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About the Strategic Resources Network

This group brings together new and upcoming gear industry professionals from within AGMA membership. Its goal is to provide a dynamic, educational, productive forum to help participants grow, both within the industry and the association. The Strategic Resources Network addresses such topics as leadership, best business practices, AGMA programs and personal development. 

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  • 1:00 pm
    Optional 9-hole Golf Tournament

    Cherokee Hills Golf Course - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

    Designed by renowned architect Perry Maxwell in 1924, the course at Cherokee Hills Golf Club is steeped in rich Oklahoma history. Redesigned by Tripp Davis, it’s a true challenge for the most accomplished golfer, while inviting enough for the weekend player.

  • 5:30 pm

    Join attendees for a drink at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Then dinner on your own. Typically, smaller groups of people go together.

    The hotel hsa a shuttle available to the downtown area for $7.00 round trip.

  • 8:00 am
    Breakfast at Hotel
  • 8:45 am
    Bus Departure
  • 9:10
    Session 1
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Muncie Power

    Buses will leave the hotel for Muncie Power at 9:45 am

    Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, Muncie Power Products is a leading manufacturer of power take-offs and fluid power components for the work truck industry.

  • 11:30 pm
    Depart Muncie Power and return to Hard Rock Hotel

    We will eat lunch at the Hard Rock Hotel at 12:00 pm

  • 1:00 pm
    Session 2
  • 2:00 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • 6:30 pm
    Dinner and Poker Tournament

    Nice, casual evening with our own private poker tournament. This tournament will be played just for fun with chips provided by the hotel. A great networking event.

    9:30 scheduled ending time
  • 8:30 am

    Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

  • 9:00 am
    Session 4

    Session 4

  • 10:00 am
    Refreshment Break
  • 10:30 am
    Leave for Tulsa Tech
  • 11:00 am
    Session 5
  • 12:00 am
    Lunch at Tulsa Tech
  • 1:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
    Depart for Tulsa Airport

    Buses will drop off at approximately 3:30 pm at Tulsa Airport (TUL).

Event Sessions

1 Muncie Power

Overview and Tour of Muncie Power

Doug Sullivent, Director of Operations/Tulsa Plant Manager, Muncie Power Products

For more than eighty years Muncie Power has been a leader in the fields of power take-offs and fluid power components for the work truck industry. They offer a wide breadth of products including pumps, cylinders, motors, valves, reservoirs and filters. Their products include applications that can be used in utility trucks, dump trucks and walking floor trailers. 

The tour and background information will be provided by Doug Sullivent, the Director of Operations for Muncie Power Products at Tulsa. He has thirty years of experience in manufacturing, including twenty-four years in operations management.  

2 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

AGMA: Looking Forward

Matt Croson, AGMA

AGMA President, Matt Croson, will be back at the SRN event with an energetic report on the State of the Association. The Board of Directors has approved the Strategic Plan that he discussed at the last SRN event - and he will outline next steps for the association as he embraces AGMA's 101st year.


Download a copy of the AGMA Strategic Plan document here.

AGMA New Emerging Technology Committee

Brian Schultz, Great Lakes Industry, Inc.

Brian Schultz, former SRN Chair, has accepted the new role of Chair of the Emerging Technology Committee. This is one of two new AGMA committees that stems from the recent Board Strategic Plan, adopted in November 2016. 

He will lead a discussion on the four areas of concentration for this committee:

  • 3D Printing
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Super Alloys and New Materials


A section of the AGMA website is devoted to Emerging Technologies here.

3 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Emerging Technology Focus: 3D Printed Metals

Peeyush Nandwana, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has the nation’s most comprehensive materials research program and is a world leader in research that supports the development of advanced materials for energy generation, storage, and use. 

We are brining in an expert from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to discuss the latest advances in the area of 3D printed metals. And the future impacts of next generation metal printing techniques.

Energy Sector Report

Buford Boyd Pollett, J.D., Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law and Commerce, Collins College of Business, The University of Tulsa

There is probably no greater symbol of the Tulsa area than the oil derrick. Two years before Oklahoma became a state, oil was discovered near Tulsa. This discovery launched an oil boom that made Tulsa famous as the production center with output of 120,000 barrels daily.  By the time Oklahoma became a state, this area was the largest oil producing area in the world with pipelines and refineries dotting the landscape.


Join Professor Pollett as he summarizes:

  • The history of the oil and gas industry and the current state of energy in the U.S.,
  • How the current regulatory policies and contractual requirements may impact the AMGA members, and
  • What does this all means for gear manufacturers in the short and long term?


