Foundry Executive Conference

Metalcasting's Premier Networking & Education Event

September 11-13, 2016 | The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort | Park City, Utah

Thank you for attending the 2016 Foundry Executive Conference.

We'll see you at next year's Foundry Executive & Leadership Conference September 17-19, 2017 at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, VT

Click here for the 2016 Conference Brochure.

Housing & Conference Location

The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort*
2300 Deer Valley Dr. E, Park City, UT 84060
Tel: 435/ 940-5700
Click here to make reservations.

*The AFS room block at The St. Regis Deer Valley is full on Sept 12 and Sept 13. If you are in need of a hotel room, you may contact the St. Regis Deer Valley to be added to their waiting list. The phone number is 435-940-5858. Below are additional locations within a couple miles of the St. Regis Deer Valley.

Lodges at Deer Valley
2900 Deer Valley Drive East
Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-615-2600

Stein Eriksen Lodge
7700 Stein Way
Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-649-3700

General Session Speakers

Stephen Shapiro–
Rethinking How You Do What You Do

It’s one thing to benchmark a competitor and attempt to match them stride for stride.  It’s quite another to take the lead with product and process innovation. With Shapiro’s Seven R’s—a powerful tool for reinvigorating your company’s processes—the competition will be looking up at what you’re doing and trying to figure out what they’ve missed. Loaded with practical examples.

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Terry Brock–
Relationship Marketing and Technology

Terry is a media savvy speaker with a wealth of expertise in technology and social media. This high energy presentation includes how to engage customers, boost your influence, and raise your “Klout” score for success. Understand how to use relevant technology to build business relationships. Overcome fear and embrace ever-changing tools. Leverage the past to prepare for the future. Measure success and adapt strategies to work in the real world.

Peter Zeihan–
No Assembly Required: The Future of Global Manufacturing

The world of manufacturing is an endlessly specialized venture, with most manufacturers sourcing components from scores of facilities across a dozen or more countries.  What does the landscape of future global manufacturing look like and what will be required to be successful?

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Vicki Hitzges–
Old Dogs, New Tricks

For a group to flourish (not fold) when faced with a threatening change, arguably the biggest challenge facing business today is the constant bombardment of change.  The people affected need to not only survive the change, they need to thrive in its midst.  This interactive, fast-paced talk tells how.

Thomas Landstreet–
Today’s Political Landscape and What is Ahead in the 2016 Race for the White House?

As publisher of “Connecting the Dots” institutional investment research for some of the world’s biggest hedge funds and mutual funds, Tom Landstreet draws on a vast array of topics. And because he’s actually in the business of making predictions for investors, he often goes out on a limb for his audiences. His impressive record of predictions has made him a top contributor to

Stephanie Salmon–
Key Issues Impacting the Metalcasting Industry

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Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 11

  1–6 p.m. Registration | Astor Ballroom Foyer
  2–6 p.m. General Session | Astor Ballroom
  2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  2:15 p.m. Presentation for Group | Kimball Art Center
Presenter: Robin Marrouche, Executive Director
  2:45 p.m. Women in Metalcasting Remarks/Update
Presenter: Jean Bye, AFS 2nd Vice President
  3 p.m. Roundtable Discussions
  6–7:30 p.m. Reception | Mountain Terrace

Monday, September 12

  7–8 a.m. Breakfast | Astor Ballroom Foyer
  8–11:30 a.m. General Session | Astor Ballroom
  8 a.m. Rethinking How You Do What You Do
Presenter: Stephen Shapiro
  9:30 a.m. Future Leaders in Metalcasting
Presenter: Megan Kirsh, Kirsh Foundry Inc., Sales & Marketing
  9:40 a.m. Break
  10 a.m. Relationship Marketing and Technology
Presenter: Terry Brock
  11:15–11:30 a.m. Announcements and Adjourn
  12:15 p.m. Meet in Lobby for Shuttles (golf and ATV adventure)
  1 p.m. Golf Tournament | Red Ledges Golf Course
  1 p.m. ATV Adventure

