2021 Foundry Leadership Summit

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
September 12-14, 2021

Overview

Recharge in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, at the 2021 Foundry Leadership Summit, where leaders from all corners of the metalcasting industry will gather in an energizing setting for highly rated speakers, thought-provoking discussions, and rich networking opportunities.

Explore the profound changes sweeping the worlds of manufacturing, technology, economics, trade, and politics. You’ll emerge refreshed, renewed, and ready to embrace the future.

Location

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  • Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • September 12-14, 2021
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Hotel Information

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  • Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • $219/night + resort fee & tax

Discover a vitalizing oasis at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Located near versatile dining and shopping at Kierland Commons and home to The Westin Kierland Golf Club, an award-winning course designed by Scott Miller, this hotel offers a stimulating experience in the Sonoran Desert. View more amenities here.

Travel Information

Reservations within the room block are due by Friday, Aug. 20.

The optional golf tournament will begin at 12:27 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. Make reservations in advance through AFS to ensure your participation.

Other optional activities are available on your own, including the water park, shooting clays, horseback riding, and other enjoyable endeavors. Click here for more information.

Speakers

Turning Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage
Daniel Burrus
Technology Futurist & Disruptive Innovation Expert

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurist speakers on global trends and disruptive innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker.

He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight, as well as the international best-seller Technotrends.

Success is Overcoming Obstacles on the Way to Your Dreams
Karl Mecklenburg
Former NFL All-Pro Linebacker and Motivational Speaker

Former Denver Broncos Captain and All-Pro linebacker Karl Mecklenburg rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL's most versatile player, Mecklenburg has played all seven defensive front positions. In 2001, Mecklenburg was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Mecklenburg enjoys speaking to a variety of groups, and his story is both humorous and inspirational. Life in the NFL taught him lessons about teamwork, courage, dedication, desire, honesty and forgiveness, and goal setting, which he calls his "Six Keys to Success."

Optimal Strategies for Attracting and Developing Next Generation Talent
Buddy Hobart
Founder and President, Solutions 21, and author of The Leadership Decade

Buddy Hobart is an internationally recognized pioneer on leadership in a multi-generational workforce and a trailblazer in the practice of attracting, developing, and retaining next-generation leaders. He authored the Gen Y Now series, which was widely regarded as groundbreaking in portraying Gen Y in a positive light, and both editions resulted in sellouts. His sixth book, The Leadership Decade: A Playbook for an Extraordinary Era, details how to prepare your company for prosperity through intensive investment in your employees’ abilities as supervisors, managers, and leaders — even during a crisis. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and is a returning instructor at the U.S. Army War College, where he teaches an elective course on the evolution of leadership. Hobart will advise attendees on how to ensure that next-generation leaders at their companies build the muscle memory habits needed to mature into key organizational decision-makers and build business’ legacies.

The Economic Outlook for Manufacturers
Gus Faucher, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, PNC Financial Services Group

Manufacturers are confronting an array of conflicting economic, political and public-health trends as they seek to grow their businesses. Gus Faucher, Ph.D. is an internationally respected economist who draws on experience with Moody Analytics and the U.S. Treasury Department, in addition to his current role with PNC. Dr. Faucher is regularly featured on Fox Business, CNBC and CNN and has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. An energetic presenter, he will provide valuable and timely insight to the Foundry Leadership Summit audience.

Today’s Political & Economic Landscape
Thomas Landstreet
Founder, N3L Capital Partners, Past VP of Arthur Laffer Assoicates, and former standup comic
As an analyst, speaker and writer, Thomas Landstreet shares his wit and wisdom on politics, policy, the economy and investing. Though he plumbs a complicated topic, he does so with a comedian's skill: His presentations are funny and accessible to a broad audience. Landstreet draws on a vast array of topics as publisher of "Connecting the Dots," which provides institutional investment research for some of the world's biggest hedge funds and mutual funds. And because he's actually in the business of making predictions for investors, he often goes out on a limb for his audiences. His impressive record of predictions has made him a top contributor to Forbes.com.
The State of the Metalcasting Industry in North America
Jim Folk
CEO of the Folk Group

Jim Folk is the Principal at The Folk Group, a merger and acquisition firm specializing in the metalcasting industry. Folk has orchestrated the acquisition of 36 foundries and business valuations of over 40 foundries and supervised three turnaround projects in the past 20 years. His expertise includes projects in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India, Malaysia, Singapore and France. He also has clients in Italy, Sweden, India and Poland. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Folk was a licensed professional engineer for over 40 years.

