2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

Honoring the Past and Adapting to Future Changes in Technology, Workforce and Markets

AT THE TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL, MIAMI, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 1, 2019 (Wednesday-Friday)

Join us for WEMCO Annual Meeting, it is an intensive three-day forum for the executives and thought leaders, on key issues impacting welding equipment manufacturers. Non-WEMCO members are welcome to attend the annual meeting one time prior to registering for WEMCO membership.

The intrinsic value of the WEMCO meeting is the opportunity to hear various perspectives, from the best minds of the industry, in a non-competitive platform. Speakers will soon be announced.

  • Hear best practices used by leading manufacturing companies.
  • Past presenters include Lincoln Electric, Praxair, Miller and more.
  • Attend a special event to celebrate the AWS Centennial Anniversary.

Online Registration is now Open

Speakers

Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics (Keynote Speaker)
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.

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.

View Annual Meeting flyer featuring the Speakers

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Program

  Tuesday, February 26, 2019
1:00 - 6:00 pm REGISTRATION
   
  Wednesday, February 27, 2019
7:00 - 8:15 am REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
8:15 - 10:15 am WEMCO Executive Committee Meeting
10:15 am COFFEE BREAK
10:30 - 11:45 am WEMCO Executive Committee Meeting
12:00 pm LUNCH
   
6:15 - 8:30 pm WELCOME RECEPTION
   
  Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 - 8:15 am REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
8:15 - 9:20 am Overview of AWS Centennial
9:20 - 10:20 am Collaborating With Vendors to Maximize Emerging Technologies
Ben Pletcher, Bechtel Global Corporation
10:20 am COFFEE BREAK
10:50 am - 12:00 pm Building a Digital Strategy for a Traditional Market
Heather Ewing, 3M Company
12:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00 pm General Session
2:00 - 2:30 pm Changing Role of Industrial Distribution & Implications to Manufacturers: A Welding Perspective
John Hartnett, ITW Welding
2:30 - 3:15 pm Speakers Panel Discussions:
Bechtel Global Corporation, 3M and ITW
   
6:15 - 7:15 pm COCKTAIL HOUR
   
7:15 - 9:00 pm PASSING OF THE BATON CEREMONY & DINNER
   
  Friday, March 1, 2019
8:00 - 9:00am BREAKFAST (AWS)
9:00 - 9:30am NETWORKING AND TOUR OF AWS (OPTIONAL)
9:30 - 10:30 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Part I – AWS Ray Shook Room (2nd Floor)
Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics
10:30 am COFFEE BREAK
10:50 - 11:20 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Part II – AWS Ray Shook Room (2nd Floor)
Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics
11:20 - 11:25 am Closing Statements
Incoming WEMCO Chair, Steve Fyffe
11:30 am - 12:00 pm AWS Tour  (Optional)
   

Hotel Information

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

The link to make your reservations at the Trump National Doral is already *active. Please click below:

Hotel Reservation link for the WEMCO & RWMA Annual Meeting

*Important: the special rates of $249.00 are guaranteed for the blocked dates only: 02/26 - 03/01, 2019.

Should you wish to extend your stay, after making your online reservations, you must call the hotel directly @ 1 855-878-6700 and mention code # WEMRW219JD to receive the special rates.

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

Online Registration

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