Industry & Economic Outlook Conference

Speaker & Presentation Information

General Session Speakers

The IEOC general session speakers address today’s leading economic and technical issues with reviews, advice and outlooks to help assess your business environment.  Slightly broader in nature, these topic area’s will feature opinions and solution scenario’s that you find extremely useful for the future of your business.

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Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics

Beaulieu, an IEOC standout, will explore the future of the U.S. economy using a variety of macro-level and industry-level perspectives, with an addition focus on key global economies effect on the U.S. marketplace.  Speaking points will include:

  • Macroeconomic effects on the U.S. marketplace and fluid power industry
  • Macroeconomic effects on management objectives
  • Macroeconomic effects on the global marketplace

Alexandra Hermann, Oxford Economics

As a Senior Economist on the Industry team, Hermann will be presenting the Overview of Key Customer Markets which will cover the automotive, aerospace, oil & gas/energy, semiconductor, and mining markets. Alexandra will also be presenting the Construction Machinery Forecast during the afternoon breakout sessions.


Jim Meil, ACT Research Co., LLC

Meil has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist and planner for over 30 years. At ACT Research he is responsible for analyzing how goods-producing sectors are contributing to freight conditions and vocational activity. Meil will present on the fluid power industry forecast.

Connor Lokar, ITR Economics

Lokar will draw upon his insightful economic perspectives and vast ITR Economics resources to discuss everything that influences the fluid power industry, including:

  • Commodities and supply chain vulnerabilities
  • Key end use markets
  • Related leading indicators
  • Detailed fluid power industry outlooks

Blake Griffin, Interact Analysis

As a Senior Analyst, Blake will discuss electric and hydrogen power, and analyze what it means for the fluid power industry. The presentation will include:

  • Automation system
  • Off highway-electrification
  • Industrial digitalization

Zal Phiroz, Insight Economics

As a Business/Supply Chain Expert, Dr. Zal Phiroz is an established expert and specialist in global supply chain practices. He is presenting an interactive session on information on Managing Supply Chain in Turbulent Times.

Breakout Session Speakers

Breakout session speakers include top industry experts exploring industry specific topics related to market analysis, trends and outlooks for mobile-related and industrial-related markets.  Crucial information and data for your strategic planning needs.

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Eric Starks, FTR Transportation Intelligence

Having spent his entire career in the truck sector, Starks will draw upon his years of experience to discuss the current and future economic and technological trends in the heavy & light truck market.  Starks will examine:

  • Macroeconomic effects on trucking market
  • Macroeconomic effects on freight market
  • Market update and outlook on Class 8 trucks
  • Market update and outlook on Medium-duty trucks

Nate Evans, Argonne National

As the National & Cyber Security Information Sciences lead for the Strategic Security Sciences Division, Evans is considered a key asset by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the development of a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment for field use, analysis of cybersecurity consequence and threat studies, and leading the pilot cyber-physical regional assessment.

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Eli Lustgarten, ESL Consultants, Inc.

Having provided a general overview and forecast for the fluid power industry’s key end use markets earlier in the program, Lustgarten will take a deep dive into the drivers and outlook surrounding our industry’s second largest end use market, agricultural machinery, and will include:

  • Crop outlook
  • Farm investment and income
  • U.S. Farm equipment demand
  • Tractor and combine sales and outlook
  • Global crop and equipment demand

George Lawson, HYDAC

As a Senior Application Engineer with the Compact Hydraulics Division at Hydac Technologies Cooperation, he has worked closely with several large construction and agricultural equipment manufacturers and traveled throughout the Midwest and Southeast to meet with these companies directly.

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Donna Ritson, DDR Communications LLC

Ritson will rely on her extensive technology research experience in key markets for pneumatics to discuss her latest findings on Cybersecurity & IOT Technology initiatives will affect end use machinery decisions, including insights for pneumatics.

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Pat McGibbon,
Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

As AMT’s Vice President of Strategic Analytics, McGibbon will examine the metalworking/machine tool market’s current standing in the U.S. economy, as well as discuss his outlook for this popular fluid power end user.  Discussion topics will include:

  • Short and long-term challenges for the machine tool market
  • Machine tool order, production, and consumption outlook
  • Machine tool end-use market conditions and outlook
  • Top indicators of the machine tool market