Combining Efficiency with Other Growth Platforms

Kansas City Manufacturing Network June Meeting – Case Study  

In recent decades there has been a relentless drive toward building extreme efficiencies in the business environment.  Some firms do this exceptionally well and surpass their competition by being shockingly efficient. However, for most of us the efficiency requirement just keeps increasing. Author and speaker Rick Tirrell, Ph.D., and Robbie Manufacturing C.O.O. Pepper Stokes will discuss four Competitive Platforms: Efficient Platform, Relationship Platform, Creative Platform and Marketing Platform.  They will describe the key characteristics of each Competitive Platform and then show the operational steps Robbie has taken to develop strengths in multiple platforms and how this has given the firm a clear competitive advantage.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013,
7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members, $25 for guests.  Register by June 7 BY CLICKING HERE or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958

Rick Tirrell, Ph.D., President, Navigator Group, PA  Rick has been helping companies build competitive skills for over twenty years. His work focuses on strategy, culture and organization development. He helps firms establish or revise their strategic planning processes and he often facilitates their annual meetings. His book, The Wisdom of Resilience Builders: How our best leaders create the world’s most enduring enterprises, is a valuable guide to every business leader. He has been a quiet advisor to many presidents and CEOs.

Pepper Stokes, COO, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles  Pepper Stokes, COO has been at Robbie Fantastic Flexibles in Lenexa, KS for 20 years. Prior to Robbie he was CFO at a couple of Kansas City based companies and he started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co in Kansas City.  Pepper and his wife are native Kansas Citians and have two awesome 20-something daughters. Robbie is a recognized industry leader in flexible packaging solutions producing innovative ideas and top-quality packaging products since their founding in 1970.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (www.mamtc.com) and Missouri Enterprise, (www.missourienterprise.org ) are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.

Due our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event so we can provide spaces for those who may be on a wait list. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event. You may register as a guest for up to 2 events before membership is required. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958

 

Health Care Reform for Manufacturers – Get Ready for 2014

KCMN May Meeting

health careThe Affordable Care Act promises a host of new issues, choices, regulations and penalties for employers with the implementation of many of the new provisions in 2014.  Whether you are confident your company will be ready, or just trying to get up to speed, KCMN’s May meeting will be a great source of information for you.  Our panel of experts is aware of the changes on the horizon, and will focus their remarks on decisions and choices that you should consider as you prepare for 2014.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
7:30-9:15 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota, Kansas City, KS

Panel Moderator:
Amy Peterson, Human Resources & Safety Manager, Huhtamaki, Inc.

Panelists:
Robert Aschentrop, Business Consultant for Benefits, Insurance, and Financial Services, CBIZ

Rick Kahle, President—Employee Benefit Division, Lockton

Kenneth A. (Ken) Mason, Leader, Employee Benefits Group, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP

Ron Rowe, Dept. Vice President, Small Group and Consumer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

The panelists will discuss the specific provisions of the law that will likely impact employers, both those with less than 50 employees, and those with over 50 employees, penalties for opting out of health care, and other considerations when making health care coverage decisions.

Cost is $15 for Members, $25 for guests.  Guests may attend 2 meetings before joining as a member.  Sign up by May 10 BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org, 816-304-7958

Questions you’d like to make sure we cover?

Online registrants will be asked about company size (only reported in aggregate) and will have the opportunity to submit questions they’d like to see the panelists address.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Centerand Missouri Enterprise are our Network sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers. We invite you to join with us to make KCMN the premier resource for manufacturers.
Due to our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event so we can provide spaces for those who may be on a wait list. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

Amy Peterson  Amy has been Huhtamaki’s Human Resources and Safety Manager since 2000.  Huhtamaki is a specialty packaging organization that provides many of the world’s most recognizable consumer goods packaging and foodservice containers, as well as the retail line of Chinet® premium disposable tableware.

Robert Aschentrop  With 14 years of financial industry experience, Robert joined CBIZ in 2010 to help build the enterprise consulting practice.  His chief focus in this capacity is analyzing the way companies finance, mitigate and transfer business and health risk.  The CBIZ is the 7th largest public accounting firm and the 14th largest insurance brokerage firm in the U.S. according to Business Insurance. CBIZ was also ranked as the #1 Employee Benefits Specialist in the U.S. for six out of the last nine years.  Robert started in the financial service industry in graduate school while working for the Iowa State University Foundation.  Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Computer Science and Geography from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University.

Rick Kahle Rick has nearly 25 years’ experience in the employee benefits field. He came to Lockton Companies in May 2001 as a Producer and was promoted to President in December 2005. Rick is responsible for developing new client relationships and ensuring outstanding service for clients. In addition, his responsibilities include serving on the Kansas City and National Employee Benefit Executive Committees. Prior to coming to Lockton, Rick was the Area President of the Kansas City division at Gallagher Benefit Services.  Rick has become a trusted source related to the PPACA and its implications to health plan sponsors, making numerous health reform presentations and serving on health reform panels. Rick has a B.S.B.A from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, and holds Series 6, 63, and 65 Securities Licenses. He is a member of the Employee Benefit Professionals Association (EBPA)

Ken Mason   Ken, a partner with Spencer Fane, leads the Firm’s Employee Benefits Group. He concentrates on ERISA and other aspects of employee benefits law, including both tax and fiduciary issues. He has substantial involvement with retirement and welfare plans, executive deferred compensation, federal employment discrimination statutes, and issues unique to governmental and other tax-exempt employers.  Ken has hosted webinars and seminars on a wide variety of employer-focused issues concerning employee benefits.   Distinctions include listing in the Best Lawyers in America, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2009 and has chaired both the Employee Benefits Institute of Kansas City and the Employee Benefits Committee, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Ron Rowe, Ron Rowe is the Vice President of Individual and Small Group Markets for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). For over 15 years Ron has been responsible for various advertising, sales, and product development initiatives at Blue KC. He currently serves on the Blue KC Healthcare Reform Task Force Oversight Committee and Co-Chairs the company’s Health Care Reform Product and Pricing sub-committee.  Prior to joining Blue Cross, Ron was the CEO of six specialty hospitals over a 7 year period and worked with political committees on Healthcare Reform in the early 1990’s during the Clinton Administration. Ron began his healthcare career as an Orderly in a rehabilitation hospital working on nights and weekends while in high school.  After graduating high school and attending Kent State University, Ron served in the US Army on active duty for 8 years working in the medical corps. He holds a BS in Management and Accounting from Park University, and studied in the MBA Program at Rockhurst University.