Speakers and Meetings

Keynote Speakers

A New World?


Presented by Alan Beaulieu, CBSA’s Chief Economist

Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Changes in the political climate in Washington, Europe, and China are impacting commodity prices in oil and other key sectors of the global economy. What will these changes mean to the U.S. economy and to your business? In this session, you will get insight into what to expect and how long the upside business cycle pressures will last. There are good days coming; are you ready for them? We will talk about the negatives in the world, but we will also discuss positive economic realities. The next recession is coming, too, and we will cover that as well. Attendees should leave with a solid, positive outlook for their future. 

In this session CBSA Chief Economist Alan Beaulieu will dive into the answers to these questions:

  • The U.S. elections are over – what should we expect?
  • What is happening in CBSA’s major markets?
  • What is happening with the red metals markets?
  • What can we expect in steel and other metal prices?
  • What is the economic health of the U.S. consumer?
  • What is happening with job growth and wages?
  • What is the future of business-to-business activity?
  • What is happening with energy prices?
  • What are the key leading indicators telling us?
  • What are the megatrends we will all have to contend with?
  • Will interest rates keep moving higher?
  • Will those forecasts directly impact your company?
  • Which of ITR®’s Phase Management Objectives™ apply to your company at this time in the business cycle?

About Alan Beaulieu
CBSA Chief Economist Alan Beaulieu returns by popular demand to share his valuable insights. Beaulieu is noted for his accuracy, so his sessions provide excellent information for helping to strategize your next business moves.

He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also co-authored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.” Pronouncements from ITR Economics™ and/or Alan have appeared in/on: the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Knight Ridder News Services, Business Week, Associated Press, The Washington Times, CBS Radio, CNN Radio, Sirius talk radio, KABC, NPR affiliate WLRN and numerous other outlets.

Be a Coaching Leader: Transform your Employees’ Results by Adopting the 7 Steps to Powerful Coaching™


Presented by Heather Christie

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

This session will introduce a proven 7-step process to effectively use a coaching leadership style designed by a top globally recognized Master Coach.

The Harvard Business Review reported that more and more companies are requiring managers to coach their subordinates. Employee surveys show that direct reports want coaching. Effective coaching correlates with increased engagement, retention and productivity.
The term "coaching" has been widely misused, causing confusion about how to use this tremendous leadership style. As a senior leader in your company, your mastery of this skill can make a world of difference in achieving the results you want. The better you are at coaching, the better your employees will be.

Value to attendees:
Master Executive Coach Heather Christie will share her insights from more than a decade of coaching senior leaders to help you develop your skills to:

  • Distinguish managing, mentoring and coaching.
  • "Being" the coach - adopt the attitude of a coaching leader.
  • Identify the behavioral style of your employees and communicating with a higher level of influence.
  • Help your employees discover solutions vs. giving advice.
  • Be present, active listening and powerful inquiry.

About Heather Christie
Heather Christie has been recognized as the #1 Executive Coach in the world, out of more than 1,000 coaches. She is co-founder and president of Evolve Global and is a “recovering attorney.” Prior to launching her coaching firm in Southwest Florida in 2005, Christie was a partner in a prominent 100 attorney law firm in Chicago where she practiced as an international lobbyist. Christie has worked with some of the most influential leaders in business and politics – from part-time legislators to the President of the United States. Christie has been married to her husband Paul for 12 years and she is a mother of seven: three rescue cats, two rescue dogs and two foreign exchange students.

An Insider's Look at Washington and How it Will Impact Your Business


Presented by Lee Weingart

Friday, April 7, 2017
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The new Republican-dominated administration promises to have a pro-business agenda but what changes will be made and how will they impact your business? Are corporate tax rate cuts on the horizon? What will happen to the Affordable Care Act and what do you need to know to prepare for changes to it? After all the discussion about negotiating better trade deals during the run-up to the election, what’s going to happen and how will it impact the red metals industry?

For these answers and more, Lee C. Weingart, founder and president of Washington D.C. consulting and lobbying firm LNE Group, will give his insight. Since 2002, Weingart has cultivated his self-started, two-person business into what is now one of the top advocacy and lobbying firms. In this session, you’ll hear a “Washington insider’s” perspective on important legislative and regulatory changes that will impact your business in the coming years.

You will hear about:

  • Legislative and regulatory issues in the copper and red metals industry
  • Changes to health care regulations from the incoming administration
  • Labor management and overtime legislation
  • Environmental issues
  • Trade issues including new tariff programs and tax cuts
  • Potential changes to corporate tax rates 

About Lee Weingart
Lee C. Weingart is founder and president of LNE Group, a transatlantic government relations, public affairs and strategic services consulting firm for clients in the public and private sector. Since 2002, Weingart has cultivated his self-started, one-person business into one of the top advocacy and lobbying firms in the Midwest United States. Headquartered in Cleveland, the firm has offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Washington DC, Berlin and Brussels.
Weingart is a veteran of the political arena. From 1995 to 1997, he served as County Commissioner in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. At 28, he was one of the youngest people ever to serve as county commissioner.

Weingart received his juris doctor degree, with honors, from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in economics and management from DePauw University in 1988.



3D Printing: Navigating the Metal Additive Manufacturing Landscape

Presented by Todd Grimm

Wednesday April 5, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Metal additive manufacturing opens the doors to new opportunities and new challenges. Still evolving, companies large and small continue to grapple with an understanding of this dynamic and ever-changing alternative for metal part creation. 

This presentation will blend industry updates, trends and insights with commentary on what is real and what may be hyperbole. The discussion will also cover technologies, suppliers, applications, barriers and overall adoption levels. Building from that, we will cut through the hype with insights on when, where and why the technology makes sense. The goal: an assessment of the near-term threats and opportunities.

About Todd Grimm 

Todd Grimm is a 24-year veteran of the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry. From his work as a consultant, writer, author, speaker, editor and advisor, he was named as one of The TCT Magazine’s 20 most influential in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. Grimm is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, an additive manufacturing consulting and communications company. He is also a columnist for The TCT Magazine and author of User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping. Grimm is on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) as its AM industry advisor, is a founding advisor for the 3D Printing Association and has served as chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) community for additive manufacturing.


Business Meetings

Private Supplier/Service Center Meetings

CBSA leadership is focused on using the time at the convention to promote networking and collaboration on key industry issues. The CBSA Convention is also an opportune time to meet with your suppliers/service centers. 

To promote your efforts we have added time for these meetings on the schedule of events. In order to facilitate participation in the other scheduled activities during the convention, please plan your meetings during this designated time. There is no cost for renting the private meeting room, but food and beverage or audio visual equipment may be purchased for an additional fee.  

For further information about hosting a meeting for your company, contact Whitney Nelson or call 913.396.0697.