PMPA Update Conference

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta - Atlanta, Georgia
March 5 - 7, 2020
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Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 5

5:00 pm

First/Second Timers Reception

5:00 pm

Welcome Reception | Registration

Friday, March 6

7:00 am

Registration Desk Opens

7:00 am

Group Buffet Breakfast

8:15  am

Lean is Simple
Speaker: Paul Akers

12:15 pm

Group Lunch

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Paul Akers - FastCap

Paul Akers is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company specializing in woodworking tools and hardware for the professional builder. Paul Akers has taken his manufacturing business from the garage to worldwide distribution in 20 years by pursuing one goal

  • serve the customer by improving everyday
  • one ground rule—keep Lean simple.

FastCap, with a product catalog of over 600 woodworking tools, now has 2,400 distributors in 40 countries. He credits the astounding business growth to a fun, dynamic culture in which each of the employees puts into practice at least one two-second improvement per day.  He developed the culture by hiring the right people, relentlessly teaching and reinforcing the eight wastes, and empowering people to experiment. 

Until you and your employees see waste in everything that you do, he says, you don’t understand Lean. How do you know when you and your employees “get it”?

  • When you use Lean principles at home! 

Want to ensure failure?

  • Over complicate it and sterilize Lean with too many charts, graphs, and work documents. 

His lessons aren’t all orthodox, but he swears by them and so do many other businesses.  Come here Paul speak and learn 2-Second Lean, you will be shocked how simple and fun it really is!

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Brad Wolff - PeopleMax

Brad Wolff, the “People Maximizer” is the Managing Partner of PeopleMax. His focus is on leadership and it’s impact on culture, engagement and results.  Brad’s programs help leaders adapt and thrive in our world of uncertainty and change.  His clients achieve more success with less stress and greater satisfaction by maximizing people’s potential and performance.   He’s a speaker, coach and author of the best-selling book People Problems? How To Create People Solutions For A Competitive Advantage.

20+ years in recruiting and retention taught him how leaders’ actions impact results with their people.  Brad’s passion is making the science of human potential simple and practical to achieve greater success with less stress and more satisfaction. 

Brad’s background includes a Professional Coaching Certification, a certification in Managing Change in Human Systems and completed The Cape Cod Training Program for facilitating positive individual and group change at the Gestalt International Study Center

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Admiral Ron Boxall

Vice Admiral Ronald Boxall is a native of Holland Patent, New York. He attended The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Science and was commissioned in 1984. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science in Information Systems and later attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Boxall’s sea duty assignments include: commander, Carrier Strike Group 3 embarked on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); command of USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and USS Carney (DDG 64); executive officer of USS Hue City (CG 66); combat systems officer on USS Simpson (FFG 56) and USS Ramage (DDG 61); and division officer on USS Merrill (DD 976) and USS Kinkaid (DD 965). During his seagoing career, he has made numerous deployments around the world from the Western Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans to the Baltic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas as well as combat operations in the Arabian Gulf and counter-narcotics operations off South America. A former Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year, he was also fortunate to have been associated with four outstanding Battle “E” winning crews.

Ashore he served in numerous joint and staff billets to include: deputy director for Joint Strategic Planning (J-5) and deputy and chief of the Joint Staff Quadrennial Defense Review Office (J-8) on the Joint Staff, where he was selected as Action Officer of the Year; director and deputy director for Surface Warfare (N96), executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8), and executive assistant to the director of Navy Warfare Integration (N8F) on the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff; and placement officer and deputy Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS-41B) at Naval Personnel Command.

He is currently serving as the director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8) on the Joint Staff.

Boxall’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards. Additionally, he was a recipient of the 2016 Penn State Eberly College of Science Outstanding Alumni Award.

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Brian Beaulieu - ITR Economics

One of the country’s most informed economists, Brian Beaulieu has served as CEO of ITR Economics™ since 1987 where he researches the use of business cycle analysis and economic forecasts to increase profitability. Brian has been providing workshops and economic analysis seminars in seven countries to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 35 years. During that period he has also been consulting with companies who need a domestic and global perspective on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis.

He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Brian also co-authored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as "simple, yet awesome."

Brian is on the Board of Directors of the Ariens Company, a global leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, and a member of the Investment Committee for NorthStar Financial Services, CLS Investments in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Melanie Webber, Fisher Phillips LLP
Melanie Webber, elected as a partner of Millisor & Nobil in 2007, chairs the firm’s Human Resources practice group and counsels employers on a wide array of employment law and labor issues. Melanie provides consulting to employers in formulating positive, pro-active, employment relations programs including employee attitude assessments, employment practice audits, and supervisory training. She also assists employers with preventive, internal human resource practice and wage-hour audits. Melanie frequently lectures on a variety of employment law issues including the Family and Medical Leave Act,
the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, sexual harassment and maintaining union-free status. As an active member of the firm’s traditional labor group, Melanie has also handled numerous successful efforts to defeat union organizing campaigns for our clients. Melanie also manages the firm’s opinion surveys, developed with Duke University. The opinion survey enables the firm to address our clients’ susceptibility to union organizing and to isolate and effectively address
the issues that create union organizing campaigns. 

Prior to joining Millisor & Nobil in 1997, Melanie worked in human resources management for seven years. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in Management and Labor Relations cum laude from Cleveland State University and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Ohio, the Labor and Employment Section of the Cleveland Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Melanie served as President of the Board of Project: LEARN and is actively involved with several non-profit organizations in the Cleveland area.

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David Moore - Moore Motivation

Dave Moore is a Navy and Air Force decorated aviator and officer. He survived two plane crashes, flew through three hurricanes while performing search and rescue with the Coast Guard, and has logged 39 combat missions in the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His presentation promises to be life-transforming, energizing, and ultimately increase your attendees’ professional performance.