2018 Spring Meeting in Conjunction With IHEA

Starts:  Apr 23, 2018 6:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Apr 25, 2018 11:00 PM (ET)

MTI is excited to host the 2018 Spring Meeting in conjunction with the Industrial Heating Equipment Association at the Talking Stick Casino Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Talking Stick Resort is one of Arizona's top resorts with lively entertainment, scenic views of Southwest mountain ranges, and fine dining.  There is something for everyone.  Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an incredible learning experience, surrounded by the breath taking views and the best minds in heat treating.


HOST HOTEL INFORMATION: (OPEN NOW - Book Soon - Sellout Expected)

Talking Stick Resort & Casino ($195 per night - Metal Treating Institute Group)
9800 E. Talking Stick Way - Scottsdale, Arizona

PHONE:  1-866-877-9897


SPECIAL NOTE ON BOOKING ROOMS:  If you want to extend your stay before April 22 or after April 25, you must book your reservation online and then call the hotel number above to add the additional room nights to your reservation.


AIRPORT:  Phoenix International Airport - PHX (16 miles from resort)

TRANSPORTATION:  Taxi / Uber ($22.00 Uber)






Things to Do, Shopping, Food & Nightlife:  CLICK HERE

Weather:  Nice weather with mid-to-upper 70's during the day and 50's in the evenings.



All events are resort casual, excluding the final night dinner.  Final night dinner is business casual.  Jackets not required.



Your name badge(s) and program schedule will be delivered to your room the afternoon of April 23rd by 4:30 pm.  If you do not receive your welcome packet, it will be available at the table outside the opening night Welcome Reception.



Monday, April 23

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  SPECIAL SESSION - Family Business Succession Planning
MTI is hosting a special session with Andrew Keyt, a national recognized expert, on the Keys to Family Business Succession Planning.  This special pre-conference session is $500 per family/business.  You are able to bring anyone who is involved in your business success plan who is in attendance at the Spring Meeting.  Andrew will address the key issues over the first 3 hours, followed by an hour of networking among session attendees to discuss how they are applying key elements in their succession plan.  

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm:
MTI & IHEA Welcome Reception & Dinner

Enjoy Scottsdale's signature cuisine and drinks as you connect with members from all across North America.  

Tuesday, April 24

7:15 am - 8:00 am:  Continental Breakfast for Session Attendees (MTI - IHEA)
8:00 am - 8:10 am:  Welcome from MTI President Pete Hushek

8:10 am - 9:30 am:  Jay Owen - Your Company’s Digital Presence…. You BETTER BE THERE
When you look at your online presence, is it just a stagnant website, or is it a flourishing interactive instrument tapping into artificial intelligence, digital technology, and communication enhancements to become an interactive tool for customer service, lead generation, and sales.  The online world is changing daily and those who leverage it will have a huge competitive advantage in the world of manufacturing.  In this session, Jay Owen, President of Design Extensions, will show you the attention-grabbing details you must have in your online strategy if you are to compete in 2020 and beyond.

9:45 am - 11:00 am:
  Garrison Wynn - What You Don’t Know in Safety, Can REALLY Hurt Someone
As manufacturing continues to change, so do the issues surrounding safety.  Regardless of change, plants still have dangerous chemicals, electrical hazards, dangerous confined space, and forklifts running everywhere.  Knowing how to blend these hazards into an effective safety plan is key to protecting your employees so they go home every night.  In this session, Garrison, one of America's top experts on safety, will share with you the necessary steps to take to ensure your safety plan is up to date with innovations in manufacturing.

11:00 am - 11:30 am:  State of the Institute Update by MTI President, Pete Hushek

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Spouse Guest event 
One of the greatest elements of MTI meetings, is how connected the spouses are. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other MTI spouses. You will enjoy bloody mary's and mimosas over a light breakfast, while meeting other spouses from all across North America.  

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm:  Top Golf Experience Fundraiser for MTI Educational Foundation 
Don't miss this fun and exciting event as teams of 6 will compete in the Top Golf Experience to help raise money for scholarships through the MTI Educational Foundation.


Wednesday, April 25

7:15 am - 8:00 am:  Continental Breakfast for Session Attendees (MTI - IHEA)
8:00 am - 8:10 am:  Welcome from IHEA President Mike Shay

8:10 am - 9:30 am:  Chris Kuehl - The Economic Future...Boom or Bust?
The session will unpack the 2 to 3-year forecasts for the heat treating industry and various manufacturing sectors driving sales in the industry.

9:30 am - 10:30 am:  Pete Hushek & BJ Bernard - Manufacturing 4.0
With lack of qualified people being every industry’s #1 challenge, automation and emerging technologies are driving manufacturing plants to develop new avenues of production, quality, and line operations.  Apps, artificial intelligence, robots, sensors, and numerous other technologies are transforming plants into the future.  Two of our own members, Pete Hushek from Phoenix Heat Treating, and B.J. Bernard from Surface Combustion will lead an interactive discussion on how technology is increasing the capacity and production of operations while allowing employees to work smarter, not harder.

10:30 am - 11:30 am:  Captain Michael Abrashoff - It’s Your Ship…Achieving Breakthrough Performance (SPOUSES INVITED TO THIS SESSION)
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high, and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance – the shining star…using the very same crew. This inspiring talk is based on the vital leadership lessons Abrashoff learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship. The first lesson was Abrashoff’s realization that before the ship’s performance could improve, his own leadership style had to change from the traditional command and control model. When the crew would present a problem, Abrashoff became known for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” His Leadership Roadmap principles created a high performance culture and empowered his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Abrashoff’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration to lead differently and elevate organizational performance to new levels

12:30 pm:  GOLF TOURNAMENT       

MTI is invited to join IHEA members for an afternoon of activities taking place at Talking Stick. On Wednesday, April 25th you can participate in an IHEA Golf Tournament to be held on the grounds of the Talking Stick Resort. Details and registration information can be found by CLICKING HERE.

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm:  MTI - IHEA President's Reception & Final Night Dinner
Don't miss the final night as both MTI and IHEA members come together for food, drinks, and an exciting night sharing what they have learned and their experiences throughout the week in Scottsdale.



QUESTIONS:  904-249-0448 x102 - niki@heattreat.net



Talking Stick Casino and Resort
9800 E Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
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Niki Peterson