Thursday, September 14 - Saturday, September 16, 2017

The following are the key details you need to know for preparation for YES IV, September 14-16 in San Diego, CA.


Your final YES Session will be hosted on Thursday, September 14 from 8 am to 5 pm.  Once your session is over, you are free to take part in the rest of MTI's Fall Meeting.  There are 2-half day of educational sessions, 3 social networking functions and 175+ top heat treating owners and executives in attendance.  Lots of opportunity to connect and expand your horizons professionally.  Take advantage of it.

During your YES session, you will be presenting your Life Development Plan in 3 minutes.  The LDP power points are due to Tom Morrison by September 5.  We will review this process heavily in the YES 3 in July.

Your graduation ceremony will be hosted at MTI's Annual Awards Dinner the evening of Saturday, September 16.  Below are full details with schedule, dress code and travel information.  If you have any questions, contact Niki Mann at or 904-249-0448.

MTI is excited to host the 2017 Fall Meeting at the beautiful U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California.  A national icon since 1910, the newly restyled US GRANT weaves its storied legacy into a memorable guest experience. Situated in the city's lively and historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel is just steps from shopping, dining, and entertainment, and a short drive from beaches, and family attractions..  Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an incredible learning experience surrounded by the beautiful environment.

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HOTEL For YES Students: (3 min walk to U.S. Grant Hotel)
Westin Gaslamp San Diego Hotel ($219 per night - Metal Treating Institute Group)
910 Broadway Cir - San Diego, California

PHONE:  1-800-325-3589


HOST HOTEL INFORMATION: (Book Soon - Sellout Expected)

U.S. Grant Hotel ($219 per night - Metal Treating Institute Group)

326 Broadway - San Diego, California





AIRPORT:  San Diego International Airport - SAN (3.3 miles to hotel)





PRINTED BROCHURE:  Coming June 2017



Things to Do:  CLICK HERE

Weather:  Nearly every day in September warms to over 70 °F (21 °C) in San Diego. The city averages 6 days this month when the thermometer reaches into the 80s °F (over 26 °C). Temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) occur during September just once every few years. At night, the thermometer dips to 60 °F (16 °C) or below on 2 days.



All events are business casual, excluding the final night dinner. Final night is black tie formal with tuxedos optional.  Information on a local tuxedo company will be list by July 2017 on website.



Your name badge(s) and program schedule will be delivered to your room the afternoon of September 14 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.



Thursday, September 14

8:00 am - 5:00 pm:
YES Session VI

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm:
MTI First Timer's Reception

If you are a first timer to MTI's national meeting, we are excited to invite you to a special reception to help you connect in with MTI's leadership.  During this half-hour, you will have the opportunity to meet other first timers as well as MTI's Board of Trustees and Past Presidents.

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm: MTI Connection Reception & Dinner

Enjoy San Diego's signature cuisine and drinks as you connect with members from all across North America.  Member some from all across North America looking to engage other members in conversations about opportunities and solutions to challenges.  The opening night Connection Reception helps you start the meeting off right by networking with other key executives who have solutions that are meaningful to our company.

Friday, September 15

8:00 am - 11:30 am:  General Session

SESSION 1:  Jason Ashley - The Frontier Project:  The Power of Storytelling

Jason Ashley is one of the country's foremost business storytellers. In a world where emotion plays such a role in marketing, many companies do not tell their story well to move employees to buy-in to change or customers to become loyal.  Jason shares the keys to telling your story so people connected with your company "feel" your culture and brand.  During this session, Jason is going to help all attendees assess their work culture and brand to help you know where you need to improve to create AWESOMENESS in your company.

SESSION 2:   Jamie Notter - XOXO:  Driving a Company Culture That Drives Your Workforce

In today's workforce development, demographics suggest that there are not other "qualified employees" for hire.  They are all working.  With low unemployment and supply of qualified workers, it is a MUST your company culture is one that motivate employees to stay than to look for a new job.  Your culture is not what you think it is.  It is what your employees believe it is.  Jamie is one of the countries foremost experts on building a culture that embraces the demographic shifts happening in the workforce. In this session, Jamie will share with you the key elements ever employer needs to have to drive loyalty among your workers and make them your best new employee recruiters.

9:00 am - 10:30 am:  Spouse/Guest Breakfast: This event is not intended for members. Invitations and location will be in your welcome packets addressed to your spouse/guests.

11:30 am - Noon:  MTI Annual Business Meeting Presented by MTI President, Tim Levy - Industrial Steel Treating

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  (Optional) The Mix Happy Hour Reception - Cocktails and Light Hors d'oeuvres.  Followed by a free night to enjoy local cuisine and explore the culture of San Diego.


Saturday, September 16

8:00 am - 11:30 am:  General Session

SESSION 1:  Ron Hetrick - The Allegis Group:  Where Did The Workers Go?

North America is currently in a set of demographic and cultural shifts that are impacting the ability to recruit good workers, retain current ones and simply have enough to grow your company.  Every industry is fighting for all the same workers.  Ron Hetrick, Chief Economist from The Allegis Group, will share with you trends and elements that are having dramatic impact on the workforce now and the next 10 years.  In this session, you will learn the key elements you need to know to make changes to your workforce recruitment and management of your operations to grow your company.

SESSION 2:  Dr. Mike Nichols:  Are You Really Serious About a Long Life

In the world of business, many, many elements play havoc on our health.  Stress, the daily grind, diet, fitness, not enough sleep and just trying to get it all done in a full day.  Dr. Mike Nichols' passion is helping people develop a sound "personal health strategy" that gives you the energy, mental capacity and health to do life well and live long.  Having a good personal health strategy builds confidence, you make better decisions and you just feel good day to day.  This is a must see session.

SESSION 3:  Featured Keynote - Adam Steltzner

Described as “Einstein brilliance meets Johnny Cash cool,” Adam Steltzner can help you harness the power of curiosity to spark innovation and collaborative leadership across your entire organization. From aspiring rock star going nowhere fast to a history-making Ph.D. rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is recognized as one of NASA’s leading – and most unique – innovators. For nearly a decade, Adam led and inspired the breakthrough team that invented the ingenious “sky crane” landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface 300,000,000 miles from Earth in 2012. Next, Adam will lead NASA’s Mars 2020 Project that will gather core samples of Mars for scientific discovery.  This history-making NASA rocket scientist will share with you the power of curiosity and how cultivating zeal for exploration enhances teamwork, elevates leadership and positively impacts business outcomes.

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  Group Activity (Planning Stages - TBA)

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm:   President's Reception, Award Dinner, YES Graduation and Passing of Gavel

Final night at any MTI national meeting is always an energetic send off.  With members decked out in their suits, ties and tuxedos, you will share memories of your meeting experience, solidify new friendships you've made, witness the future leaders graduate, long time members be honored and MTI's 2018 President be ushered in.  The night will be capped off with an amazing night of dinner, drinks and your favorite dance music to put your moves to.     



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U S Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, 92101
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