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AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting

April 26-28, 2018 | Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida

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


The 2018 Annual Meeting combines the expert knowledge of the gear and bearing industries with the latest emerging technologies that influence manufacturers and suppliers. More than 300 executives will gather in Naples, Florida this April, to experience the information-packed week full of top-tier speakers. Members will be connected to innovation and opportunities in the industry with potential to strengthen business connections and relationships. Join AGMA & ABMA for an event that is tailored directly for our members to address trends, successes and future possibilities. 


Business Presentations include:

  • ​J.R. Martinez, Iraq War Veteran, Actor, Motivational Speaker: ​Adapt and Overcome
  • ​Jim Meil, Principal Industry Analyst and Economist for ACT Research Co.: U.S. Economic Expansion or Extension? Or Will it Come to an End? & Next Steps: Automobile Manufacturing and the Economic Consequences
  • Brett Smith, ​Co-Director for Center for Automotive Research (CAR): The Automobile: Unprecedented Change, But at What Speed? & Next Steps: Automobile Manufacturing and the Economic Consequences
  • ​Curt Steinhorst, Consumer Trends Expert & Founder/CEO of FocuswiseThriving in the Age of Distraction
  • Arun Sundararajan, New York University-Stern School of Business: Capitalizing on the Sharing Economy and Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism
  • John Murphy, Senior Vice President of International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: ​Trade Policy Update and Perspective: A View From Washington

  • John Bubnikovich, Sales and Marketing Robots and Applications​ABB Robotics North America


Printable Registration Form (.pdf)


Sponsor the Annual Meeting​


Attendees to the 2018 AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting will experience an expanded program with more speakers than ever before. Building on the success of previous meetings, we anticipate a large crowd of senior executives from around the word bringing increased exposure to your company’s brand. Regardless of the take home item; a memory or memento, the attendees will be grateful, and your company will have provided them with an enhanced Annual Meeting experience.​

Sponsorship Form

Sponsorships Available (Click Here To Read Descriptions):

NEW! Friday Night Arcade: 16 different games to sponsor (@ around $3,000 each)

(Examples include: Pinball, Air Hockey, Texas Hold'em, NASCAR Racing, Golf Simulator, Basketball and Virtual Reality Rollercoaster)

NEW! Corn Hole Tournament: $3,000

Golf Tournament Lunch: $3,000

Golf Tournament Drink Cart: $2,500

Meeting Photographer: $2,000

Spouse Program-Saturday: $1,500

All sponsors will receive:

  • Company logo on the annual meeting web page with links to your company's website from the time of securing the sponsorship through the post-meeting press activities.
  • Your company's logo will be printed in all materials for the meeting and in the onsite program. The earlier you sponsor, the more times your logo will be seen.
  • Printed signage and video screen recognition during the event
  • Specific recognition for the item/event.

Please contact Leah Lewis for any sponsorship inquiries at

Hotel Info

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida 34103

Driving Directions

Room Rate

$289.00/night for single or double

To make a reservation, please click: here.

Hotel will be accepting reservations until 5pm EST on March 30, 2018. 

Don’t Become the Victim of a Room Poacher

Neither AGMA, ABMA, nor the Naples Grande Beach Resort will ever contact you personally to solicit room reservations. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that our hotel block has become the victim of an unauthorized housing poacher. You may receive a phone call, fax, or email that offers a deal on housing. Do not give any information to them, as they have a boiler room operation that calls all conference attendees nationwide. To make a legitimate reservation online, click the link above or call the hotel at 844-993-9576 and reference the AGMA/ABMA Annual Meeting to access the discounted rate of $289 per night for a single or double room before 5pm ET on March 30, 2018. Should you have any issues making a hotel reservation, please contact Leah Lewis at for assistance.


