Decision Making for Impact and Success
Phil Van Hooser
At the crux of any young professional's journey is the development of the ability to make a good decision. Without the ability to evaluate information, effectively communicate or the gumption to simply take a risk, future leaders face everything from team frustration and delay of job orders to stagnated business growth and the inability to effectively lead.
During the AMBA Conference 2021 pre-con session, Phil Van Hooser will coach AMBA's Emerging Leaders through decision-testing methodologies and red flags with the use of decision-making principles, including the Decision-Making Foundation Keys and the 5 Bases for Practical Decision-Making Success.
Commandments for Leaders
Phil Van Hooser
Effective leadership is never more important than during difficult, trying times. Ineffective leadership is never more apparent than during those same difficult, trying times.
During the 2021 AMBA Conference keynote presentation, Phillip Van Hooser will engage audience members with a high-energy, practical, interactive presentation entitled, “Commandments for Leaders.” In the presentation, custom-designed for the AMBA membership, Van Hooser will reveal and explore the seven most commonly heralded leadership characteristics and how the best leaders develop and incorporate them into their daily leadership activities.
The Champion's Code: Building Relationships through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability
Ross Bernstein’s program explores the DNA of what makes champions in sports so unique and how that relates to business. Based on his interviews with more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches, Bernstein concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports also were common among peak performers in business.
Since the pandemic, Bernstein has worked with more than 75 different companies to identify what made some pivot successfully while others did not. During his presentation, Bernstein will examine the art of changing and adapting with a focus on not only how to stay positive and productive in challenging times, but how to come out on the other side with momentum. Bernstein will help attendees to think differently about their current business situations, sharing best practices in overcoming disruption, while ultimately building stronger relationships.
Troy Nix, AMBA Executive Director
During his opening keynote presentation, Troy Nix will help conference participants understand the value of being mentally and physically tested and how the results of being personally challenged can have a powerful impact and brighten our futures.
Trade, Tariffs and Taxes: Washington's Plans for Mold Builders
John Guzik, The Franklin Partnership
John Guzik with The Franklin Partnership, AMBA's lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., will provide an update on the latest with the trade wars and President Biden’s approach to tariffs on Chinese imports, including plastic injection molds and dies from China. The AMBA and The Franklin Partnership secured an important victory for the industry when former President Trump reinstated the 25% tariffs on imported plastic injection molds, but the Biden administration is under pressure to lift the tariffs and reduce barriers to trade.
This presentation will review the status of trade talks with China and tariffs and ongoing negotiations with the European Union. Nashashibi also will examine the impact on supply chains and efforts to encourage manufacturing in America as discussions in Washington accelerate over tax increases on businesses to pay for government spending. This session will help attendees plan for the unexpected and gain a better understanding of how trade, tariffs and taxes will impact business.
Capitalizing on a Challenging Manufacturing Landscape
Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results
This interactive session will examine the current state of the mold building and plastics processor industries, as well as economic, business and legislative trends that will impact the future. Attendees will be asked to provide issues they face across the business – from sales to operations to talent management. Laurie Harbour, president and CEO of Harbour Results, Inc., will address these issues, share industry benchmarking data and explore how best-in-class manufacturers are succeeding in this challenging marketplace. Participants will be armed with insights that can help their business improve.
This Is Your Supplier; Send Payment to this New Account
Presented by Alan Rothenbeucher, Benesch Law; Steve Searl, Federated Insurance; Colby Coombs, Westminster Tool
A supply chain attack exploits the inherent trust relationship between organizations and their third-party vendors. If your vendors are compromised, would you know if you are impacted? If impacted, do you have a plan for remediation? Now more than ever, companies must address these threats and implement a risk mitigation strategy.
Join Alan Rothenbuecher, Benesch Law, and Steve Searl, Federated Insurance, as they discuss proactive risk management measures you should undertake to make sure you get paid when you or your vendor’s computer systems are compromised. Hear also from a fellow AMBA member, Colby Coombs, Westminster Tool, who has had to live through the nightmare, and what that member is doing now to avoid the issue from happening again.
The Nuts and Bolts of Remote Mold Sampling and Validation
Presented by Stephen Robinson and Camille Sackett, Accede Mold & Tool Co., Inc.
Today’s customer is already spread way too thin to spend days onsite qualifying a mold that could be performed virtually. This, coupled with the effects of the global pandemic on its methods of customer communication, encouraged the team at Accede Mold & Tool Co., Inc. to quickly embrace new ways of doing business.
Join Accede Mold representatives Stephen Robinson, engineer, and Camille Sackett, vice president of sales and project management, as they walk attendees through how adopting and establishing a robust, virtual mold sampling process has created a seamless, efficient and effective process for all parties involved. Not only will attendees experience a mold tryout from the ‘customer’s vantage point’, they also will discover the nuts and bolts of the process as Accede demonstrates the equipment and technology utilized, how the process parameters (including cycle time and ejection) are easily viewed by the customer and the efficiencies gained by both parties.
