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Gene Marks, nationally acclaimed author and
commentator, will give the keynote address at the
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.® Annual
Meeting, taking place Feb. 24-26, 2016, at the Paradise
Point Resort & Spa in San Diego.
Marks writes daily for the
Washington Post and weekly
for Forbes Magazine, Fox
Business, The Huffington Post,
and Entrepreneur.com. He has
written six books on business
management specifically geared
toward small and medium-sized
companies. His most recent is
The Manufacturer’s Book of Lists.
Nationally, Marks appears on Fox News, MSNBC, and
CNBC, discussing matters that affect the business
Through his keynote — “From DC to Silicon Valley:
Power Trends That Will Impact Your Company Through
2018” — and breakout session, attendees will get up-to-
speed on political, economic, and technological issues
so they can not only keep costs under control, but better
understand what is going on in Washington and how to
take advantage of new opportunities. The focus will be
on capitalizing on the latest trends in technology, cash
flow, and how to find and motivate the very best people.
Marks owns and operates The Marks Group PC, a highly
successful 10-person firm that provides technology
and consulting services to small and medium-sized
businesses. Marks, a certified public accountant,spent
nine years in the entrepreneurial services arm of the
international consulting firm KPMG in Philadelphia as a
senior manager before starting his own business.
Jim Warren, FMA’s senior director of member services,
education, and foundation, explained the importance of
including Marks at the Annual Meeting: “Translating the
impact that the coming elections will have on legislation,
budget deficit, spending, and taxes into everyday
language and applications for our members is critical
for the success of their businesses.”
Intended for owners, executive team members, and
budding leaders of job shops and contract manufacturing
companies, The FABRICATOR’s 11th Annual Leadership
Summit track will begin with an assessment of current
business conditions from FMA’s economic analyst, Dr.
Chris Kuehl. Anchors of the program are noncompetitive,
peer-to-peer roundtable discussions that allow
participants to share best practices. 2016 topics include
growth strategies, sales and marketing, safety, team
building, and workforce development. The recipient
of The FABRICATOR 2016 Industry Award will share a
The 20th Annual Toll Processing Conference attracts
top industry executives from metals producers,
processors, distributors, and suppliers to discuss
industry trends, market forecasts, advancements
in technology, and equipment innovations. With
topnotch speakers such as FMA economic analyst
Dr. Chris Kuehl, a panel discussion on laser blanking,
interactive breakout sessions, and unrivaled networking
opportunities, this event gives participants the insight
to navigate through myriad challenges and seize
opportunities to strengthen their competitive advantage.
Valuable networking at golf tournaments and fun evening
receptions round out the events, allowing attendees to
meet customers, make new contacts, and interact with
speakers and colleagues. These include tours of the
USS Midway Museum and Workshops for Warriors; a
Welcome Reception on Wednesday; an exclusive event
Thursday night at Sea World; as well as golf outings at
the Coronado Golf Course and Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Early Bird Registration pricing is in effect until Dec. 18,
2015. Find out more about registration, program details,
and sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at fmanet.
org/annualmeeting, or call 888-394-4362.
Washington Insider to Enlighten Attendees on Political and
Technological Trends in Business at FMA Annual Meeting
Our 2015 attendees listened to a speaker from Harley Davidson.