First Annual Plastics Crossroads Summit Brings Industry Experts and Networking Opportunities to Plastics Manufacturers

Five leading companies involved in the plastics industry announced today they are sponsoring the first annual 2013 Plastics Crossroads Summit on November 7, 2013 in Anaheim, CA.

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Five leading companies involved in the plastics industry announced today they are sponsoring the first annual 2013 Plastics Crossroads Summit on November 7, 2013 in Anaheim, CA. This one-day conference, moderated by Troy Nix, Executive Director of MAPP, Inc., the leading plastics processor association, will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to network with peers, as well as listen to presentations by industry experts on current drivers and trends affecting plastics manufacturing. The host companies include Harbour Results, Inc., IQMS, PolyOne Corporation, RJG and ToolingDocs.

Industry leaders will present on the following topics throughout the day:

The Economic Outlook
Robert Fry, Senior Economist at DuPont
Robert will cover the economic outlook and trends, with the resulting implications to the industrial manufacturing community. His entire 30-year career has been centered around analyzing and forecasting the global economy and its impact on DuPont. His monthly newsletter, Current Business Development, is a highly respected journal, which provides insights on current economic trends.

Leadership Strategies
Jack Daly, Renowned Motivational Speaker
Jack Daly is a proven CEO/Entrepreneur having built six companies into national firms. He is a regular speaker to audiences around the globe. During this explosive keynote session, Jack will share stories from his days starting companies, leading companies and his challenges training for several IronMan contests and marathons. He will share leadership lessons, both positive and negative, and his sales management strategies will inspire you to take action as leaders with your team as well as your customers and he will personally motivate you to be better.

The Distinguishing Factor: Leadership
Troy Nix, Executive Director at MAPP, Inc.
Super Human Power – It Resides in Everyone!
When Lauren Kornacki discovered her father crushed beneath his BMW 525i, which had slipped off the carjack during repair, the 22-year-old wedged herself under the vehicle -- and pulled it off her father.  Incredible human feats have been documented throughout history; incredible human feats could be documented in your facility every day.  As effective leaders, each of us has the potential of extracting and significantly multiplying greater contributions from employees regularly.  In fact, of all the competitive advantages that each executive tries to establish, leadership will always be the differentiator and major source of impact on the success of companies. Join Troy Nix, Executive Director of MAPP, as he unveils this unique linkage between organizations that focus on leadership and the strength of their long-term sustainability.

Social Media for Manufacturers
Eric Schwartzman, Founder and CEO of Comply Socially
Social Media isn’t just a fad; in today’s marketplace it is a viable resource for new clients to grow businesses and gain exposure as industry leaders.  Studies show that companies who embrace Social Media in some way are more likely to prosper over competitors that do not.  But where do you start and how can you make it work for your company?  Eric Schwartzman will explore the various avenues of social media and how they are relevant to the manufacturing industry.  His simple ideas and tips can help all manufacturers thrive.

VA for Vets (Exploring the Veteran Workforce)
Michael Lew, Regional Veterans Employment Coordinator at the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs
VA honors the sacred pledge that Military Service Members and Veterans have made to protect our nation. As part of the VA’s mission to provide world-class services for the men and women who sacrifice so much for us, we created a dedicated program for them: VA for Vets. Michael will discuss the process and advantages of hiring veterans.

Performance Metrics of the Highly Successful Plastics Processor (2013)
Ted Morgan, Plante Moran - Senior Manager and Co-Leader - Plastics Industry Practice
Ted Morgan will discuss key findings from Plante Moran’s recently modified North American Plastics Industry Study and how successful processors compare to their peers.  Traditional operational and financial metrics will be covered such as quality, on-time delivery, quote success rates, resin purchasing dynamics and EBITDA ranges among many others.  In addition, new perspectives will be shared regarding plastics companies’ value proposition, sales force compensation structures and key sales activities, as well as the analysis of companies’ formal marketing efforts.
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