Professor Pollett brings a wealth of knowledge to this subject. He has worked for several international energy companies by providing legal support to senior management for the integrated energy company Eni and full service energy companies such as Technip. Prior to attending law school, Professor Pollett worked for Nabors as a logging geologist.

4 Session 4

Steel Overview

Raymond V. Fryan, VP Technology and Quality, TimkenSteel

Since today's gears are complex, demanding application that challenges material performance requirements, gear manufacturers need to have current knowledge about the latest engineering materials. Join Raymond Fryan as he highlights TimkenSteel's product line, including clean airmelted steels, available as an optimization option for gear designers looking to maximize torque capacity and the power density of the gear set.

5 Tulsa Tech

Workforce Development Panel

Ross Wegryn-Jones, Regional Sales Manager, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries American, Inc. Brian Maher, Assistant General Manager, Muncie Power Products Senthil Kumar, CEO, Thors eLearning Solutions Bruce Smith, CNC Instructor and Distance Learning Specialist, Tulsa Tech

Job creation headlines news stories as AGMA manufacturers are continuing to have difficulties finding employees. We have assembled a panel made up of representatives from industry, education, and online learning for a lively discussion on workforce development. 

We will be surveying attendees before you arrive to tailor the panel questions to the needs of those in the room.

6 Tulsa Tech

Overview and Tour - Tulsa Tech

Bruce Smith, CNC Instructor and Distance Learning Specialist, Tulsa Tech

The tour of the Tulsa Tech Broken Arrow Campus will focus on the labs that support the Precision Machining career path, which prepares students to create the high-tech precision parts needed worldwide in everyday products. The labs will include a variety of both manual and computer numeric Control (CNC) machinery including Haas, Bridgeport, Sharpe, Clausing, Venture, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Okuma, Doosan, and Takamatsu brands.  The Measurement Lab features a PC DMIS coordinate measuring machine. 


Continuing collaboration with local and regional employers allows Tulsa Tech to align training program outputs to workforce needs.  The Precision Machining program is on pace to graduate 150 credentialed technicians this year. Tulsa Tech’s Business and Industry Services division will graduate an additional 100 adult students through direct contracts for precision machining training.  Tulsa Tech also leverages partnerships with regional employers to expand student opportunities for work-based experiences and graduate placement.


Matt Croson


Session 2: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Matthew E. “Matt” Croson joined the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) as its seventh President in June 2016.  He oversees all operational aspects of the 100-year old, $4 million revenue, 12-person trade association dedicated to serving the needs of the $40 billion mechanical power transmission industry.  AGMA supports technical standards development, education and business management needs for its nearly-500 member companies.  

Croson joined AGMA after serving as President of the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) from March of 2010 to June 2016.  During his tenure, ASC grew membership by 31% and revenues by 46%.  When he left ASC, the organization had 138 members and $2.8 million in revenue. Prior to that he spent 12 years at PMMI.

Raymond V. Fryan, VP Technology and Quality


Session 4: Session 4

Raymond V. Fryan is vice president of technology and quality. In that role he safeguards and continually grows the core knowledge that makes TimkenSteel an industry leader while also maintaining discipline in the systems that deliver consistent quality. Most recently, he served in a similar role when the steel business was part of The Timken Company. A career metallurgist recognized across the industry, Ray has spent his career advancing steel production and processes, quality systems and materials technology. He also has championed continuous process improvement. An avid runner and Boston Marathon finisher, Ray serves on the board of the Paul and Carol David YMCA in Ohio. Ray holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from Grove City College and a master's degree and doctorate in material science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development for Global Excellence program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. 

Bruce Smith, CNC Instructor and Distance Learning Specialist

Tulsa Tech

Session 6: Tulsa Tech Session 5: Tulsa Tech

Bruce Smith has been involved in manufacturing for almost twenty five years. Starting his career at a small family business, Smith soon moved on to the aviation industry. He has been an instructor for more than ten years and currently teaches a Certified Machining course through a blended delivery environment at Tulsa Technology Center. Within the program Smith utilizes innovative methods and leading-edge technology to deliver instruction. Through persistence and desire for continuous improvement, he finds a way to meet students where they are to build their optimal educational experience. 

