2018 FIA Fall Meeting of Members

Event Date: Monday, October 15, 2018 to Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Join FIA for the 2018 Fall Meeting of Members taking place in from October 15-17 in Fort Worth, Texas. This year's attendees will learn about the latest political, economic and regulatory issues affecting the forging industry today. Registration for the Fall Meeting of Members will be opening soon. For questions about the conference or event sponsorships, contact Katlyn Stratis at (216) 781-6260 or katlyn@forging.org.


Conference Agenda


Monday, October 15, 2018
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
FIA Board of Directors Meeting


1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
FIERF Board of Trustees Meeting


6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Registration Open


7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.
Opening Breakfast


8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Welcome & Announcements
Will Walker, FIA Chairman, President & CEO at W.T. Walker Group


8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Keynote Session
Economic Update: Year End & 2019 Forecast
Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director and Co-Founder at Armada


10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Workforce Development: Game Plan for Engaging Your Local Two-Year College
Nick Graff, Executive Director at Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers & Dallas County Community College District


11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Midterm Elections, Tariffs and Other Washington D.C. Legislation of Importance to Forgers
Jack Levy, Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent
Myles Getlan, Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent
Jennifer Baker Reid, President, The Laurin Baker Group, LLC


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.


1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Energy & the Economy: Charting the Course Ahead
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - invited


2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Technology Panel: Trends & Future


4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Share & Learn Roundtable Discussions
1. Marketing Roundtable
2. Safety Roundtable
3. Open Topic Roundtable

Fall Meeting attendees should pre-register for preferred roundtable discussions. Moderators will be present at each session to lead the discussion.


6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Stockyards Station Reception & Dinner


Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Registration Open


7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.


8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Keynote Session
Digital Marketing Strategies: Don’t Get Left Behind!
David Underwood, President and Co-Founder at TopSpot


10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
FIERF Update
Mark Shirley, CEO of Finkl Steel


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Keynote Session
Millennials, Trump, and Amazon.com
Trends and Issues that will Impact Your Cash Flow and Profits in the Next Four Years
Gene Marks, Small Business Expert


12:00 p.m.


Conference Speakers

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Meeting Venue

The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
200 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 870-1000

Discounted group rate: $209 per night plus applicable taxes

The cut-off date to receive the discounted group rate is Friday, September 21, 2018 or until sold out.

To make reservations at the discounted group rate, click here or call The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel at 817-870-1000 and mention the Forging Industry Association.



To register for the FIA Fall Meeting, click on the registration button below or complete the registration form and return it to Kathy Edwards at kathy@forging.org or fax it to 216-781-0102. 


Non-members are welcomed to attend the FIA Fall Meeting. Please contact Katlyn Stratis at katlyn@forging.org for registration pricing.



Event Sponsorships

Click here to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities that are available for the Fall Meeting of Members. 


Thank you to our sponsors: