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


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 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.

Robbie Flexibles Tour a Great Success

Forty-five manufacturers and their suppliers, even those who were out late at the Chief’s game the night before packed the sold out tour and presentation at Robbie Flexibles on September 14. Robbie Flexibles is a privately-held 40 year old company who provides both customer branded and Robbie branded printed and non-printed packaging solutions for supermarkets, processors, food service and consumer product companies.

Robbie’s recent accolades include:
• 2009 Pack Expo Award for Packaging Innovation
• 2009 Gold Award for Packaging Excellence from FPA
• 2009 Gold Award in Environmental and Sustainable Achievement from FPA
• Sustainable Green Printing Certification
• Best of the Best Workplaces in the Americas

Director of Human Resources Lisa Kist and Chief Operating Officer Pepper Stokes shared their strategy for keeping the planning process both relevant and focused. Ultimately, the planning process must be analyzed to evaluate both successes and failures. A common problem is trying to determine whether failure to meet goals is due to bad strategy or bad execution. A book which has guided their process is Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy’s Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done; which states “The greatest unaddressed issue in the business world today is the execution gap – the gap between setting a goal and achieving it”. In addition to the company presentation, attendees were taken on a tour of the facilities.

Donna Gordon, KCMN manager noted, “The team at Robbie Flexibles provided excellent guidance and suggestions to our members, and is a great example of a company that contributes their time to make KCMN a valuable resource to its members.”

KCMN member companies who would like to get more information on the Robbie presentation can contact Donna Gordon.