Conference Speakers

Announcing 2017 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

John B Rogers JrJohn (Jay) B. Rogers, Jr., CEO & Co-Founder of Local Motors.  Local Motors can only be categorized as a wildly successful disruptive company.  Local Motors has redefined product development by pairing micro-manufacturing with co-creation. Local Motors is the first company to utilize Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) in vehicle production, as evidenced when it debuted the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in September of 2014.  Jay is as dynamic a speaker as his company is innovative. This is a unique opportunity to hear about the next industrial revolution.

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Ram Charan, noted business leadership and innovation expert.  Ram has coached dozens of leaders, written 15 books that have sold over 2 million copies.  He will share his up-to-date insider view of how leading companies operate with his energetic, interactive presentation skill.

Ram will talk about important tactics for leading organizations in an era of ambiguity, volatility and complexity, such as:

  • Finding opportunities within the uncertainty.
  • Aligning your company to priorities, and breaking through blockages.
  • Managing and leveraging data sources to advantage.

Ram will also lead the entire group in an interactive workshop aimed at reinforcing some of these key concepts.


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Alan Beaulieu, President, Institute for Trend Research (ITR) – The times are changing… or are they?

A new President with fresh agendas and initiatives.  How much of that will impact NFPA members?  What if trade policies change and a more protectionist stance is the new norm?  What can we expect for US manufacturing in 2017 and 2018?  How far and how fast are wages going to be moving up?  Can we expect tax relief any time soon?  What can I expect in terms of interest rate rise?  How will healthcare costs impact my bottom line, and how will they impact my workforce?

Alan will address these issues, and provide an economic outlook for the US and key NFPA markets when we meet in Hawaii.  Attendees will leave with confidence that we can safely navigate the shifting tides of 2017, and at the end of the day see our profitability increase.


Dan Bagley is a tenured, global sales executive with experience in more than 70 countries.  He serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Moseys – a fluid power production technology business, based in Fullerton, California.  He is Chairman, investor, and CEO of Cepstral, LLC and the founder of B&B Management Labs, LLC which is launching “Strategic Ink” in 2017.  Since formative days of the NFPA Economics and Statistics committee, he has been a fervent supporter of NFPA.

Dan is a former US Navy Nuclear Power instructor, serving aboard fast attack submarines. He has held Vice President of Sales and/or Marketing Positions with General Signal Pump Group, Robert Bosch Fluid Power, and Sophus Berendsen USA. He was Chief Marketing Officer of Kennametal for 7 years, and a Director in the Deloitte Consulting Manufacturing practice, based in Chicago. Dan is the Chief Strategist for the NTMA, the National Tooling & Machining Association, and is active in the National Fluid Power Association and the Power Transmission Distributors Association. He is the author of two forthcoming books, “B2B to We” and “Value-Stream Selling.”