2019 Annual Meeting

               October 10-13, 2019



Friday, October 11

PHOTO - Pinchuk  Nicholas Pinchuk
CEO - Snap-on, Inc.

The Dignity of Work

We live in unprecedented times and some say the 'American Dream' is in jeopardy. Not true, says Nick Pinchuk, CEO of Snap-on, Inc. The time is now to examine our beliefs in the American Dream and build a culture of respect and dignity for work. This includes understand the global competition for jobs, the expectation of skilled labor, the cost of doing business in changing economy and setting high expectations on our schools, businesses and government leaders. This presentation will demonstrate how each of us have a responsibility to answer the calling to up-skill the American workforce and challenge the status quo for business engagement to align the aspirations of our youth with jobs and careers that will sustain our nations manufacturing economy.  

Nick Pinchuk Bio:

Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Incorporated, and serves on its board of directors.

Mr. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board. He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009. He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group.

Before Snap-on, Mr. Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, he served in executive, operational, planning and financial capacities within Carrier and United Technologies, including: president, Asia-Pacific air conditioning operations; global vice president, strategic planning; and chief financial officer, Carrier International Corporation. Before joining United Technologies, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions. He also served in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.

Mr. Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation; on the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers; on the Board of Trustees of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation; on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management; and on the Board of Trustees of Carthage College.

Mr. Pinchuk is an outspoken leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of our nation’s technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education Foundation named him National Business Leader of the Year in 2011. SkillsUSA named him Champion of the Year in 2012, recognizing his extensive support for the growth of a skilled American workforce. In 2014, he was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Jesse Cole

How to Design the Ultimate Customer Experience

Jesse Cole, founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas baseball team, will give you a behind-the-scenes perspective on what it takes to stand out in a noisy world and incite energy and enthusiasm that will be the envy of any rivals. Create a business with customers who are more than purchasers of a product or service. Make those customers loyal fans who promote your brand and create new customers in ways that are envied by those frustrated with the latest marketing secrets and social media techniques.

You’ll be encouraged that when failure is looming, you can choose to see opportunity. You’ll be reminded that “normal” is not a desirable position. Being your unique self can open doors of opportunity, joy, and fulfillment that others miss.  You’ll see ways to stand out in any industry or profession. 

Jesse Cole Bio:

Jesse Cole is the founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas. His teams have welcomed more than one million fans to their ballparks and have been featured on MSNBC, CNN and ESPN. 

The Bananas have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year and won the CPL Championship in their first year. Fans First Entertainment has been featured on the INC 5000 lists as one of the fastest

The Savannah Bananas currently have sold out every game for two straight seasons and have a waiting list in the thousands for tickets. 

Jesse is an in-demand speaker and released his first book “Find Your Yellow Tux – How to Be Successful by Standing Out” in January of 2018. The book launched #1 in three categories on Amazon and has been sold in 18 countries. Staying true to his mantra, “Whatever’s Normal, Do the Exact Opposite,” Cole launched the book with a World Book Tour….at Epcot. 

Cole’s greatest mentors are Bill Veeck, PT Barnum and Walt Disney. All three share a wall in his office on custom-made posters that display the words Innovation, Showmanship, and Vision.  Cole believes to be successful you need to Stand Out and Be Different. He releases daily videos, blogs and articles on LinkedIn. He is passionate about creating attention, loving your customers more than your product and loving your employees more than your customers. 

Cole is the Host of the Business Done Differently Podcast and has been featured on more than 100 podcasts including the Ziglar Show, StoryBrand with Donald Miller and NPR’s Only a Game. 

ToddMcLees Todd McLees
Pendio Group

The Future of Manufacturing

Having been tasked with developing a supply chain readiness program for future businesses and OEM’s for Foxconn Technology Group, Todd McLees, partner with the management consulting firm Pendio Group, knows a thing or two about the future of manufacturing and will share his thoughts on three inter-related topics

“Leading Through Extraordinary Change”  

A thought-provoking deep dive into the Four Industrial Revolutions, the Five Computing Waves. We’ll discuss the “Age of Disruption” occurring and how to appropriately respond to such changes. We’ll identify key opportunities and challenges confronting manufacturers today. 

“Work of the Future”  

A realistic look at the Talent Gap – globally, nationally, regionally and in the manufacturing sector. We’ll focus on key projections for the next decade and discuss the impact of AI and other emerging technologies on the transformation of most roles in the workforce. We’ll also address the hidden burning platform – Workforce Learning & Development. Upskilling, Reskilling and Newskilling more than half the existing workforce by 2022. 

“Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Advanced Manufacturing Imperative”  

Digital Ecosystems disrupt the way we have traditionally implemented technology and best practices to future-proof our businesses. We’ll discuss the challenges and business advantages related to these disruptive collaborations that help small and medium-sized companies level the playing field.  We’ll discuss the most recent research related to the formation of these collaborations in the manufacturing sector. The presentation speaks to the need for people and companies to converge in order to prevent unplanned disruption from today’s critically important gaps (workforce and technology adoption). 

Todd McLees Bio:

Todd McLees is the Founder and CEO of Pendio Group, an advisory services firm that helps companies positively embrace disruption and uses a specialized approach to enable growth for its clients. Their strategic frameworks and collaborative ecosystems put companies in the best position to take advantage of unprecedented opportunities by helping them adapt to the changes to come. 

Todd is also the Founder of the TENXEcosystem for Advanced Manufacturing. Founded in 2019, TENX is already comprised of more than 100 high-performing manufacturers, service providers and strategic OEMs in Wisconsin. 

A frequent keynote speaker, Todd appears throughout the United States to address challenges and opportunities related to Digital Disruption, the Exponential Rate of Innovation, Work of the Future, and Digital Ecosystems. 

Previously, Todd spent 20 years building and leading global teams to accelerate growth, primarily in the software industry.  

A committed life-long learner, Todd recently earned professional certificates in Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain Management. Ecosystem frameworks he developed have been adopted by Marquette University’s Supply Chain Management program as part of their undergraduate curriculum. 

In support of shaping the workforce of the future, Todd serves on the steering committee for HERA, the Higher Education Regional Alliance in Wisconsin. Todd also serves on the board for ADHD America whose mission it is to help children with ADHD maximize their human potential. 

PHOTO - Nashashibi
Omar Nashashibi
The Franklin Partnership
PHOTO John Guzik cropped John Guzik
The Franklin Partnership

How Washington is Disrupting Business as Usual 

During the 2016 campaigns, then candidate Donald Trump promised to shake things up in Washington, D.C., a promise this politician has clearly kept. PMPA’s lobbying firm, The Franklin Partnership, will provide insight into how trade, regulatory policies, and workforce challenges impact the industry. Are the tariffs here to stay? Will interest groups block regulatory reform? Can politicians come together and support job training programs? With the 2020 campaign for the White House underway, thi s is your chance to hear from Washington insiders what politicians have in store for you and how your company can adapt and continue to thrive during these uncertain times. 

Omar Nashashibi Bio:

Omar S. Nashashibi is a Founding Partner with The Franklin Partnership, a bipartisan lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C. Having represented manufacturing associations in Washington since 2002, he is an expert on the various public policy issues affecting businesses throughout the country. Omar has nearly twenty years of experience working with policymakers, politicians, and the media. He lobbies the White House, members of Congress and government agencies who issue thousands of new laws and regulations each year. Before founding his own firm in 2005, Omar worked for the Office of Management and Budget, part of the White House and a large multi-state law firm. Omar graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he studied Political Science and International Affairs.

John Guzik Bio:

John Guzik is a founding partner of the Franklin Partnership with over 20 years of Capitol Hill and campaign experience. Previously, John served as Chief of Staff for Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp. He was the top legislative strategist working on tax, trade, health care, transportation and agriculture issues. John also works closely with the Senate Finance Committee on health care, tax, trade, and many other issues important to his clients.
John has a diverse clientele including physicians, hospitals, manufacturers, defense contractors, Native American tribes, non-profit groups, and municipalities. John’s clients have testified before Congress and various federal agencies. He has worked extensively building coalitions of like-minded organizations to further his client’s legislative goals.

John also specializes in securing economic development and R&D federal funding for his clients, through grants and congressional projects. Throughout his career, John worked with members of Congress, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee and his clients to secure more than $40 million in federal appropriations for economic development purposes.
Since entering the private sector, John has developed vital relationships with the Executive Branch, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of the US Trade Representative, Departments of Interior, Treasury, Commerce, and Health and Human Services as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, John develops and implements comprehensive legislative and contribution strategies, to further expand his client’s political footprint in Washington.

After leaving Capitol Hill, Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) tapped John to be the Deputy Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, where he served as the liaison with the House Republican Leadership, coordinating activities to complement the legislative agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has extensive contacts in both the House and Senate leadership and with key committees.

Originally from Michigan, Guzik is married to his wife Cara and has 3 young children.

Saturday, October 12

Tuschen Jason Tuschen
Co-Founder and CEO RANDORI Inc.
Retired SEAL Command Master Chief
PHOTO - Jason Torey Jason Torey
Co-Founder and COO RANDORI Inc

Leadership Lessons Learned from 27 Years as a Navy Seal

Listen to the leadership lessons acquired by two former Navy SEALs. Learn how exploring yourself as a leader, leading by example and work-life balance can enhance leadership skills. Topics also include: success and failure - leading with passion versus emotion, striving to improve, importance of values, principles and culture.

