Held at the beginning of February in Maui, Hawaii, the 2017 NFPA Annual Conference drew more than 200 overall attendees, with 78 member companies represented. Among the attendees were 21 who attended for the first time, and 18 from among NFPA’s Future Leaders group.
The conference schedule included multiple networking opportunities, as well as insights from speakers, such as renowned business consultant Ram Charan, Jay Rogers – CEO of Local Motors, Dan Bagley of B&B Management Labs, and Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics.
Ram’s presentation challenged the audience to think about how to organize and compete as companies become more algorithmically driven with sensors on products communicating data across the web. Dan Bagley followed up with very practical advice on working with the challenge of turning “Big Data” into practical decision making. Jay Rogers, whose company is on the cutting edge of additive manufacturing, spoke about co-creation as a means to be more entrepreneurial and innovative. Alan Beaulieu closed with his outlook on the U.S. and world economy—the news looks good for the next couple years.
As always, the conference includes the NFPA annual business meeting. Watch for updates from Eric Lanke soon.
And, helping make the conference a success were our generous sponsors, whom we would like to acknowledge and thank:
Platinum Sponsors: Aventics, Bimba Manufacturing Company, Diesel Progress, Dura-Bar, Muncie Power Products and SMC Corporation.
Gold Sponsors: Aventics, Fluid Power World, FloDraulic Group, Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine, and Parker Hannifin Corp.
Silver Sponsors: Design World and OEM Controls
Bronze Sponsors: The International Fluid Power Society, Medical Design & Outsourcing, and Moseys Production Machinists.
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