2020 Annual Meeting

               October 22-25, 2020



Friday, October 23

PHOTO-Brian Moran Brian Moran
Author of The 12-Week Year

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His client list includes industry leaders like Allstate, AXA, Becton Dickinson, Dunkin' Brands, Jackson National Life, Guardian, MassMutual, Medtronic, Merrill Lynch, Meritage Homes, Nationwide, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual, Papa Johns Pizza, Principal, State Farm, UBS and World Financial Group, just to name a few.

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Omar Nashashibi
The Franklin Partnership
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The Franklin Partnership

Session #1 - Lessons Learned: How Governments Have Changed Since COVID-19
Not only have precision manufacturers undergone profound change and disruption since the onset of COVID-19, governments at all levels across all states are also experiencing a new reality for workplace safety enforcement, receipt of tax revenue, and constantly evolving directives for employers. PMPA’s lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., The Franklin Partnership, has been working alongside PMPA throughout all of the crisis, helping our member companies make sense of the changes and updates.

Omar Nashashibi and John Guzik will review the new “new normal” and how the federal and state governments are allowing businesses to operate; what steps OSHA, the EPA, and tax agencies are taking; and what policymakers are considering for the future.

Omar and John will also discuss some of the efforts the federal and state governments are taking to provide tax credits, grants, and other incentives to maintain employment and continue manufacturing in America.

Session #2 - 2020 Elections: Politics and Policy

Taxes, regulations and tariffs. These are just a few of the issues at stake in the 2020 race for the White House that could not only shape the next four years, but a generation to come. The choices voters make on election day will have a major impact on the precision machining industry, and PMPA’s lobbying team in Washington, D.C, Omar Nashashibi and John Guzik (The Franklin Partnership), will help your business understand what may lie ahead.

As always, Omar and John will provide attendees with insight directly from Washington on the race for the White House, the Democrats’ chances of retaking the Senate, and whether Speaker Pelosi will serve another two years.  Politics impacts policy, which affects all our businesses, and the 2020 election could mean change is on the horizon for our industry.

* Both sessions will be a livestream broadcast into the Conference Center

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..

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Melanie Webber
Fisher Phillips

Top Ten Issues Employers are Facing in Today's (New) Working Environment
Melanie Webber, labor law attorney for Fisher Phillips LLP, will share the top ten challenges that
employers are facing in this crazy COVID-world, the lessons learned, as well as other issues that
may need to be on your radar following the elections.


Melanie Webber Bio:
Melanie Webber is a partner in the Cleveland office of Fisher Phillips LLP and serves as chair for the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council. She represents and advises clients in all aspects of employment law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and leave-related complaints.  

Over her career, she has represented employers on traditional labor issues—such as union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations—before administrative agencies that include the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). 

Melanie believes in developing positive, proactive employee relations programs (including employee opinion surveys) with her clients and can guide them through employment practice, human resource and wage-hour audits.  

In addition, she helps clients develop employment handbooks and personnel policies and procedures, and provides them with valuable insight regarding potential human resource issues throughout the life cycle of employment.  

An engaging speaker, Melanie frequently conducts supervisor and management trainings for employers, as well as presentations to her peers on a variety of employment law issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), sexual harassment and maintaining union-free status. 

Before practicing law, Melanie worked in human resources management at two Northeast Ohio area manufacturing companies.


Saturday, October 12

 PHOTO - Gene Barinholtz  Gene Barinholtz
Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond Ltd.

Finances in the COVID World: How to be a Survivor

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the manufacturing industry and has transformed how companies do business. The pandemic has also brought about significant tax law changes that have left manufacturers wondering how this will affect their bottom line and top-line growth.

In this presentation we'll discuss the current state of the paycheck protection program (PPP) and CARES Act, EIDL availability and the Executive Order regarding FICA tax withholding rules for employers and employees. We will also review the lesser known income tax changes brought on by The CARES Act. There will be a Q&A session at the end of our session.

Gene Barinholtz Bio:
Gene Barinholtz manages KRD's Business Services group. His substantial knowledge of accounting and business enables him to advise clients on a wide array of financial concerns, including tax strategies, tax incentives and entitlements, business consulting and litigation support.  He began his career in corporate accounting, moved to a small CPA firm and started his own firm in 1987. Gene enjoys developing a personal relationship with his clients and learning about their businesses and goals. 

Gene graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society. Gene is a member of the Fox Valley Chamber of Commerce and is the board president of the Montessori School of North Hoffman.

PHOTO - Michael Guckes
Michael Guckes
Gardner Business Intelligence
SteveKline Steve Kline, Jr.
Gardner Business Intelligence

How to Persist In Volatile Markets and be Prepared to Thrive in the Rebound
Steve Kline, Jr. and Michael Guckes of Gardner Intelligence will provide insights and best practices for the precision machining industry both on and beyond the shop floor. Steve and Michael will discuss which internal business practices have historically allowed shops to maximize their profitability based on a multi-year analysis of Top Shops data  Beyond the shop floor, Gardner’s macroeconomic outlook for the industry will focus on which end-markets currently present the best opportunities for growing your business in 2021.

* Livestream broadcast into the Conference Center

Michael Guckes Bio:

Michael has nearly 20 years of experience in forecasting and modeling using advanced statistical techniques. He has successfully applied his expertise at multi-billion dollar companies in the construction, banking and insurance fields. As a member of the Gardner Intelligence team as the Chief Economist, he now manages all aspects of the Gardner Business Index including the monthly business index column in Production Machining Magazine.  Michael received his BA in Economics and Political Science from Kenyon College and his MBA from The Ohio State University.

Steve Kline Bio: 
Steve Kline is Chief Data Officer at Gardner Business Media, Inc., a family-owned business that produces media for durable goods manufacturing industries, including Modern Machine Shop, Production Machining, Additive Manufacturing, Moldmaking Technology, Plastics Technology and Composites World magazines. He has produced forecasts for his family’s business and the metalworking and plastics industries. Also, Mr. Kline has been working on Gardner’s Capital Spending Survey, the Gardner Business Index, and Top Shops benchmarking survey since 2008. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in civil engineering and a MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Cincinnati.


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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 22
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Finance Committee Meeting

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Friday, October 23
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.
Call to Order & Announcements 

8:15 a.m.

Business Sessions:
The 12 Week Year
Brian Moran, Author of The 12 Week Year

How Governments Have Changed Since COVID-19
John Guzik & Omar Nashashibi, The Franklin Partnership

Top Ten Issues Employers are Facing in Today's (New) Working Environment
Melanie Webber, Fisher Phillips

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Group Lunch / Women of PMPA Luncheon

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