Planning for 2016

Planning for 2016: What You Need to Know
KCMN October Meeting

We are continuing our planning theme for October, as many of you have noted this is the time of year that planning gets underway.  Jon Willis has been a perennial favorite of KCMN members due to his ability to provide a wealth of economic information in language we can all understand.  Margaret Reynolds is also back by popular demand, with some great ideas for your planning process, and an opportunity to see how your fellow attendees are implementing their planning processes.

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 2016.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Reignite Growth: 3 Ideas to Spark Next Stage Growth – Margaret Reynolds, Master Growth Catalyst of Breakthrough Masters Unlimited

The odds of success are stacked against you.

•          Discover how to get a better ROI out of your planning efforts

•          Learn how your strategic planning process compares to what others are doing

•          3 simple ideas that drastically improve your results

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

 

Cost is $20 for members and $25 for manufacturing company guests, $50 for non-manufacturing company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or donna@kcmn.org

 

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.

Margaret Reynolds  Margaret provides “strategic engineering” support to leaders who are dissatisfied with their organization’s growth rate and overall performance. Past efforts to change it are not returning the desired value. Her approach results in significantly altering the growth trajectory –more than doubling the growth rate in half of the time for many clients. She has recently captured her insights in a book, just released, titled Reignite: How Everyday Companies Spark Next Stage Growth. You can learn more about it and download a free chapter at ReigniteGrowth.com. Her favorite success metric? 100% of her clients are willing to refer her.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.

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.

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

 

Speakers   

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.

2012 and Beyond: Is Uncertainty the New Normal?

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 2012. In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Jon 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 Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, he has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Regional Economic Strengths and Weaknesses
Jeff Pinkerton, Senior Researcher, MARC

Jeff will present a local economic forecast and focus on Kansas City’s strengths and weaknesses as it competes in the global economy.

Jeff has served as the Senior Researcher for MARC for 10 years. He is responsible for researching the local economy and metropolitan development issues. At MARC, Jeff helps produce the Kansas City Area Economic Forecast and maintains the KCEconomy website as well as track regional demographic trends. Prior to joining MARC he worked for the Downtown Council and served as Chief Economist for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Jeff has a master’s degree in Urban Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Forecast Questions? Do you have a particular data point/area of interest you’d like out speakers to cover?  Submit your questions to Donna Gordon, or include them as part of your online signup process.

Meeting Details:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
7:30 – 9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Avenue

Kansas City, Kansas
(directions)

RSVP: Sign up no later than October 8 by clicking here or contact Donna Gordon

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. You may register as a guest for up to 2 events before membership is required. For questions or comments, please contact Donna Gordon.

EVENT SPONSOR

TGP InvestmentsTGP Investments, L.L.C. is a Kansas City-based private equity firm led by a strong investment team with extensive experience in middle-market private equity investing. The firm manages the fund TGP Capital Partners, which makes both control and minority equity investments in partnership with proven managers in manufacturing and business services companies with revenues generally between $15 million and $150 million.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Our founding sponsors are Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise. 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.