By SHAUNICA JAYSON, American Boiler Manufacturers Association
Twice a year, boiler industry leaders from across the country and beyond come together for ABMA’s bi-annual meetings to learn about current and emerging industry trends and obtain valuable networking opportunities to enhance and grow their business relationships.
This January 13-16, the boiler industry converges at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA for the 2023 ABMA Annual Meeting.
ABMA has focused this meeting on preparing our members for the top challenges they are facing and new issues on the horizon to position them for future success. We have a top-notch lineup of speakers and content for the new year and beyond, designed to deliver excellent return on investment.
Our Product & Market Group leaders are working diligently on timely topics that focus on trending issues in the boiler industry, guaranteed to deliver thought leadership and takeaways for all attendees, addressing pertinent issues such as evolution of ESG (environmental, social, and governance), boiler trends in healthcare sector, decarbonization, and nuclear energy opportunities.
Our Featured Speakers
ROBERT SHER, Founder & CEO, Mastering Midsized
"How the Best Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent”
Mr. Sher will be kicking off our Friday Opening Session talking about how the best companies develop and retain their top talent.
Sher founded Mastering Midsized to provide business leaders with advice on how to maximize growth – and do it in a way that is sustainable and predictable. The insights into what it takes firms to create real mastery – how to lead, how to plan, and how to implement – now infuses everything Mastering Midsized does as a firm.
During his presentation, Sher will explore the tactics companies employ to develop high-potential employees.
Attendees will learn:
- How to know where to concentrate professional development;
- How to create a career path that benefits both individuals and the business as a whole;
- The role of strategic delegation in developing high-potentials;
- When to use internal training vs. external training.
RACHEL JONES, VP of Energy & Resources Policy, The National Association of Manufactures (NAM)
"Impact of Energy Policy on Manufacturing & the Boiler Industry”
Ms. Jones will address our participants and share her insights on how energy policies and trends are affecting the manufacturing sector and boiler industry and how to prepare your products for the changes ahead.
She oversees NAM’s energy and environmental policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from energy production and use to air and water quality, climate change, energy efficiency and environmental regulation.
Before joining the NAM, Jones was the environment and energy counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she advised the Committee on EPA, U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, FERC, NASA, NOAA and the White House Office of Science and Technology activities. She served as a legal fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and as executive student notes and comments editor for the Energy Law Journal.
CONNOR LOKAR, Economist, ITR Economics
"Economic Outlook for 2023 and Beyond.”
Mr. Lokar will be presenting a 2023 economic forecast to prepare our members for the year ahead.
There have been a lot of changes in the U.S., and the rest of the world. What is happening in the markets served by ABMA members? How will they impact us? How long could a recession last? Attendees will know what to expect in 2023 and into 2024, and what tactical decisions need to be made now in anticipation of the upcoming changes to the U.S. and global economy.
Boiler-Focused Content Highlights
We are excited to announce the initial list of confirmed presenters below and expect these topics will be pertinent to boiler industry. More topics to be announced in December.
- Alternative Energy Group: Youssef Ballout, Idaho National Laboratory - Topic: Steam and its Role in Nuclear Energy;
- Commercial Systems Group: Greening Healthcare Coalition - Topic: Tracking the Evolution of Boilers in Healthcare;
- Industrial Systems Group: Jason Garner, Clear Process Engineering -Topic: Realities of ESG Boiler Market Trends;
- Hydronics Group: Paul Glanville, Gas Technology Institute - Topic: Energy Technology Investments and Evolutions to Meet a Decarbonization Agenda.
But it wouldn’t be an ABMA Meeting without networking and a little bit of fun, too. ABMA welcomes our attendees on Friday, January 13th with an evening reception sponsored by NBBI, featuring a casino royale theme complete with blackjack, craps, war, and roulette tables with dealers. On Saturday evening, attendees will have an opportunity to connect during our networking reception, sponsored by Frederick Cowan Products by ICI.
Monday features ABMA’s Golf Tournament at the Aviara Golf Club sponsored in part by Miura America Company with proceeds benefiting the Randy Rawson scholarship and closes out the meeting on Monday night with an “Evening to Die For”, a Clue inspired murder mystery closing dinner sponsored by Atlas Copco Rental and Powerhouse Equipment & Engineering Co., Inc.
The 2023 Annual Meeting is packed with fantastic speakers, excellent networking opportunities, and enjoyable social activities. We look forward to seeing our members in California this January.
If you are not a member and interested in attending, please contact me at [email protected].
A complete listing of sessions and program highlights can be found on our Annual Meeting web page, ABMA.com/annual-meeting