2024 AFS Young Professional Meeting

Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
October 28 – 29, 2024


The Annual meeting of the AFS Young Professionals promotes career development and networking among metalcasting professionals. Rising metalcasting professionals are invited to Charlotte Pipe and Foundry in Charlotte, North Carolina, to experience an immersive event from the AFS Young Professionals.

Attendees will tour Charlotte Pipe and Foundry on a provided shuttle and participate in a Manufacturing Engagement Session. Enjoy the presentation of the 3rd Sinto – AFS Young Professionals Educational Scholarship Award to a student and attend a fun dining event with networking and competitive fun.

For information about sponsoring AFS Young Professionals, please contact Kim Farrugia at kfarrugia@afsinc.org or click here.


Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
  • Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
  • Charlotte, NC
  • October 28 – 29, 2024
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Hotel Information

Embassy Suites
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown
  • Charlotte, NC
  • $179.00 + taxes per night

Room reservations can be made by using the link below. The room rate is $179.00 + taxes per night. Three room types are available for Young Professionals Meeting rate : 1 King 2 room suite, 1 King Studio on a high floor with a city view, or 1 King 2 room suite on a high floor with a city view. The hotel’s check-in time is 4 p.m. Check-in prior to the hotel’s published check-in times are subject to availability. Check-out time is 11 a.m. Hotel reservations that need to cancel can cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival.

Conference Agenda

Monday, October 28, 2024
5 - 7 p.m.
Meet and Greet

Gather with other attendees around the fire overlooking the Nascar hall of fame to enjoy appetizers and cocktails at the Meck Deck Terrace in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown. 

(Meet and Greet is included in your registration fee.)

Tuesday, October 29, 2024
9 – 11 a.m.
Tour of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry

(Foundry tour is for event registrants only and is at the discretion of the facility.)

11 a.m. – Noon
Roundtables – What’s Impacting You?
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and a State of Industry Update
1 – 3:15 p.m.
Manufacturing Engagement: How To Keep Your Top Talent From Becoming Someone Else’s

Lisa Ryan 

Keynote Speaker:
Lisa Ryan
CSP – Keynote Speaker, Engagement and Retention Expert, Culture Consultant

Designed exclusively for the American Foundry Society, this is an immersive experience aimed at empowering leaders and managers with cutting-edge strategies to attract and retain the industry's top talent. By fostering a workplace culture where innovation and satisfaction are at the forefront, this program ensures participants are equipped with actionable insights for immediate and impactful application. Tailored to meet the specific challenges and opportunities within the foundry industry, it offers a unique platform to transform leadership approaches and drive organizational advancement.


3:15 p.m.
Shuttle Bus to Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown
6 p.m.
Cocktails at The Puttery

(All Puttery events are included in your registration fee.)

6:30 p.m.
Dinner at The Puttery & Presentation of the 3rd Sinto – Young Professionals Educational Scholarship
7:30 p.m.
Tee Times and Competition at The Puttery


Registration Fees

AFS Member: $325.00 | Non-member: $487.50

Buy one registration, get the second 50% off. To qualify for buy one, get one pricing, call AFS Customer Service at (800) 537-4237. Both attendees must be from the same company/organization.

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.