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4/29/2019 » 5/1/2019
IHEA 2019 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Speakers & Presentations


Your Company's Digital Presence...YOU BETTER BE THERE

Jay Owen, President

Design Extensions


When you look at your online presence, is it just a stagnant website or is it a flourishing interactive instrument tapping into artificial intelligence, digital technology and communication enhancements to become an interactive tool for customer service, lead generation and sales?  The online world is changing daily and those who leverage it will have a huge competitive advantage in the world of manufacturing.  In this session, you will learn the key elements you must have in your online strategy if you are to compete in 2020 and beyond.



What you Don't Know in Safety Can REALLY Hurt Someone

Garrison Wynn


As manufacturing continues to change, so do the issues surrounding safety.  Regardless of change, plants still have dangerous chemicals, electrical hazards, dangerous confined space and forklifts running everywhere.  Knowing how to blend all these hazards into an effective safety plan is key to protecting your employees so they go home every night.  In this presentation, you will learn the key elements to ensure your safety plan is up to date with innovations in manufacturing.


Economic Outlook
Chris Kuehl
Armada Corporate Intelligence

Always popular and entertaining, IHEA’s economist gives his no-nonsense overview of 12 manufacturing indices he follows monthly for IHEA and gives us a look ahead for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.  He’ll also address global economic trends impacting our industry as well.  With the unorthodox ride we had in 2017 just behind us, you won’t want to miss what Chris has in store for his 2018 outlook. 


Manufacturing 4.0

Pete Hushek, President, Phoenix Heat Treating
B.J. Bernard, President, Surface Combustion

With lack of people being every industry’s #1 challenge, automation and emerging technologies are driving manufacturing plants to develop new avenues of production, quality and line operations.  Apps, artificial intelligence, robots, sensors and numerous other technologies are transforming plants into the future.  Two of our own members, Pete Hushek from Phoenix Heat Treating and B.J. Bernard from Surface Combustion will lead an interactive discussion on how technology is increasing the capacity and production of operations while allowing employees to work smarter, not harder.



It's Your Ship...Achieving Breakthrough Performance
Captain Michael Abrashoff

When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high, and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance – the shining star… using the very same crew. This inspiring talk is based on the vital leadership lessons Abrashoff learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship. The first lesson was Abrashoff’s realization that before the ship’s performance could improve, his own leadership style had to change from the traditional command and control model. When the crew would present a problem, Abrashoff became known for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” His Leadership Roadmap principles created a high-performance culture and empowered his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Abrashoff’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration to lead differently and elevate organizational performance to new levels.

Spouses are invited to attend this session.


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