The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
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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.
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.
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.
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 serves as the Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the DMDII’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 DMDII, 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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
Solutions for high productivity and precision Gears
Since 1919, following an almost 100-year old history of making small gears and pinions for Swiss watchmakers, Affolter Technologies SA is manufacturing technologically advanced high-precision Gear Hobbing machines for small and micro-gear customers.
Affolter Technologies develops and manufactures CNC Gear Hobbing machines. It is tailored to the needs of all small and micro motor industries, such as automotive, aircraft, servo motor, dental and medical equipment, including gears and pinions for watchmaking.
The Affolter machines can cut spur, helical, frontal, bevel, shaft, face, crown gears and worm screws.
“Affolter’s CNC Gear Hobbing machines is a compact, precise, and productive machine concept. Power, stiffness, and precision combined with universal applicability provide a means of manufacturing complex parts at the cutting edge of technology. From standard products to custom-made developments, it encompasses the full range of expertise in very stringent fields.” explains Mikael Affolter, Head of Sales.
The machines are all equipped with the in-house developed Affolter Leste CNC control, specifically designed for handling up to 12 axes.
Different automation systems for part loading and unloading are available, such as universal grippers, drum loader or robot loading as well as options such as deburring, dry cutting, centering microscope and oil mist aspiration.
The new loader system AF71 with two grippers ensures 24 hours automatic production. While a gear is in the hobbing process, the other gripper already reaches out for the next part to be loaded.
For more than eight decades now, we have been reputed for dependable first-class products that are human-compatible and environment-considerate. Our company stands firmly on the following foundations:
A solid family company
For three generations, the Blaser name has stood for sustainable leadership and values. Our family company culture has a tradition that we now uphold as a global player as well.
Our customers not only want cutting fluids, but also need a competent and dependable partner to help optimize their machining processes. With our committed team, we provide this partnership.
Manufacturing technology has changed over the years, but our dedication to producing quality gears, delivering them when needed, at a competitive price, continues to make us successful today. We are very proud of the investments we have made in technology, training and quality assurance measures to meet the demanding requirements of our customers.
We are a full-service gear manufacturer offering a wide variety of other services to our customers, including deburring & finishing, grinding, heat treating, honing, prototyping, broaching, CNC machining and gear modifications.
Comer Industries is a global leader in the design and production of advanced engineering systems and mechatronic solutions for power transmissions, supplied to major manufacturers of machinery for agriculture and industry.
Manufacturing Geared for Quality.
At our 70,000-square-foot Beloit facility, capability, efficiency and process flow come together to ensure the delivery of our most important product: quality. Cotta designs in accordance with American Gear Manufacturers Association standards. Lean Manufacturing is the rule; 5S techniques employed in all departments improve standardization in the production process. Adherence to a rigid Supplier Certification and Selection program ensures constant control of material quality.
Operating from 4 manufacturing facilities, ECF is known worldwide as a leader in the open-die forging industry. ECF manufactures concentric and eccentric contoured forgings and single cross-section products from carbon, alloy, stainless, tool steels and nickel alloys in weights up to 110,000 pounds, lengths to 57 feet, and diameters to 140 inches. We specialize in a variety of custom forgings including pinion shafts, gear blanks, and bars.
Monthly magazine dedicated to being the most trusted resource in the Gear Industry
Our combined minimum of 40 years of gear and gear rack experience allows us to be your quality source for gears and especially hard-cut and soft-cut gear racks. We service the oil, defense, steel, marine, automation, machine tool, computer, medical and precision instrument industries as well as supply our gear racks to many well known catalog companies. In addition, we handle the more complicated aspects of general machining with our assortment of Haas and Hurco CNC machining centers and lathes. Our company is constantly acquiring new technologies to meet the needs of our customers such as our hard rack cutting capability. We can provide reverse engineering on replacement parts and break down service for those times of critical need. This commitment to our customers along with our experience allows us to strive for the most economical solution, whether custom tailored to your needs or using standard alternatives, without compromising quality and with finished products delivered on time. We are able to fully produce gear racks to your prints and stand ready to serve you.
For more than 60 years, Liebherr's range of products and services has been broad and sophisticated. Its design and technology is orientated around practical deployment scenarios throughout the world. Continually growing innovative strength and an upcompromisingcommitment to quality safeguard the highest level of benefit to the customer in all product areas.
McInnes Rolled Rings produces seamless rolled rings ranging from 4” (100 mm) to 144” (3660 mm) in carbon, alloy and stainless steel. By combining the latest in ring rolling technology with experienced people, McInnes delivers steel rolled rings at the lowest possible cost with the fastest service in the industry.
Meritor is proud to celebrate more than 100 years of serving our customers with superior products that are constantly evolving to meet global market needs.
NSK is a global manufacturer of ball and roller bearings, linear motion technology, automotive components and steering systems with both domestic and overseas manufacturing capabilities. NSK also offers a full range of services including reconditioning, ball screw repair, product integration, application engineering and predictive & preventive maintenance and reliability services.
Reishauer Gear Grinding Technology increases your competitiveness and your success.
Reishauer guarantees the required quality, cycle time,
and the operational availability. Together with our
customers, we are responsible for the machine system
beyond the warranty time.
Reishauer banks on highest quality and precision.
All core components of our performance portfolio are
manufactured by us in Switzerland.
Our Circle of Competence guarantees the perfect
harmony of the process elements, reduces the need
for control, and increases productivity.
ALL FROM ONE SOURCE
Scot Forge is the premier provider of high-quality metal forging solutions. Our experts help deliver the largest range of open die forging capabilities.
The combined resources of Star SU enable you to benefit from over 128 years of combined experience in the field of gear manufacturing. This includes expertise in the field of gundrills and reamers, functional and decorative coatings, and near net shape tungsten carbide blanks used in cutting tools, wear parts, and cold heading. Our comprehensive line includes patented solutions you will only find at Star SU.
The headquarters of Star SU is located in Hoffman Estates, IL (Chicago), 30 minutes from Chicago-O’Hare International Airport. The companies, while partners in Star SU, retain their individual private ownership as manufacturing units.
Steel balls and precision products manufacturer
with the world’s leading spherical surface processing technology
Smooth and accurate rotation is only achieved by creating a ball that is as close as possible to a perfect sphere. Such high precision
rotation can be applied to fields from home appliances to space science and technology. We aim to create perfectly spherical precision balls in
a diverse range of materials for various uses, and develop precision machinery that enables smooth motion.
WFL Millturn Technologies GmbH & Co. KG is the leading supplier in the field of complete machining.
WFL is the only manufacturer worldwide that concentrates exclusively on the production of multifunctional complete machining centres. In many high tech companies today, the trade name MILLTURN stands for the central machine tool for the production of complex components with the highest precision. The modular design of the MILLTURN centres and individual special solutions guarantee perfect adaptation to the relevant manufacturing task.
With a MILLTURN, customers are not only purchasing a CNC machine that meets the very highest demands for quality and precision, they are also gaining an unbeatable competitive advantage. 30 years' experience in complete machining and thousands of solutions guarantee that WFL customers will get the most efficient and reliable machinery.