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. 26, 2019): $1,500 for AFS members, $2,000 for non-members

Standard registration (after Aug. 26, 2019): $1,600 for AFS members, $2,400 for non-members

Click here to download a printable Foundry Leadership Summit brochure.

Location

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

Traverse hotel
  • Grand Traverse Resort
  • Traverse City, MI
  • $199

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard

Acme, MI  49610

AFS Group Room Rates

Tower Guestrooms - $199

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. / Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Use the AFS code AFS0919

(In addition, there is a $16.95 daily resort fee which includes unlimited use of the fitness center, whirlpools, saunas and indoor pools, seasonal access to outdoor pools and beachfront facilities, preferred guest pricing for golf, tennis, in-room coffee, high-speed internet access, on-property shuttle service to Cherry Capital Airport and Turtle Creek Casino, unlimited toll-free and credit card access phone calls, voicemail message service, daily newspaper on request, use of safe deposit box, preferred car rental pricing through Enterprise in Traverse City, golf bag storage and parking.)

Reservations must be made 30 days prior to your arrival date, all room nights not reserved will become subject to the Resort’s general inventory and will not be guaranteed at the AFS rate. Use the AFS code AFS0919.

Travel Information

Getting to Northern Michigan is easy! With many non-stop and one-stop flights arriving and departing from every corner of the United States, travel by way of Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport is convenient. Northern Michigan’s regional airport – Cherry Capital (TVC) is serviced by American, Delta, United and Elite Airways.

Speakers

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

Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic, and security expert. His 2014 book, “The Accidental Superpower,” earned a positive review from the Wall Street Journal. It provided several accurate forecasted events which have influenced metalcasting markets.In his presentation, “The Future of Global Manufacturing – Revisited,” Zeihan  will share his deep understanding of how global politics influence metalcasting now. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, Zeihan ’s irreverent approach transforms topics into accessible, relevant takeaways.

Building Your Foundry’s Brand as a Great Place to Work
Sara Timm
Marketing Communications Manager, Waupaca

For 20 years, Sara Timm has worked with B2B (business to business) manufacturing brands, where she collaborates with internal and external teams on progressive online marketing campaigns. Whether she’s tackling employer branding or social recruiting, Sara is driven to leverage the power of marketing technology to meet and exceed business goals.

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. Goreham 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. 

Mitigating Emerging Risks as Manufacturers Innovate in a Data-Driven Economy
David T. Carlson
Senior VP for Manufacturing & Automotive, Marsh USA

David Carlson is the Managing Director, U.S. Manufacturing & Automotive Practice Leader at Marsh. He brings experience in all areas of risk management and risk advisory services as it relates to manufacturing and automotive business segments. Carlson has a focused effort around risk consulting solutions including safety & health, workers compensation cost containment, environmental, product liability, as well as risk transfer from an insurance services/brokerage perspective.

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

Joey Leonard, a human resources executive with more than 20 years of experience, is the president of The H.S. Group. The H.S. Group provides talent management services and is a leader in the fields of recruiting, career transition/outplacement, human resource consulting, talent development, and assessments & employee surveys. Leonard was previously the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Waupaca Foundry Inc., which has more than 4,000 employees in multiple locations.  

Panelist: Alternative Approaches to Providing Quality Employee Healthcare Benefits
Amy McCulloch
Account Executive, Lighthouse Insurance Group

Amy McCulloch is the co-creator of ProMedico Worksite Clinics. She is an employee benefit account executive and shareholder for Lighthouse Group and is a leader in health plan consumerism, including HSA plans and pricing transparency. McCullochbrings 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. Christie is part of the AFS Directors Class 2017-2021.

Update on Women in Metalcasting
Sara Joyce
VP, Quality & Technical Support, Badger Mining

Founded in 1949, Badger Mining is a family-owned industrial sand supplier located in Wisconsin. Sara Joyce has been at Badger Mining for 36 years.  An AFS member since 1989, Joyce has frequently presented at chapters and conferences, served on panels for Metalcasting Congress and currently serves on several AFS committees. She received the AFS Service Citation in 2004 and the William H. McFadden Gold Medal in 2017. As the current chair, Joyce will provide an update on Women in Metalcasting, an AFS committee within the newly formed Management Council.

Update on Future Leaders of Metalcasting
Megan Kirsh
Vice President of Sales, Kirsh Foundry Inc.

Founded in 1937, Kirsh Foundry is an iron jobbing foundry in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Since joining the company in 2012, Megan Kirsh has been committed to helping develop innovative ways to meet the personal and professional needs of the next generation of leaders in the metalcasting industry. Kirsh will provide an update on Future Leaders of Metalcasting, an AFS shared interest group that Kirsh chairs.

Monday Night Banquet
Peter Reich
2018-2019 President, American Foundry Society

Master of Ceremonies

The Reich family success story began 82 years ago, when Harry H. Reich, a young patternmaker-molder, headed south and arrived in Alabama, raised a family, and started his company selling foundry equipment and supplies. Son Harry C. Reich grew the company, and eventually partnered with Joachim Laempe. And Laempe Reich was born. Now, David and Peter Reich, with their talented team, continue that tradition of cores and support. In 2010, they created a full-service coreshop called The CoreRoom. Reich is the moderator of this year’s State of the Global Metalcasting Industry Panel.

State of AFS Address
Doug Kurkul
CEO, AFS

Doug Kurkul has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Foundry Society since 2016. Kurkul began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at SBA and later served as a Reagan Administration appointee at the Department of Energy. Kurkul went on to devote more than 20 years to the National Association of Manufacturers, including 6 years as Vice President of Member Communications and Marketing for NAM. While there, he was Publisher of the award-winning magazine, Leadership for Manufacturers. He later served as CEO of business advocacy groups in Nevada and Texas before joining AFS.

Update from Washington on Metalcasting Policy Agenda and Political Trends
Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative, AFS

Where do AFS and the metalcasting industry stand in advancing our advocacy agenda? How will the November elections affect the foundry industry? Stephanie Salmon from the AFS Washington, D.C., Office will answer those vital questions.

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 hors d'oeuvres/networking)

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

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

Megan Kirsh, Vice President of Sales, Kirsh Foundry Inc.

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
7 - 9 p.m.
Banquet
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. 26, 2019): $1,500 for AFS members, $2,000 for non-members

Standard registration (after Aug. 26, 2019): $1,600 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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