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 AGMA/ABMA attendees can attest that Jim's data is solid and offers one of the best "take home" aspects of the meeting.

Innovation and Technology in Aerospace

John Palumbo, Senior VP of Operations, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

(Invited)

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 chian, quality control within Sikorsky, and the future of their aircraft marketplace.

Innovating with Trends: The Coming Age of Disruption

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

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 thought 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, thought-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 the near and long term.

Richard Sears 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. 

Speakers

Gerald O’Dwyer, Managing Director

Blackmore Partners, Inc.

Session 2: Factors that Directly Impact Next Steps for Your Business

Gerald is recognized as a thought leader and outstanding innovator in the rapidly growing field of private equity. He is the founder of Blackmore Partners, an independent private equity firm and intermediary, investing capital and providing business expertise in enterprises with solid development potential.

Curt Steinhorst

Center for Generational Kinetics

Session 2: Factors that Directly Impact Next Steps for Your Business

Curt is a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction and a certified speaker at the Center for Generational Kinetics. Prior to launching his own speaking career, Curt founded The Promentum Group, a communication company that provides speech coaching and consultation.

Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President - Policy and Government Relations

NAM

Session 1: Looking Ahead

Aric Newhouse is the senior vice president of policy and government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In addition to serving as the NAM’s lead government relations staff member, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the NAM’s broad policy agenda.

Mr. Newhouse joined the NAM in 2007 after more than 11 years of service on Capitol Hill. He began his career with Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) and then worked with Rep. Michael G. Oxley (R-OH) as a legislative correspondent and legislative assistant. He joined the staff of Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-OH) in 1999, where he worked for eight years as a legislative assistant, then as the legislative director and, finally, as chief of staff. As chief of staff, Mr. Newhouse was responsible for all personnel, management, political, press and policy matters.

In recent years, Mr. Newhouse has received significant recognition for his leadership and influence in the lobbying world. He was chosen as CEO Update’s “Top Lobbyist” in 2009, 2012 and 2014 and by The Hill in 2014. He was also named to The Washingtonian’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2011.

John Brandt, CEO

The MPI Group

Session 1: Looking Ahead

John Brandt is a management innovator and internationally recognized expert on manufacturing and technology. His work has focused on how companies can adapt themselves to the realities of new markets, and new structures. Prior to the founding of the MPI Group, John was publisher and editor-in-chief of Industry Week magazine.

Captain Mark Kelly

Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission & Space and Aviation Contributor for NBC News/MSNBC

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.

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