Regional Meetings Detroit Regional Meeting Speaker: Martin Lavelle May 17, 2017; 7:30 am – 10:00 am Somerset Inn (www.somersetinn.com) 2601 W. Big Beaver Road Troy, MI 48084 The NFPA 2017 Detroit Regional Meeting will again be held at The Somerset Inn, on Big Beaver Road in Troy, MI, on Wednesday, May 17. This location has proven to be very convenient for many of our members and guests, so we are delighted to be back in Troy. Another throwback is that the meeting is over breakfast, with registration open at 7:30 am and the program ending at 10:00 am. This schedule makes it easier for our members & guests from outside the Detroit area to mix in some customer or supplier visits along with their Regional Meeting attendance. And to continue on the “back to the future” trend, we have invited Martin LaVelle from the Detroit branch of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank to give us an update on the manufacturing economy for Michigan and beyond. Martin’s enthusiasm and energy always makes for an interesting presentation. 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! For questions, please contact Leslie Miller at 414-778-3369 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings Recap | 2017 Recap – Minneapolis Regional Meeting | Hennepin Technical College The 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. Meetings Recap | 2016 Recap – Chicago Regional Meeting | Harper College The NFPA 2016 calendar of Regional Meetings ended on a high note with the Chicago Regional Meeting on December 7 at Harper College. NFPA hosted over 40 fluid power professionals with excellent networking and many new connections marking the day. Other highlights included: Special guest Donna Pollander, Executive Director of the International Fluid Power Society, was on-hand to promote the Society’s exciting, updated curriculum. NFPA and IFPS have long been partners and work together to heighten the awareness of fluid power certification. The meeting’s keynote speaker was Brad Terry of the Keystone Group. Brad’s presentation focused on the critical connection between sales and operations in manufacturing environments. Another great highlight at the close of the meeting was visiting Art Peter’s Mechatronics lab to see the students’ final project of the fall semester—a very impressive packaging conveyance system. Recap – Cleveland Regional Meeting | City Club After a long hiatus, NFPA came back to Cleveland for a very successful Regional Meeting. Long a hub of the fluid power industry, the Cleveland fluid power community came out in force to support this networking and educational event. Over 50 people convened at the historic City Club in downtown Cleveland. The program featured two excellent presenters: Alicia Booker, Vice President, Operations, Workforce, Community and Economic Development at Cuyahoga Community College, and Kim Tillstone, Principal, B & B Management Labs, LLC. Ms. Booker’s presentation provided tangible information on both recruiting and retaining talented employees, while Ms. Tillstone offered insight and tools to help manage data in your sales and operational functions. Recap – Milwaukee Regional Meeting | Milwaukee School of Engineering The second annual Milwaukee Regional, held on September 27, 2016, brought together over 40 NFPA members and guests to network, hear presentations, and experience the new Grohmann Towers on the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus. This year’s Milwaukee Regional featured two NFPA members presenting on solutions to well-known challenges with fluid power systems—contamination and leaks. Bruce Riley of Ultra Clean Technologies and Thomas Braun of FasTest both showed ways to alleviate these issues in order to bring more reliability and cost effectiveness to fluid power systems. You may view their presentations using the links below. The meeting concluded with special tours of the MSOE Fluid Power Lab. NFPA would like to send out a special thank you to MSOE for their help in making this meeting a success. Presentation by Bruce Riley of Ultra Clean Technologies Presentation by Thomas Braun of FasTest Recap – Detroit Regional Meeting | Macomb Community College On March 30, Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, was the place to be for Fluid Power. Starting off the day, 170 sixth grade students arrived to compete in the Master Pneumatic sponsored 2016 Fluid Power Challenge. As these 42 teams worked to complete their fluid power mechanism, NFPA members were on-hand to applaud their enthusiasm. Later that morning, the NFPA 2016 Regional Meeting convened with an additional 40+ NFPA members and guests enjoying networking time, lunch, and featured speaker Tom Zobitz, of Value Selling Associates. Tom brought his fluid power industry experience to his presentation on Competitive Differentiation in Selling. NFPA will continue it’s 2016 Regional Meeting Schedule on April 28 in Minneapolis where the meeting will be hosted at the Donaldson Company Global Headquarters in Bloomington, MN.