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June 12-13
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois

In conjunction with Fastener Tech '13

"Connecting for Tomorrow"




Economic Outlook from the Institute for Trend Research
Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

DietrichWhat’s the most valued NFDA membership benefit? The annual presentations and quarterly economic updates by the economists at the Institute for Trend Research (ITR®).

Only one economic trends forecaster has a 94.7% accuracy rate and 60 years of correct calls. Since 1948, ITR has given business leaders the economic information, insight, analysis and proactive strategies they need to take advantage of opportunities, maximize profits, and avoid risks.

ITR makes use of economic information with practical application. Their extensive understanding of business cycles and the ability to explain the implications to any audience make ITR economist presentations unique. Economic changes are signaled well in advance, and their economists know the signals. After hearing them speak in easy to understand, non-intimidating language, you’ll leave with action plans and plenty of time to implement them before the shifts ahead.

ITR is the oldest, privately-held, continuously operating economic research and consulting firm in the United States. With a knowledge base covering six decades, they have a unique institutional memory giving them an uncommon understanding of long-term economic trends and how to react to critical changes in market conditions. Their reputation for excellent, independent and objective analysis is indisputable. Their record for accurate forecasts and proven action plans that can boost your bottom line is unmatched.

Dr. Jeffrey Dietrich is a senior analyst for the Institute for Trend Research. More than 30 years of public speaking experience before large and small groups enables Jeff to demystify economics, bringing an often-confusing maze of economic information into sharper focus and resulting in practical business application. He grew up in Cameroon, West Africa, which helped enhance his understanding of the global economy. He has a Master’s Degree in Theology and wrote his doctoral dissertation on leadership development and team building. He also served as a Human Resource Trainer and Consultant, and he has taught at the college level. In addition to his national and international speaking, Dr. Dietrich’s views have appeared on TV, the radio, and through a myriad of articles.

Manufacturers are from Mars, Distributors are from Venus
Thursday, June 13, 9:00 - 10:15 am

Mars and VenusFastener distributors need to get their inventory somewhere, right? Fastener manufacturers need to get the products they make into the supply chain, right?

Sounds like the perfect relationship right? It's not that easy.

Join this lively panel discussion that will address the strong but sometimes delicate relationship between fastener distributors and manufacturers. Eric Dudas from Fully Threaded Radio will be the moderator.

Confirmed panelists as of March 20, 2013 are:

  • Russ Doran, Timberline Fasteners
  • Gary Huck, Wurth Distribution
  • David Monti, Fall River Manufacturing
  • Tammy Work, A Raymond Tinnerman

Three Years Later: How Small and Large Businesses Can Prepare for the Healthcare Law
Thursday, June 13, 10:45 am - 12:00 noon

Kevin KuhlmanThis session will provide an update to the regulations that have been proposed and finalized since the passage of the healthcare law three years ago. It will provide information on what small and large businesses need to know regarding their workforce size and makeup, their insurance coverage requirements, and their compliance and administrative responsibilities. There will be time for questions and answers.

Kevin Kuhlman is a Manager of Legislative Affairs at the National Federation of Independent Business, focusing his advocacy efforts on healthcare and issues with Members of Congress. NFIB is the nation’s leading small business organization, with over 350,000 members. Since 1986, NFIB members’ top concern has been the rising cost of health insurance. Kevin is responsible for following the regulatory process and commenting on regulations that impact NFIB’s membership.

Kevin also manages the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare, a Washington, DC based coalition that represents more than 150 of the country’s largest, oldest, and most respected small business associations. The Coalition has spent more than a decade working to increase access to and affordability of private health insurance. The Coalition’s membership is diverse and includes small business organizations in the agricultural, automotive, construction, food services, floral, lodging, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, rental, entertainment, and housewares communities. The Coalition actively participated in the healthcare debate and advocated for solutions that would promote choice, enhance competition for private insurance, and increase the overall affordability of health insurance for our country’s job creators: America’s small businesses. Since passage of the law, the Coalition has commented on regulations dealing with health insurance exchanges, the employer mandate, and the essential health benefits package.

Hot Topic Lunch: The Past, Present and Future of Metric Systems in the United States
Thursday, June 13, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Hot Topic

Joe Greenslade, Director of Engineering Technology at the Industrial Fastener Institute, has been involved in metric fastener specifications since 1974. He has been a keen observer of the slow progression of the adoption of metric fasteners in industrial design and the convoluted path of metric fastener system evolution in the US has been over the past 39 years.

He is going to explain the development the metric measurement system first, on a worldwide basis and then, within the United States. He will explain why it is critical for the future of the US economy to design all new products that might be suitable for export using the metric system.

He will finish by sharing his insights and opinions as to why all efforts should be put forth to encourage the acceptance and use of the ISO Metric Fastener Standards as the only system in the future and what his thoughts are on what a logical transition program to that single system goal should entail.

Who: The A Method for Hiring

Thursday, June 13, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Geoff Smart


In business, you are who you hire.

In the New York Times bestseller, Who: The A Method for Hiring, Geoff Smart offers a ground-breaking solution to your #1 problem: hiring mistakes.


  • A simple four-step method for hiring the right people with a 90% success rate.
  • How to save $1.5M by avoiding a single hiring mistake.
  • Advice given in an unprecedented number of exclusive interviews with more than 20 billionaires and 60 CEOs, investors, and other thought leaders.
  • The secrets of success for more than 300 CEOs who participated in a University of Chicago study.

Enjoy your career more. Make more money. Have more time

Geoff Smart is a CEO, bestselling author, and social entrepreneur whose mission is to create, communicate, and put into practice useful ideas about leadership.
Geoff serves as Chairman & CEO of ghSMART. ghSMART is a leadership firm for CEOs and investors, which Geoff founded in 1995. The firm was named one of the "world's top firms" in Broderick's The Art of Managing Professional Services. It is the subject of two Harvard Business School Cases that are taught to all 900 first-year MBA students, titled "ghSMART & Co.: Pioneering in Professional Services."
Geoff is co-author, with his colleague Randy Street, of the New York Times bestselling book Who: The A Method for Hiring. Who is one of the most-acclaimed books in the world on the topic of hiring leaders, which The Wall Street Journal calls "the most important aspect of business." Shanghai Daily named Who a "Top 5 Business Book in China” and Canada's Globe and Mail named it the "#1 Best Business and Management Book of 2009." Geoff is also author of Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government. In the 1990s, he co-created the Topgrading philosophy of talent management.
As a social entrepreneur, Geoff is the Founding Chairman of two not-for-profit organizations. SMARTKids Leadership Program™ is a 501c3 not-for-profit foundation that provides a customized program of 10 years of leadership tutoring and a $100,000 scholarship to top students with leadership potential from low-income communities. Secondly, The Leaders Initiative™ seeks to elevate humanity by identifying, developing, and deploying society's greatest leaders into government. Geoff and his ghSMART colleagues also provide pro bono leadership advisory services to leaders in the fields of education, healthcare, and government to help them amplify their positive impact on the world.

Geoff earned a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Psychology with emphasis in Leadership from Claremont Graduate University, where he was mentored by Professor Peter F. Drucker. Geoff was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for holders of doctoral degrees, and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

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