With so much uncertainty in today’s business world, are you searching for answers to the really tough questions? Do you have a complete understanding of geopolitics and how it will impact your business today and in the future? Are your business decisions today increasingly based on opinion rather than fact?
If these are questions that concern you, make sure you circle September 27 through October 1, 2003 on your calendar now and plan to attend the Precision Machined Products Association's 70th Annual Meeting at The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Using the Strategic Plan as a framework, the association’s executive committee designed this year’s annual meeting to alert members to competitive challenges and opportunities. By selecting speakers with expertise in competitive intelligence, economic trends and business/organizational development, the committee hopes to provide members with a road map for the future. Here are the scheduled speakers for the 2003 annual meeting:
Herbert Meyer, Real-World Intelligence, Inc.
Herbert Meyer is the foremost authority on the use of intelligence. During the Reagan administration, he served as special assistant to the director of Central Intelligence and vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. In these positions, he managed production of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimates and other top intelligence projections for the president and his national security advisers. Prior to joining the Reagan administration, Mr. Meyer was an associate editor of Fortune. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, and has contributed editorial page articles to various newspapers throughout the world. As the keynote speaker, Mr. Meyer will address the changing geopolitical landscape, as well as the impact of terrorism, on the way we conduct business, both domestically and abroad.
Dr. Ken Mayland, ClearView Economics, LLC
Dr. Ken Mayland is president of ClearView Economics, LLC, specializing in economic research and forecasting. Dr. Mayland was previously the chief economist for two major financial institutions, First Pennsylvania Bank and KeyCorp. Since graduating with degrees in economics from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, he has spent more than 25 years studying the business cycle and providing economic analyses to a variety of constituencies. Dr. Mayland is a member of the Blue Chip Economic Forecasters and Financial Forecasts survey panels, as well as several wire service and newspaper survey panels. As a member of the Business Week Economic Forecasting Survey panel, Dr. Mayland hit the 2002 GDP, unemployment rate and CPI inflation projections within a tenth of a percent. PMPA will benefit from Dr. Mayland’s expertise as he shares his view of the world economic situation and what changes are on the horizon.
Melissa Kelly-McCabe, Clear Intent Strategy
Melissa Kelly-McCabe is an upbeat and engaging national speaker and strategist. In a variety of capacities, Ms. Kelly-McCabe has worked and consulted for industries, large and small — public and private sector organizations and nonprofit firms. In addition, she has extensive experience in lean manufacturing and synchronous manufacturing (Toyota Production System), plant floor supervision, quality assurance, industrial engineering, Japanese quality systems, strategic planning and performance measurement system implementation. Ms. Kelly-McCabe has precision machined products industry experience through her project work with current PMPA members. As part of the annual meeting, she will lead a 2-day/4-hour program on “FluidChange.” PMPA members who have experienced Ms. Kelly-McCabe’s “FluidChange” program believe she was a vital link in implementing meaningful change at their companies, which resulted in dramatic growth and increased profitability.
In addition to celebrating the association’s 70th anniversary, the PMPA board of trustees has extended a special invitation to members of the Syndicat International du Décolletage to participate in the annual meeting. (PMPA is also amember of the Syndicat, which is (comprised of trade associations from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.) The opportunity to have our European counterparts participate in the annual meeting will help us expand our view of the global precision machined products industry.
The annual meeting provides the best opportunity during the year for owners and senior managers of precision machined products companies to meet and discuss critical issues impacting the industry. These informal networking sessions are the primary reason many companies attend—so they’ll have a greater understanding of industry trends, competitive pressures and how best to allocate their resources for the challenges that lie ahead.
This year’s meeting is being held in one of North America’s most beautiful cities — Victoria, British Columbia. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Victoria as the winner of the 2002 “World’s Best Award — Best Island in the continental United States and Canada.” Victoria, which is known as the garden city with moderate year-round temperatures and natural beauty, should not be missed!
During the annual meeting, PMPA’s educational foundation will be hosting its third annual foundation golf outing at scenic Olympic View Golf Club in Victoria. For details concerning sponsorships or foundation contributions, contact PMPA executive vice president Mike Duffin.
Every manufacturer in the precision machined products industry is invited to attend the 70th annual meeting. PMPA members receive special pricing, while non-members pay an additional non-member fee to attend. Visit the PMPA Web site to download the annual meeting registration form and to receive additional information on the conference, including fees, speakers and related activities.