The 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference will be held virtually.
Please watch a message from Tim Capps, president, Par 4 Plastics and MAPP board president, and Troy Nix, MAPP executive director, here.
Please read our press release about the virtual Conference here.
The goal of the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is to help plastics companies improve their operations and tactics in order to impact bottom-line profits. This year’s Benchmarking and Best Practices conference will address leadership, operational best practices, the latest financial benchmarks, sales and marketing, and the impact of employees on the bottom-line and much more.
The Conference staff has created a schedule packed with best practices, leading-edge benchmarks, expert presentations and the best networking opportunities in the industry.
OPERATIONAL BEST PRACTICES
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!
Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library
$379 — Member pricing through August 19, 2020
$449 — Member pricing after August 19, 2020
Company-wide Pricing: grants access for every individual in the company to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library
$1,796 — Company-wide pricing
Non Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library
Industry Service Providers (or sponsors):
If you are a company that provides a service to the plastics industry please contact Letha Keslar about attending this event. You can reach Letha at 317-913-2440 or email@example.com
See below the general timeline of the event to assist attendees in planning. All times shared are in EDT.
Please note, this agenda is a work in progress.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
11:00 AM EDT - Opportunity is Knocking - Troy Nix, Executive Director
11:10 AM - The Unpardonable Sins of Leadership - Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE
Traditionally, conferences provide attendees advice on how to improve professionally. However, sometimes the traditional conference leaves out some of the most important skills that a leader needs to improve upon – or the key mistakes all leaders make. The 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference Keynote, Philip Van Hooser has committed all the leadership mistakes and shares his poignant story during his keynote “Unpardonable Sins of Leadership."
During Van Hooser’s high-energy keynote he will highlight three behaviors leaders should recognize and avoid -- now and forever. Practical, focused, and timely, Van Hooser is sure to get each and everyone one of us reflecting on how we empathize, engage, motivate, and capitalize on talents and knowledge in the face of adversity.
1:00 PM - 2020 BC LABS
The BC LABS are comprised of a series of parallel presentation sessions or learning tracks suggested for each functional area below. Each BC LAB is designed to equip attendees with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve the mission-critical priorities of today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow.
Below are the learning tracks for the 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference LABS:
Since the theory is different than practical implementation, many of the BC LABS will be presented by processors. Attendees will learn from their peers.
2:30 PM - 2020 BC LABS
4:30 PM - Connections – Speed Networking
This conference session, also known as “speed dating with an industry peer”, will take place through-out the week of the virtual conference. During these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to visit a “Lounge” room of their choice to make connections and meet like-minded individuals who are all interested in expanding their knowledge-based on a particular subject. For example, if you are interested to learn how other professionals use metrics to drive profits, then you might want to attend the “Factory Metrics and Score Cards”, to share your ideas and discuss the ideas of others. The goal is to make connections and expand your resources.
Some Topics Could Include:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
11:00 AM - Rebound or Retreat: Ten Trends for 2020 and Beyond - Dr. Chris Kuehl
Rebound or Retreat: Ten Trends for 2020 and Beyond - As the world contends with the dual threat of a pandemic and a global recession the business community faces a different set of future patterns. What will the "new normal" look like for sectors such as medical, automotive, light industrial and the overall consumer industries. Was there ever an "old normal". There will be both threats and opportunities and it will call on leaders to become highly strategic. This session looks at the ten most likely developments that are facing the Plastics Industry.
1:00 PM - Peer-to-Peer Exchanges
This session is back by popular demand! Growing peer-to-peer networks is a primary component of the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference. 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.
2:30 PM - 2020 BC LABS– UNDER Construction
4:00 PM - 2020 BC LABS– UNDER Construction
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
11:00 AM - Moments That Matter - Brigadier General (BG) (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf
Brigadier General (BG) (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf began her life’s journey in a small town in Western New York as the middle child of nine and became a competitive swimmer and ultimately an officer in the United States Army. In the Army, she flew helicopters, led Soldiers, earned advanced degrees, taught in and ultimately led the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy. In fact, when she was selected as the first woman to chair a department at West Point in its then entire 195 years history.
In her Keynote address, BG LeBoeuf will reflect upon pivotal moments in her life, those Moments that Matter, that shaped her into the leader she is today. The keynote will challenge the audience to pause in introspection and consider the moments in life, big and small, that have led them to where they are today. BG LeBoeuf will encourage participants to leverage these experiences in order to be intentional leaders who embrace their leadership journey and appreciate those individuals and experiences that had a hand in shaping them – and to consciously shape those that they lead. By sharing the moments that have mattered in her own life, the audience will be inspired to be more self-aware and cognizant of when opportunity is knocking, even in the midst of the chaos, complexity, and ambiguity that plastics leaders are navigating in these unprecedented times. Through entertaining stories infused with humor and candor, Brigadier General LeBoeuf will leave the audience inspired to lead with character, listen for the opportunities knocking and and create a legacy.
1:00 PM - Ask the Expert
Join any of these live, engaging conversations and meet with experts. Get your questions answered and hear their stories and lessons learned along the way. Throughout this time, attendees will hear best practices, make connections and get personalized advice from those with the most expertise.
