Metalcasting Industry Human Resources Conference


Unlocking the Past, Present, and Future of HR in Metalcasting


February 1-3, 2017
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Clearwater, FL


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“Great discussion and always interesting to see issues other metalcasting facilities are dealing with and how they are resolving these issues.”
- Becky Kinkade, Oil City Iron Works, Inc.

Click here for the 2017 Conference Brochure.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, February 1


7:30 a.m.



8:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Teresa Weber, Conference Chairman


8:05 a.m.

Breakfast and Introductions


9:00 a.m.

Generations in the Workplace
Celina Peerman, The Peerman Group
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11:15 a.m.

What’s New in Washington D.C. – Overview of the Federal Political Landscape & How It May Affect Metalcasters’HR in 2017 and Beyond
Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office
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12:00 Noon

Adjourn for the Day


Thursday, February 2


7:30 a.m.



8:00 a.m.

Breakfast / Roundtable Discussion
Attendees to discuss topics presented the day prior.


9:50 a.m.

Union Roundtable Discussions
Mark Broich, Facilitator
Non-Union Roundtable Discussions
Kirk Kallio, Facilitator


10:00 a.m.

Metalcasting Industry Roundtable Discussion


11:45 a.m.



12:30 p.m.

NLRB Update: The New Frontier for Union and Non-Union Employers
Jon Levine, Littler Mendelson
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1:30 p.m.

Employment Law Update
Mitch Quick, Michael Best
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2:30 p.m.

Knowledge Mapping & Transfer Best Practices
Celina Peerman, The Peerman Group
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4:30 p.m.



5:00 – 6:30 p.m.



Friday, February 3


8:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Metalcasting Industry Roundtable Discussion


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Update - Employer Rights and Obligations With Respect to LGBT Issues in the Workplace
Greg Ripple, Tripp W. VanderWal, Miller Johnson
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10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Your Business, Your Future: Profiting Under a Trump Administration
Gene Marks, The Marks Group
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11:30 a.m.

Raffle & Adjourn

A raffle will be held at the end of the conference. Must be present to qualify.

One raffle ticket will be given to each registrant for each session attended.

This program entitles you to 10.75 HR (General) HRCI credits.

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Housing and Conference Location

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
301 South Gulfiew Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33767
Phone: 727-373-1234

Poised at the edge of one of the world’s best beaches, our Clearwater hotel is an oasis along this Florida coastline. Enjoy suite style guestrooms featuring full kitchens, dine in three innovative restaurants, or set out to explore the beautiful coast a mere few steps away. For the ultimate day of relaxation, treat yourself to a package at Sandava Spa, or book a secluded massage in your private poolside cabana.

Room rate: $239 for a single/double
Hotel Cut-off Date: The deadline date to reserve a room at the conference rate is January 9, 2017.

Room includes: Complimentary Internet access, 10% discount on spa services at the Sandava Spa (excludes tax and gratuity) as well as two (2) days pre-and post conference at same rate.

(Please note, there is a discounted resort fee of $10 per room during January 30-February 5. Otherwise, the standard resort fee of $25 per room will apply.)


Travel Information

Getting To and Around St. Pete/Clearwater


Which airports serve the St. Pete/Clearwater area?

Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport are the closest airports. Click here for more information.


Where can I find a map of St. Pete/Clearwater?

Click here for an interactive map. 


What are the public transportation options in St. Pete/Clearwater?

The Jolley Trolley runs from Clearwater Beach north through Dunedin to Tarpon Springs. The Suncoast Beach Trolley travels from downtown Clearwater west to Clearwater Beach, then south through Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach to Pass-a-Grille (read about the trolley here). The Looper Trolley circulates through downtown St. Petersburg, making 13 stops at major attractions, hotels and restaurants. In addition, buses operated by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority serve the area. For more...


Where can I rent a car?

For a list of rental companies serving the area, click here.


How can I get from the Tampa or Clearwater Airport without renting a car or taking a taxi?

Shuttle and limo service is available. For more...


Celina Peerman, Ph.D.
The Peerman Group

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Stephanie Salmon,
AFS Washington Office

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Jon Levine,
Littler Mendelson

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Mitch Quick,
Michael Best

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Greg Ripple,
Miller Johnson

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Tripp W. VanderWal,
Miller Johnson

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Gene Marks,
The Marks Group

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AFS Members: $795
Non-Members: $950


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