The industry's best Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference for processors!

October 19-23, 2020

The 2020 Conference will take place via the Hubb virtual platform. You will need your login to the Hubb platform to attend this Conference. If you have not received your login credentials for the Hubb, please contact the MAPP office at info@mappinc.com.


The 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference will be held virtually. 
Please watch a message from Tim Capps, president, Par 4 Plastics and MAPP board president, and Troy Nix, MAPP executive director, here.


Please read our press release about the virtual Conference here.

ABOUT

The goal of the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is to help plastics companies improve their operations and tactics in order to impact bottom-line profits. This year’s Benchmarking and Best Practices conference will address leadership, operational best practices, the latest financial benchmarks, sales and marketing, and the impact of employees on the bottom-line and much more.

The Conference staff has created a schedule packed with best practices, leading-edge benchmarks, expert presentations and the best networking opportunities in the industry.

Takeaways

OPERATIONAL BEST PRACTICES
LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES
SUPERIOR NETWORKING
FINANCIAL BENCHMARKS

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!


REGISTER

PRICES

MAPP MEMBERS:

Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library

$379 — Member pricing through August 19, 2020
$449 — Member pricing after August 19, 2020

Company-wide Pricing: grants access for every individual in the company to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library

$1,796 — Company-wide pricing through August 19, 2020
$1,949 - Company-wide pricing after August 19, 2020

NON-MEMBERS:

Processors Only

Non Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library

$559

Industry Service Providers (or sponsors):

If you are a company that provides a service to the plastics industry please contact Letha Keslar about attending this event. You can reach Letha at 317-913-2440 or lkeslar@mappinc.com

The 2020 Conference will take place via the Hubb virtual platform. You will need your login to the Hubb platform to attend this Conference. If you have not received your login credentials for the Hubb, please contact the MAPP office at info@mappinc.com.


PLEASE NOTE THE TIMES ARE EDT

MONDAY - OCTOBER 19

11:00  Break It Down – A Survival Tactic for a Better You!
Troy Nix, Executive Director

The year 2020 has been full of challenges and has created difficulties for nearly everyone in our society.  In fact, a recent study has revealed that the domino impact of the pandemic and social unrest has profoundly impacted the personal lives of Americans where nearly nine-in-ten adults say their life has changed in some way.  During his opening keynote presentation, Troy Nix will help conference participants understand the value of being mentally and physically tested and how the results of being personally challenged can have a powerful impact and brighten our futures.

11:30 AM     The Unpardonable Sins of Leadership
Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE

Traditionally, conferences provide attendees advice on how to improve professionally. However, sometimes the traditional conference leaves out some of the most important skills that a leader needs to improve upon – or the key mistakes all leaders make. The 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference keynote, Philip Van Hooser has committed all the leadership mistakes and shares his poignant story during his keynote “Unpardonable Sins of Leadership."

During Van Hooser’s high-energy keynote he will highlight three behaviors leaders should recognize and avoid -- now and forever.  Practical, focused, and timely, Van Hooser is sure to get each and everyone one of us reflecting on how we empathize, engage, motivate, and capitalize on talents and knowledge in the face of adversity.

Sponsored by INCOE, MBS Advisors and PolySource

1:00 PM     2020 BC LAB 1

The BC LABS are comprised of a series of parallel presentation sessions or learning tracks suggested for each functional area below. Each BC LAB is designed to equip attendees with indispensable insights, advice, and tools to achieve the mission-critical priorities of today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow.

Below are the learning tracks for the 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference LABS:

  • Executive Stakeholders/Owners
  •  Senior Leaders (Presidents/VPs)
  • Human Resources/Safety
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • CFOs/Finance/IT
  • Quality

Since the theory is different than practical implementation, many of the BC LABS will be presented by processors. Attendees will learn from their peers.

