Thursday, February 23

8:00am – 11:00am


Finance Committee Meeting

11:30am – 4:00pm


Board of Directors Meeting

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Crescent Hill

Management Update Committee Meeting

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Falls City Market

First Timers Reception

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Falls City Market

Welcome Reception presented by

Friday, February 24

7:00am – 8:00am

Olmsted 1/2/3

Group Breakfast presented by

8:00am – 9:45am

Olmsted 4/5/6/7

Demography and the Future of Manufacturing

Ken Gronbach is a nationally recognized author and futurist in the field of Demography and Generational Marketing.  He focuses on the 30,000 ft big picture and makes the science of shifting demography come alive with real-life examples making it relevant to today’s culture, business climate, and economy.  Learn about the common sense, easy-to-understand, counter-intuitive and very fascinating realm of demography.  With his quick wit, Ken brings you into his world of counting people and accurately forecasting future markets. What products or services will fly or die? Which nations are demographically doomed, and which are positioned to excel?  How will your workforce change? Where is your best source of talent?


Ken Gronbach




Hotel Lobby

Spouse/Guest Event

For spouses and guests of attendees….Join us for the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Tour

10:00am – 11:30am

Olmsted 4/5/6/7

Grow Your Company…With Purpose

Chris Cosper, Head of Consulting with Rhythm Systems, shares practical ideas and insights to address the challenges of business growth, strategic plan execution, and company alignment.  During this interactive session, you will work on key elements of your core strategy and learn how effective communication is key to keeping your team motivated, focused, aligned, and accountable in achieving your company’s business goals and expectations.


Chris Cosper



11:30am – 12:00pm

Commonwealth 1/2/3

Speed Networking — Get to Know Your Fellow PMPA Members!

“Networking with other PMPA members” has been noted as the number one reason members attend PMPA events; however, networking is a social skill that many find difficult to master – making small talk with strangers isn’t always easy.   To help attendees maximize their conference networking opportunities and meet more PMPA members in a short period of time, this structured and fast-paced session will allow attendees to interact with each other in a one-on-one information exchange using a round-robin type format.  Networking groups will be pre-assigned and will flow through this session into lunch.  Come prepared to have fun, be energized, and come away with guaranteed new PMPA contacts and friends.

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Olmsted 1/2/3

Networking Lunch presented by

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Free Time

1:15pm – 2:45pm

Olmsted 4/5/6/7

Think Your Company Is Safe from a Cyber-Attack?  Think Again!

As data breaches and cyber-attacks on small businesses continue to increase, so does the need for cyber-awareness in your organization!  Rob Simopoulos explains the ever-changing cyber risks organizations face today, as well as the most common cyberattack methods and tactics being used to disrupt your daily systems.  He will share tools and techniques available to help protect your business assets and the key steps to creating a successful cybersecurity program and culture within your organization.   


Rob Simopoulos



3:00pm – 3:45pm


4:00pm – 4:45pm

Breakout Sessions (repeated) 

Your Business is Big Business for Cyber Criminals – Is Cyber Insurance Worth It?

Steve Searl, Home Office Marketing Manager (Property & Casual) – Federated Insurance

With the cost of data breach skyrocketing, cyber insurance may help your business weather the storm. Steve Searl of Federated Insurance will cover the benefits of cyber insurance and how it differs from standard liability insurance.  He will also discuss the trends in the cyber insurance industry, and will answer many other burning questions you’re likely to have when deciding if cyber insurance is right for your business.






Ransomware Attack – What Happens Now?

Melanie Webber, Fisher Phillips

Melanie Webber, employment law attorney with Fisher Phillips, discusses the legal side of cyber insurance – how and when to engage outside counsel under a cyber policy; what types of engagements are covered by cyber insurance; how attorney-client privilege applies to breach response and cyber-attacks; how to handle a ransomware attack and whether or not to pay the ransom.  Have burning questions?  Bring them!







