Inspiring Transformation: PMPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, October 26-30, 2017

We chose to focus this conference on “Inspiring Transformation” – with sessions designed to inspire a renewal of personal leadership, workforce and company aspirations.


Precision machined products industry professionals are invited to participate in Precision Machined Products Association’s Annual Meeting this fall at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California. This is the place for company owners and their management teams to come, connect and learn from one another by actively participating in this conference. Our focus this year is “Inspiring Transformation.” We invite everyone to come and “Be Inspired.”

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for this event is Roy Firestone, who most of us remember from his days at ESPN. Critically acclaimed as a performer, monologist, humorist, musician and impressionist, Mr. Firestone is one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers. He is a seven-time Emmy Award winning and seven-time cable ACE Award winning host, interviewer, narrator, writer and producer. Not limited to television, Mr. Firestone is the author of two best-selling books, “Up Close with Roy Firestone,” and “Don’t Make Me Cry, Roy.”

Emmy-winning ESPN sports personality, Roy Firestone, will lead off our meeting with a humorous and insightful opening keynote presentation. Mr. Firestone has a reputation for getting his audience laughing, with impersonations, funny video clips and audience interaction. But he will also deliver a touching and heartfelt message to inspire us to think deeply about transforming our lives and our leadership style. His message is sure to help us become the best version of ourselves, at home and in the workplace.

We chose to focus this conference on “Inspiring Transformation” – with sessions designed to inspire a renewal of personal leadership, workforce and company aspirations. A combination of business sessions and networking events will provide the take-home value our members have come to expect from this national meeting. And while we are certain Roy Firestone will deliver the kick-off that will inspire our attendees, there are a diverse group of speakers and topics offered at this conference, including:

Family Business Governance – Doug Box, a certified family business advisor, will walk us through the critical steps needed to establish a system of family governance, including how to set up a board of directors, a family council, using outside advisors and how to draft the family wealth constitution. Dr. Stacy Feiner will share new perspective and psychological strategies with business owners to help them improve their performance and advance their organizations. Dr. Feiner’s approach addresses complex family dynamics within owner-operated companies, family businesses, management teams and boards.

Achieving “Best-in-class” Status – Our own “Best Plants” award winner, Camcraft, will share how they were able to make significant improvements on the shop floor by involving all employees in their continuous improvement initiatives; implementing their own approach, called E2B2, which stands for “Everyone, Everyday Getting Better and Better.”

Workforce Development Focus – Two sessions focused on what can be done to build the future leaders in your company. From best practices through online training programs, to a panel of industry experts focused on sharing the latest in workforce developments and reviewing new tools to use in attracting talent.

Management Innovation – An expert on how companies can adapt themselves to the realities of new market challenges, new corporate structures and new customer expectations, John Brandt, CEO of The MPI Group, is an accomplished management innovator and an internationally recognized expert on manufacturing and technology.

Using R&D Tax Credits and Incentives – alliantgroup director, Greg Knarr, will break down the new R&D tax credit changes and explain how, for performing everyday activities and services, many business owners are now eligible for major tax savings.

Capitol Hill News – PMPA has worked non-stop this year to advance the industry’s priorities at the EPA, OSHA and Department of Commerce on tax reform, and leading efforts to recruit qualified employees. This is your chance to hear directly about what PMPA is doing for you in Washington, D.C., and the latest developments on regulations and legislation affecting your business every day.

Visit the PMPA Annual Meeting website at pmpa.org for more details on the program and conference registration. If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Jaya Dadlani, PMPA director of administrative services, at 440-526-0300 or e-mail jdadlani@pmpa.org.