2021 Annual Meeting General Information

General Information & Schedule

Daily Schedule 

Speaker Information 

Breakout Sessions 

General Information

 


Schedule is subject to change

Saturday, August 7, 2021

  • 7:00 am – 12:00 pm - Registration
  • 6:30 am - Golf Departure
  • 7:30 am – 1:00 pm - John Jarvis Golf Outing
    (Shotgun starts 8:00 am)
  • 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Board Meeting
  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Registration
  • 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm - First Timer/New Member Reception
    (by invitation only)
  • 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm - Welcome Reception*

Sunday, August 8, 2021

  • 7:00 am – 4:00 pm - Registration
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am - Breakfast*
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am - Spouse/Guest Gathering
  • 8:30 am – 10:45 am - Annual Meeting
    • Welcome & Opening Remarks
    • Business Meeting
    • Keynote Speaker: David DeLong
  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am - Featured Speaker: Walt Smith
  • 11:45 pm – 12:45 pm - Lunch*
  • 12:45 pm – 1:25 pm - Breakout Session 1
  • 1:35 pm – 2:15 pm - Breakout Session 2
  • 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm - Annual Meeting: Technical Paper Presentations
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Past Presidents Meeting

Monday, August 9, 2021

  • 8:00 am – 2:00 pm - Registration
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am - Breakfast*
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am - Spouse/Guest Gathering
  • 8:30 am – 11:45 am - Annual Meeting
    • Failed Parts Team Competition
    • Regulatory & Legal Information
    • Emission and Extraction Study Update
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm - Lunch*
  • 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm - General Session Speaker: William McKee
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Supplier Showcase & Technical Poster Viewing
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Board Meeting
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm - Reception*
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm - Awards Banquet*
*Registered Guests Invited

Like many sectors today, the cast polyurethane industry is struggling with the challenges of recruiting, developing and retaining the workforce needed to sustain and grow operations. This keynote session will deliver practical solutions for tackling the industry’s most critical short term and future talent problems. Specific learning outcomes from this program include:

  • The ability to identify and prioritize specific skills & capabilities at risk that threaten business performance.
  • How to apply three new tools that improve recruiting for critical jobs.
  • Four specific tactics to enhance employee retention that reduce the costs of critical knowledge loss.

Biography: Dr. David DeLong is an author, speaker and president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations find solutions to critical skill shortages and risks of knowledge loss. Dr. DeLong is also:

  • A research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College, teaching MBA’s “Leading & Managing Change.”
  • An acclaimed keynote speaker and co-author of the The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill.
  • Author of the widely praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce from Oxford University Press.
  • Veteran researcher who has spent more than 20 years studying the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics and knowledge loss on organizational performance.
  • A source of insights from over 600 interviews in knowledge-intensive organizations developing solutions for the knowledge retention and workforce development challenges posed by Baby Boomer retirements and changing values of Millennials.
  • Author of Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market, based on more than 50 case studies of Millennials who have successfully launched their careers.

PMA Past President and active member, Walt Smith, will share his experience for succession planning for family businesses. He has extensive insight into a wide range of company operations and will share perspective from a high-level standpoint on the main stage. Make sure to sit in on one of his afternoon sessions where he will dive further into details.

Biography: Winner of the 2016 PMA Lifetime Achievement Award, Walt Smith, will be joining us at the 2021 Annual Meeting to discuss succession planning. The Lifetime Achievement Award is PMA’s highest award for esteemed individuals who, throughout their careers, have made extraordinary contributions to the success and stature of the PMA or the polyurethane elastomers industry. Walt was named Iowa Small Business person of the year in 1995 by SBA and honored in person by the President. PMA Past President and active member, Walt Smith, will share his experience for succession planning for family businesses. He has extensive insight into a wide range of company operations and will share perspective from a high-level standpoint on the main stage. Make sure to sit in on one of his afternoon sessions where he will dive further into details.


Winning the attention and creating new opportunities for sales is the promise of digital marketing. Realizing this promise takes more than marketing strategies and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactics. It takes leaders who understand the role that digital marketing plays in reaching and engaging their audiences. We’ll be hearing and learning from a 25-year internet marketing veteran about the three plays needed to win at digital marketing.

Biography: With over 25 years of experience in building and marketing websites, William McKee is the founding partner Knowmad, a digital marketing agency in Charlotte NC. He has a passion for applying technology to accelerate business growth. His agency works with manufacturers, distributors and resellers to design, build and operate digital marketing programs that create measurable sales results.