Jason Tuschen Bio:

Jason Tuschen was born in Milwaukee, WI and graduated from Whitefish Bay High School.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1990.  Upon graduating from Basic Training at Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA, he attended Operations Specialist “A” School in Dam Neck, VA.   He completed Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training in San Diego, CA and Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, GA before reporting to SEAL Team THREE and completing three platoon deployments as a petty officer.   

In 1997, Jason transferred to Naval Special Warfare Development Group where he underwent selection and executed multiple deployments over the next four years.  In September of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.   

In 2001, he received orders to Naval Special Warfare Center where he served as a SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) instructor for the next two and a half years.  In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer and transferred to SEAL Team SEVEN.  At SEAL Team SEVEN, Jason was assigned as a Task Unit Leading Chief Petty Officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.  

He returned to Naval Special Warfare Center in 2006.  At Basic Training Command, Jason served as the First Phase Leading Chief Petty Officer and was promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer the following year.  Transferring to SEAL Team ONE in 2008 as the Operations Master Chief Petty Officer, he completed a second deployment to Iraq in 2010.  Upon return, he assumed responsibilities as the SEAL Team ONE Command Master Chief and deployed to the United Arab Emirates as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Special Operations Command—Central Crisis Response Element (CRE).  Upon completion of that tour, Jason became the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Operations Department and the Training Detachment at Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. 

Jason recently completed a tour as the Operations Senior Enlisted Advisor at Naval Special Warfare Command and ended his career as the Command Master Chief for Naval Special Warfare Group ONE.   

Jason’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star (two awards, one awarded with Valor), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon and numerous unit and campaign awards.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Administration and Management and is currently enrolled at the American College of Financial Services for a Master of Science in Management with an expected graduation date of May 2019. 

Jason is married to the former Marijo Berry and they have two children, Shane and Molly.  They currently reside in San Diego, CA. 

Jason Torey Bio:

Jason is the COO and co-founder of RANDORI Incorporated, a company dedicated to developing the world’s best leaders, so no person, company, or good idea fails because of leadership and culture.  Before RANDORI, Jason had the privilege of serving 26 years on active service as a U.S. Navy SEAL, from a frontline leader and retiring as an Executive Senior Enlisted in Naval Special Warfare. 

Jason married his beautiful wife 15 years ago, and together they have three crazy, adventurous, and loving children. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Charleston, holds an MBA from Washington State University, an MSSL from the University of Charleston, and a BS in workforce education from Southern Illinois University. 

patrickungashick   Patrick Ungashick
NAVIX Holdings LLC

Dance in the End Zone

Patrick Ungashick turns the conventional wisdom about exit planning upside down. Rather than presenting “exit planning” as it’s commonly understood (i.e., the things business leaders find themselves rushing to do immediately before sale or succession) Ungashick presents a radically different approach.  He asks, “What decisions need to be made today in order to position the CEO/owner for success at exit?” Too many CEOs/owners struggle at exit or leave value on the table because decisions made years ago come back to undermine their results. The good news is that taking action now not only better prepares the leader for exit, it also helps create a better and stronger business today.  

Combining more than 25 years of direct experience, findings from national research, and entertaining real-world case studies and stories, this workshop addresses the essential questions and steps business leaders need to answer to prepare their companies and themselves for exit. Key issues explored include: 

  • What are the three ways to maximize business value at my exit? 

  • What is my exit strategy, and how do I know if it is sound? 

  • What legacy do I wish to create for myself and my organization? 

  • What will I do with my time and talent in life after exit? 

  • How much do I need to reach personal financial freedom, and how do I know and track my progress to achieve it? 

Key take-ways from this interactive session also include: 

  • Answers to the Seven End Zone Questions—the critical questions business leaders and owners must answer to reach their personal exit goals 

  • The seven areas of Transferable Value™ that increase business value at exit 

  • Complimentary assessment exercises and tools to use after the workshop 

Patrick Ungashick Bio:

In the field of exit planning, Patrick is uniquely qualified to help business owners plan for and create successful exits. He is CEO and co-owner of two companies. More importantly, for more than twenty-five years Patrick has provided exit advice and solutions to business owners in a wide variety of industries, from as small as several million in revenues to more than half a billion. Patrick is the author of two books helping business owners prepare for exit: Dance in the End Zone: The Business Owner’s Exit Planning Playbook, and A Tale of Two Owners: Achieving Exit Success Between Business Co-Owners. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Week and other print and radio media. He speaks to several dozen business groups per year how to achieve successful exits.

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 10
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Technical Members Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Friday, October 11
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Business Session: The Dignity of Work

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Business Session: Customer Service

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Group Lunch / Women of PMPA Luncheon

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