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Monday, Oct. 24
3:30 p.m.            Registration Open

5:30–7:30 p.m.   Welcome Reception
 
Tuesday, Oct. 25
7 a.m.               Registration Open

7–8 a.m.           Breakfast

8:15 a.m.          Welcome Remarks
 
8:15–9:30 a.m.   Macroeconomic Trends and Forecasts — Effects on the Work Truck Industry
Presented by: Michael Brown, Vice President, Economist, Wells Fargo Securities LLC

9:30–9:45 a.m.   Break

9:45–11:15 a.m.  The End of the World...and Other Opportunities
Presented by: Peter Zeihan, President and Founder, Zeihan on Geopolitics

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.   Lunch

1–2:15 p.m.   Future Workforce — Attracting and Retaining Millennials for Long-Term Success
Presented by: Amy Hirsh Robinson, Principal, Interchange Group

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:  3:45–4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:  5:30–7:30 p.m.   Evening Reception
 
Wednesday, Oct. 26
7 a.m.       Registration Open

7–8 a.m.   Breakfast

8:15 a.m.   Morning Remarks

8:15–9:15 a.m.   Work Truck Industry Outlook
Presented by: Steve Latin-Kasper, Director of Market Data and Research, NTEA; and Gary Meteer Sr., Director of Commercial Vehicle Solutions, IHS Automotive

9:15–9:30 a.m.   Break

9:30–10:45 a.m.   The Power of Pictures in this Age of Images
Presented by: Dick Durrance, CEO, Photographer and Speaker, Ideas and Images Unlimited

10:45 a.m.   Closing Remarks

Afternoon Departures Begin

 

Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios 

Macroeconomic Trends and Forecasts — Effects on the Work Truck Industry
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Michael Brown, Vice President, Economist, Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Gain insights on U.S. economic expectations, including potential challenges and opportunities in 2017. Learn how key factors such as consumer confidence, housing starts, employment levels, commodities prices and foreign trade will influence NAFTA, global economies and the work truck industry.

Widely regarded for his economic and policy research, Michael Brown is an expert on the domestic market, federal fiscal policy issues, the consumer sector and interest rates.

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The End of the World...and Other Opportunities
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Peter Zeihan, President and Founder, Zeihan on Geopolitics

Russian, Middle Eastern and Asian conflicts are about to trigger the greatest energy crisis in history. Dozens of countries are slipping into deflationary spirals from which there is little hope of escape. Find out how and why it all came to be. Most of all, find out how the world’s end heralds the greatest expansion in power and security in America’s history.

Leading geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. His worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends.

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Future Workforce — Attracting and Retaining Millennials for Long-Term Success
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 1- 2:15 p.m.
Amy Hirsh Robinson, Principal, Interchange Group

To remain competitive in today’s economy, companies want digitally savvy employees with a capacity for innovation. Many focus recruitment efforts on millennials, believing they have these core competencies. Once the employment contract is signed, however, organizations struggle with balancing existing workforces, corporate cultures and business practices with millennial expectations and behaviors. Learn effective strategies for increasing the retention, engagement and productivity of millennial employees without alienating your existing multi-generational workforce.

Amy Hirsh Robinson is a leading expert on the changing workforce and impact of generational shifts on organizations. She has been cited and quoted in publications such as Forbes, Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

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The Future of a Little Bit of Everything
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Peter Zeihan, President and Founder, Zeihan on Geopolitics

You’ve seen the big picture. Now, let’s drill down into some of the specific effects in everything from agriculture to construction to energy to manufacturing. Join Peter Zeihan for an open-floor session where he gets into the details on a country-by-country, sector-by-sector basis.

Leading geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. His worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends.

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Lean Works for Truck Equipment Upfitting and Production
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Tom Barrett, Vice President, Lean Partners
Jon Sievert, Senior Vice President Operations, Henderson Products Inc.

Two experienced lean facilitators will share success models and examples of how lean has worked in typical industry operations. Attendees will hear instances of how job shop lean has increased productivity and quality and how custom shops have made continuous flow work.

Tom Barrett has been implementing continuous improvement methodologies for more than 20 years. He consults with companies with revenues of $5 to $500 million, helping them achieve significant long-term process improvements that yield top and bottom line results.

Jon Sievert is an expert in developing processes and systems that enable companies to detect waste, identify root causes and implement solutions. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with 20 years of experience in guiding organizations on lean and continuous improvement journeys.


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Navigating Change in the Work Truck Industry
Tuesday, Oct. 13 - 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Steve Carey, Executive Director, NTEA
Doyle Sumrall, Managing Director, NTEA

Economic challenges and shifting industry dynamics have prompted many business leaders to modify their management strategies. Recent NTEA research initiatives, along with data from key partners and fleet feedback, provide important insights to help companies respond to market fluctuations and keep looking ahead. Sharpen your awareness of industry employment levels, plant capacity, lead-times, fleet acquisition intent, technology deployment and common business challenges being experienced by NTEA member firms.

