Industry leaders from NFPA member company's converged on Scottsdale Arizona March 6-8, 2013 for the 2013 NFPA Annual Conference—giving numerous opportunities for NFPA members to network and share knowledge.  According to NFPA CEO, Eric Lanke, “This year's NFPA Annual Conference was an opportunity for our members to meet, learn from one another and build lasting business relationships." 

With a theme of “Succeeding in an Increasingly Competitive Environment,” members heard from expert speakers on factors critically important for success in the coming years, including effective leadership, employee retention and empowerment, and productive channel partnerships, as well as macroeconomic factors that will affect their business in the next decade.

The 2013 speaker lineup included presentations from:

Rob Atkinson, Founder and President of the Innovation Technology & Innovation Foundation

Innovation Economics:  The Race for Global Advantage

Jeff Musi, Sales Manager-Value Added Group and SBQ Products, Gerdau Special Steel North America and Mark Gilk, Director, Americas Distribution Sales, Eaton Corporation
Guiding Principles of Employee Retention-Simplicity, Speed & Focus

Richard Kolsky, Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

WIN-WIN-WIN Channel Systems:  Turning Landmines into Competitive Advantages

Billy Ray Taylor, Director of Commercial Manufacturing, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Everyone is a CEO:  Empower Your Staff,

Jeff Herzog, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics

Global and U.S. Economic Trends—Driving Forces to Watch for the Next Decade

The Friday morning networking breakfast provided an opportunity for members to engage in productive conversations relating to self-selected issues of direct concern to their businesses, including:
  • US and Global Economic Trends
  • Competing Effectively in an Increasingly Global Environment
  • Building Effective Manufacturer-Distributor Relationships
  • Managing Business in Uncertain/Volatile Economic Climate
  • Recruiting and Retaining a Skilled Workforce
  • Attracting Young People to Fluid Power/Engineering Careers
  • Pneumatics - Energy Efficiency and Pursuing New Markets
  • Managing the Effect of Government Regulation
  • Trends in Manufacturing Technology and Operations
  • Using Social Media to Create and Support Business Growth
  • Developing Growth Strategies
  • Supply Chain Management in Environment of Consolidation and Globalization
  • Manufacturing in the US vs Overseas - Off-shoring or Re-shoring
  • Competing with Electromechanical Technologies
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Effective Marketing and Promotional Strategies, including B to B Websites
  • Doing Business in the BRIC countries

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Stay tuned to the NFPA Reporter for updates on future conferences, including:

2013 Industry & Economic Outlook Conference

August 12-14, 2013
Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois

2014 NFPA Annual Conference
February 3-5, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Manalapan, Florida

2014 IFPE
March 4-8, 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada