2014: Focus on Growth

KCMN October Meeting

The Outlook for the US Economy – Jon Willis, Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City  Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2014.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Implementing our growth strategy Mike Waters, President & CEO of SOR, Inc.      

SOR  is a mid-market company fortunate to have a stable base resulting from decades of sales of their core product sets.  The primary markets SOR competes in have often become dominated by large companies such as Emerson and Siemens.   Mike Waters has led SOR in the development of a growth strategy based on carving out niche segments and opportunities in these markets where the big companies can’t or won’t compete.

The Opportunities and Challenges of a Global Manufacturing Company – Brad Batz, Executive Vice President, Fike Corporation, Blue Springs, Mo.

Brad Batz will share how Fike has continued to be a high-growth, global manufacturing company over the last six decades. He will discuss the changes in approach to leadership and culture and how its positioned the company and its people for future success

 Cost is $15 for members, $25 for guests.  Guests may attend 2 meetings before joining as a member.  Sign up by October 11 BY CLICKING HERE
or contact Donna Gordon at donna@kcmn.org or 816-304-7958

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
7:30-9:00 AM

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



Jon Willis  Jon Willis is a Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He joined the Economic Research Department in September 2000.  A native of Iowa, Jon received a B.A. degree in economics from Grinnell College in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University in 2001.  Jon conducts research on labor market dynamics over the business cycle and the relationship between the price-setting behavior of firms and inflation dynamics.  In addition to working at the Bank, he has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mike Waters, President & CEO of SOR   Mike has 25 years of experience in the process instrumentation industry.  Prior to SOR he held a variety of positions including VP, GM of Sagebrush Pipeline Equipment, and President of Flow-Zone.  He started his career with Emerson Electric / Rosemount.  Mike holds a BS in Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA.”

Brad Batz, Executive Vice President, Fike Corporation  Brad Batz is the executive vice president for Fike Corporation’s Oil & Gas business unit. In this role, Batz leads all business and new product development, sales, manufacturing and customer service and support. He is also a shareholder and a member of Fike’s Board of Directors. As a member of Fike’s global leadership team and former executive vice president for Fike’s Corporate Operations, Batz has led sales, manufacturing, engineering and continuous improvement activities around the world.Batz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from the University of Florida. He is also co-owner of Impact Design located in Kansas City, Mo.  Batz is a native Kansas City-area resident and is active in the community supporting charities such as March of Dimes and The Children’s Place. He currently lives in Kansas City, Mo, with his wife and two children.

About Fike

Fike Corporation was founded in 1945 and currently has more than 1,000 employees worldwide. Its global headquarters are located in Blue Springs, Mo, USA, and has operations in 13 countries. Fike is a global leader of innovative safety solutions that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion and over-pressurization through its complete line of proven, reliable products.


Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (www.mamtc.com) and Missouri Enterprise, (www.missourienterprise.org ) are our Network sponsors. Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. 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.