NFPA Annual Conference: 2016 Recap

The 2016 NFPA Annual Conference was a success. This year’s 181 attendees and 67 guests attended committee meetings, group discussions, networking activities, and speaker presentations, March 9-11, at San Antonio’s La Cantera Hill Country Resort. The stellar speaker line-up not only provided attendees with insights into what may affect their personal and business lives going forward, but also offered opportunities to discuss and learn from wide-ranging expertise.  The conference presentations focused on the major topic areas of accelerating technology, the economic outlook,  leadership & mental toughness, and the politics of 2016 & beyond.

  • Jamie Smith, National Instruments, addressed the “Industrial Internet of Things”—the impact on fluid power of the mega trend resulting from a massive amount of new data and the new architectures needed to manage and process this new data. Download Jamie Smith’s presentation here.
  • Scott Klososky, Founding Partner, Future Point of View, LLC., uniquely and energetically explained the historic transformation of information immersion, the automation of processes, the proliferation of mobility, and the innovation dilemma that affects us all. Download Scott Klososky’s presentation here.
  • Sarah Hunter, Oxford Economics, discussed major economic trends plus drew her own work in energy sector economics to give a practical view of what’s ahead. Download Sarah Hunter’s presentation here.
  • Mark Thompson, Decision Processes International,  helped decipher strategy and implementation for instilling elements of mental toughness in your next generation of leaders. He tailored his presentation based on a survey of conference attendees. Read the executive summary of the survey results here. The raw survey results are available here.
  • Amy Walter, Cook Political Report, examined political events as the 2016 elections loom ahead.  She shared how possible outcomes might affect you, your business, and the world. Check out the Cook Political Report here.

John Berninger, who recently retired as ISO/TC 131 Chairman, received a Distinguished Service Award on the first day of the event. Read his address here.

Attendees were also interested to hear updates from NFPA’s CEO Eric Lanke on the impact of the NFPA Education and Technology’s Foundation efforts on fluid power education and workforce development. The summary video is below.

And, just for fun, click here for the delicious Salsa Recipes shared during the Guest Program Thursday morning—ENJOY!

Thank you to our 2016 Annual Conference Sponsors





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