Labs for this session include:

  • Adapt to the Unexpected: Redefining Your Marketing in Unprecedented Times
  • Social Inflation in the Courtroom
  • Uncover Your Hidden Factory with Smart Technology
  • Understand the Science Behind Profitable Molding and Boost Your Bottom Line
  • When Will the Recession End and What Does the Future Hold?

View ALL BC Labs descriptions

2:00 PM    Expo Hall

Traditionally the Benchmarking Conference exhibit hall is known for being a dynamic gathering of MAPP Sponsors.  We might have just (virtually) shrunk the “roof” a bit, but we’re still gathering our partners to showcase their products and services and engage with you during the live event. You’ll have the opportunity to visit various sponsors in our Virtual Expo Hall. And if you’re lucky, you could win some fabulous prizes from our sponsors during the event (not virtual prizes either – the real deal!)

The sponsors can be visited at any time during this weeklong conference.
The 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo allows you access to booth content, including education videos and product brochures, virtually all year round. 

2:30 PM   Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

This session is back by popular demand! Growing peer-to-peer networks is a primary component of the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference. Attendees will have the chance to interact with peer groups during this session on topics that are unique to their job functions in their specific groups. Driven by past attendee feedback, these focused sessions have been highly requested and are expected to be one of the biggest hits of this year’s conference. They are a perfect way for professionals to find new ideas, expand their professional networks and explore new methods of improvement. Areas covered will be finance CFO/ERP/IT and Quality

4:00 PM   2020 BC LAB 2

Labs for this session include:

  • Creating an Effective Marketing Toolbox
  • Cybersecurity: How to Protect and Manage Sensitive Data
  • North American Plastics Industry Study
  • Tax Benefits for Processors: Tax Incentives and CARES Act Changes
  • Transform OEE with Molding Excellence

View all BC Labs here

4:50 PM     End of Day Recap

TUESDAY - OCTOBER 20

Brought you by Stout, VIVE & Yushin

9:00 - 10:00 AM  Pre-Con Session presented by Chase Plastics Services
Understanding Plastics Datasheets

•Standard plastic datasheets layout and expected values
•Test methods for commonly used standards and how they are performed
•Comparisons of test methodology to real-world mechanical performance
•Limitations of certain test methods in comparing products and their capabilities
•Short versus long term testing and what each can tell us
•Q&A: Ask our experts all your questions surrounding plastics datasheets
 
9:30 - 11 AM EDT Pre-Con Session presented by DELMIAworks

MAPP Members across the United States have expressed the desire to engage with one another in order to maximize the use of their ERP systems to improve manufacturing processes and support growth.  MAPP has partnered with DELMIAworks to host a 90-minute interactive pre-conference virtual session, along with the opportunity to create and expand personal networks with other DELMIAworks customers.

This session will include a:

  • DELMIAworks company update by Steve Bieszczat, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Briefing on the DELMIAworks Essentials 2020x software release
  • Demonstration of the new SHOPWORKS browser-based touchscreen shop floor interface that streamlines data access and RealTime™ information collection in configurable work center dashboards
  • Preview of the redesigned DELMIAworks Document Control, featuring global search and web enablement

9:30 - 10:45 AM MAPP Young Professionals Pre-con Session One
“Opportunity is Knocking” Peer Networking

The first Young Professionals Pre-Conference Session will be a peer networking exchange focused on identifying and taking advantage of opportunity. Attendees will be able to discuss with peers the challenges of opportunity, potential benefits, and their own experiences, all while growing their network!

10:30 AM       Expo Hall

11:00        Above and Beyond and Champion Celebration

In addition to recognizing MAPP member companies, MAPP believes that it is the individuals inside the organizations that make the company and MAPP better! To that end, MAPP takes time during the year to celebrate these individuals.

MAPP CHAMPION: Each year, MAPP identifies approximately 100 individuals as MAPP Champions. MAPP Champions are the MOST engaged members.

