3/8/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

PMPA Management Update Conference Draws Large Crowd, New Attendees

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The PMPA Management Update Conference, held March 2 – 5 in Nashville, featured the theme of “Transforming Ourselves as Leaders.” It drew 183 attendees (including 47 first-timers) from 93 different companies.


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Karl Wadensten led the opening session, discussing how to create a culture where strengths thrive.

From March 2 – 5, the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) held its annual Management Update Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. A number of factors came into play in drawing a nice turnout of 183 attendees (including 47 first-timers) from 93 different companies.

This year’s theme of “Transforming Ourselves as Leaders” was geared toward continuing the ongoing drive to helping member companies better compete in an ever-changing business environment. Karl Wadensten kicked off the presentations by exploring ways to unlock the potential of one’s talents and strengths and use them to manage, develop, coach and motivate employees into strengths-based teams. Other speakers included Cathy McCullough, who discussed the actions involved in becoming an accountable leader; Izzy Gesell, who explained effective storytelling and how to leverage it; and Monte Farrar, who discussed hiring techniques, employee retention, and the transfer of knowledge among employees in this time when so many baby boomers will be soon leaving the workforce. Speakers went on to lead separate breakout sessions to help attendees better apply the information to their specific needs.

Other sessions were held to bring together more tightly defined member groups. The NextGen team was assembled for the first time at last year’s Management Update, and has continued to meet at each national meeting since to share ideas regarding the ongoing vision and purpose of these individuals within PMPA. The Women of PMPA also met again to further build on their vision and goals within the association.

The entire conference provided a smorgasbord of networking opportunities, from sessions focused on teambuilding and speed networking, to cocktail hours each evening, to meals shared among members. PM Editors Chris Koepfer and Chris Felix led one roundtable discussion about member success stories during a session that gave attendees 15 different choices for participation and learning.