2021 Breakout Sessions

Returning this year are breakout sessions! Foud topics have been selected representing some of the challenges facing our member companies today. Pick one or two that are most interesting to you, and pull up a chair to seek wisdom and share best practices with your industry peers. 

Please be mindful of company information during discussion. Confidential information regarding product, data regarding cycle times, salary, etc. should not be disclosed. Discussions will be centered around high level ideas that have succeeded and challenges during implementation.

Each session is limited to 30 attendees - register early to ensure a spot!

  • Session 1: Sunday, August 8, 12:45 pm – 1:25 pm
  • Session 2: Sunday, August 8, 1:35 pm – 2:15 pm

David DeLong

Accelerating Leadership Development: Lessons From the Leading Edge

With more and more Baby Boomer leaders approaching retirement, the leadership pipeline in many companies has become dangerously thin. But too many executives are not preparing for this leadership deficit. Topics covered in this interactive session will include:

  • How to identify and retain high-potential candidates
  • Three keys to accelerating leadership development
  • Minimizing the risks of lost knowledge in leadership transitions
  • How to create more sustainable leadership roles

Walt Smith

Continuing the Discussion of The Longest Ride: Succession Planning for Family Businesses

This breakout session will follow Featured Speaker Walt Smith’s session, The Longest Ride: Succession Planning for Family Businesses, and provide an open forum to share best practices and answer audience questions.

Jim Ressler

DOE in Manufacturing

A discussion group covering the value of the tool, practical tips on implementation and some real-world examples.

Biography: Jim Ressler has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with additional class work in Data Analytics. Jim has been in the polyurethane industry for 21 years, developing and selling mold release solutions prior to joining Anderson Development Company in 2018 as a Urethane Sales Specialist . Pennsylvania is home, where he and his wife are active in outdoor sports.

Donald P. Gallo, Esq

Legal Enforcement for Regulatory Compliance, Advance Protections and Community Perceptions

Donald Gallo will be discussing highlights of the federal and state regulatory compliance enforcement process, and how to prepare for the day that regulatory enforcement is at your front door.

This presentation and discussion will include advice regarding measures you can implement “right now” to be better prepared and better positioned for the day that the regulators come to your facility for a wall to wall regulatory compliance inspection. It will address the stepped enforcement process, the various penalty policies, the use of SEPS, Citizen suits, the use of the PMA Self certification and third party verification process; and protection of business confidential information.

Biography: Donald concentrates his practice on environmental matters and brings 25 years of legal experience to his team. He is a practicing engineer with more than 40 years of experience specializing in environmental engineering. He serves clients on a broad range of environmental issues, including cost recovery and contribution, administrative enforcement actions, hazardous waste TSD, CAA, WPDES, wetland and waterway permitting, insurance recovery, insurance remediation cost cap coverage, transactional issues and brownfield redevelopment.

General Meeting Information

Attendees: PMA member companies, prospective member companies, press, consultants, academics, former members and spouses/companions are welcome to attend.

COVID Policy: The PMA will be following the local and facility guidelines put in place at the time of the Annual Meeting. Your health and safety are our priority. Please visit: https://www.visitsaltlake.com/press-and-research/covid-19-updates/ for further information regarding current orders.

One-Day Registration: Available to non-members and guests; available to PMA members if at least one person from the member company has registered for the full Annual Meeting. This registration does not include evening receptions and meal functions. One-Day Registration is not applicable to Supplier Members attending or staffing the Supplier Showcase on Monday, August 9, 2021.

Student Registration: Students may attend free with student ID, but must register in advance (does not include evening reception and meal functions).

Refunds/Cancellations: Full meeting refunds may be obtained if PMA is notified of the cancellation in writing before July 5, 2021.

Attire: The meeting attire will be business casual. Suitcoats and ties are appropriate for the Monday, August 9 Awards Banquet.

Provided Food: A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees Sunday and Monday – there will be no lunch provided on Saturday afternoon. Dinner will be provided for attendees on Saturday at the Welcome Reception and Monday at the Awards Banquet.

Guest Policy:

  • A non-member company eligible for PMA membership attending its first or second PMA meeting will pay the 1st/2nd time guest registration fee for each representative attending.
  • Representatives from a company eligible for membership who have attended two meetings as a member or guest will pay a fee equal to the member registration fee plus the minimum PMA annual dues, or the non-member fee.
  • Companies who have submitted an application for membership to be acted on at the meeting, or who submit a membership application at the meeting, pay the member registration fee.

Special Rule: It is the policy of PMA that no one shall schedule any event, function or meeting that in any way conflicts with or detracts from scheduled PMA meetings or events. It is also customary that hospitality suites not be scheduled for the duration of the meeting.