Being identified as a MAPP Champion means that you exemplify the values and ideals of MAPP, including the spirit of sharing and camaraderie, individual contributions that build collective intelligence of the MAPP network, and business ethics of integrity and responsiveness.

Above and Beyond: 2020 was not a normal year for anyone, and individuals at companies across the United States have had to step up and take on new challenges like never before. This year, MAPP wants to recognize those individuals who made a difference at their organizations in a big way. Leadership, innovation and ingenuity happen at all levels of an organization, and MAPP believes that it is more important than ever to celebrate those team members who heard opportunity knocking and answered the door. 

The recognition is given by nomination only - which means that these individuals have been recognized by co-workers at their organizations to be essential to success. 

11:15   Rebound or Retreat: Ten Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Chris Kuehl

Rebound or Retreat: Ten Trends for 2020 and Beyond - As the world contends with the dual threat of a pandemic and a global recession the business community faces a different set of future patterns. What will the "new normal" look like for sectors such as medical, automotive, light industrial and the overall consumer industries. Was there ever an "old normal". There will be both threats and opportunities and it will call on leaders to become highly strategic. This session looks at the ten most likely developments that are facing the Plastics Industry.

Sponsored by INCOE, MBS Advisors and PolySource

12:30 PM    Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

This session is back by popular demand! Growing peer-to-peer networks is a primary component of the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference. Attendees will have the chance to interact with peer groups during this session on topics that are unique to their job functions in their specific groups. Driven by past attendee feedback, these focused sessions have been highly requested and are expected to be one of the biggest hits of this year’s conference. They are a perfect way for professionals to find new ideas, expand their professional networks and explore new methods of improvement. Areas covered will be Operations, HR and Safety

12:30 PM   Expo Hall

2:00 PM     Ignite Session

Conference Ignite Sessions are set up to share best practices and spark creativity among attendees. These brief 7-10 minute sessions highlight the heart of the annual Benchmarking Conference: members helping other members. These sessions help attendees become better processors and solve common problems without reinventing the wheel.

During Ignite Sessions, industry peers openly share one best practice they have found to improve their businesses, allowing attendees to hear new and creative ideas they can implement in their operations. Ignite Session topics cover a variety of best practices from different business functions. While not every solution may directly translate to every organization, these sessions help attendees brainstorm new solutions they can adopt at their facilities.

2:30 PM     2020 BC LAB 3

Labs for this session include:

  • Best Practices for After the Sale: Align with Post-Sale Needs of Your Customer Base
  • Never Say Never to Negative Operating Margin Jobs!
  • Opportunity is Knocking. Can You Answer the Door?
  • Push, Pull, Chains, Chaos, ETC - Supply Chain in the New World
  • The Art of Scientific Troubleshooting

3:30 PM     2020 BC LAB 4

  • Building Value by Leveraging Your Long Tail for Low-Volume Production with Carbon DLS Technology
  • Responding to Covid: Navigating Your Business Through a Global Pandemic and Beyond
  • Tips from the Trenches:  Negotiating Supply Agreements with Customers
  • Using Smartsheet with IQMS to Transform Sales, Operations and Business Processes in a Molding Business

View all BC Labs descriptions here

4:30 PM     Connects – HAPPY HOUR

Missing the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones during the Benchmarking Conference receptions? Perhaps you are looking to connect with people in a particular field or with a certain set of expertise. Attendees can now participate in this year’s Connect Sessions to meet other great professionals in this fast, fun, and productive virtual networking experience.

It’s networking and connecting that’s natural, not awkward.

Want to get new ideas for your organization? Have some best practices to share? Just want to actually meet some new people in your field? The Conference Team has you covered with the Connect Sessions.

This isn’t about just exchanging business cards. It's designed to get people to engaged and find real value in connecting. You’ll meet other great manufacturing professionals who understand you and what you are going through. And even introverts will tell you this year’s Connect format is great. Join us Tuesday and Thursday for this year’s CONNECTS!

