2019 Foundry Leadership Summit


September 22-24,2019

Overview

Join us for North America’s premier event for leaders from foundries and supplier companies at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City, Michigan. The Foundry Leadership Summit features high-level speakers, industry roundtables, and presentations about issues important to metalcasting leaders, including industry innovation, public policies and economic forecasts. The 2018 Foundry Leadership Conference saw attendance increase for the third consecutive year and attracted attendees from seven countries. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Early registration (through Aug. 20, 2019): $1,500 for AFS members, $2,000 for non-members

Standard registration (after Aug. 20, 2019): $1,800 for AFS members, $2,400 for non-members

Location

  • Traverse City, MI
  • September 22-24,2019
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Hotel Information

Traverse hotel
  • Grand Traverse Resort
  • Traverse City, MI

Speakers

The Future of Global Manufacturing – Revisited
Peter Zeihan
Founder of Zeihan on Geopolitics

Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert.

Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

Mitigating Emerging Risks as Manufacturers Innovate in a Data-Driven Economy
David T. Carlson
Senior VP for Manufacturing & Automotive, Marsh USA
Casting Research for Military Preparedness
Thornton White
Executive Director, American Metalcasting Consortium
Moderator: Alternative Approaches to Providing Quality Employee Healthcare Benefits
Joey Leonard
President, HS HR Group
Panelist: Alternative Approaches to Providing Quality Employee Healthcare Benefits
Amy McCulloch
Account Executive, Lighthouse Insurance Group

Amy McCulloch has more than 24 years of employee benefit sales and service experience and is the Co-Creator of ProMedico Worksite Clinics.

She is an Employee Benefit Account Executive and Shareholder for Lighthouse Group and a leader in health plan consumerism including HSA plans and pricing transparency. Amy brings experience with the complexities of self-funded and fully-insured plans to metalcasters at the Foundry Leadership Summit.

Panelist: Alternative Approaches to Providing Quality Employee Healthcare Benefits
Tom Christie
President, ATEK Metal Technologies, LLC

With more than 30 years of success in manufacturing, Tom Christie has a passion for using state-of-the-art technologies to mass-produce complex and critical components for Fortune 500 OEMs.

Facts and Fiction about Energy, Alternative Vehicles and Climate Policy
Steve Goreham
Executive Director, Climate Science Coalition of America

Steve Goreham is a speaker, an author, a researcher on environmental issues, and an independent columnist. He’s the Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America, a non-political association dedicated to informing Americans about the realities of climate science and energy economics. Goreham is the author of three books, including his latest, Outside the Green Box: Rethinking Sustainable Development

Steve will present “Facts and Fiction About Energy, Alternative Vehicles, and Climate Policy,” a celebration of energy, with a discussion about hydrocarbons and renewables, public policy, and implications for metalcasting industries. 

Update on Women in Metalcasting
Sara Joyce
VP, Quality & Technical Support, Badger Mining
Building Your Foundry’s Brand as a Great Place to Work
Sara Timm
Marketing Communications Manager, Waupaca
Monday Night Banquet
Peter Reich
2018-2019 President, American Foundry Society

Master of Ceremonies

State of AFS Address
Doug Kurkul
CEO, AFS
Update from Washington on Metalcasting Policy Agenda and Political Trends
Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative, AFS

Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 22, 2019
12:30 p.m.
Golf outing

Optional fee for golf outing, or recreational activities on your own.

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

(Light reception/social)

Monday, September 23, 2019
7 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome / Opening Remark

Mike Lenahan (KB Foundry Services), AFS Vice President

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Facts and Fiction about Energy, Alternative Vehicles and Climate Policy

Steve Goreham, Executive Director, Climate Science Coalition of America, and author, Outside the Green Box: Rethinking Sustainable Development

9:45 - 10:35 a.m.
Alternative Approaches to Providing Quality Employee Healthcare

Moderator:
Joey Leonard (HS HR Group)

Panelists:
Amy McCulloch
(Lighthouse Insurance Group)
Tom Christie (ATEK Metal Technologies, LLC)

10:35 - 10:50 a.m.
Break
10:50 - 11:30 a.m.
Casting Research for Military Preparedness

Thornton White, Executive Director, American Metalcasting Consortium

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Update from Women in Metalcasting

Sara Joyce (Badger Mining), Women in Metalcasting Chair

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch
12:45 - 2 p.m.
The Future of Global Manufacturing – Revisited

Peter Zeihan, Founder, Zeihan on Geopolitics

2 - 2:15 p.m.
Update from Future Leaders in Metalcasting

Kendal Spurgin (Simpson Technologies)

2:15 - 3 p.m.
Building Your Foundry’s Brand as a Great Place to Work

Sara Timm, Marketing Communications Manager, Waupaca Foundry

3 p.m.
Adjourn until Banquet
6 - 7 p.m.
Reception
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Mitigating Emerging Risks as Manufacturers Innovate in a Data-Driven Economy

David T. Carlson, Senior Vice President for Manufacturing and Automotive, Marsh USA               

9:15 - 10 a.m.
Update from Washington on Metalcasting Policy Agenda and Political Trends

Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office

10 - 10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions
10:30 - 11:40 a.m.
Closing Remarks

Registration

Registration Fees

Early registration (through Aug. 20, 2019): $1,500 for AFS members, $2,000 for non-members

Standard registration (after Aug. 20, 2019): $1,800 for AFS members, $2,400 for non-members

Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellations of confirmed registrants with full refund of fees will not be accepted unless received at least two weeks prior to the conference date. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled for any reason, AFS liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

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