Senthil Kumar, CEO

Thors eLearning Solutions

Session 5: Tulsa Tech

Senthil Kumar, an entrepreneur based in Akron, Ohio, USA, is the founder of THORS and an investor in several companies involved with online learning, and the distribution and manufacturing of engineered products. Senthil received a Bachelor of Technology degree from Anna University (India) and a master’s degree in engineering from The University of Akron (United States). Senthil has more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing, distribution, and manufacturing of a wide range of engineered products and commodities.

THORS was launched in 2010 to help the manufacturing workforce obtain foundational and experiential manufacturing process knowledge in a structured way that enables effectiveness and profitable growth. Today, THORS has active customers in 5 continents. 

Brian Maher, Assistant General Manager

Muncie Power Products

Session 5: Tulsa Tech

Brian Maher has been the Operations Manager for Muncie Power Products since 2014, and is also the current President of the Tulsa Area Manufacturing Association.  Brian graduated with a degree in Machining from the Waltham Vocational High School in Waltham Massachusetts.  He also has Associates degrees in Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics from Tulsa Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business from University of Phoenix, and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.  Brian worked as a machinist for 10 years to include 4 years cutting gears for Muncie Power Products and has spent the last 15 years in manufacturing management positions at MPP.  Brian is a Certified Lean Implementer and leads continuous improvement efforts as part of his current role at Muncie.  

Peeyush Nandwana

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Session 3: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Dr. Peeyush Nandwana is a postdoctoral research associate in the Manfuacturing Demonstration Facility of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Nandwana has been working on different aspects of additive manufacturing of metallic materials. He has experience on electron beam melting and binder jet 3D printing. Apart from it he is involved in optimizing the parameters for hot isostatic pressing of titanium alloys. Before joining Oak Ridge National Lab, Dr. Nandwana received his doctorate degree from the Materials Science and Engineering Department of University of North Texas under the mentorship of Profs. Raj Banerjee and Srinivasan Srivilliputhur. He specialized in phase transformations in titanium alloys. Dr. Nandwana did his bachelors in Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) in India. During the course of his academic career he has authored and co-authored 19 publications so far. 

Buford Boyd Pollett, J.D., Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law and Commerce

Collins College of Business, The University of Tulsa

Session 3: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Buford Boyd Pollett is a Texas Licensed Attorney and Geoscientist, a licensed attorney in Louisiana and Georgia, and a proctor in maritime law. His energy experience includes work with Eni (the Italian National Oil Company), Wilson Offshore & Marine, McDermott, Technip, Entergy, Amoco, Texaco, Nabors, and a Shell-Exxon joint venture in Germany (BEB Erdgas und Erdöl). He has a MS/BS in Geology from the University of Georgia, a Master in International Business Management from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans. During his career, he has worked on a number of projects. His CV is available on the University of Tulsa website.

Brian Schultz

Great Lakes Industry, Inc.

Session 2: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Brian Schultz is the President of Great Lakes Industry, Inc. (GLI), a privately held, precision gear manufacturer in Jackson, Michigan.  Previously, as Vice President of Engineering, Brian led GLI’s significant investments required to support growth in GLI’s precision gearing product line. 


Prior to joining GLI in 2004, he was a manager with Accenture’s global consulting practice where he led the implementation of multiple information technology systems for many global clients in the United States, Europe and Asia.   Brian holds a Manufacturing Engineering Technology Degree from the University of Dayton.  

Doug Sullivent, Director of Operations/Tulsa Plant Manager

Muncie Power Products

Session 1: Muncie Power

Doug Sullivent is the Director of Operations/Tulsa Plant Manager for Muncie Power Products’ Tulsa Manufacturing Division. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has 30 sound years of experience in manufacturing, including 24 years in operations management and 6 years in supply chain management. Doug also has an extensive background in continuous improvement and is a certified Lean Implementer. 

Ross Wegryn-Jones, Regional Sales Manager

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries American, Inc.

Session 5: Tulsa Tech Session 1: Muncie Power

Ross Wegryn-Jones is a Regional Sales Manager for the Gear Machine Tool Division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. based in Wixom, MI.  Ross has served in a variety of International & Domestic sales and marketing capacities since 1989 with a concentration on the involute form beginning in 2009.   The application of cutting tools, work and toolholding, machine tools and how it all ties together are and continue to be a lifelong fascination for Ross.

Ross is also a strong advocate for continual learning through a variety of methods including on-line, hands-on and classroom environments with courses through AGMA, Thors, LLC and many others.  Ross graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising followed by a Master's Degree from Western Michigan University in Business Administration Management."

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