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 21

Brought you by Chase, Progressive & Waypoint

9:30 - 10:45 AM EDT Pre-Con Session Presented by ID Additives
What does Industry 4.0 mean for your toolroom and maintenance team?

It is very common for facilities to simply tackle whatever fire is present when their shift begins, which will prove to be costly as many situations will simply be a band-aid fix to move to the next obstacle. This will continue to be the case until the appropriate personnel sit down to review current practices and then establish an effective game plan to move forward.

9:30 - 10:45 AM MAPP Young Professionals Pre-Con Session 2
"Earning the Right To Be Heard" With Conference Keynote speaker Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE
This practical, high-energy session will successfully get you inside the head of decision-makers in order to address the questions they must have answered to deliver what you want. You will learn a proven method for preparing and communicating high-quality ideas, professionally, thus earning you the right to be heard!

10:30 AM     Expo Hall

11:00 AM     Moments That Matter
Brigadier General (BG) (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf

Brigadier General (BG) (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf began her life’s journey in a small town in Western New York as the middle child of nine and became a competitive swimmer and ultimately an officer in the United States Army. In the Army, she flew helicopters, led soldiers, earned advanced degrees, taught in and ultimately led the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy. In fact, when she was selected as the first woman to chair a department at West Point in its then entire 195 years history.

In her Keynote address, BG LeBoeuf will reflect upon pivotal moments in her life, those Moments that Matter, that shaped her into the leader she is today. The keynote will challenge the audience to pause in introspection and consider the moments in life, big and small, that have led them to where they are today. BG LeBoeuf will encourage participants to leverage these experiences in order to be intentional leaders who embrace their leadership journey and appreciate those individuals and experiences that had a hand in shaping them – and to consciously shape those that they lead. By sharing the moments that have mattered in her own life, the audience will be inspired to be more self-aware and cognizant of when opportunity is knocking, even in the midst of the chaos, complexity, and ambiguity that plastics leaders are navigating in these unprecedented times. Through entertaining stories infused with humor and candor, Brigadier General LeBoeuf will leave the audience inspired to lead with character, listen for the opportunities knocking and and create a legacy.

Sponsored by INCOE, MBS Advisors and PolySource

12:00   Innovation Award Ceremony

To celebrate a commitment to innovation, MAPP instituted its annual Best Practices Awards series, dedicated to honoring companies that are doing the “small” things that it takes to get ahead in an increasingly competitive marketplace and elevate the industry as a whole.

To celebrate a commitment to innovation, MAPP instituted its annual Best Practices Awards series, dedicated to honoring companies that are doing the “small” things that it takes to get ahead in an increasingly competitive marketplace and elevate the industry as a whole.

12:30 PM   2020 BC LAB 5

Labs for this session include

  • Industry 4.0 more of a Journey Than A Destination
  • Strategic Sales - Maximize Sales Productivity
  • Tools for Prospecting and Insights - LinkedIn and LinkedIn Navigator
  • Your Business Has Been Stress Tested: Now What?

View all BC Labs here

1:30 PM     Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

Areas covered will be Sales/Marketing & Executive Stakeholders

1:30 PM       Expo Hall

3:00 PM       2020 BC LAB 6

Labs for this session include:

  • Breaking the Mold – How Integrating Benefits and Wellness Pays Dividends
  • Having a Health Insurance Strategy – It’s not about tomorrow’s renewal!
  • Seize Opportunities before Your Competitor Does by Improving Your Quoting Process
  • Strategy in Practice: Lead Generation and Nurturing New Leads
  • What I Wish I Knew About Selling A Business, Before I Sold My Business

4:00 PM       2020 BC LAB 7

Labs for this session include:

  • Building Resiliency for Work and Home
  • Developing, Training and Retaining Technical Personnel Through In-House Programs
  • Embracing Change in the Injection Molding Industry by Adopting ‘Autonomous Optimization’ Technology
  • Stress Testing Your Supply Chain
  • Understanding the Balance Sheets Impact on Business

View all BC Labs here

4:55 PM       End of Day Recap

THURSDAY - OCTOBER 22

Brought you by Id Additives and JSW

9:30 – 10:45 AM EDT MAPP Young Professionals Pre-Con Session 3

Small-Group Mentoring Session
The Young Professionals Network began a Mentorship Program in January 2020 and has had over 30 successful mentoring relationships develop. 10+ of these mentors are willing to offer their time to young professionals in a small group setting. Those that attend this session will have the opportunity to interact with senior leaders in the industry and pick their brains for lessons and experience, receive advice on current challenges, and be impacted by our mentors.

10:30 AM       Expo Hall

11:00 AM       Hot Topics

Hot Topic & Coffee Chat sessions focus on emerging technologies and important business topics for manufacturers. Hot Topic sessions are led by industry peers who have become experts in a particular subject area and Coffee Chats feature industry leaders who are able to share guidance and best practices on their topic. During these sessions, attendees will hear valuable takeaways, practical advice and new ideas from those with real-life experience. Experts in these sessions will answer pressing questions from you – the processor!

Not only will attendees have the chance to hear from these experts, they will also have the ability to ask their own questions and get custom advice and feedback from the experts and other attendees. Each session will be unique and attendees are encouraged to sit in on as many sessions as possible to make the most of the vast amount of experience available from these industry professionals.

Hot topics:

  • Automation/cobot with Motoman

  • Industry 4.0 with Noble Plastics


12:00 PM     Expo Hall

12:30 PM     Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

Areas covered will be Engineering & Senior Leaders

12:30 PM      Expo Hall

2:00 PM        2020 BC LAB 8

Labs for this session include:

  • A Day in the Life of Plant Manager
  • Understanding and Addressing Workforce Challenges in a Rebounding Economy
  • How Our Virtual Material Review System Empowers Our Entire Company to be Quality Professionals
  • Where I See Waste When I Walk The Floor- Lean in Real Life
  • Workstation Layout For Increased Productivity

View BC Labs descriptions here

3:00 PM        Ignite Sessions

  • Efforts to go Paperless, presented by Monika Molczyk of MET2Plastics          
  • Cobots, presented by John Baker of Westec                 
  • Quality Cart, presented by Heather Meixel of Bamar               
  • Visual Inspection, presented by Grant Gundrum of Microplastics               

3:30 PM        2020 BC LAB 9

Labs for this session include:

  • How to get a 3X ROI on Childcare: A Model for Collaboration and Impact
  • Open Book Management- Increasing Employee Buy-in and Company Profitability
  • Quoting - Communication Takes Many Forms
  • ReInventing Our Company By Listening to Our Employees
  • The Journey of A Continuous Improvement Team

View BC Labs descriptions here

4:30 PM        Connects – HAPPY HOUR

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 23

10:30 AM       Expo Hall

11:00 PM       Coffee Talks

Hot Topic & Coffee Chat sessions focus on emerging technologies and important business topics for manufacturers. Hot Topic sessions are led by industry peers who have become experts in a particular subject area and Coffee Chats feature industry leaders who are able to share guidance and best practices on their topic. During these sessions, attendees will hear valuable takeaways, practical advice and new ideas from those with real-life experience. Experts in these sessions will answer pressing questions from you – the processor!

Not only will attendees have the chance to hear from these experts, they will also have the ability to ask their own questions and get custom advice and feedback from the experts and other attendees. Each session will be unique and attendees are encouraged to sit in on as many sessions as possible to make the most of the vast amount of experience available from these industry professionals.

  • Marketing with Teresa Schell from Vive and Shelly Otenbaker from Waypoint

  • M&A with Joel Minnick and Jonathan Soucy from MBS Advisors

12:00 PM      2020 BC LAB 10
This BC Labs session will replay some of the week's most popular BC Labs! Stay tuned.

