Regional Meetings


When: Thursday, April 19
Where: The Westin Southfield Detroit in Southfield, Michigan


When: Thursday, May 10
Where: MTS Corporation’s Headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

NFPA’s Regional Meetings are returning to Detroit, Michigan, for a breakfast meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018. This meeting will feature a special guest presenter, Tom Kennedy, President and Founder of MadsenArcher Consulting, Inc., who will be presenting “Attracting, Engaging and Growing Talent.”

Detroit Speaker Bio

Tom Kennedy Tom has more than 40 years of experience in leadership development and human resources management. He has led the human resources function in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations and has been a senior leader in companies through start-up, survival, turnaround, and growth modes.Tom Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. His professional certification includes: DiSC Behavioral Assessment Certification; 360 Suite, Center for Creative Leadership; Supervision (Zenger-Miller); Managing Human Performance (Assessment Designs), and Targeted Selection (DDI). Tom is an active volunteer in both professional and community-based organizations. Additionally, he has been a keynote speaker to various audiences throughout North America.
NFPA’s 2018 Minneapolis Regional Meeting is Set for Thursday, May 10 and will be held at MTS Corporation’s Headquarters at 14000 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. This meeting will feature Joe Mahon, Regional Outreach Director from the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Presentation Information

MTS Corporation has been an active NFPA member since joining in 1993, and we are delighted they are putting out the welcome mat for this year’s Minneapolis Regional. Networking begins at 11:00 am, followed by lunch, a presentation, and optional tour of MTS facilities.

In addition to the casual networking and industry updates NFPA Regional Meetings are known for, the 2018 Minneapolis meeting will feature a special guest speaker from the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis. Joe Mahon, Regional Outreach Director, is an expert on the Ninth District regional economy—an area that covers Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan. Plus, Mahon closely follows agriculture, manufacturing, energy, mining, and other important end-use customer markets for our industry. He will also touch on labor trends in various markets. Joe’s information will be timely and interesting, especially in today’s volatile economic climate.

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NFPA Regional Meetings offer a chance to meet with other area fluid power professionals over lunch. NFPA members and non-members alike are welcome to attend and the meetings are free! Recaps from last year’s meetings are below. For questions, please contact Leslie Miller at (414) 778-3369 or


Meetings Recap | 2017

Recap – Chicago Regional Meeting | Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

NFPA Chicago Regional MeetingThe December 7 Chicago Regional Meeting at Moraine Valley Community College delivered workforce development information and lively discussion to attendees from across the fluid power supply chain. Business updates from attendees showed good conditions and growth across the board as well as optimism for the next year, and attendees were able to discuss their own hiring and workforce concerns during the presentation Q&A. Tamima Farooqui, a Job Resource Specialist at the college, shared ways companies can take advantage of local technical schools to fill their needs for skilled workers. Neil Barker, the Program Coordinator for the school’s Integrated Systems Technology program, gave an overview of the program and its students and showed attendees around the fluid power training lab.

Recap – Cleveland Regional Meeting | The City Club, Cleveland, OH

Almost 50 attendees filled the City Club for the 2017 NFPA Cleveland Regional Meeting. Attendees had the opportunity to network with NFPA members from all areas of the fluid power industry. As attendees went around the room to provide updates on their companies, one thing was made clear—the fluid power industry is still seeing growth! NFPA welcomed guest speaker Reed Stith, Senior Growth Advisor, Marketing and Sales with MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network. Reed used his experience with fluid power to discuss marketing and strategy around market research and branding as well as go-to market plans for B2B product launches in various stages of the process. Attendees came away knowing:

  • how to improve “early stage” marketing to uncover unmet needs that are truly important to target customers,
  • how to customize launches using the right media and messages,
  • and how to become both “easy to recommend” and “easy to find.”

Recap – Milwaukee Regional Meeting | Friday’s Front Row Grill, Milwaukee, WI

Miller Park

Photo by Greg Hume

The 2017 NFPA Milwaukee Regional Meeting attendees filled Friday’s Front Row Grill at Miller Park. Over 50 people attended, including representatives from NFPA’s newest members, providing quality networking for everyone and solid representation from all areas of the fluid power industry.

By listening to the attendee updates on business conditions, you could feel pretty sure the industry is in an upswing with solid growth expected — good news! The meeting also featured two special presentations. First, Mike Schiels, Dean of Applied Technologies at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), described the many ways WCTC is working toward providing a skilled manufacturing workforce to meet the needs of fluid power employers. Fluid power is already embedded in many of the school’s Applied Technology curriculums, and they are also exploring apprenticeships and other programs to help high school students be ready for manufacturing jobs. Next, Chad Repp, Business Development Manager – CANect Telematics, Hydro-Electronic Devices (HED) based in Hartford, Wisconsin, presentedDelivering Value Beyond Fleet Management,” focusing on the opportunities and challenges telematics can provide. Chad’s presentation reinforced the idea that big data and IoT are here to stay and sparked questions and good dialogue from the attendees.

Recap – Detroit Regional Meeting | Somerset Inn, Troy, MI

“…I wanted to pass along that the regional meeting was fantastic, and I’m so glad I took the time to attend. Expect to see a face from our company at every regional meeting!” – Beth Gornowich, General Manager, National Filters, Inc.

Beth’s great experience is due to over 50 additional fluid power professionals that made time in their schedule for the NFPA 2017 Regional Meeting, held May 17, in Troy, MI. NFPA has been hosting these meetings for 15 years and Detroit, the greater Michigan area, plus NFPA members from Ohio, Indiana, Canada, and anywhere in between always respond with great attendance and energy. This year’s featured speaker was Martin LaVelle, a business economist in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit Branch. Because Martin’s research revolves around the Michigan economy and its impact on the 7th District and national economies, his presentation was timely and relevant. NFPA’s free Regional Meetings continue to provide casual networking, a glimpse at the state of the industry, plus important information.

 Recap – Minneapolis Regional Meeting | Hennepin Technical College

Minneapolis RegionalThe latest Minneapolis Regional Meeting was held April 11 at the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota location of Hennepin Technical College (HTC).  The meeting drew about 45 people, with a mix of NFPA member manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers, as well as some prospective members and fluid power instructors from HTC. John Stenz of Force America and the NFPA Board of Directors served as master of ceremonies, kicking off introductions and a round of discussion on the state of the industry and the biggest challenges companies are facing. The biggest challenge was almost invariably finding and maintaining a talented technical workforce.

Following introductions, Ernie Parker, a retired instructor and fluid power consultant, spoke about the importance of the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge in generating interest in fluid power among students. HTC fluid power instructors, including Jeannine Uehling, Chad Grimmer and Bill Martin recognized industry support for the HTC fluid power programs and lab, and noted how continued monetary donations and donations of fluid power products are essential in maintaining and operating a program that attracts students to fluid power courses and careers. A tour of the fluid power lab at HTC concluded the meeting.