2019 Metalcasting Management and Development Summit

Preparing Our Talent and Culture for the Future

The Mills House Wyndham Grand
February 7-8, 2019


This new, dynamic summit will advance your leadership savvy and engage your self-reflection. Anyone in the metalcasting industry who currently leads or has aspirations to lead the ever-changing workforce should leverage this learning opportunity for motivating talent, enhancing your culture, and identifying your own leadership gaps.  This is the prime event for supervisors, HR professionals and all leadership levels in metalcasting. 

Join us to take advantage of a personal assessment, interactive workshops, and roundtables giving immediate actionable ideas to take back with you.


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  • The Mills House Wyndham Grand
  • Charleston, SC
  • February 7-8, 2019
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Hotel Information

  • The Mills House Wyndham Grand
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • $189.00


This isn’t your Dad’s Company Anymore: Work, Life, and the Secret to Creating a Thriving Culture
Kevin Mays
CEO - Mays Leadership

Kevin Mays has a long track record helping managers in many of America’s most successful companies. He is a leadership and business growth expert, an award-winning speaker, a business coach, an author, and a mentor. Kevin has helped countless leaders create exceptional teams, freeing them up to work on the business instead of in the business.

Molten Hot Labor and Employment Legal Issues in the Workplace
Mitch Quick
Attorney - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Mitch Quick, a partner in the Milwaukee office of Michael Best, has served for over 28 years as a trusted advisor to businesses on all aspects of management labor and employment law. Clients value his deep knowledge of employment and labor laws, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and wage and hour laws. Clients regularly seek his counsel regarding compliance with continually changing labor and employment laws, and to address challenging or risky personnel situations.

Leadership Blind Spots - Discover the Pathway to Motivating Your Employees
Kirk Vitello
Performance Improvement Executive - Corporate Solutions

Kirk Vitello is a certified Dale Carnegie trainer for Dale Carnegie South Carolina, a franchise for Dale Carnegie Training, Inc. In his daily role, he engages with clients to understand the needs of organizations and individuals to build competencies and skills that drive organizational results. Through assessments and professional improvement discussions, he creates road maps tailored to reach specific goals and outcomes. By combining his skill set as a coach, trainer and business consultant, Vitello incorporates the metrics and development strategies to assist individuals in turning their potential into reality.

Beyond Emotional Intelligence: Unleashing Your Superpowers
Curt Mercadante
Principle - CurtMercadante.com

Curt Mercadante is a coach, speaker and social influencer whose was recently named one of the 30 LinkedIn Influencers Who Built a Powerhouse Personal Brand. Mercadante spent several decades working in the public relations and advertising industry, during which he founded and scaled a successful agency. In 2017, he pivoted to speaking and coaching individuals and companies across the globe. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses, and organizations build more engaged, effective teams.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6 – 7 p.m.
Meet and Greet
Thursday, February 7, 2019
7:30 – 8 a.m.
Registration/Continental Breakfast
8 – 8:30 a.m.
What’s New at AFS

Doug Kurkul

A fast paced look at how AFS is evolving to lead the metalcasting industry forward.

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This isn’t your Dad’s Company Anymore: Work, Life, and the Secret to Creating a Thriving Culture

Kevin Mays

This session will explore the dramatic change that has transformed workplace culture and what you MUST do for your business to attract and retain top talent and be seen as a leader in the field. You will learn:

  • The four pillars of a conscious company
  • How to harness the power of personality as a tool for employee engagement
  • The essential skill of intentional self-management
  • The secret to attracting all-star employees to your organization

Join us for an interactive session that will challenge your thinking at a 
fundamental level while giving you the key skills to increase your impact in the organization.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
What is Your Employer Value Proposition and Why Does it Matter?

Moderator: Joey Leonard
Panelists: Amanda Groves, Bryan Burton, Sharon Calahan, Russ Bradley

With this panel, you will hear industry experts talk about how they defined their Employer Value Proposition (EVP), how diversity and inclusion plays a role in EVP, and defining career progression versus career growth.

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Molten Hot Labor and Employment Legal Issues in the Workplace

Mitch Quick

There’s never a dull moment for managers and HR professionals as they strive to comply with the myriad and ever-changing laws affecting the workplace. This session will highlight the most pressing issues facing companies, including the #metoo movement and sexual harassment claims, changes to the wage and hour laws, medical marijuana, mandatory arbitration programs, and disability discrimination claims under the ADA. It will provide strategies and tips to avoid getting “burned” by the legal flames.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 – 5 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m.
Friday, February 8, 2019
8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Leadership Blind Spots - Discover the Pathway to Motivating Your Employees

Kirk Vitello

Leaders at the senior level strive to create a culture of engagement, while leaders on the front line need to motivate employees daily to drive results. 

This session will help you:

  • Identify which leadership trends may be impacting your organization
  • Learn how your leaders can drive employee retention and satisfaction
  • Uncover common leadership blind spots that may be undermining your corporate culture
  • Start to identify your organization’s leadership performance gaps and review behaviors to help bridge that gap
10 – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Noon – 3 p.m.
Beyond Emotional Intelligence: Unleashing Your Superpowers

Curt Mercadante

In this interactive workshop, Gallup-certified strengths coach Curt Mercadante will work with attendees to tap their superpowers, use them intentionally, and go beyond emotional intelligence to create teams that are more productive and aligned.


Registration Fees

Registration Fees

List price: $1,170.00

Member price: $780.00

Attending Guest Thursday Evening Reception Registration: $100.00

Cancellations & Substitutions

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.