Regional Meetings

NFPA Regional Meetings

 

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:  Milwaukee, Cleveland and Chicago. Recaps from last year’s meetings are below. For questions, please contact Leslie Miller at (414) 778-3369 or lmiller@nfpa.com.

 

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