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2018 Annual Meeting

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

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AGMA and ABMA had a wonderful time seeing and connecting with members from all over the world that came to Naples, Florida this past week. Emails and press releases regarding award winners and meeting highlights will be coming to your shortly! Don't forget to mark your calendars for next year's Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ April 11-13!


Please take a look at the Annual Meeting

PowerPoint for a re-cap of the week!


Business Presentations Available for Download:

​Jim Meil's Presentation: U.S. Economic Expanson or Extension? Or Will It Come to an End?

​Brett Smith's Presentation: (will be uploaded shortly)

John Murphy's Presentation: Trade Policy Update: A View from Washington

Arun Sundararajan's Presentation: The Sharing Economy and the Digital Future of Work

Rethink Robotics: Presentation without video 

Hotel Info

Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida 34103

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Event Schedule





  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    AGMA Finance Committee Lunch

    Royal Palm 3

  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    AGMA Finance Committee Meeting

    Royal Palm 3

  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    AGMA Executive Committee Meeting

    Royal Palm 3

  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Bearing Technical Committee

    Royal Palm 2

  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee

    Royal Palm 1

  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Education Committee

    Mangrove 1

  • 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ABMA Statistics Committee

    Orchid 3

  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    AGMA Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

    Mangrove 2

  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
    ABMA Associate Council

    Royal Palm 3

  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    ABMA Board and Member Welcome Reception & Dinner
    Invitation Only

    Aura Restaurant

  • 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Combined AGMA Board and Foundation Dinner
    Invitation Only
    ​Business attire

    Vista Ballroom

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Registration Open

    Acacia Foyer

  • 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    AGMA Board Breakfast and Meeting

    Sunset Veranda for breakfast

    Royal Palm 3 for meeting

  • 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    ABMA Board Breakfast and Meeting

    Sunset Veranda for breakfast

    Royal Palm 1 for 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

    Royal Palm 1

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    AGMA Members' Meeting

    Royal Palm 4-8

  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    AGMA/ABMA Refreshment Break

    Royal Palm Foyer

  • 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    General Session I

    Royal Palm 4-8

  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    First Timers Reception
    Invitation Only

    Palm Terrace Pool

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

    Mangrove Pool

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

    Royal Palm Foyer

  • 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    General Session II

    Royal Palm 4-8

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast

    Royal Palm 2-3

  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Program

    Royal Palm 2-3

  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Golf Tournament

    Hotel Lobby to meet the bus

    Naples Grande Golf Club for tournament

  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Corn Hole Tournament

    Sunset Veranda

  • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Arcade Adventure
    Casual Attire​

    Royal Palm 4-8

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

    Royal Palm Foyer

  • 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    General Session III

    Royal Palm 4-8

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Continental Breakfast

    Royal Palm 2-3

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Spouse/Guest Program

    Royal Palm 2-3

  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    The Revs Institute Automotive Tour
  • 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

    Royal Palm 2-3


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.

George Thomas

Bison Gear & Engineering Corp

George was a member of the AGMA Board of Directors from 2015-2018. He has worked at Bison Gear for 32 years, holding positions as Application Engineer, Product Manager, V.P. of Engineering, and is currently Bison’s Executive Vice President responsible for Supply Chain. He managed a recent automation implementation project for Bison and will take part in the panel to provide perspective on his experiences.

Chris Harbert

Rethink Robotics

Chris Harbert is the Vice President of Sales for North America at Rethink Robotics. He is responsible for all Direct and Channel sales and business development activities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, driving awareness and adoption of Rethink's smart, collaborative robots. Chris also oversees B2B relationships with select, strategic Fortune 500 manufacturers on a global scale. Prior to Rethink Robotics, Chris spent over 10 years in the Biotech industry, in various sales, marketing, and technical management roles. He earned multiple Bachelor's degrees from Tufts University, and a Master's in Business Administration from Bentley University.

Amber Fulmer

Rethink Robotics

Amber Fulmer is the Strategic Account Manager for North America at Rethink Robotics. With experience in business development and territory management, Amber excels at running day-to-day operations across multiple facilities and accelerating relationships with customers of all sizes. Prior to joining Rethink Robotics, Amber spent ten years in strategic account management for laser positioning systems and power generation technologies with Caterpillar, and five years in management in plastics distribution for GE Plastics. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from The Ohio State University.

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