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2020 PM Management Summit

(Open to MPIF Members Only)

Connect virtually with powder metallurgy industry leaders during the MPIF 2020 Management Summit October 26–28, 2020. Now more than ever it is important that we come together as an industry to discuss the current state and plan how we are going to move forward to build stronger, more unified PM and metal AM industries.

High-caliber speakers will be presenting on timely topics including the impact that the pandemic has had on our industry, industry direction, and how to best manage your employees during these unprecedented times.

During the virtual event, we will also be holding the MPIF 76th Annual Business Meeting, which will provide you with insights of the Federation’s activities as well as an update from each of our six associations on the Pulse Survey results and what we have to look forward to in 2021.

Summit Registration Fee

Full Registration $100/person

  • Registration fee will include access to all of the virtual sessions over the three-day period;
  • Each day will have a unique link to access the virtual event (you will receive three separate emails with links for each day);
  • The PM Management Summit will be offered as a live, virtual event only. Due to the nature of the programming, we will not be sharing the slides and/or recording following the programs.

Register for the Management Summit

Please contact Stephanie Schember with questions.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 26 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

MPIF 76th Annual Business Meeting

Reports provided by Executive Director/CEO, James Adams and MPIF President, Dean Howard, PMT

Economic Update 2020

  Eric Klenz, Managing Director, Metals & Mining Practice Leader, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

A review of economic conditions in 2020 and a look back at expectations from 2019.  The presentation will include an assessment of the impact of Covid-19 and the resultant economic recession on specific sectors of the economy.  We will assess expectations for the next several quarters as well. Finally, the presentation will address the upcoming presidential election and reasonable expectations for a Trump re-election vs a Biden presidency.


Can Increased Environmental, Social, and Governance Performance Create Business Value?

  Jim Fava, Executive Director, Anthesis Group          Don Reed, Executive Director, Anthesis

Are you being asked to understand and address an ever-growing array of issues/impacts (often beyond regulatory requirements) raised and demanded by management, customers, markets and investors?  For example, what is your carbon footprint, what is the diversity on your board or in your workforce, or how are your suppliers addressing their own environmental and human rights issues? Today, we will explore the what, why, and how-to response to a growing array of ESG issues from these broad range of stakeholders.  Can you turn those risks, into an opportunity?  For example, accelerate adoption and drive demand to create business value (e.g., grow revenue, enhancing brand, reducing costs and mitigating risks) and societal value, including identification and avoiding unintended negative consequences of alternatives.

Tuesday, October 27 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

MPIF President’s Forum
Hear from the association presidents with a summary of the findings from the PM Pulse Survey.

Show Me the Money:  Higher Profits through Better Pricing

  Casey Brown, President, Boost

Most companies with strong products and services chronically underprice because they believe customers and competitors limit their pricing power.  The truth is you have much more say in your pricing than you may believe.  Join Casey in a fast-paced, interactive presentation to learn how to earn what you are worth in the market.  Casey will:

  • Clearly demonstrate the impact of price changes in your business
  • Point you to areas of your business where you are underpriced
  • Arm you with confidence to execute a value-based pricing strategy


Coaching for Development and Results

  Karla Wludyga, Director of Organizational Development, PRADCO
Working with an executive coach can lead to thoughts like, “But I’m not an executive” or “Why do I need coaching?” and “I don’t have time for coaching, I have work to do!” But coaching shouldn’t be something reserved only for the highest-level leaders, underperformers, or those who “have time” for it. Research shows that support through coaching leads to better business results, more consistent emotional control, higher retention, and improved resilience and stress tolerance. In addition, it can help uncover additional strengths and capabilities. In this presentation, you will learn how identifying one’s core values and motivations, and setting goals around developmental opportunities, can lead to better outcomes for the individual, and importantly, the business.

Wednesday, October 28 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

MPIF President’s Forum
Hear from the association presidents with a summary of the findings from the PM Pulse Survey.

Metal Additive Manufacturing and the Digital Thread

  William Peter, Ph.D., Director, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Additive manufacturing has provided hope for design freedom and component performance enhancement. Lack of understanding in the additive process has created challenges in utilizing the benefit of additive for many applications. The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been working with industry to develop new manufacturing technologies in AM. ORNL has helped to commercialize a wide range of PM systems over the years and continues to work on controls, automation, and robotic systems. The presentation will discuss these concepts along with new applications utilizing AM and how ORNL is collaborating with industry, academia, consortia and federal agencies to solve today’s largest challenges. 


Outsourcing, Reshoring, and Exporting: Myth and Reality 

  James Chan, Principal and Founder, Asia Marketing and Management

China and other Asian countries increasingly go their own way in global trade, regardless of what the United States wants. Outward-looking American firms can find new opportunities by understanding the goals and expectations of their Asian frenemies.  James has spent 40 years advising more than 100 companies on how to do business with--and export to--China and Asia.


General Information

Virtual Event
Monday, October 26 – Wednesday, October 28
Daily from approximately 1:00-3:30 p.m. EDT 

Conference Cancellation
No refunds will be provided for cancellations.

Code of Conduct Policy
Presenters, Vendors and all other Attendees at MPIF/APMI/CPMT events are expected to comply with instructions from staff members, and are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a courteous, professional and respectful manner, refraining from language and conduct that might bring discredit upon themselves, their organizations, and MPIF/APMI/CPMT. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to disrupting the businesslike atmosphere, harassment, discrimination, inappropriate language, failing to comply with local, state, and federal laws, and conduct that puts themselves and others at risk. This code of conduct applies to both official activities of the event and its program as well as to any informal and social activities taking place in connection with the event. Presenters, and any other Attendees who do not comply with this code of conduct may be removed from the event and barred from attending future MPIF/APMI/CPMT sponsored or co-sponsored events.