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Foundry Executive Leadership Conference to Feature Heavy Hitters and Great Insights

July 10, 2017

July 6, 2017:  The American Foundry Society, the primary trade association advancing and serving the $30.3 billion metalcasting industry, today announced that noted global futurist Jack Uldrich, USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold, and FOX News Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen will headline the 2017 AFS Foundry Executive & Leadership Conference. 

The annual conference will be held September 17-19 at Stowe Mountain Lodge in beautiful Stowe, Vermont. The 2017 conference is chaired by AFS Vice President Jean Bye of Dotson Iron Castings. All owners, CEOs and managers of foundries, suppliers to the industry, and buyers of castings are encouraged to attend. 

In addition to Uldrich, Lippold, and Rosen, other key speakers will include highly regarded human resources specialist Celina Peerman, Ph.D.; Laempe Reich Director Peter Reich; Jim Folk, CEO of the Folk Group; and Denny Dotson of Dotson Iron Castings.

“This is the premier annual event where metalcasters meet to gain exceptional insight into enhancing their ability to lead their company during uncertain times and to cultivate lasting relationships with peers in the industry,” said Doug Kurkul, CEO of American Foundry Society.

Attendees will be free to participate on their own in the optional annual golf tournament organized by Mike Didion of Didion International or in other leisure activities before or after the conference, including spa treatments and onsite resort activities such as ziplining, treetop adventures, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, indoor rock climbing, and furniture making. Attendees will also have access to information and registration for offsite tours.

Registration for the Foundry Executive Leadership Conference is open. You can register online at, or call Customer Service at 800-537-4237, ext. 290.