Speakers and Meetings

Keynote Speakers

Winds of Change


Presented by Alan Beaulieu, CBSA’s Chief Economist

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

There have been a lot of changes in the United States and the rest of the world, including China’s commitment toward central planning and a move away from market forces. How will these changes -- and potential policy changes -- impact you? We will look at numerous leading indicators that will clearly tell us what to expect and when to expect it. Attendees will be prepared for 2018 and 2019 and should have the confidence to implement tactical changes in their businesses designed to enhance profitability. 


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

  • Policy changes in Washington – what economic impact should we expect?
  • What is happening in the markets served by CBSA members?
  • What kind of pricing pressures are we facing?
  • What is happening in the oil and gas industries?
  • 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 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?

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. Beaulieu 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 Beaulieu 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.


Your Extraordinary Why – 
Living a Successful Life of Significance


Presented by Brett Pyle

Thursday, April 12, 2018
9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How many times in life do we challenge ourselves – and our businesses – with lofty goals only to discover that their achievement ultimately fails to satisfy? When articulating a vision, setting goals and choosing where to invest our time, do we think deeply enough about:

  • Who we are?
  • What we are passionate about?
  • What we, our families and our companies are uniquely gifted to accomplish?
  • Why any of these things really matter in the first place?

Participants in this workshop begin by identifying what truly matters most to them, both professionally and personally. They are then led on a journey of deep reflection to clarify the all-important drivers behind those priorities – the “why” behind the “what” – to gain insight about their life and corporate purpose.

Brett Pyle has delivered this highly interactive workshop to thousands of CEOs and executives worldwide in meetings and spousal retreats over the past decade. He is consistently one of the most requested and highly rated speakers on the Vistage speaking circuit, the world’s largest and most respected CEO Peer Advisory Membership organization with more than 21,000 members in 16 countries.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Leave with deeper understanding of their purpose
  • Develop a written set of long-term, guiding goals aligned with that purpose
  • Create a list of nearer-term actions needed to achieve a success that matters to them, their company and the world around them
About Brett Pyle
Brett Pyle is a Vistage Chair and the founder/CEO of The Global Executive Group, developing global leaders and communicators who deliver breakthrough results that truly matter to the world. Previously, Pyle served as the president and chief marketing/sales officer for a start-up technology company. He spent 20 years in senior executive roles in the United States, United Kingdom, China and Japan in the petrochemical industry for BP/Amoco, and in the management consulting field for Andersen Consulting. His formal education includes a systems engineering degree from the University of Virginia and executive education programs at the Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the University of Cambridge.

Tariffs, the Trade Gap and the Market


Presented by John Arnett

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For the past 20 years, the United States has been experiencing international trade deficits growing in size to unprecedented levels with the goods trade deficit of particular concern. In 2017, the U.S. trade deficit exceeded $560 billion with the goods deficit exceeding $800 billion. These deficits result when trading partners employ mercantilist activities such as currency manipulation and government subsidy or dumping to gain an unfair advantage. Further complicating equitable international trade patterns are the major production over capacities that have developed in the steel and aluminum industries worldwide. 

To begin to address these issues, the Trump Administration recently announced that it would impose tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. In this session, we will explore the basis for these Section 232 tariffs and try to answer questions that arise from their imposition: 

  • What conditions must be met under Section 232 to impose tariffs? 
  • Why the steel and aluminum industries? 
  • What products exactly? 
  • What are the impacts on those companies downstream from the products covered?
  • Will there be retaliation?
  • What countries will be exempted from the tariffs?
  • What products may be excluded from the tariffs?
  • Are these tariffs stand alone or part of a broader strategy to address the unprecedented trade deficits? We will also take a look at other measures the administration is exploring to remedy the trade gap.
About John Arnett
John Arnett serves as government affairs counsel for the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council (CBFC). He has worked for the Council in this capacity for nearly two decades. Arnett advocates for the CBFC’s public policy initiatives in the areas of the environment, safety and trade before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. Moreover, Arnett is involved in advising on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules pertaining to conflict minerals. Arnett advises on issues involving environmental concerns and compliance, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, as well as compliance with hazardous waste handling. He also advises on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), a mandate pertaining to the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Prior to law school, Arnett worked in the aluminum industry for two decades as a metallurgical engineer, production manager, facility manager and marketing manager.

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.