Regional Meetings

Milwaukee 2017

Cleveland 2017

When: Tuesday, October 10 from 11am-2pm
Where: Friday’s Front Row Grill at Miller ParkNFPA Regional Meetings are open to both NFPA members and non-members alike and not limited to those in the host area. And it’s free! So, if you are not familiar with Miller Park, you don’t want to miss seeing this beautiful, state-of-the-art Major League Baseball stadium. NFPA will load the bases with lots of casual networking and a technology presentation from one of our key member companies, Hydro-Electronic Devices (HED).
When: Thursday, November 9 from 11:30am-2pm
Where: The City Club of ClevelandAlso free and open to both NFPA members and non-members alike from anywhere in the country, the second annual Cleveland Regional Meeting returns to The City Club of Cleveland. Building on the success of last year’s meeting, this year’s event will feature a presentation by Reed Stith, the Senior Growth Advisor for Marketing and Sales at MAGNET.

Milwaukee Speaker Details 


Delivering Value Beyond Fleet Management

Telematics and IoT solutions are purpose built to deliver value. So how do you deliver value to end-users, OEMs, dealers, fleet managers, and technicians with one solution? It requires planning and customization at all levels to ensure value is extractable for every user group. In this brief presentation we will discuss how the proper implementation of hardware and services CAN help you deliver this value to everyone in your value chain.


Chad Repp, Business Development Manager – CANect Telematics, HED

Chad Repp is the Business Development Manager of the CANect Telematics product family at HED, Inc., where he works closely with internal & external customers to help design, develop, and implement best in class end-to-end solutions. Chad has over 20 years of asset mobility experience specifically in solution architecture & green field product design. Prior to joining HED, he was a Manager of Business Development & Strategic Planning at Verizon Wireless supporting IoT and telematics-based solutions.

Cleveland Speaker Details 

Reed Stith is an experienced marketing and strategy veteran that understands the role of marketing and sales in growing manufacturing organizations. As a marketing and sales advisor with MAGNET, he helps small and mid-size manufacturing companies that are not happy with their rate of growth. Reed helps clients conduct market research, develop branding and go to market plans, launch new products and services, create sales structure and accountability, implement CRM systems, and develop new distribution channels. Prior to joining MAGNET, Reed was a partner at Caxton Growth Partners, where he leveraged his 25+ years of industrial manufacturer and distributor experience with companies such as Rockwell Automation, Parker Hannifin, and numerous companies in metalworking, fluid power, welding, electrical, plastics, and construction products. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and is a certified Blue Belt Coach for New Product Blueprinting.

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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!  Watch the NFPA website and NFPA News for the fall 2017 schedule of more Regional Meetings, including Cleveland and Chicago. Recaps from last year’s meetings are below. For questions, please contact Leslie Miller at (414) 778-3369 or


Meetings Recap | 2017

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.

Meetings Recap | 2016

Recap – Chicago Regional Meeting | Harper College

Mechatronics Lab - Harper College - Chicago Regional Meeting 2016The 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

cleveland-regionalAfter 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