Collaboration for Disruptive Tooling
Presented by Jason Murphy, NXC Manufacturing
As molds continue to be more complex and resins more demanding for cooling and venting, the need for additive manufacturing in the tooling industry will continue to grow in importance. Join Jason Murphy, NXC Manufacturing, as he demonstrates how proper deployment of additive manufacturing within the process will eliminate common defects like gas traps, gate blush and warp. Through the use of real-world case studies, attendees will learn how eliminating defects ensures a quicker mold approval, better profitability for mold builders and molders and leads to a distinctive competitive advantage within the marketplace.
Topics of discussion include:
The “Help Me, Help You” Marketing Philosophy
Presented by Tony Demakis, Alliance Laser Specialities and Sales
There are many strategic elements to every marketing plan. One valuable area of focus that is often overlooked is the "help me, help you" mentality that exists in any symbiotic relationship. By integrating this philosophy into a company's marketing strategy, executives can strengthen customer relationships, increase brand awareness and convey their company values and competitive advantages to potential customers in an authentic, personal way.
See firsthand how the marketing team at Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales embraces this mentality and has woven it into its strategic marketing plan. During this interactive session, attendees will learn how varied marketing tactics and opportunities can be used to strategically leverage customer relationships in a way that empowers customers to broadcast their stories while simultaneously championing your message.
Do You Have the Right Digital Footprint for an Effective Manufacturing Process?
Presented by Michael Thiessen, Tebis America
As the mold building industry continues to deal with the uncertainty in the marketplace, it has become increasingly more important to leverage tools that provide live, accurate and efficient information in digital and virtual formats. This presentation will provide information and examples on how mold builders can use technology elements - including resource planning and capacity planning, use of the Digital Twin process and automation - to improve shop flexibility and better manage business highs and lows.
Workflow Management Solutions: A Panel Discussion
Presented by Roger Bassous, R.E.R. Software, Jeanne Naysmith, TST Tooling Software Technology and Tom Swihart, Erowa Software
From lights out automation and single-cell output to complete shop floor solutions, manufacturers have access to a wide range of software, automation and technology opportunities that can have significant impact on process efficiencies and machine outputs across the shop floor.
Join a dynamic panel of three industry experts, who represent varied workflow management solutions, as they share their technical perspectives on the shop floor automation opportunities available to mold manufacturers. During this session, attendees will learn how varied technologies and solutions can be implemented to address the under-utilization of worker skill sets, the optimization of individual machine cells and the advantage of complete shop floor solutions that help oversee job complexity, all machine capabilities, job scheduling and preventative maintenance solutions.
ISO Certification - A Never-Ending Journey to Continuous ImprovementPresented by Tyler VanRee and Nick VanderZwaag of Legacy Precision Molds and Jason Sparks and Michael Rochholz of Concept Molds ISO certification continues to be a growing business strategy with documented ROI among mold manufacturing companies striving to 1) gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, 2) open the door to new markets and 3) follow a path of continuous improvement throughout internal operations.
Whether newly certified, maintaining a long-established certification or considering the process for the first time, the journey to ISO certification can go smoothly with the proper guidance, team buy-in and expectations that align with a company’s strategic goals. Through this presentation, attendees will gain valuable insights and lessons learned from professionals at Legacy Precision Molds (Grandville, MI) and Concept Molds (Schoolcraft, MI), including:
How to Leverage Marketing to Grow Your Business – A Tactical Game Plan
Presented by Shelly Otenbaker, Waypoint Communications
Sometimes the hardest part of trying something new or different is determining where to start. This session, presented by Shelly Otenbaker, WayPoint Marketing Communications, will outline a game plan for initiating marketing activities that align with sales. From prioritizing tasks and determining a budget to implementing and measuring success – also known as ROI – all the bases will be covered whether a company has someone responsible for marketing or not. In the past, marketing was viewed as a “nice-to-have” activity. Today, that simply is not the case. Companies are at a disadvantage if they are not leveraging marketing to sustain and grow their business. Participants will understand why marketing is important and the fundamentals needed to leverage it for their business.
NEW! 2021 Selfie Scramble
To add some fun and excitement, AMBA is asking attendees to take a few seconds at the conclusion of their meetings with exhibitors to snap a selfie with each sponsor and submit photos for a chance to win $500!
How to Play:
Prizes also will be given for the following:
Photos must be submitted by close of the conference (12pm EST) on June 24. The drawing will take place at AMBA headquarters on June 25 and winners will be notified.
Good luck, and may the best selfies win!
This session is back by popular demand! Growing peer-to-peer networks is a primary
component of AMBA Conference 2021. Attendees will have the chance to interact with
peer groups during this session on topics that are unique to their job functions in their
specific groups. Driven by past attendee feedback, these focused sessions have been
highly requested and are expected to be one of the biggest hits of this year’s conference.
They are a perfect way for professionals to find new ideas, expand their professional
networks and explore new methods of improvement. Areas covered will be operations,
owners/presidents/CEOs, sales and marketing, human resources and finance/ERP/IT.
Cardinal Sins of Leadership
Phil Van Hooser
Phillip Van Hooser will return to the AMBA stage for a deep dive into the exploration of personal leadership effectiveness, this time revealing critical mistakes too many leaders make. He calls these self-inflicted wounds the “Cardinal Sins of Leadership.” Attendees will explore how to avoid these ‘cardinal sins’ in a casual environment together over lunch.