2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 1, 2019 (Tuesday - Friday)

Save the DateJoin us at the 2019 RWMA Annual Meeting and discuss key issues related to resistance welding.

  • Learn applicable concepts during keynote speaker presentations
  • Understand the industry from an economist's perspective
  • Non-RWMA members are welcome to attend

 Online Registration 


Alex Chausovsky, Keynote Speaker

ITR Economics Accomplished Speaker and Consultant, Alex Chausovsky, a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise, will provide an economic update using his most recent research.

RWMA Guest Speaker
Donald F. Maatz, Jr., R&E Engineering Services

Donald F. Maatz, Jr.Donald F. Maatz, Jr. has over 35 years of experience in the welding industry. He is presently associated with R&E Engineering Services (RES), a subsidiary of R&E Automated Systems, LLC, and serves in the capacity of Laboratory Manager. An AWS member for over 25 years, Mr. Maatz is past-chairman of the AWS-Detroit Section and the recipient of the Elihu Thomson Resistance Welding Award. He serves on the D8 and D8D Automotive Welding Committees, the D8.1 and D8.9 Automotive Welding Sub-Committees and is an advisor to the C1 Resistance Welding Committee. Additionally, he is an AWS endorsed Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), an instructor for the RWMA Welding School, and Vice-Chairman of the Certified Resistance Welding Technician working group. He also serves on several committees of the Auto/Steel Partnership. Mr. Maatz is a co-author for the 2011 edition of ASM Metals Handbook on Welding and Brazing (Vol. 6A, Resistance Welding Power Supplies and Controls). In addition, he has authored or co-authored feature columns and peer-reviewed papers for the American Welding Society and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has given presentations at the Advances in Resistance Welding International Seminar, International Autobody Congress, and the AWS-Detroit Section Sheet Metal Welding Conference. Mr. Maatz is a graduate of Ohio State with a BS in Welding Engineering.

WEMCO Guest Speakers
Ben Pletcher, Chief Welding Technologist, Bechtel Global Corporation

Collaborating with Vendors to Maximize Emerging Technologies
Learn more about how the team at the new Bechtel Welding and Applied Technology Center in NW Houston is driving innovation through novel materials analysis, collaborative development of improved welding methods and faster constructability with built-in quality.

Heather Ewing, Channel Sales & Marketing Manager, 3M Company

Building a Digital Strategy for a Traditional Market
Gain insights on accelerating the digital footprint of industrial, safety, and welding distributors, a critical driver for sales growth.

John Hartnett, Executive Vice President, Illinois Tool Works Inc., ITW Welding

Changing Role of Industrial Distribution & Implications to Manufacturers: A Welding Perspective
Hear how ITW leverages its decentralized, entrepreneurial culture and differentiated business model to generate solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required.


Hotel Information

Trump National Doral Miami
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178

Hotel Reservations - Reservation Link

Group Reservations Coordinator contact information,

The special rates of $249.00 are guaranteed for the blocked dates only: 02/26 - 03/01

Should you wish to extend your stay you must call the hotel directly @ 1 855-878-6700 and mention code # WEMRW219JD.

These rates may be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the blocked dates but you must reserve your rooms early.

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