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

  • 6:30 am - Golf Departure
  • 7:00 am – 1:00 pm - John Jarvis Golf Outing
    (Shotgun start at 7:30 am)
  • 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Board Meeting
  • 1:00 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: Lisa Ryan
  • 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

The impact of COVID-19 has profoundly changed business as we know it. Not only did manufacturers have to change many of their work practices, but employees have found they have lots more options when it comes to how, when, and where they work.

Organizations that come out of this pandemic successfully are the ones that integrate and master digital work, community, and collaboration. And yes, this does go for manufacturing plants. Workers may still have to show up to run production, but their mindset has probably expanded to adjust and adapt to new ways of using technology and communicating with each other and with leadership. It’s essential for you to have strategies to help employees deal with the fear, frustration, and uncertainty of the new work environment.

In this program your participants will discover:

  • How the pandemic has changed business – and how to take advantage of the changes.
  • How to relate to employees personally and professionally during trying times.
  • Why communication is more critical than ever before – and how to do it correctly
  • Why ignoring employees’ personal challenges will come back to haunt you.

It’s going to be awhile before we figure out what the “next” normal is going to be, but whatever those changes are – there is no more “business as usual.” In the case of COVID-19, the only thing we know for certain is that things are going to change. Learn what i ttakes to KEEP your best employees from becoming someone else’s.

Biography: Lisa is a Certified Speaking Professional, award-winning speaker, and best-selling author of ten books, including “ Manufacturing Engagement: 98 Proven Strategies to Attract and Retain Your Industry's Top Talent . ” She has served on the boards of the American Welding Society, Cleveland Chapter, the National Speakers Association, Ohio Chapter and has her MBA from Cleveland State University. She and her husband, Scott, are the proud parents of two very spoiled cats.

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! Four 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

Mark Timler and David Hatch

Talent Shortage: Innovative Solutions for a Changing Workforce

Gone are the days when we could just run an ad, wait for qualified people to respond and choose the best.   Today, finding and motivating top talent to join our companies (and to retain them) is much more difficult…Hiring must become a sales process.   This session’s learning outcomes will include:

  • Enabling your company to be the best it can be and how to tell the story
  • Where to find top candidates and how to “sell’ them on your company
  • Specific tools you can use to improve your recruiting efforts
  • Strategies for retaining top talent: how to keep them long term

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.