The Industry Forum held at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in The Woodlands, TX was a huge success. More than 275 executives representing over 130 companies participated. The program included insightful sessions and ample amounts of networking opportunities. There was also time for fun at the annual golf tournament and the new 5K Fun Run/Walk. Summaries of each session are available by clicking on “Read More” in the descriptions below. This will redirect the reader to the Industry Insight section of the website. MCAA members can access PDF presentations from the MY MCAA member portal.

Industry Forum Highlights

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  • DECIDE! Work Smarter, Execute Faster and Lead By Example

Steve McClatchy can tell you a lot about how your brain will respond to stimuli. In his presentation he talked specifically about how you can prioritize decisions to achieve greater results. Read more.

  • View of the Industry

An industry panel composed of Philip Hunt (Adaptive Wireless Solutions), Don Maness (Honeywell Process Solutions) and Peter Martin (Schneider Electric) and moderated by Mike Waters (SOR Inc.) addressed key issues as suggested in advance by MCAA members. Read more.

  • Process Industry Challenges: Process Automation Opportunities

Global Automation Research principal Paul Rasmusson discussed two industrial challenges which present opportunities for process instrumentation and automation providers: water scarcity and bio-refining. Read more.

  • Oil and Gas in 2018: New Competition

Oil & Gas Journal’s Chief Editor Bob Tippee brought a myriad of information about the near term oil and gas outlook. Read more.

  • A Legislative Perspective of the Manufacturing Sector

alliantgroup Senior Vice President and Former Congressman Rick Lazio (R-NY) offered his insight into the factors within our economy that are in transition. Some are affected by actions or legislation coming out of Washington. Read more.

  • The Sales Machine

Mr. Roff-Marsh attacked some “sacred cows” in his presentation. He looked at behaviors of outside salespeople. Read more.

  • Manufacturer/Distributor Panel Discussion

A panel of manufacturers (Matt Carrera of Schneider Electric and Bharat Naik from Reotemp Instruments) and distributors (Robin Slater from Valin Corporation and Matt Smith of Relevant Solutions) and moderated by Scott Saunders (Moore Industries International), offered their ideas about a variety of topics, suggested by members of the Association. Read more.

  • Winds of Change

ITR’s Senior Economic Advisor, Alex Chausovsky, sees a change in the business pattern approaching. In fact, the firm predicts that there will be a shift in the business cycle at the end of 2018. Read more.

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center | The Woodlands, Texas

  • Excellent Forum

  • The Best Ever

  • Well Run & Organized

  • High Value Event

  • Best one that I have attended.

  • Home Run!

  • This event has always been run well, very professional, very personal, and very beneficial.

  • The overall organization of the meeting is always very professional and well thought out. The MCAA staff does a GREAT job!

  • The content was great.

  • Very good meeting, well worth the time, travel and cost.