2022 Foundry Leadership Summit

The Greenbrier
September 18 - 20, 2022


Rejuvenate in idyllic White Sulphur Springs, WV, at the 2022 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.

For information about sponsorship opportunities at the event, please contact Kim Farrugia at kfarrugia@afsinc.org or click here.


  • The Greenbrier
  • White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • September 18 - 20, 2022
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Hotel Information

  • The Greenbrier
  • White Sulphur Springs, WV

Travel Information

Getting to the Greenbrier: America’s Resort


  • Interstate 64 brings you within a mile of the main entrance. Address is 101 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, WV.


  • White Sulphur Springs train station is located across from the Greenbrier Christmas Shop, across the street from the main entrance. Service from New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and other major cities. Complimentary transportation to the main entrance is available


  • Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg, WV (LWB) is 10 miles from the Greenbrier. Shuttle is available for $28.80 per person. Private transportation ($122.40 for 1 to 3 persons) is available with reservations.
  • Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) is 76 miles from the Greenbrier. Car rentals and private transportation ($300 for 1 to 3 persons, reservations required) are available.
  • Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV (CRW) is 120 miles from the Greenbrier. Car rentals and private transportation ($504 for 1 to 3 persons, reservations required) are available.

Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 18, 2022
12:30 p.m.
Optional Golf Outing
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Monday, September 19, 2022
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks

Brad Muller
AFS First Vice President; VP of Marketing, Charlotte Pipe Foundry

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Everest Resilience: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching High Goals

Jim Davidson
Resilience Expert, Mountain Climber, and Author, "The Next Everest"

9:45 - 10 a.m.
10 - 11 a.m.
The Talent Shortage: Effective Strategies and Tactics for Attracting and Retaining the Best Employees

Gene Marks
President of The Marks Group and columnist for "The Hill" newspaper

11 - 11:50 a.m.
Strategies for Powering Manufacturing's Revival

Stephen Gold
President & CEO, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch Break
1 - 2:15 p.m.
Challenges and Opportunities for Metalcasting in 2023 and Beyond

Mike Lenahan
Senior Industrial Sales, Badger Mining Corporation

Ryan Burke
CEO, Osco Industries

More panelists to be announced

2:15 - 3 p.m.
Leveraging AFS to Enhance Your Team and Strengthen Our Industry

Brad Muller
AFS First Vice President; VP of Marketing, Charlotte Pipe Foundry

David Weiss
Eck Industries Inc., Manitowoc, WI

Tom Bye
Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato, MN

More panelists to be announced.

3 p.m.
Adjourn Until Evening
6 - 7 p.m.
7 - 9:30 p.m.
Dinner Banquet

Master of Ceremonies:
Adam San Solo
AFS President; Vice President - Infrastructure, Neenah Enterprises

State of AFS Address:
Doug Kurkul
CEO, American Foundry Society

Awards Presentations by:
Jeff Cook
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Eagle Alloy, Inc.

Board of Awards Chair:
William J. Grede

Keating Founders Freedom Award

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
7:15 - 8 a.m.
8 - 8:50 a.m.
Economic Outlook

Mark Vitner
Principal and Chief Economist, Piedmont Crescent Capital
Former Managing Director and Senior Economist, Wells Fargo

8:50 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
The Future of U.S. - China Relations and Reshoring

Gordon Chang
Author, "The Coming Collapse of China"

9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m.
10 - 11 a.m.
America in 2022: The Political Outlook

Ari Fleischer
Former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush, Fox News Commentator and Communications Strategist

11 - 11:30 a.m.
Metalcasters' Agenda on Capitol Hill

Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative

11:30 - 11:40 a.m.
Concluding Remarks and Announcement of 2023 Location

Brad Muller
AFS First Vice President; VP of Marketing, Charlotte Pipe Foundry

Angela Schmeisser
AFS Second Vice President; President and CEO, St. Marys Foundry, Inc.


Cancellations & Substitutions

AFS presents a variety of technical and management conferences (in both in-person and virtual formats). The refund policy for AFS conferences is as follows: 1) Substitutions are accepted at no charge at any time up until the start of the conference; 2) Full refunds are offered if AFS is notified in writing of cancellation at least 30 days in advance of the conference. No refunds or credits are available for less than 30 days written notice.