PMPA Update Conference

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown - Phoenix, Arizona
February 7 - 9, 2019
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Management Update 2019 Schedule


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Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 7

5:00 pm

Welcome Reception | Registration


Friday, February 8

7:00 am

Registration Desk Opens

7:00 am

Buffet Breakfast

8:00  am

General Session

12:15 pm

Group Lunch

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2018 UPdate Opening Reception
2018Update-Welcome Reception
(2018) Welcome Reception

2018Update-EricSomma VChairman
Eric Somma - Somma Tool Company
2018Update Roundtables-Jeff Oh

2018Update Roundtables - Dan V
Roundtable Session

2018Update-NextGen Luncheon
NextGen Luncheon

Reg Desk

WoPMPA Dinner 2
Women of PMPA


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Thursday, February 7

7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.

Executive Boardroom

Finance Committee Meeting 

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Salon 3

Board of Directors Meeting (working lunch)

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Salon 5

NextGen Committee Meeting

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Salon 4

Update Committee Meeting

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Skyline (rooftop)
Welcome Reception | Registration
Join your fellow PMPA members and friends at the opening reception on the skyline roof of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel - the outdoor space provides for a fun and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for networking during the kickoff reception.

Friday, February 8

7:00 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer

Registration Desk Opens

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
South Ballroom

Group Buffet Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Salon 2

Spouse/Guest Networking Event
Join spouses and guests at this special event learning about the meaning and legend of the magical dream catchers...from a Native American artisan.  Create your own dream catcher while you chat and get to know new spouses or re-connect with friends you've already made!

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
North Ballroom

Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
North Ballroom

The Only Future Possible for Your Business…Is the One Your Culture Allows For
Speaker: Brent Robertson, Fathom, Inc.

A great culture is the foundation in which resiliency to change and sustainable growth comes from.

Research shows without question that organizations with healthy cultures outperform those without. Every organization has a culture - but is it a culture built and nurtured with intention and purpose - or is it “just what it is”?  If your business isn’t realizing the level of financial performance, employee engagement, and growth potential desired - culture may be the culprit. 

Rapid change is the new reality;  a reality where the biggest limit to growth is access to the workforce and raw materials. Brent Robertson of Fathom will discuss how culture is the key that can unlock your ability to move your organization forward with confidence even when everything is changing - to be the place where the best talent wants to be and grow, and to become the partner your clients can’t live without.

Brent will introduce a multi-dimensional way for leaders to think and act that has unleashed unprecedented performance for many in the manufacturing industry. Come with an open mind and a willingness to share your insights and experiences with your peers in what promises to be a provocative keynote experience.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
North Ballroom

Shared Stories - Successes, Failure, Growth:
Re-branding and Cultural Renovation

Member Panel DiscussionBrent Robertson, Facilitator
- Michael Reader - Precision Plus, Inc.
- Debbie Sommers - Lakeview Precision Machining
- Parrish Castor - DACRUZ Manufacturing

Hear their stories. Learn from their successes. Take home new ideas to implement with your team. Brent Robertson directs a panel discussion with three PMPA member companies who will share their knowledge, experiences and stories – the good, the bad and the ugly – on how they steered their team through a company rebranding and cultural reorganization.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
South Ballroom

Break the Ice Speed Networking
Facilitator: Dan Vermeesch - Micron Manufacturing Co.

Do you find it hard to break the ice and approach new people at PMPA events? Maximize your conference networking opportunities and meet more PMPA members in this highly energetic face-to-face session that allows attendees to interact with each other in a brief information exchange using a round-robin type format. Networking groups will be pre-assigned. Remember to bring plenty of business cards to share with your new PMPA friends and contacts!

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
*Skyline Rooftop

Group Lunch 

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
North Ballroom

Pivoting for Performance:
Knowledge Transfer and Leveraging Change

Speaker: Shawn Rhodes, Shoshin Consulting

In business, knowledge transfer is used to describe the issue of transferring knowledge within the organization. Whether you’re looking to capture the knowledge of your retiring workforce, shorten ramp-up time for new hires in their new roles, knowledge transfer is critical for success in the long term.

TEDx speaker and national-syndicated columnist Shawn Rhodes spent two decades studying organizations that are excellent at implementing effective knowledge transfer and will share insights, best practices and actual procedures for how they ensure lessons don't walk out the door when employees leave or retire.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
North Ballroom

Shared Stories - Successes, Failure, Growth:
Transfer of Knowledge and Employee Engagement

Member Panel DiscussionShawn Rhodes, Facilitator
- Jeff Ohlemacher - EMC Precision
- Aneesa Muthana - Pioneer Service, Inc.
- Dan Vermeesch - Micron Manufacturing Co.