Regulatory Refresher

Miles Free, PMPA

How long has it been since your last Management Review of your company’s regulatory status? PMPA Industry Affairs Director Miles Free will provide an overview of the following topics and your shop’s response.  California Prop 65? Do you have a policy and compliance letter for RoHS(3), ITARS, POPS, IAEG, TSCA, REACH? Are you fully complaint on Stormwater regs? TRI? How about required OSHA trainings and inspections? We’ll also preview Regulatory Agenda items including Lockout Tagout, Power Press Rule, and others.



5:00pm – 6:00pm

2nd Street Pre Function

Happy Hour Reception presented by 


Hotel Lobby

Women of PMPA Dinner

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Louisville
400 S 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Saturday, February 25

7:00am – 8:00am

Olmsted 1/2/3

Group Breakfast presented by

8:00am – 9:45am

Olmsted 4/5/6/7

Plan and Prosper

Calculate to Win

Connor Lokar, Senior Forecaster with ITR Economics, will focus on the economic landscape for 2023 and how your organization can best prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties.  He will present business strategies and tactics that address the projected changes in the economy and within the key markets of the precision machining industry.

Connor will also cover:

  • Inflation and the Federal Reserve Board’s impact on the economy
  • Varying opportunities in key markets.
  • The global impact on the US and North America.
  • Analysis of the labor market conditions over the next several years.
  • Lingering supply chain issues and ongoing pricing concerns.
  • ITR’s key leading indicators and what they foretell for your markets.
  • Actions that will help you prepare for the varying levels of inflation anticipated through the rest of the decade
  • Relevant market outlooks and discuss issues that impact your company’s profitability via resource allocation, budgets, expectations, and strategic planning.
  • The potential impact of a shift in government from the midterm elections as well as the potential consequences of massive government programs.


Connor Lokar



10:00am – 11:30am

Olmsted 4/5/6/7


Manage Promises, Not People

Eric Papp shares his concepts for creating a culture of ownership, building a self-managing team, and increasing productivity by “managing promises, not people,” allowing your management team to focus on what’s most important in your organization: coaching, strategic planning and growth.


Eric Papp



11:30am – 12:30pm

Olmsted 1/2/3

Group Lunch presented by

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Free Time

1:00pm – 1:45pm


2:00pm – 2:45pm

Breakout Sessions (repeated)

Back in Business – Navigating the Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, and Today’s Manufacturing Environment

Melanie Webber, Fisher Phillips

Much has happened and changed in the past few years – we have been challenged socially, economically, and organizationally.  Human Resources has become one of the single most important functions for any organization.  We are now “back in business,” and as we look to rethink business models, talent, and operations, Melanie reviews how workforce issues and employee management need to be addressed. 







3 Values of Being an Effective Person

Eric Papp, Agape Leadership LLC

Eric Papp shares the three core values that encompass what it means to be an effective leader – Honesty, Responsibility, and Generosity.  Learn how these standards of behavior can be implemented to create a strong foundation for both personal and organizational leadership within your company.







History of Hillerich & Bradsby Family Business

Louisville Slugger Museum

A local legend from the Louisville Slugger Museum will share the history of the Hillerich & Bradsby family-run business, beginning as a small woodworking shop in Louisville in 1855 to producing Louisville Slugger baseball bats for legends Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig.   As with all manufacturing businesses, the organization faced obstacles and challenges during the pandemic – hear how they were overcome.  Replica bats will also be on display, with stories shared.





3:00pm – 4:30pm

Olmsted 4/5/6/7

Winning the War for Talent

Today’s biggest issue for most businesses is attracting and retaining the right talent.  Chris Czarnik is a hands-on, high-energy speaker with a manufacturing background who explains how to transform your recruiting process to find employees that are the right fit for your company.  You will understand why employees leave employment and learn strategies to engage and retain them. He will provide you with proven strategies to become an Employer of Choice by building a culture that creates, engages, retains, and attracts great talent.



Chris Czarnik



4:30pm – 6:00pm

Olmsted Pre Function

Closing Reception

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