Since 1998, Steve Carey has served in a leadership capacity at NTEA. His active involvement in the work truck industry gives him a unique outlook on national and global dynamics.

Doyle Sumrall’s perspective is shaped by more than 30 years of engineering and business management xperience in the work truck industry, including leadership roles at Stahl/Scott Fetzer Company and WALTCO Truck Equipment Co.


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Succession Planning for the 21st Century — Future Trends and Successful Strategies for Building Your Talent Pipeline
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Amy Hirsh Robinson, Principal, Interchange Group

Most succession plans are not relevant to today’s business executives and their challenges. Demographic shifts, emerging communication technologies and economic uncertainty have changed the playing field and altered what is required of leaders. What’s more, complex succession planning practices discourage senior leadership and boards of directors from engaging in meaningful dialogue on organizational talent. Join this practical discussion on strategies to engage senior leaders and boards in meaningful, results-oriented succession planning and build the best pipeline of future leaders.

Topics include:
  • Key pitfalls that derail today’s succession planning initiatives 
  • Alternatives to the 9-block, and other techniques to maximize executive engagement 
  • A framework for assessing future state roles and competencies with senior leaders 
  • Strategies to streamline succession planning and leadership development practices for simplicity and success 

Amy Hirsh Robinson is a leading expert on the changing workforce and impact of generational shifts on organizations. She has been cited and quoted in publications such as Forbes, Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

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Leadership is Critical to Lean Success
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Tom Barrett, Vice President, Lean Partners; and Jon Sievert, Senior Vice President Operations, Henderson Products Inc.

Success in lean can deliver large productivity improvements, directly impacting the bottom line. Key factors in making this happen are vision, support and release of control from the business leader and management team. In this session, attendees will learn what management must do to ensure the lean journey succeeds in their companies.

Tom Barrett has been implementing continuous improvement methodologies for more than 20 years. He consults with companies with revenues of $5 to $500 million, helping them achieve significant long-term process improvements that yield top and bottom line results.

Jon Sievert is an expert in developing processes and systems that enable companies to detect waste, identify root causes and implement solutions. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with 20 years of experience in guiding organizations on lean and continuous improvement journeys.


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Mitigating 401(k) Plan Sponsor Risk for Large and Small Companies
Tuesday, Oct. 25 - 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Presented by: Jeremy Chambers, CPFA, QKA, Senior Consultant, Plante Moran Financial Advisors, LLC; and Mark Dixon, CPA, CIMA®, CFP®, Partner, Plante Moran Financial Advisors, LLC

With the recent increase in litigation against 401(k) plan sponsors, it is imperative that fiduciaries of these plans understand best practices and industry trends that will allow them to offer an appropriate retirement program to employees while protecting themselves from potentially harmful lawsuits. The steps outlined during this session can be followed by all plan sponsor companies regardless of size. Participants will take away an excellent 
understanding of fiduciary responsibilities and gain ideas on how to mitigate risk along with improving their retirement programs.

Jeremy Chambers is known for his broad knowledge related to serving plan sponsors in a highly regulated discipline, as well as his background in employee benefits consulting. He was named as one of the 20 Rising Stars of Retirement Plan Advisory by Institutional Investor News in 2008.

With more than 23 years of experience, Mark Dixon is recognized for his technical knowledge of investment consulting and wealth management. He was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’s 40 Under 40 in 2004 and Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors from 2011 to 2014.


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Work Truck Industry Outlook
Wednesday, Oct. 26 - 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Steve Latin-Kasper, Director of Market Data and Research, NTEA; and Gary Meteer Sr., Director of Commercial Vehicle Solutions, IHS Automotive

Gain insights on leading indicators, trends and expectations for the commercial truck and equipment market. Hear specific 
analysis by weight class (total and current registrations and sales), geographic region and application market. NTEA’s staff economist and IHS’s director of commercial vehicle solutions will share vocational truck sales forecasts through 2020.

Since 1999, Steve Latin-Kasper has focused his efforts on research and analysis of market data and 
economic indicators for the work truck industry.

Gary Meteer Sr. has more than 45 years of experience in automotive industry marketing, planning, advertising and sales. In his current role, he develops and implements global commercial vehicle solutions and market strategy.

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The Power of Pictures in this Age of Images
Wednesday, Oct. 26 - 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Dick Durrance, CEO, Photographer and Speaker, Ideas and Images Unlimited

With pictures and stories from traveling the world photographing National Geographic articles and global advertising campaigns, Dick Durrance will explore how attendees can use pictures to tell powerful stories about their companies and offerings. During the last portion of this program, he will illustrate the ideas presented with a series of photographs featuring work trucks and personnel provided by NTEA members.

Dick Durrance’s first assignment as a photographer was published as a 45-page cover story in National Geographic when he was a student at Dartmouth College. He went on to distinguish himself in a wide variety of photographic fields, and now shares with audiences the best of what he learned about tapping into creative vision and using photographs to communicate with teams, customers and prospects.

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