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Narrative Leadership
Thursday, March 16 - 9:00 - 10:30 am

Great leaders are great communicators, building strong teams, creating change, and overcoming struggles.  The ability to influence behavior is dependent upon the credibility and authority of a given leader.  But how does one inspire, elevate and motivate an organization to rise to its highest potential? The key to all relationships is our capacity to build trust.

Research indicates that our brains love a story. We are, it seems, hard-wired for narrative. Storytelling builds trust, credibility, and cooperation. When we use storytelling correctly, we can build relationships and influence outcomes.  In this session, presented by Ann marie Houghtailing, participants will learn:

  • How storytelling impacts the brain
  • How to create a basic narrative
  • How to use storytelling to influence behavior

    After launching an Institute for Sales and Business Development with a private San Diego university, Ann marie proceeded to turn her attention towards the private sector to help companies and individuals increase revenue with heart, humanity, and humor.

    She authored How I Created a Dollar Out of Thin Air, toured her one-woman show Renegade Princess, and has written a second one-woman show entitled Raising Humans based on her TEDx talk.  Ann marie’s  writing has appeared in Yahoo! Finance, Daily Worth, Huffington Post, San Diego Business Journal and Ms. JD.


    Fastener Distribution in an Evolving Business Cycle
    Thursday, March 16 - 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Dr. Bill Conerly presents his evaluation of the current state of the economy and his forecast for the next two years, with special attention given to the industries most important to fastener distribution. He’ll discuss the outlook for commodity prices, inflation, and interest rates. And he’ll go beyond economic projections to discuss how companies can thrive in an uncertain economy. This may be the best economic outlook presentation you have ever heard.

    Dr. Conerly has the unique combination of a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and over 30 years’ experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions. He has worked in economics and corporate planning at two Fortune 500 corporations and a major financial institution. 

    Dr. Conerly has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and USA Today.  He is also an online contributor to and the author of “The Flexible Stance: Thriving in a Boom/Bust Economy.”


    The Next Decade: What Businesses Should Do Today to Prepare for Tomorrow
    Friday, March 17 - 9:00 - 10:30 am

    What does the next decade hold for issues critical to fastener distribution, such as the frequency of recessions, labor availability and availability of capital? Dr. Conerly is a futurist who avoids excessive speculation and uncertainty. Emphasizing the most likely paths, he provides action steps business leaders can take today to prepare for the coming decade. 


    Supply Chain Relationship Issues
    Friday, March 17 - 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

    Supply chain management is about more than making sure all the different links in your network are operating in the right way. Relationships play a central role in supply chains, and if fastener distributors don't get them right, they'll feel the ramifications all the way from suppliers to customers.

    Our panel of industry experts will share insights on how they make sure the links in their supply chains are strong.  Moderator Russ Doran (Wurth Timberline) will be joined by panelists Gary Cravens (Advance Components), Sara Mallo (Rotor Clip Company) and Don Nowak (Falcon Fastening Solutions).


    Lunch with Professor Reinhold Würth
    Friday, March 17 - 12:15 - 1:15 pm

    Fastener industry luminary Professor Reinhold Würth will join us by video to share his thoughts on leadership and success. This is certain to be a thought-provoking program!

    Reinhold Würth entered his father's wholesale screw business in 1949, at age 14, as the company's second employee and first apprentice. After his father's sudden death in 1954, he took the reins and honed a competitive advantage by delivering goods directly to customers on construction sites and in mechanical shops.

    With sales over $11 billion euros, the Würth Group is now the leading global supplier of assembly and fastening materials for the automotive, construction and engineering trades.  Their 70,000 employee workforce is found in more than 400 companies in 80-plus countries and includes an outside sales force of 31,000, which is the largest in the world,

    Professor Würth has received many honors over the years, including, but not limited to being inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Industry and receiving the Ludwig Erhard medal, which rewards individuals who have attained exemplary results in their work for the public good and for the development of the social market economy.


    Business Owners Roundtables and Business Executives Roundtables
    Friday, March 17 - 2:30 - 4:30 pm

    Two different sessions: one for business owners and one for your company's key executives. At this conference, instead of the large forums, we’ll have roundtables to allow for smaller group discussions, making input easier.  You can submit topics for discussion in advance to or jump in during the session.

    3020 Old Ranch Parkway #300
    Seal Beach CA 90740
    Phone: 562-799-5519 Fax: 562-684-0695

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