Plastics News Executive Forum 2014

Wesley Chapel, Florida
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Innovative Business Strategies - Tools for Success
February: 23 Workshop  |  February 24-26: Conference
Saddlebrook Resort | Tampa, FL


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8 a.m.-5 p.m.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Executive Forum Advisory Board Lunch & Networking

1 p.m.-3 p.m.
NEXTGEN Roundtable
Tomorrow’s plastics industry leaders and current industry leaders will gather for an informal roundtable about addressing the most pressing issues in the plastics industry.

2 p.m.-5 p.m.
The Reshoring Reality: How to use Total Cost of Ownership
Workshop instructor: Harry Moser, Founder, The Reshoring Initiative
Workshop moderator: Don Loepp, Editor, Plastics News
In a 3-hour workshop, reshoring expert Harry Moser will equip attendees with how to use the total cost of ownership model as a sourcing and selling tool and be in the best position to take advantage of reshoring. Moser also will address workforce recruiting and how it relates to reshoring.

6 p.m.

Location: The Commons

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast/ Registration

8 a.m.
Brennan Lafferty, Publisher, Plastics News

8:15 a.m.
Introduction of Keynote Presenter
Angie DeRosa
, Conference Director, Plastics News

8:20 a.m.
What You Need to Know About the Emerging Workforce
Eric Chester
, Work Ethic Expert, Reviving Work Ethic Inc.
Chester is nationally renowned for his energetic, entertaining presentations on the emerging workforce and what it takes to get results for your company.  His clients have included Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Alcoa Inc. and Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association.

9:50 a.m.

10 a.m.
RJG Inc. Training Excellence Awards
Gary Chastain
, Consultant/Trainer, RJG Inc.

10:15 a.m.

10:35 a.m.
What's Ahead, Anyway?
Bill Wood,
Founder, Mountaintop Economics & Research Inc.
Wood, a leading plastics industry economist, will provide his view on the current state of the North American plastics industry and where it is headed.

11:10 a.m.
Strategic Choices to Stay Competitive as a Custom Injection Molder
Ryan Duffey,
Vice President, Plastic Components Inc.
Review of competitive choices from one of the plastics industry's Best Places to Work. Officials at injection molder PCI invested in a facility dedicated to rapid prototyping of single-cavity molds. Vice President Ryan Duffey will tell attendees about the choice.

11:35 a.m.

11:55 a.m.
Your Passport at the Executive Forum
Brennan Lafferty,
Plastics News

12:05 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

Leading experts cover the ins-and-outs of reshoring, near-shoring and the implications for the plastics industry.

Reshoring Economics: Why Reshoring is Happening in Greater Volumes
Harry Moser
, The Reshoring Initiative
Harry Moser is the founder of The Reshoring Initiative where he has been focused on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. He has the expert perspective on what is happening, why it’s happening and what the plastics industry can do about it. A renowned leader in reshoring, he has appeared on Fox Business News and CNBC.

2:45 p.m.
Manufacturing in America: GE’s Appliance Park
Lou Lenzi, Director, Industrial Design, GE Appliances
Learn about the juggernaut’s project that shines as an example of Lean Manufacturing prowess.

3:15 p.m.
Comparing the Cost of Press Operation
Ted Morgan
, Sr. Consulting Manager with Jeff Mengel, Partner, Plante Moran
The search for the lowest cost has led many customers to seek global sourcing.  But what does it take to be competitive globally?  This presentation will compare press rate costs in China, Mexico and the U.S., identify the nature of the cost differential, and explore the steps to produce product using global prices in the United States.

3:40 p.m.
What Studies Show for Tooling
Laurie Harbour
, President & CEO, Harbour Results Inc.
In its 2013 Vendor Tooling Study, one key topic analyzed by Harbour Results was the use of a low-cost country strategy as well as re-shoring. Taking insight from the analysis, Harbour will discuss the difficulties foreign companies face when moving businesses to the U.S., the impending capacity shortage that has re-shoring implications and, more importantly what this means for plastics processors.

4:05 p.m.

4:15 p.m.
View from the Tool Room
Mike Zacharias
, President, Extreme Tool & Engineering & Cosmos Tooling Solutions Ltd.
From his company that is based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Zacharias will discuss his perspective of reshoring and how toolmakers can be innovative and competitive. As president and largest shareholder of Cosmos Tooling Solutions Ltd., with a location in Shaogguan City, Guangdong Province, China, he also will cover the pressures and challenges of providing export tooling from China to the United States now versus six years ago.

4:40 p.m.
Update: Support Plastics USA
Bob Schiavone
, Global Marketing Director, R&D/Leverage
Schiavone and officials at Structural Brand Development & Mold Manufacture of R&D/Leverage spearheaded a group dedicated to strengthening plastics manufacturing in the United States. Schiavone will provide an update on that group and its activities.

