Details for 2018 will be coming soon!
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.
Venue Coming Soon
Coming Soon, TBD
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.
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.
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.
We will eat lunch at the Hard Rock Hotel at 12:00 pm
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.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Buses will drop off at approximately 3:30 pm at Tulsa Airport (TUL).
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 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 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, 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 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.
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.
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 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 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."
Established in 1935, Muncie Power Products, Inc., part of the global Interpump Hydraulics Group, manufactures a full line of power take-offs and hydraulic components to both ASE and DIN specifications.
A public independent school district, as well as the oldest and largest technology center in Oklahoma’s Career Tech System, Tulsa Tech was founded in 1965 as part of Tulsa Public Schools. Tulsa Tech purchased its single campus (now the Lemley Campus) from Tulsa Public Schools and became an independent school district in 1973.
Tulsa Tech offers a wide range of opportunities to prepare students for success in a career, while potentially earning credits toward a college degree. With six campuses in the Tulsa metro area, a Tulsa Tech campus is never too far away.
Students can choose from a variety of programs including health sciences, aerospace, pre-engineering, automotive/alternative fuels and information technology. Tuition is free for public, private and home- schooled high school students with low-cost tuition for adult learners. Morning, afternoon, evening and all-day classes are available to fit any student’s schedule.