Annual Meeting Registration Fees - on or before March 16

1st Member Registrant
Additional Registrant from Company
Golf Green Fees - Friday Afternoon (no refunds after 3/16/2018)
Golf Club Rental

Annual Meeting Registration Fees - After March 16

1st Member Registrant
Additional Registrant from Company
Additional Spouse/Guest
Golf Green Fees - Friday Afternoon (no refunds after 3/16/2018)
Golf Club Rental

Event Sponsors

Event Schedule





  • 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
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Bearing Technical Committee
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Education Committee
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Statistics Committee
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    ABMA Associate Council
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    ABMA Board and Member Welcome Reception & Dinner
    Invitation Only
  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Combined AGMA Board and Foundation Dinner
    Invitation Only
    ​Business attire
  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
  • 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    AGMA Board Breakfast and Meeting
  • 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    ABMA Board Breakfast and Meeting
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    ABMA Members' Lunch
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 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 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
    Invitation Only
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception
     Business Attire
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    General Session II
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Program
  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Golf Tournament
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Corn Hole Tournament
  • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Arcade Adventure
    Casual Attire​
  • 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
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Program
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    The Revs Institute Automotive Tour-Sold Out!
     Please note that this event is now full. 
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 pm
    Florida Mangrove Eco Tour
     (RSVP Required)
  • 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Night of Comedy
    Dinner & Entertainment- Business Attire Required


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. 

Arun Sundararajan

Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business

Professor and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, Sundararajan is widely regarded as the leading academic on the sharing economy. He has researched, and written, taught and spoken about the digital transformation of business and society for almost two decades. He teaches in a range of NYU Stern executive education programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, teaching full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship, undergraduates about networks, crowds and markets, and doctoral students about digital economics.

Brett Smith

Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

Brett Smith joined CAR in 2000 after 12 years at the University of Michigan’s Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT).


During his career, Mr. Smith research has spanned many critical aspects of the automotive industry.  He has been deeply involved in research on vehicle and component manufacturing; materials forecasting; product development and analysis; supplier--manufacturer relations; technology development; facility location analysis; product launch strategy and human resource and talent issues.   Mr. Smith was also active as a labor educator for 15 years. 

Curt Steinhorst

Center for Generational Kinetics

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.

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. 

John Bubnikovich

ABB Robotics North America

Prior to this role, John served as Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development for ABB Robotics North America.

John has held numerous positions within Marketing, Business Development and Sales in the Industrial Automation Sector. His experience includes managing sales / marketing teams, strategy development and deployment, leveraging multi-channel market approaches, business development and new product development using VoC.

J.R. Martinez

Iraq War Veteran, Actor and Winner of ABC's Dancing With The Stars

He is an actor, spokesman and retired soldier. He played ‘Brot Monroe’ on the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children. In true Hollywood fashion, J.R. was encouraged by a friend to go on the open casting call that AMC put out for a veteran to join the cast.  After several meetings with producers he was cast and an actor was born. Due to his popularity, what started as a three month story arc developed into a three year stint.  His role as an injured Iraq combat veteran mirrors his own life. 

John Murphy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

John G. Murphy directs the U.S. Chamber’s advocacy relating to international trade and investment policy. Since joining the Chamber in 1999, Murphy has led its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including Colombia, Panama, and South Korea in 2011, as well as Trade Promotion Authority in 2015. Murphy also plays a key role in the Chamber’s advocacy for international business priorities before Congress, the administration, foreign governments, and the World Trade Organization.

From 2001 to 2008, Murphy served as the Chamber’s Vice President for Western Hemisphere Affairs and as Executive Vice President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). In 2008, he received AACCLA’s Eagle of the Americas award, which is given annually to the individual who has “done the most to advance our mission of increased trade and investment between the United States and Latin America.”

In the 1990s, Murphy worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy overseas, and at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), which champions market-oriented economic reform around the world. From 1992 to 1993, he was the first Western lecturer in economics at the National University of Economics in Czechoslovakia.

Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he received his Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He serves on the boards of the Global Business Dialogue, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Washington International Trade Foundation. He is fluent in Spanish.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

If you are a member of the accredited media and are interested in speaking to John Murphy, please e-mail us at or call 1-888-249-NEWS.

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