Safety at the Foundry: The CEO’s Perspective
Brent Charlton
Safety Director, Metal Technologies

Brent Charlton is an accomplished health and safety professional who serves as safety director at Metal Technologies in Auburn, Indiana, where he's worked since 2014. A graduate of Purdue University, Charlton is a frequent and popular presenter at AFS events, including safety seminars and EHS conferences. He chairs the AFS Health & Safety Committee.

Angela Dine Schmeisser
President & CEO, St. Marys Foundry, Inc.

Angela Dine Schmeisser leads St. Marys Foundry, a Midwestern iron foundry with a reputation for producing intricately-cored, complex castings. A graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business & Economics, she has extensive experience working in the metals industry. Dine Schmeisser is a member of the AFS Directors Class 2019-2023.

Safety at the Foundry: The CEO’s Perspective
Matt Fetter
President & CEO, Metal Technologies

Matt Fetter has worked for Metal Technologies for 24 years, becoming CEO in 2016. He has an MBA from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

Thomas Teske
Vice President & General Manager, EJ

Thomas Teske has worked for EJ in East Jordan, Michigan, for 45 years, starting in product sales. His career at this major manufacturer has included stints in its Construction Products Division and Sales Operations, and most recently, as VP & General Manager. Teske earned his degree at Kalamazoo College.

Ted Schorn
Vice President, Enkei America, Inc.

Ted Schorn is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in quality inspection. With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Schorn focuses on teaching the skills of quality in a manufacturing environment, and problem-solving and engineering with an integrated perspective.

Schorn has written multiple books, including Improving the Effectiveness of Visual Inspection published by AFS. He is vice president at Enkei America, and he also teaches courses for the AFS Institute.

The State of AFS
Doug Kurkul
CEO, American Foundry Society

Doug Kurkul has been the 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 six 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.

Metalcasters’ Agenda on Capitol Hill
Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative

Stephanie Salmon is AFS' representative in Washington, D.C. An experienced government relations professional, she specializes in manufacturing topics, including safety and health issues, energy, water, and as well as tax and trade matters.

Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 12, 2021
1 p.m.
Optional Golf Outing
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Monday, September 13, 2021
7:30 -8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks

Adam San Solo
AFS First Vice President | Director of Sales, US Foundry

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Turning Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage

Speaker:
Daniel Burrus
Technology futurist and author, Flash Foresight

9:45 – 10 a.m.
Break
10 – 11 a.m.
Today’s Political & Economic Landscape

Speaker:
Thomas Landstreet
Founder of N3L Capital Partners, Columnist at Forbes.com, and former stand-up comic 
 

11 – 11:45 a.m.
The State of the Metalcasting Industry in North America

Speaker:
Jim Folk
CEO of The Folk Group 

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch
1 – 2 p.m.
Safety at the Foundry: The CEO’s Perspective

Moderator:
Brent Charlton
Safety Director, Metal Technologies

Panelists:
Matt Fetter
President & CEO, Metal Technologies

Angela Dine Schmeisser
President & CEO, St. Marys Foundry

Ted Schorn
Vice President, Enkei America

Tom Teske
Vice President and General Manager, EJ

2 – 3 p.m.
The Economic Outlook for Manufacturers

Speaker:
Gus Faucher
Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Economist,  PNC Financial Services Group 

3 p.m.
Adjourn until evening

Announcement by:
Adam San Solo
AFS First Vice President | Director of Sales, US Foundry Adam San Solo 

6 - 7 p.m.
Reception
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Dinner Banquet

Master of Ceremonies:
Mike Lenahan
AFS President | CEO, KB Foundry  Services 

State of AFS Address:
Doug Kurkul, CEO of AFS 

Awards Presentations  
Peter L. Simpson Gold Medal – Denny Dotson 
Presented by Chris Norch 

John H. Whiting Gold Medal – Kathy Hayrynen 
Presented by Jeff Cook 

Thomas W. Pangborn Gold Medal – Ted Schorn
Presented by Bruce Dienst 

Announcement of 2021 Award-Winner

Additional Awards To Be Announced.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast
8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Optimal Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Next-Generation Talent

Speaker:
Buddy Hobart
Founder & President of Leadership 21, and  author of The Leadership Decade 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Success is Overcoming Obstacles on the Way to Your Dreams

Speaker:
Karl Mecklenburg
Six-Time NFL Pro Bowl Star and motivational speaker  
 

10:30–10:45 a.m.
Break
10:45 – 11:20 a.m.
Metalcasters’ Agenda on Capitol Hill

Speaker:
Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative  

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.
Concluding Remarks and Announcement of 2022 Location

Speaker:
Adam San Solo
AFS First Vice President | Director of Sales, US Foundry

Registration

Registration Fees

$1,500 for AFS Members

$2,000 for non-members

Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellation of registrants with full refunds must be received in writing by Thursday, August 12, 2021; no refunds will be granted after that 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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