The industry's best Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference for processors! | November 3 - 5, 2021 

About

The goal of the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is to help rubber and plastics companies improve their operations and tactics in order to impact bottom line profits. The conference is anchored with best practices and leading benchmark presentations derived from the industry’s best-known sources of statistical information. Known as the absolute best benchmarks in the industry, these presentations identify and correlate profitability to operational behaviors, market choices and more.

The ability to quickly adjust to marketplace conditions and continually improve operational efficiencies is a must in manufacturing. The core of 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. With over 500 rubber and plastics professionals expected to meet in Indianapolis, IN, on November 3-5, the Conference staff has created a schedule packed full of best practices, leading-edge benchmarks, expert presentations and the best networking opportunities in the industry.

This year's theme - Beyond All Limits - is designed to inspire, motivate and educate processors on how to continuously improve every day. Becoming better is not something that just happens; good leaders continually work to make themselves better, and the 2021 Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference will do just that! 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT!

Registration

PRICES

NON-MEMBERS (Processors Only):

In-Person pricing:

Non-Members Through August 20, 2021 After August 20, 2021
Individual $1,069 $1,069
Lunch and Learn $69 $69

Virtual pricing:

Non-Members Through August 20, 2021 After August 20, 2021
Individual $559 $659

Industry Service Providers (or sponsors):

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

ARPM MEMBERS:

In-Person pricing:

ARPM Members Through August 20, 2021 After August 20, 2021
Individual $799 $899
Group Discount (4+) $689 $789
Lunch and Learn $69 $69

Virtual pricing:

ARPM Members Through August 20, 2021 After August 20, 2021
Individual $399 $499
Company-wide (flat price) $1,799 $1,799

Agenda

Please note, this agenda is still a work in progress.  The Conference Committee wanted to share the general timeline of the event to assist attendees with travel arrangements. All times are EDT.


Wednesday, November 3rd

1:00 PM                      Sponsors/Exhibitors Move-In

2:00 PM                      Pre-Con Programming Begins

This includes: 

2:00 PM                     Paulson Training

2:00 PM                     DELMIAWorks

3:00 PM                     Young Professionals

3:30 PM                     M&A Discussion and Craft Beer Sampling

4:00 PM                     Progressive Components

5:30 PM                     Registration

                                     Sponsored by DelmiaWorks

5:30 PM                     Industry Welcome Reception (adjourns at 7 PM)

Featuring the Young Professionals Reception and the Building Leaders of Character Alumni Reception


Thursday, November 4th

7:00 AM                     Registration Opens

                                    Sponsored by DelmiaWorks

7:00 AM                     Breakfast with Omelet Station

                                    Sponsored by Chase Plastics

8:00 AM                    Conference Welcome and Troy Nix Keynote

8:20 AM                     Keynote Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker and bestselling author. He is also the founder and president of Floyd Consulting, a firm based on the belief that your organization can only become the best version of itself if the people in your organization are striving to become the best-version-of-themselves. With his keen sense of humor and passion for helping companies understand that developing their employees is the first step to achieving corporate goals, Kelly seems to effortlessly elevate and energize people to pursue the highest values of the human spirit and achieve their personal goals and ambitions. Matthew Kelly’s message is both timely and timeless. His example is authentic and inspiring. His passion for life is refreshing and challenging. He will certainly continue to be, with increasing influence, one of the most sought-after and endearing voices of our time.

9:40 AM                     Networking Break amongst the Sponsors

                                    Sponsored by Aurora Plastics, LLC

10:10 AM                  State of the Plastics Industry - Managing the Chaos, Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results, Inc

In 2021 MAPP launched its Plastics Benchmarking Study powered by Harbour Results, Inc. The comprehensive study looked at every aspect of the plastics industry establishing a benchmark, uncovering issues positively and negatively impacting the industry and identifying best practices. Laurie Harbour will provide a state of the plastics processing industry highlighting key areas of opportunity and important trends that must be addressed as well as provide a glimpse into what the best-in--class processors are doing.

