Phillip Van Hooser is a leadership authority with more than 1,000 organizational clients and more than 4,500 leadership presentations to his professional credit. He is the author of five books including “Willie’s Way: 6 Secrets for Wooing, Wowing and Winning Customers and Their Loyalty,” “We Need To Talk: Building Trust When Communicating Gets Critical” and “Leaders Ought to Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership.” In 2006, Van Hooser was inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. In 2019, he was awarded that organization’s most prestigious honor, The Cavett Award, named in honor of the organization’s founding member.
The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books including "America's Coach," "The Code," and "Raising Lombardi," Ross Bernstein is an award-winning Peak Performance Hall of Fame business speaker who has keynoted conferences for Fortune 500 companies on all seven continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.
President & CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.
Laurie Harbour, president and CEO of Harbour Results, Inc. (Southfield, MI), leads a team of analysts and manufacturing consultants to help small- to medium-sized manufacturers develop short- and long-term strategies, improve their operations, reduce risks and optimize business. Spending most of her life around the manufacturing industry, she utilized her experience and knowledge to found HRI in 2005. Since that time, Harbour has been responsible for developing both the consulting services and targeted tools to profitably grow the organization into a leading manufacturing consulting firm.
Founding Partner, The Franklin Partnership
John Guzik is a founding partner of The Franklin Partnership, AMBA’s lobbying firm in Washington D.C., with over 20 years of Capitol Hilland campaign experience. Previously, Guzik served as chief of staff for Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp. He was the top legislative strategist working on tax, trade, healthcare, transportation and agriculture issues. He also works closely with the Senate Finance Committee on healthcare, tax, trade and many other issues important to his clients.
Executive Director, AMBA
Troy Nix is the executive director of the AMBA and serves as the master of ceremonies for AMBA Conference 2021. Known for his spirit, enthusiasm and belief in American manufacturing, Nix delivers an opening address that never fails to spark emotion in each attendee’s inner core. This year’s message will focus on the importance of aggressively pursuing the endeavors of becoming a better leader, a better manager and better organizational contributor, particularly in the context of connecting with employees, partners and customers. Nix’s tag line “America Is What America Makes” is an essential ideal that motivates those attending the conference to strive for excellence.
General Session Panelist | Cybersecurity: Alan Rothenbuecher’s specialty is building assets and business and then protecting them from others. He has developed particular expertise in the manufacturing industry, enabling him to assess business trends and needs and provide services via alternative fee arrangements. His industry expertise has led to Rothenbuecher being selected to act as general counsel for and serve on the board of industry trade associations, such as the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) and the Manufacturers Association of Plastic Processors (MAPP). He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association, is fluent in German and is recognized by Martindale-Hubble as an AV Peer Review Rated attorney and by Thomson Reuters as an Ohio Super Lawyer.