2:30 PM - Peer-to-Peer Exchanges
4:00 PM - 2020 BC LABS– Under Construction
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
11:00 AM - Best Practices Breakouts
1:00 PM - Peer-to-Peer Exchanges
2:30 PM - BC LABS – Under Construction
2:30 PM - BC LABS – Under Construction
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
11:00 PM - BC LABS – Under Construction
11:30 PM - Connections – Speed Networking
12:00 PM - What’s Next? - Troy Nix, Executive Director
Don’t miss this incredible review of lessons learned from the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference 2020. Nix will share several take-aways that attendees gained from the conference. The success of the conference is not in the number of attendees or the quality of the speakers, but in the action plan that is created by attendees when they gain take-aways to improve their operations
1:00 PM - Conference Adjourned
The programming sub-committee for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is interested in providing a wide range of programs that will appeal to the needs of all the conference attendees. It is the committee’s intention that programs submitted will address the needs of a broad representation of the membership. Presenters are encouraged to provide programs that address at least one of the BC LABS or tracks, ultimately answering the questions that are keeping our members up at night. Those programs deemed to address the needs of the widest range of participants will be given the highest consideration. Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
The Conference team is pleased to welcome the following speakers to the event:
Troy Nix, Executive Director
Troy Nix serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference. Known for his spirit, enthusiasm, and belief in American manufacturing, Nix will deliver an opening address that will focus on lessons in leadership and the importance of becoming more in tune with one’s inner self. Professionals over the last decade who have heard Nix deliver his opening address know that the first 30 minutes of the conference will spark emotion in each attendee’s inner core. This year’s message will focus on the tapping into that internal fuel source to inspire, motivate and overcome obstacles encountered every day. Nix’s tag line “America Is What America Makes” is an essential ideal that motivates those attending the conference to strive for excellence.
Phil Van Hooser
Phillip Van Hooser’s approach to leadership training, employee relations and communication skills development is drawn from his own leadership experience in community banking, FORTUNE 500 manufacturing and consumer products companies.From his roles in employee relations, training, and human resources, Van Hooser knows firsthand the very real impact authentic, respected, engaged employee relations have on productivity and profits. He knows the practical, commonsense strategies leaders, managers and supervisors can implement to win credibility, communicate effectively, engage confidently with employees while reducing conflict and reaching organizational goals.
An engaging keynote speaker, leadership training expert, accomplished business writer, and mentor to emerging Millennial and Gen Z leaders, Phillip Van Hooser is committed to delivering keynotes and professional development training that helps companies and organizations experience stronger, more productive leader / employee relations, greater teamwork, trust, communication and collaboration, and improved bottom-line business results.
Dr. Chris Kuehl
Dr. Chris Kuehl is a managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, American Supply Association, Chemical Coaters Association International, Industrial Heating Equipment Association and others. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies – Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas.
Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.
Kuehl is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.
Brigadier General Maureen LeBoeuf, U.S. Army, retired, ED.D.
Maureen LeBoeuf spent 28 years in the U.S. Army, where she held various staff and leadership positions, as well as flying UH-1 helicopters in the continental United States and Europe. Most noteworthy was her assignment as the Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Education from 1997 until her retirement in 2004. Her position carried the unique title “Master of the Sword.” She was the first woman to chair a department chair at the U.S. Military Academy since it was founded in 1802. Upon her retirement, LeBoeuf was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General. She served as the Executive Director of the Feagin Leadership Program at Duke Sports Medicine, and currently serves as the Chair of the USO of North Carolina.
Maureen Leboeuf’s research interests have focused on leadership, as well as fitness and wellness. She served as co-editor of Fit & Active: The West Point Physical Development Program. In 2016, she was selected as the University of Georgia Department of Kinesiology Distinguished Alumnus, as well as inducted into the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps National Hall of Fame. She published the book, Developing Your Philosophy of Living & Leading: One Moment at a Time in 2019.
Matt Fish joined Vital Plastics as CFO in 2017. Prior to joining Vital Plastics, Fish was an accounting professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire for six years. Fish taught accounting courses, including accounting information systems, and has written and published research articles on performance management systems in accounting. Prior to his academic career, Fish spent 10 years working for several manufacturing companies in roles that span from financial business analyst to chief financial officer. Fish has helped install and implement several different ERP systems and enjoys mining and using data to drive organizational change. Fish is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA and holds a doctoral degree from the University of St. Thomas.Matt Fish joined Vital Plastics as CFO in 2017. Prior to joining Vital Plastics, Fish was an accounting professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire for six years. Fish taught accounting courses, including accounting information systems, and has written and published research articles on performance management systems in accounting. Prior to his academic career, Fish spent 10 years working for several manufacturing companies in roles that span from financial business analyst to chief financial officer. Fish has helped install and implement several different ERP systems and enjoys mining and using data to drive organizational change. Fish is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA and holds a doctoral degree from the University of St. Thomas.
Christopher Lamm is an Air Force veteran and has a B.S. from Purdue University FW and an MBA from Indiana University FW. Lamm has been in the composites industry for eight years with a focus on Account Management, Engineering Design and Development, and New Product Development and Realization with new and existing materials, products, and customers. Lamm is a member of the MAPP YP Board, Auburn, IN Planning Commission, Quiet Knight, Inc. Board, SPE, and other professional, civil, and community bodies. His focus on unique solutions and a collaborative approach to leverage lessons learned across multiple industries and carry them forward to create opportunities for innovation and simple solutions to meet the needs of the market, customers, communities, and organizations.
Alan Rothenbuecher’s specialty is building assets and business, and then protecting them from others. He has developed a particular expertise in the plastics 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 Manufacturers Association of Plastic Processors (MAPP) and the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA). 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.
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