Who better to listen and learn from…than our own members who have “been there, done that.” Shawn Rhodes facilitates a discussion with another group of PMPA members on what worked, what is working, and what didn’t with regard to employee engagement and the transferring of knowledge from the top down.

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Melinda's Alley

First Timer / Second Timer Reception

Hosted by PMPA’s NextGen Committee, this special reception is for first time attendees as well as those attending for a “second” time. Come and get acquainted in a small group setting in the Renaissance Phoenix Hotel’s quaint (and hidden) Speakeasy Bar.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Skyline (rooftop)

Happy Hour Reception 

Kick back and relax with a beverage while you compare notes with fellow attendees on the day’s sessions!

Saturday, February 9

7:00 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer

Registration Desk Opens

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
South Ballroom

Group Buffet Breakfast

8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
North Ballroom

A Bend in the Road
Speaker: Brian Beaulieu, ITR Economics

Leading indicators are telling us the U.S. and global economy are slowing down.  One of the country’s most informed economists, Brian Beaulieu, CEO of ITR Economics, will take a close look at what to expect for 2019 and 2020. Tariffs and taxes are a current fabric of our economy and we must consider their impact. Rising interest rates and higher inflation are part of your future – and those trends will have impact your profitability, as well. Growing your top line is one thing; keeping your bottom line on track with the top line is entirely different. As one pf PMPA’s most trusted economists, Brian Beaulieu delivers the most up-to-date information on where the business cycle is headed and prepares us for prospering through the changes ahead!

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
North Ballroom

Benchmarking for Performance: The Numbers Game
Speakers: Steve Kline, Jr., Gardner Business Media and
Miles Free, PMPA

Don’t be in the dark all by yourself, join Gardner Business Media Chief Data Officer Steve Kline Jr. and PMPA’s Director of Industry Research and Technology Miles Free as they reveal their insights into “The Numbers Game.”

Gardner’s Top Shops data will be scoured by Steve to reveal best practices already in place from across their readership, and Miles will share the results of a custom poll of PMPA members on critical indicators for our shops. This session promises unexpected insights into current norms and best practices for our precision machining companies.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
South Ballroom

Salon 2

Group Lunch

NextGen Group Lunch  

Hosted by the NextGen Committee, this luncheon is for all first timers and those who would like to learn more about PMPA and what it can offer your organization…and you!  NextGen Committee Chairman Kevin Coffman shares how their group is committed to welcoming new members and spreading the good news about PMPA!

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
North Ballroom

Best Contracting Practices for Manufacturers: Negotiations, Tariffs, Chargebacks, Oh My! 
Speaker: Daniel Sharkey, Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco

Attorney Dan Sharkey will share insights into supply chain strategies for using contract leverage to gain more favorable negotiating results. Dan will address:
• How tariff issues are being negotiated throughout the supply chain
• What suppliers should do when customers reject price increase requests
• When suppliers have more leverage than they think, and when they are truly stuck
• How suppliers can achieve better negotiating results
• How to respond to customer chargebacks/ debits/setoff
• Strategies for exiting “underwater” business

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

*Unless indicated, all roundtables will be in
the North Ballroom

45/45 Roundtable Discussions

Continue the “Sharing of Knowledge...” Gather around and learn about innovative technologies and workplace initiatives, as well as share ideas and solutions to mutual challenges in this “you choose the table and topic” roundtable session with your PMPA peers.

Each table will be facilitated by an experienced leader on the topic, and to give attendees adequate time for discussion and to participate in more than one topic, two 45-minute time frames will be placed on each discussion session.

Discussion table topics to include the following:

  • Tariffs - What You Need to Know
    Facilitator - John Di Leo   Room: Salon 8
  • Top Shops and PMPA Benchmarking - A Closer Look 
    Facilitators - Steve Kline, Jr., Gardner Business Media
    and Miles Free, PMPA      Room:  Salon 6
  • Contract Review / Art of Negotiations
    Facilitator - Dan Sharkey    Room: Salon 5
  • Future of Manufacturing Committee - Open Discussion
    Room:  Salon 7
  • Automation/Robotics/In-process Flow Successes
    Olaf Tessarzyk, ZPS America
  • Recruiting and Employee Onboarding /Orientation
    Brian Adams, R. F. Mau Company
  • Gainsharing/Profit Sharing
    Jim Preston, Jr., Meier Screw Products & Mfg. Co.
  • Dealing with International Business Barriers and Obstacles
    Facilitators: Rich Hoster, Smith & Richardson, Inc. 
    and Joe Gentile, Hangsterfer's Laboratories
  • The Ins and Outs of Overseas Shipping/Tracking 
    Facilitator - Harry Centa, PartnerShip
  • IT Committee – Open Discussion

4:00 p.m.

Conference Adjourned

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Skyline (rooftop)

Closing Reception