Executive Leadership Summit agenda


NTEA’s Executive Leadership Summit is a one-day event — hosted in a new location (Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor) — highlighting the connectivity between personnel, locations and technology in the commercial vehicle community.

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Monday, Oct. 15
3:30 p.m.   Registration open

5:30–7 p.m.   Welcome reception

Tuesday, Oct. 16
7 a.m.   Registration open

7:15–8 a.m.   Breakfast

8:15 a.m.   Opening remarks

8:30–9:30 a.m.   North American Macroeconomic Forecast
The expected performance of the overall North American economy is a key factor in predicting work truck industry health and commercial vehicle demand. This session will cover the factors likely to influence economic growth in the U.S., Canada and Mexico in 2019. Insights into financial sector trends and how they relate from a macroeconomic perspective will be a focus, in addition to anticipated economic growth rates for all three countries.
Presented by: Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities LLC

9:30–9:45 a.m.   Break

9:45–10:45 a.m.   Training Within Industry — Engaging Employees and Developing a Competitive Advantage
Leverage a proven training approach rooted in concepts learned when the U.S. brought inexperienced workers into shipyards and factories to support critical World War II efforts. A Training Within Industry (TWI) representative with vast experience in taking training to an exceptional level will inspire you with insights on how the basics of TWI are the foundation of effective front-line leadership and how creating and maintaining a skill-based culture will help shift production and quality to new heights within your organization.
Presented by: Scott Curtis, President and CEO, TWI Institute

10:45–11 a.m.   Break

11 a.m.–noon   Work Truck Industry and Key End-Use Market Forecasts
The overall market potential for commercial vehicles is driven by a complex and interwoven spectrum of economic factors. Learn how market expectations differ by gross vehicle weight rating and economic health of the industry in which the vehicle will ultimately be deployed. Insights into key application markets (such as construction, utility, public works, agriculture, and cartage and delivery) will be presented.
Presented by: Steve Latin-Kasper, Director of Market Data and Research, NTEA

noon–1 p.m.   Lunch

1:15–3 p.m.   Using Augmented and Virtual Reality to Transform Small and Mid-Sized Companies
Augmented and virtual reality is being utilized as a business tool at always increasing rates. Learn how small and mid-sized companies are leveraging this technology faster than ever. During this lively and interactive session, participants will gain a better understanding of the technology, new applications, and how it is being deployed as a tool to enhance sales and R&D, in addition to improving product and customer support.
Presented by: Matthew Wallace, CEO and President, VRSim

3–3:15 p.m.   Break

3:15–4:45 p.m.   Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast — What’s Your Culture?
In this fast-paced session, you’ll learn culture-defining approaches and how demonstrating core values can create a culture that’s more powerful than any strategy in your business plan. Do your core values and culture support your business objectives? Most organizations overlook these key elements and, by doing so, put themselves at a competitive disadvantage. This program helps owners and business leaders understand the difference between core values and culture and how they form the most powerful employee and customer retention tool for your business.
Presented by: Cyndi Gave, President, The Metiss Group

4:45 p.m.   Closing remarks

5–6:30 p.m.   Evening reception

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