1:00 PM        Member Award Ceremony and “Opening the Door of Opportunity”
Troy Nix, Executive Director

This year’s conference format was designed to help attendees understand and see new opportunities. The preceding week of programming successfully provided an enormous exchange of knowledge, information, and best practices for over 1000 attendees. With the transfer of knowledge comes the responsibility to implement lessons learned in order to improve. Join Troy Nix, MAPP’s Executive Director, as he reviews several incredible lessons and takeaways shared by attendees along with their plans to impact their organization moving forward. Opportunity knocked for these attendees, and they opened the door. Will you?

1:30 PM        Conference Adjourned 

SPEAKERS

The Conference team is pleased to welcome the following keynote speakers to the event:

Troy Nix, Executive Director
Troy Nix serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference. Known for his spirit, enthusiasm, and belief in American manufacturing, Nix will deliver an opening address that will focus on lessons in leadership and the importance of becoming more in tune with one’s inner self. Professionals over the last decade who have heard Nix deliver his opening address know that the first 30 minutes of the conference will spark emotion in each attendee’s inner core. This year’s message will focus on the tapping into that internal fuel source to inspire, motivate and overcome obstacles encountered every day. Nix’s tag line “America Is What America Makes” is an essential ideal that motivates those attending the conference to strive for excellence.


Phil Van Hooser 
Phillip Van Hooser’s approach to leadership training, employee relations and communication skills development is drawn from his own leadership experience in community banking, FORTUNE 500 manufacturing and consumer products companies.From his roles in employee relations, training, and human resources, Van Hooser knows firsthand the very real impact authentic, respected, engaged employee relations have on productivity and profits. He knows the practical, commonsense strategies leaders, managers and supervisors can implement to win credibility, communicate effectively, engage confidently with employees while reducing conflict and reaching organizational goals.

An engaging keynote speaker, leadership training expert, accomplished business writer, and mentor to emerging Millennial and Gen Z leaders, Phillip Van Hooser is committed to delivering keynotes and professional development training that helps companies and organizations experience stronger, more productive leader / employee relations, greater teamwork, trust, communication and collaboration, and improved bottom-line business results.


Dr. Chris Kuehl
Dr. Chris Kuehl is a managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations – Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Association of Credit Management, American Supply Association, Chemical Coaters Association International, Industrial Heating Equipment Association and others. He is also the economic analyst for several state accounting societies – Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas.

Prior to starting Armada in 1999 he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies and East Asian studies.

Kuehl is the author of Business Intelligence Briefs and Executive Intelligence Briefs - both publications from Armada. He is also responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index from NACM and Fabrinomics from the FMA.


Brigadier General Maureen LeBoeuf, U.S. Army, retired, ED.D.
Maureen LeBoeuf spent 28 years in the U.S. Army, where she held various staff and leadership positions, as well as flying UH-1 helicopters in the continental United States and Europe. Most noteworthy was her assignment as the Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Education from 1997 until her retirement in 2004. Her position carried the unique title “Master of the Sword.” She was the first woman to chair a department chair at the U.S. Military Academy since it was founded in 1802. Upon her retirement, LeBoeuf was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General. She served as the Executive Director of the Feagin Leadership Program at Duke Sports Medicine, and currently serves as the Chair of the USO of North Carolina.

Maureen Leboeuf’s research interests have focused on leadership, as well as fitness and wellness. She served as co-editor of Fit & Active: The West Point Physical Development Program. In 2016, she was selected as the University of Georgia Department of Kinesiology Distinguished Alumnus, as well as inducted into the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps National Hall of Fame. She published the book, Developing Your Philosophy of Living & Leading: One Moment at a Time in 2019.


Please click here to see all of our presentation speakers!

SPONSORS

The 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference will be held virtually. 
Please watch a message from Tim Capps, president, Par 4 Plastics and MAPP board president, and Troy Nix, MAPP executive director, below. 


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