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SRN - Tulsa, OK

May 16-18, 2017 | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, OK

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Join us in Tulsa for the 2017 Strategic Resources Network event.

The agenda for this meeting is strong. Capitalizing on our location in the heart of oil country, we will have speakers on topics of the Energy Sector, Steel Market, and Workforce Development. We will also have a special presentation on the current state of 3D printing - specifically in metal - from an expert from Oak Ridge Laboratory.

Attendees will visit Muncie Power and Tulsa Tech where they will be afforded both tours and informative presentations.

As always, this meeting will have time to interact and socialize with your peers. But something we haven't done in a few years - golf - has been added to the 2017 agenda. 

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. 

Hotel Info

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
777 West Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK 74015

Driving Directions

Room Rate


The hotel cut-off date is April 24, 2017. We cannot guarantee our room rate after this date.


Reserve your room here.


AGMA Member Only
Golf (optional)
Golf - club rental

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Event Schedule




  • 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
  • 8:45 am
    Bus Departure
  • 9:15 am
    Arrive at Muncie Power

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

  • 9:30 am
    Session 1

    We will meet staff from Muncie Power go on a tour and receive information about the company.

    Muncie Power

    (lunch at Muncie Power)

  • 12:30 pm
    Depart Muncie Power and return to Hard Rock Hotel
  • 1:30 pm
    Session 2
  • 2:30 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:00 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
  • 12:30 am
    Lunch at Tulsa Tech
  • 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

Overview and Tour - Tulsa Tech

Rick Huddleson, Instructor, Machining Technology, Tulsa Tech

Visit Tulsa Tech's training facility and listen to Rick Huddleson as he discusses workforce development in the greater Tulsa area, teaching millenials, and working with local manufacturers to stay ahead of technological advances. 

Workforce Development Panel

Ross Wegryn-Jones, Regional Sales Manager, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries American, Inc. Brian Maher, Assistant General Manager, Muncie Power Products

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.


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. 

Rick Huddleson, Instructor, Machining Technology

Tulsa Tech

Session 5: Tulsa Tech

Rick is an instructor at Tulsa Tech’s Broken Arrow campus where his students can earn as many eleven different certifications in machining technology from the National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS). Metalworking companies use the NIMS certifications as a basis for recruiting, hiring, placement and promotion. These include the four basic certifications needed for an entry-level job as a machinist and seven additional certifications for machining technicians who want to improve their job skills and pay.

You can see Rick talk about how millennials are now using more advanced technology at schools in thisTulsa World Video

Senthil Kumar, CEO

Thors eLearning Solutions

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

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

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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