Q&A with all Reshoring Segment speakers

5:20 p.m.
Angie DeRosa
, Plastics News

5:25 p.m.
Preview: Best Places to Work in the Plastics Industry
Bob Grace, Associate Publisher & Business Development Director, Plastics News
Plastics News’
first class of Best Places to Work in the plastics industry will be recognized at a reception the evening of Monday, Feb. 24. Before that reception, Plastics News’ Bob Grace will let attendees know how these companies made the cream of the crop.

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Best Places to Work Reception & Recognition Dinner

Location: Tropical Terrace
                6 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
                       Cocktail Reception

                6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
                       Awards Ceremony
                7 p.m.-9 p.m.
                      Strolling Dinner

7:30 a.m. Breakfast/Networking/Registration

8:00 a.m.
Brennan Lafferty
, Plastics News

8:10 a.m.
Introduction of Morning Segment
Angie DeRosa
, Plastics News

8:15 a.m.
What it Takes to Be Among Best Companies to Work For

Peter Burke, President, Best Companies Group

8:20 a.m.
Domestically Global: The Manufacturing Movement
Melanie Hart, President & CEO, Tsuchiya North America
Hart will discuss opportunities for domestic growth from the perspective of running the North American operations of Japanese-owned Tsuchiya North America. The company operates as Tasus Corp. in the United States and serves the automotive market.

8:50 a.m.
Greenfielding a site in India: Lessons Learned
Kamini Pahuja
, CEO, Alloy Polymers Inc.
Compounder Alloy Polymers, under CEO Pahuja, greenfielded a site in Pune, India, its first international operation. Pahuja will let the audience know what lessons she learned in the process.

9:20 a.m.
Protecting Intellectual Property in China
Dan Harris
, Partner, Harris & Moure PLLC
In an entertaining and engaging segment, China Law Blog co-author and attorney Harris will equip attendees with how to defend their intellectual property in China.

9:55 a.m.

Moderator: Don Loepp, Editor, Plastics News
Panelists: Hart, Pahuja and Harris

10:25 a.m.

10:50 a.m.
Managing the Increasingly Complex Supply Chain
Bill Michels
, President, ADR North America LLC
Manufacturing supply chains aren’t as short and simple as they used to be.  The multi-national supply chain of today is long, complex, and more susceptible to cross-cultural cultural challenges, natural disasters, and civil unrest. The good news is we’re learning how to collaborate, communicate, and use technology like never before. This segment will show attendees how to use these tools in a way that greatly benefits their companies.

11:20 a.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Supply Chain Complexities of Today
Moderator: Angie DeRosa, Plastics News
Panelists: Bill Hoffer, President, Hoffer Plastics Corp.; Michels and Hart

11:50 a.m.

2:30 p.m.
The Society of the Plastics Industry: Safety Award Winners
Bill Carteaux, President & CEO, The Society of the Plastics Industry

2:40 p.m.
Realizing Greater Sustainable Net Profit
Rob Comeau, CEO, Business Resource Center Inc.
Comeau has worked with hundreds of businesses to implement the T.O.P. Model where topline growth strategies, overhead reduction methods and production efficiencies are used to get a greater throughput value at a lesser expense in order to drive future revenue.

3:25 p.m.

With reshoring and near-shoring, company owners and top officials need to be savvier than ever about available financial tools. Experts will equip attendees with innovative options in this segment and Conference Director Angie DeRosa will provide a preview of Plastics News’ Plastics Financial Summit that will be held in Chicago.

Approaching a banker
George Muhoray
, Business Development Manager, EverBank Commercial Finance Inc.

3:45 p.m.
How to make the best use of research & development tax incentives and other tools
Michael Devereux
, Director of Manufacturing & Distribution, Mueller Prost PC

4:05 p.m.
with Comeau, Muhoray & Devereux

4:15 p.m.
Bill Carteaux, President & CEO, Society of the Plastics Industry
Bill Bregar, Sr. Reporter, Plastics News

4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Angie DeRosa, Plastics News

7:00 p.m.
Processor of the Year & Excellence Awards Dinner & Reception

Location: Lagoon Pavilion

8:00 a.m.
Networking and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast with the Stars

Panel Discussion with the Processor of the Year finalists
Moderator: Jeff Mengel, Plante Moran

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
NEXTGEN & POY Networking

NEXTGEN participants and the POY finalists will get to network together during this designated time.

11:30 a.m.
NEXTGEN Roundtable with Light Lunch

Get the NEXTGEN participants’ views on the Forum and what they’d like to see in 2015.

12:30 p.m.
Conference Adjourns





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