February 22-23, 2017
Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport
Across from Terminal 2 at the Airport


Conference Agenda

Wednesday, February 22nd


6:30 p.m.



Thursday, February 23rd


8:00 a.m.



8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Doug Kurkul, CEO, and Leo Baran, Director of Membership, American Foundry Society


9:00 a.m.

U.S. Economic Outlook for 2017
Dr. Gus Faucher, Deputy Chief Economisy, PNC Bank
A prominint economist, seen often on CNBC, gives attendees an overview of the manufacturing industry's economy as a whole, with insight into what factors will impact the growth of segments of manufacturing in the coming years.


10:00 a.m.



10:15 a.m.

When is the Time to Move Forward with Additive Manufacturing?

Steve Murray, Hoosier Pattern
Try it you’ll like it. So you’re an Additive Manufacturing user. You want to bring Additive Manufacturing in house and do it on your own. Woah, what have I done?! Let’s talk about which of these 4 stages of Additive Manufacturing adoption you are at, and how to be successful at each of these stages without losing money, your mind or your job.


11:15 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion


12:10 p.m.



1:15 p.m.

Resources for Metalcasting Industry Suppliers
Katie Matticks, IT Project Manager, American Foundry Society


Special Keynote:
2:00 p.m.

The Power Of One!
Ryan Dohrn, Brain Swell Media
Dohrn will share six ideas you can put into place immediately to drive sales forward by harnessing the power behind a unified sales team. Even simple sales disfunction can hinder revenue growth. Dohrn will teach you the secret sauce behind a unified sales team structure. One sales mission. One voice. One battle cry. One customer service objective. One retention plan. One united sales structure for revenue success.


3:00 p.m.

U.S. Metalcasting Census and Forecast


3:15 p.m.

Casting Q&A
Leo Baran, Director of Membership, American Foundry Society


3:30 p.m.

Summit Concludes

The Supplier Summit is open to invited attendees only. To learn more about the qualifications for invitation, contact Mark McGowan at or 847.824.0181 x242.