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AFS NEWS


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• Associate your company with high-quality content of interest to casting designers and buyers


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Jim Beckwith,


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AFS NEWS


Foundry Leadership Conference filled with slate of high-level


speakers and industry experts A full panel of industry leaders will be discussing the state of the metalcasting industry from various perspectives around the world at the AFS Foundry Leadership Conference to be held Sept. 16-18 in Amelia Island, Florida. Te conference agenda includes six additional high-level speakers selected to help metalcasting businesses be inspired, empowered and equipped to move forward. The AFS Foundry Leadership Conference, formerly


the Foundry Executive Leadership Conference, is the North American metalcasting industry’s premier confer- ence for industry leaders. Metalcasters, suppliers and pur- chasers in key positions—not just C-suite executives—are encouraged to attend. Te agenda kicks off with the State of the Metalcasting


panel featuring the North American Perspective from Brad Muller (Charlotte Pipe), the Japanese Perspective from At- sushi Naga (Sinto), the European Perspective from Carsten Kuhlgatz (HA International), and the World Foundry Orga- nization Perspective from Denny Dotson (AFS representa- tive to the WFO). Other impactful sessions include the following:


• Optimizing the Sales and Marketing Program for the Foundry in the Digital Age. Kris Pfaehler, CEO, Sand Dollar Advisors, will draw on a career that includes eight years as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Waupaca Foundry to motivate attendees to optimize their sales and marketing program for the digital age.


• Where Disruptive Meets Leadership. Luke Williams, professor of innovation and executive director of W.R. Berkely Innovation Labs at NYU’s Stern School of Busi- ness, is a globally recognized authority on disruptive in- novation and his presentation will reveal a way of thinking that has the power to transform businesses.


• Mitigating Emerging Risks as Manufacturers Innovate in a Data-Driven Economy. David T. Carlson, senior vice president for manufacturing and automotive industry, Marsh USA, will talk about the emerging risks from the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies and how to develop sound strategies around them.


• Updates From Future Leaders in Metalcasting.Megan Kirsh, sales and marketing, Kirsh Foundry, will give an overview of this important AFS group.


• Public Policy and Elections Update. Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office, will share where AFS stands in advancing the advocacy agenda and how the November elections will affect it.


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• Innovation and Strategy.Stephen Shapiro, 24/7 Innovation, applies the knowledge he has accrued over decades in industry to help others see what he can: opportunities to improve in- novation models and the cultures that support them. Before the speakers begin on Monday, Sept. 17, golf and ten- nis outings and a welcome reception are planned for Sept. 16. Conference registration is open at www.afsinc.org.


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