2019 FIA Fall Meeting of Members

Event Date: Monday, October 14, 2019 to Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Join your forging industry colleagues and peers for the 2019 Fall Meeting taking place October 14-16, 2019 at The Westin in Nashville, TN. 



Click on the button below to register for the FIA Fall Meeting online or complete the registration form and send it to Kathy Edwards at kathy@forging.org or fax it to (216) 781-0102. Please note: Registrations are not confirmed until payment is received.


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FIA Fall Meeting attendees can enjoy a discounted hotel rate of $289 per night, plus applicable taxes. The cut-off date to receive the discounted group rate is September 23, 2019. To place your reservation, click here or call The Westin Nashville, 1-877-STARWOOD and mention the Forging Industry Association.



A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for this year’s FIA Fall Meeting. Click here for sponsorship information.



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Monday, October 14, 2019

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

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

Alex Jennings, FIA Chairman, President at Specialty Ring Products, Inc.


8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Keynote Session:

Why You Need to Make Marketing the Strength of Your Business

James Soto, Founder and CEO, INDUSTRIAL


9:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Workforce Development: Forgers Share Their Game Plan

Alex Jennings, Specialty Ring Products, Inc.

Amy Goerlinger, Walker Forge, Inc.

Doug McIntyre, Weber Metals, Inc.

Chelsea Lantto, Trenton Forging Company


11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Election, Tariffs & Other Washington D.C. Legislation of Importance to Forgers

Bruce Mehlman, Founder, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.



1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

Section 232 Overview & Remedy

Myles S. Getlan, Cassidy Levy Kent


2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Keynote Session:

Market Outlook for Forging & Tooling Materials

Lynn Lupori, Head of Consulting-North America, CRU Group


4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Share & Learn Roundtable Discussions

1. Marketing Roundtable

*Moderated by James Soto

2. Market Outlook for Forging & Tooling Materials Roundtable

*Moderated by Lynn Lupori

3. Workforce Development Roundtable

*Moderated by Jim Warren


6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Ole Red Reception & Dinner


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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.

Economic Update: Year End & 2020 Forecast

Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD), Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence


10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

FIERF Update

Suzanne Tkach, Managing Member & Owner, Tkach Consulting


10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Keynote Session:

Trade Policy, Economic Populism & Political Scenarios for 2020 and Beyond

Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator & CNN Political Commentator


12:00 p.m.


For questions about the FIA Fall Meeting, please contact Angela Gibian, Manager of Events, at (216)781-6260 or angela@forging.org.