11:10 AM                   BC LAB Session One – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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 2021 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference LABS:

• Executive Stakeholders/Owners

• Leadership

• Senior Leaders (Presidents/VPs)

• Human Resources/Safety

• Sales & Marketing

• Operations/Engineering

• CFOs/Finance/IT

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

12:10 PM       Lunch and Learn with Keynote Phil Van Hooser

Food for the stomach, food for the mind.  You get both by participating in the 2021 Benchmarking and Best Practices "Lunch and Learn" with leadership authority, Phillip Van Hooser.  You may remember Phil and his virtual keynote, The Unpardonable Sins of Leadership, from our 2020 Conference.  This year, Phil is back and in-person with us to share "commandments" all leaders should know and follow for long-term leadership success.  Plan to seize this opportunity to break bread with colleagues and to meet Phil during this special learning opportunity.  (Ticket Only Event)

Lunch Sponsored by RJG

Or Networking Lunch

Take a break from the educational sessions to catch up with peers and meet new Benchmarking Conference attendees during this traditional networking lunch. (No tickets needed.)

Lunch Sponsored by RJG

1:20 PM                     BC LAB Session Two

2:30 PM                     Networking Break amongst the Sponsors

Sponsored by Aurora Plastics, LLC

2:50 PM                     Tax Policy Update and New Tax Incentives for Processors, Mike Devereux, Wipfli

The current Congress is poised to make changes to the U.S. tax code that will have a significant impact on plastics processors. Congress and the White House have released both discussion drafts and legislative text summarizing the potential tax law changes. During this session, Mike will synthesize and explain the different tax provisions impacting plastics processors, whether they are proposed legislative text or actual bills passed by Congress. In addition to providing insight into potential or newly enacted tax policy, as an attendee, you will also learn about:

  • Tax credits and incentives are available to the plastics sector, including the newly expanded Employee Retention Credit, a Federal credit that could be as much as $7,000 per employee per quarter or $28,000 per employee in 2021.
  • Additional recent legislation impacting the plastics manufacturing sector and planning opportunities that come along with these relatively new tax law changes.

3:00 PM                     The Resin Crisis – The Future Looks Bright(er)

The global resin market is in a state of chaos. Plastics processors all over the country are seeing severe resin shortages and staggering price increases. Unlike most industries during COVID-19, plastics manufacturers are seeing production increase amid the global economic downturn. This panel discussion with the leadership of Amco Polymers, Chase Plastics, M. Holland Company and PolySource LLC will answer your questions about the resin crisis. Including the current state of supply chain constraints in plastics, the pandemic’s impact on global supply chains, weather-related supplier challenges, and petrochemicals supply dynamics. Don’t miss what’s sure to be an informative discussion.

4:00 PM                     HEART AND ZEAL: A DEVOTION TO SHARING THE JOURNEY, Major General (Ret) Tony Cucolo

Exuding passion for individual and organizational success, Major General (Ret.) Tony Cucolo wears his heart on his sleeve when he speaks about leadership. A 1979 West Point graduate, Tony spent thirty-five years in unform at twenty-four different duty stations and on several battlefields learning how to lead under every imaginable condition. If he learned anything at West Point and during his time in uniform, it was the power of positive leadership and the confidence in knowing something can always be done. Tony led units in significant high-risk, ostensibly impossible efforts among ethnic and religious antagonists on three separate occasions - in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, offering incredible lessons on leading, being a leader, and influencing positive change. All these experiences, including his experience leading the government’s interagency after-action review of Hurricane Katrina relief operations, deeply embedded lessons in conflict management, negotiating, mediating, as well as helped him further hone the leadership tools of what the Army calls mission command. Remarkably unique assignments in his eleven years as a General Officer further shaped his leadership experience that he is passionate to pass on to others. As Chief of Public Affairs, he spent two years learning what makes or breaks effective strategic communication and the immediate action required in a communications crisis. As Commandant (president) of the US Army War College, he was tasked to identify new ways to develop effective strategic leadership at the senior level. This effort resulted in the study and selection of those leadership traits that must be learned, observed, modeled, and practiced from the earliest stages of leadership development to the most senior to generate the types of leaders needed in the 21st Century. These experiences in ever-increasing levels of accountability taught him the difference between climate and culture, and he learned techniques for immediately setting one while slowly changing the other. Along the way, he came to understand the immense effectiveness of selfless servant leadership, the power of empathy, the vital but perishable element of trust required between the leader and the led, and how to face a challenge to one’s moral courage. Every lesson, every tip, every technique he offers comes with a heartfelt story that has become a memorable and useful reference point on his leadership journey.

5:00 PM                     Members’ Choice Reception (adjourns at 7:30 PM)
 


Friday, November 5th

7:00 AM                     Breakfast

       Sponsored by Federated Insurance

8:00 AM                     Peer to Peer Networking

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, owners/presidents/CEOs, sales and marketing, human resources, and finance/ERP/IT.

