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. 


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.
Welcome Reception


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
Thomas Beline, Partner at Cassidy Levy Kent
Jennifer Baker Reid, President at The Laurin Baker Group, LLC


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch


1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Why We'll Always Need Fossil Fuels
Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director at the Maguire Energy Institute


2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Technology Panel: Trends & Future
Jim Kravec, Global Sales Manager at Siempelkamp
Amir Tambakouchi, Sales Manager at Siempelkamp


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

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, Stockyards Station exemplifies Texas by providing an exciting blend of old and new with historic walking tours and over 25 unique shops. The history of Fort Worth & the Stockyards is a colorful composite of cowboys, cattle drives, railroads, packing houses, western music, clothes, art and architecture.

With the help of cowboys, railroaders, wildcatters and entrepreneurs Fort Worth has evolved from the wild frontier of 150 years ago. While today’s central business district is filled with a blend of historic structures and glass high-rises, the Fort Worth Stockyards is much the same as it was in the days of the Old West.

FIA Fall Meeting guests will travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards to experience the Old West in an authentic, but modern setting. Enjoy a barbecue buffet and bar in the Stockman’s Club Room followed by western entertainment



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


9:30 a.m.– 9:45 a.m.
Morning Break


9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
FIA, FIERF and FDMC Updates
Jim Warren, President and CEO at FIA
Mark Shirley, CEO at Finkl Steel
Jon Tirpak, Executive Director at FDMC


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


Hotel Accommodations

Due to an overwhelming response for the 2018 FIA Fall Meeting of Members, the FIA room block at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel has sold out! To accommodate all conference participants, we have secured an additional room block at the Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone.

The Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone
601 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

The Courtyard hotel is located only four, short blocks (or a five-minute walk) from the Renaissance hotel where the FIA Fall Meeting of Members will take place. Click here to view a map with walking directions from the Courtyard to the Renaissance.

Rooms at the Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone will be available to conference participants from Sunday, October 14, through Wednesday, October 17, at the special FIA room rate of $199 per night. The FIA room block at the Courtyard will expire on October 8, 2018.



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. 




Event Sponsorships

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