2024 Foundry Leadership Summit

The Broadmoor
September 22 – 24, 2024

Overview

Mark your calendars for the premier metalcasting industry Leadership Summit. Enjoy networking with a friendly group of nearly 150 leaders from across the metalcasting supply chain and hear from world-class speakers discussing leadership, economic, workforce, technical and political issues that go to the heart of leading your business.

All this at one of the nation’s premier, 5-star resorts! Registration will open in Spring 2024.


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

Location

Broadmoor
  • The Broadmoor
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • September 22 – 24, 2024
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Hotel Information

The Broadmoor
  • The Broadmoor
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • $429.00 per night + taxes and fees

1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 

Standard room rate of $429.00 per night + taxes and fees. To reserve a room at the AFS rate, visit www.afsinc.org/2024FLSHotel or call The Broadmoor directly at 719-577-5775 and use reference code AFS24. Reserve your room by August 26th to receive the best rates. 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 noon.

Speakers

Safety and the Principles of Human Performance
Dr. Todd Conklin
Senior Advisor for the Los Alamos National Advisory, Human & Organization Performance Consultant, Los Alamos National Advisory

Todd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories. Conklin has been working on the Human Performance program for the last 15 years of his 25-year career. It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.

Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of New Mexico. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between the workers in the field and the organization’s systems, processes, and programs. He has brought these systems to major corporations around the world. Conklin practices these ideas not only in his own workplace, but also in the event investigations at other workplaces around the world. Conklin’s best selling book, Pre-Accident Investigations: An introduction to Organizational Safety is a best selling book on safety. Conklin has several other books and a huge podcast following for his twice-weekly podcast of the same name. Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this: “Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world.”

Energy for America: The Path Forward
Amy O. Cooke
Founder, East X West Strategies

Amy O. Cooke is the retired Chief Executive Officer of the John Locke Foundation and Publisher of Carolina Journal and founder of the public policy consulting firm East x West Strategies.

As Locke’s CEO, Cooke led the organization through the COVID crisis and merger with the Civitas Institute that transformed Locke from a think tank into a battle tank. Now in its fourth decade, the award-winning Locke is the most influential driving force for public policy that ensures all North Carolinians have the freedom and opportunity to thrive.

Prior to her move to North Carolina, Cooke served as Executive Vice President of the Independence Institute (II), Colorado’s free-market think tank. She was also Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center at II, Locke’s sister think tank.

Dennis Unkovic
Author, Attorney, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Dennis Unkovic is a senior partner with the law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP.  He frequently briefs business executives, trade associations, and government leaders on high profile issues, and negotiates complex commercial transactions, including international mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures as well as advising on inbound and outbound investment projects.

Michael Grubich
President, Managing Partner, LAK Group

Michael Grubich is President & Managing Partner at LAK Group. With more than 25 years of global leadership experience, Grubich is a seasoned Human Resources executive. He provides strategic leadership regarding all talent solutions and initiatives which enhance the performance of organizations, individuals, teams, and leaders.

Throughout his career, Grubich served in several global thought and operational leadership roles. As part of his responsibilities, he led a variety of Human Resources functions, including Talent Management, Leadership Development, Coaching, Culture Shaping, Organization Design & Development, Talent Acquisition, Succession Management, Learning & Development, Assessment Change Management, Strategic Planning, and Engagement Practices.

Gus Faucher, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, The PNC Financial Services Group

Gus Faucher is senior vice president and chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group, serving as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC.

Faucher is frequently cited in international, national, and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He serves on the board of directors of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh - the local chapter of National Association of Business Economics (NABE). He is also co-chair of the Financial Roundtable of NABE.

Faucher earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in labor economics and public economics. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University.

Stephanie Salmon
AFS Washington Representative, American Foundry Society

Stephanie Salmon provides advocacy representation for AFS in Washington, D.C. An experienced government relations professional, she has spearheaded AFS policy achievements on a variety of industry issues.

David Gilson
AFS Vice President; Sales and Marketing Director, Sintercast

David Gilson is a commercial executive with experience across national and international responsibilities, markets, and accounts. He has expert qualifications in identifying and capturing market opportunities to accelerate organic growth, increase revenues, and improve profit contributions. He also has capabilities in identifying acquisition end market opportunities.

Reg Zeller
Founder and CEO, KaneCast

Reg Zeller has held executive roles from product management to acquisitions in four different Fortune 500 companies. In 2017 he acquired Ermak, and is now CEO and Founder of CaneKast.

Matt Fetter
President and CEO, Metal Technologies

Matt Fetter has been with Metal Technologies Inc. since it was formed in 1997, starting as Sales Manager and then Vice President of Sales and Product Engineering. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2010, followed by President in 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo.

Susan Bear
Chief Technology Officer, Grede

Susan Bear is responsible for accelerating and ensuring robust processes are available for Engineering, Quality Program Management, and Information Technology (IT) functions used by the Grede centers of operations and corporate teams. In addition, she provides strategy and vision for new engineering business development and is involved with customer-related concerns in the functions of Quality, Engineering, and Program Management.

Bear joined Grede in July 2018. Prior to that, she spent 14 years at Stabilus GmbH, where she served most recently as Director of Engineering and Program Management. She also held roles in Application Engineering, Program Management, and Sales Management. Bear began her career as a Design Engineer in the manual clutch division at ZF Sachs.

Kiley Eck Hayon
President, Eck Industries

Kiley Eck Hayon started her career at Eck Industries in 2002 as a quality project manager, progressing with increasing responsibilities to become Vice President of HR & Finance in 2010, and then President in 2016. Hayon earned a BA in computer information systems and an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Hayon is a member of the AFS Board of Directors.

Liz Ulman
Director of Employee Communications and Initiatives, MacLean Power Systems

Liz Ulman is the Director of Employee Communications & Initiatives for MacLean Power Systems. She is responsible for an array of people-related activities including compliance, diversity, internal communications, and much more.

Prior to this role she served as Vice President of Dotson Iron Castings for several years.

John Link
Vice President Risk Management, Cottingham & Butler

John Link is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in consulting and insurance. A proud graduate of the University of Iowa with a BBA (’90), John has dedicated 35 years to the business world, 25 of which were spent refining his skills in insurance with Cottingham & Butler Insurance. Currently based in Dubuque, Iowa, Link is a trusted advisor for corporations ranging in size from $20 million to $12 billion in sales. The foundry team at Cottingham & Butler works with three dozen foundries, skillfully navigating the complexities of their insurance risks. When not immersed in the world of insurance, Link balances his time with his wife, Lauren and their 7 children (ranges in age from 8 months to 28 years old). In addition to balancing his family and career, Link is also known to be seen occasionally on a golf course, attending an F1 race or planning a trip to Disney.

Conference Agenda

Sunday, September 22, 2024
11:30 a.m.
Optional Golf Outing at the West Course
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Monday, September 23, 2024
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks

David Gilson

David Gilson 
AFS Vice President; Sales and Marketing Director, Sintercast

8:45 – 10 a.m.
Safety and the Principles of Human Performance

Todd Conklin

Dr. Todd Conklin
Senior Advisor for the Los Alamos National Advisory, Human & Organization Performance Consultant, Los Alamos National Advisory

10 – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 – 11:05 a.m.
Energy for America: The Path Forward

Amy Cooke

Amy O. Cooke
Founder, East X West Strategies

11:05 – 11:55 a.m.
The Transforming Global Supply Chain and a Changing China

Dennis Unkovic

Dennis Unkovic
Author and attorney, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch and Networking Time
1 – 2 p.m.
Executive Forum: Opportunities & Challenges for Metalcasters in 2025

Moderator: 
David Gilson 
David Gilson
AFS Vice President; Sales & Marketing Director, Sintercast

Panelists:
Reg Zeller 
Reg Zeller
Founder and CEO, KaneCast 
Matt Fetter 
Matt Fetter
President and CEO, Metal Technologies 
Susan Bear 
Susan Bear
Chief Technology Officer, Grede Foundries 
Todd Pagel 
Todd Pagel
Vice President of Operations, Waupaca Foundry

2 – 3 p,m.
Executive Forum: Talent Development, Labor Relations, and Succession Planning Strategies for Foundries

Moderator:
Angela Schmeisser
Angela Schmeisser
AFS President; Director, St. Mary's Foundry 

Panelists:
Kiley Eck Hayon
Kiley Eck Hayon
President, Eck Industries 
Liz Ulman
Liz Ulman
Director of Employee Communications and Initiatives, MacLean Power Systems 

TBA

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

Master of Ceremonies:
Angela Schmeisser 
Angela Schmeisser
AFS President; Director, St. Mary's Foundry 

State of AFS Address
Doug Kurkul 
Doug Kurkul
CEO, AFS 

Awards Presentation: 
Jean Bye 
Jean Bye
Board of Awards Chair

William J. Grede Award:
TBA

Keating Founders Freedom Award:
TBA

Tuesday, September 24, 2024
7:15 – 8 a.m.
Breakfast
8 – 8:50 a.m.
How Your Foundry Can Be "Best in Class" for Insurability

Moderator: 
Brian Foy
Senior Vice President of Property & Casualty Insurance for Assurant 

Panelists:
Beth Anderson
Engineer, GRC 

John Link

John Link
Vice President for Risk Management, Cottingham & Butler

8:50 – 9:45 a.m.
The Economic Outlook for 2025

Gus Faucher 
Gus Faucher, Ph.D. 
Chief Economist and Vice President, PNC Financial

9:45 – 10 a.m.
Networking Break
10 – 11 a.m.
Leadership on Purpose: The Six Attributes of Agile Leaders

Michael Brubich 
Michael Grubich
MBA, President of LAK Group and Former Director of Talent Development, Kohler

11 – 11:30 a.m.
AFS Agenda in Washington and Election Preview

Stephanie Salmon 
Stephanie Salmon 
Washington Representative, AFS

11:30 – 11:40 a.m.
Concluding Remarks and Announcement of 2025 Location

David Gilson 
David Gilson
AFS Vice President; Sales and Marketing Director, Sintercast 

John Lancaster 
John Lancaster
AFS 2nd Vice President; Plant Manager, General Motors

 

Registration

Registration Fees

Early registration: 
$1,700 - AFS members 
$2,200 - Non-members 

Standard registration: 
$1,950 - AFS members 
$2,600 - Non-members 

Spouse registration: 
$500 - Early registration
$700 - Standard registration
$205 - Welcome Reception/Awards Reception/Awards Dinner Only registration

September 22nd Golf Tournament:
$285 fee (includes golf cart), golf club rental via club house
 

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.

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