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Economic Update
Friday, October 22, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Ongoing handwringing about an impending recession stands in stark contrast to a U.S. economy that just keeps trucking along despite the theatrics that have dominated national politics, the ongoing trade war with China, a slowing European economy, deepening crises in the Middle East, and tightening labor markets.  Beacon Economics' founding partner Dr. Christopher Thornberg will present a comprehensive forecast for the U.S. economy, delivering insight into the direction indicators such as employment/unemployment, consumer and business spending, commercial and residential real estate markets, and GDP growth will take in the future.

Dr. Thornberg is an expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, and industry analysis. In 2015, he was named to the California State Treasurer’s Council of Economic Advisors.  He holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Grow Your Company and Its Capabilities
Friday, October 22, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Developing new growth strategies for your business poses many challenges, but managing and sustaining that growth can prove to be even more complex. 

Distributors must monitor their capabilities and evaluate them in light of the changes driven by market trends and the company’s growth plans. 

Your growth strategies must address your company’s capabilities, the need to invest in new ones and, in many cases, disinvest in ones that are no longer relevant to your value propositions. Presenters on this topic include Dr. Barry Lawrence and Dr.  Esther Rodriquez Silva of the Texas A & M Thomas & Joan Read Center for Distribution Research & Education.
The Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education is the premier university research center in the world. The Global Supply Chain Laboratory has published its knowledge set through the alliance with the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors (NAW), a key partner to the Read Center.

Roundtable Discussions
Friday, October 22, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Participate in small group discussions with other attendees. A moderator will be assigned to each table.

Do you have ideas for discussion topics? Submit in advance to [email protected]

State of the Industry - Panel Discussion
Saturday, October 23, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

   ●  What's going on in the fastener market?
   ●  What are the most pressing challenges in the fastener industry?
   ●  What do we need to know to be successful?

Join us for a timely panel discussion that will bring us up-to-date with what's new with stainless steel and carbon fasteners, along with what we can expect from our suppliers in the future. Panelists include Tim Roberto of Star Stainless Screw Co., Danielle Riggs of Würth Industry North America, and Mike Bailey of Nucor Fastener.

After the panel discussion, we'll close out the event with several raffle give-aways including paid annual dues from both associations. Must be present to win!