9:30 AM                     Networking Break amongst the Sponsors

                                    Sponsored by Aurora Plastics, LLC

10:00  AM                  Awards Ceremony

                                    Sponsored Amco Polymers

10:30 AM                   The Economy’s Impact on Manufacturing – The Good. The Bad. And the Opportunity, Cara Walton, Harbour Results

The global economy was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in many unintended consequences and benefits to the manufacturing industry and its supply chain. The questions everyone is asking are: How did we get where we are today? How long will the demand remain? What key economic indicators should we be watching? And what does all of this mean to a plastics processor? This presentation will answer these questions as well as highlight opportunities for the plastics industry as the economy continues to evolve.

11:00 AM                  Keynote Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, Emmy Award Winner and workforce expert. A Professional Drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015. As the president and founder of The Center for Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial”. For over a decade, he has been a self-motivated entrepreneur who is well versed in business start-up, leadership, sales management, management training, and helping teams grow multi-million-dollar accounts. He uses that experience to create a teachable relationship and business strategies based on trust, service, support, connection, and consistent follow-through. Clint strongly believes that a single moment in time can change a person’s life. He has traveled the world speaking to a wide spectrum of diverse audiences, challenging them to dream, excel, connect, and believe--both in themselves and in the power of others. For over a decade, Clint has dedicated his heart to helping organizations understand the younger generation and helping the younger generation better understand themselves by living a life of significance, rather than just a life of success. His mantra? “It’s not about being the best in the world…it's about being the best FOR the world.”

12:15 PM                 Conference Adjourned 

100% of the conference is being recorded and will be available on-demand. 

Thank you AV Sponsor, Epicor Software

The conference planning committee is actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our region. We are following guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 

Featured Speakers

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

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.


Matthew Kelly, keynote
Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker and bestselling author. He is also the founder and president of Floyd Consulting, a firm based on the belief that your organization can only become the-best-version-of-itself if the people in your organization are striving to become the best-version-of-themselves. With his keen sense of humor and passion for helping companies understand that developing their employees is the first step to achieving corporate goals, Kelly seems to effortlessly elevate and energize people to pursue the highest values of the human spirit and achieve their personal goals and ambitions. Matthew Kelly’s message is both timely and timeless. His example is authentic and inspiring. His passion for life is refreshing and challenging. It is certain that he will continue to be, with increasing influence, one of the most sought-after and endearing voices of our time.


Clint Pulver, speaker
Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, Emmy Award Winner and workforce expert. A Professional Drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015. As the president and founder of The Center for Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations like Keller Williams, AT&T, and Hewlett Packard create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial”. For over a decade, he has been a self-motivated Entrepreneur who is well versed in business start-up, leadership, sales management, management training, and helping teams grow multi-million-dollar accounts. He uses that experience to create teachable relationship and business strategies based on trust, service, support, connection, and consistent follow-through. Clint strongly believes that a single moment in time can change a person’s life. He has traveled the world speaking to a wide spectrum of diverse audiences, challenging them to dream, excel, connect, and believe--both in themselves and in the power of others. For over a decade, Clint has dedicated his heart to helping organizations understand the younger generation and helping the younger generation better understand themselves by living a life of significance, rather than just a life of success. His mantra? “It’s not about being the best in the world…it's about being the best FOR the world.”


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, geater teamwork, trust, communication and collaboration, and improved bottom-line business results.


Laurie Harbour, speaker
Laurie Harbour is president and CEO of Harbour Results Inc. She has over 25 years of experience in benchmarking, performing operational assessments and leading strategic planning sessions for companies across the globe. She works closely with small- to medium-sized automotive suppliers, manufacturing companies, processors and mold builders and their supply chains to ultimately increase the health of their business. Harbour has been in over 100 tool shops in the last two years around the globe. By using very formal processes, she and her team utilize their in-depth backgrounds and expertise to identify strengths, weaknesses, performance gaps and business risks in order to develop strategies that lead to long-term sustainability. Her strategic transformation process has been used by MAPP members across the United States to achieve sustainable improvements, ultimately mitigating risk and improving long-term profitability.

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Hotel

HOTEL

This year's event will take place at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. 

The room block has sold out. We suggest the other Marriott select-service properties (Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, and Fairfield) which all have availability for November 3rd – 5th.

And are all within a block walking distance of the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

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