Tuesday, September 13

  7:15–8 a.m. Breakfast | Astor Ballroom Foyer
  8–11:45 a.m. General Session | Astor Ballroom
  8 a.m. No Assembly Required: The Future of Global Manufacturing
Presenter: Peter Zeihan
  9 a.m. Old Dogs–New Tricks
Presenter: Vicki Hitzges
  10 a.m. Break
  10:15 a.m. AFS Government Affairs
Presenter: Stephanie Salmon
  10:30 a.m. Today’s Political Landscape and What is Ahead in the 2016 Race for the White House?
Presenter: Thomas Landstreet
  11:30 a.m. Announcements and Adjourn
  12:15–4:30 p.m. Park City Olympic Village Tour and Lunch
  6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception | Astor Ballroom Foyer
  7:30–10 p.m. Dinner / Awards Banquet | Astor Ballroom Foyer
Presentation of the Keating Founders' Freedom Award–Recipient Janis Herschkowitz
Henry Lodge, Board of Awards Chairman
State of AFS Address
Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO

Special Events

Golf Tournament at Red Ledges Golf Course

The Red Ledges Golf Course is part of a mountain golf community located in picturesque Heber Valley, a few minutes from Park City. It is home to the highly ranked Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. With no two holes alike, over 700 feet of elevation change and four sets of tees to accommodate all ages and abilities, golfers will use every club in their bag when playing 18 holes at this stunning course.

ATV Adventure

Climb aboard and experience an exciting ATV tour and explore Park City’s expansive trails and roads through the scenic Unita Mountains. ATV guides will take you on an unforgettable ride on top-quality four-wheelers through this amazing landscape. Experience the freedom and tranquility as you climb the trails to the mountaintops.

Park City Olympic Village Tour and Lunch

The Utah Olympic Park was a competition venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games for Nordic jumping and the sliding sports of bobsled, luge and skeleton. Open year-round, the nearly 400-acre park features a mixture of U.S. Olympic training facilities and visitor areas for an incredible Olympic experience. Visitors can watch athletes in training or visit the Alf Engen Ski History Museum and 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum.


$1,500 AFS Corporate Member
$1,700 Non-member
$750 Spouses’ Registration

Special Events
$265 Golf Fee, per person
$235 ATV Tour, per person
$95 ATV Tour, passenger only

The spouse registration fee covers all sponsored breakfasts, breaks, receptions, dinners and the tour/lunch.

Keating Founder's Freedom Award Winner

Janis Herschkowitz–
PRL Industries

Janis will be recognized at the Awards Banquet on Tuesday, September 13th for significant contributions to the foundry industry and active participation in the fields of government affairs, human resource management, safety and health, or education.

Conference Sponsors

The American Foundry Society thanks the following companies for their support in sponsoring the 2016 Foundry Executive Conference.

Platinum Level

Laempe Reich is the North America center of Laempe advanced coremaking equipment, project management, installation, service and spare parts support. Laempe Reich facilities and team offer core sampling, tooling evaluation, pre-installation training, and continuing training programs for coreroom personnel as well as full production coremaking.

Sintokogio is a global leader in the metalcasting industry committed to developing and supplying the most innovative technologies, systems and equipment for foundries worldwide. Sinto group companies serving the North American foundry market include Roberts Sinto, SandMold Systems, Roberts Sinto de Mexico, and CTP Sinto America, providing complete foundry integration that includes engineering services, molding lines, coremaking, pouring, blasting, grinding and environmental.

Gold Level

Badger Mining is a family-owned, values-driven industrial sand supplier with a team of awesome associates passionately pursing excellence for their foundry customers.

Simpson Technologies is North America’s #1 supplier of sand preparation, sand control, sand reclamation and sand testing technology.