Spring Executive Forum

March 25-March 27, 2018
Hyatt Grand Cypress
Orlando, FL

The theme of the meeting is Recruitment, Retention, and Redefining Efficiency. The entire meeting will focus on the labor issues rotomolders are facing today and how to better position yourself for the labor market of the future.

Because we're in Orlando, we're planning family-focused social events. Please plan to bring your spouse and children. If you are bringing children to the meeting, please use the paper registration forms.

At one of our recent previous forums, one rotomolder told us: "Everything was great! The reception was spectacular. The quality of speakers was tremendous."

2018 Presentation topics include:

  • How to Draw People to Manufacturing Jobs
  • Why People Want to Stay
  • Tap Overlooked Talent Pools to Build Your Workforce
  • How to Implement Effective Career Development and Incentive Programs that Work for Rotational Molders
  • Redefining Efficiency: The Steps Between Manual and Automation
  • ...and more!


Sunday, March 25
9:00am - Board of Directors Meeting
3:00pm - Escape Room Tour
6:00pm - Family Welcome Reception

Monday, March 26
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00am - Spouse and Children Breakfast
8:00am - Education Sessions on Recruitment
9:00am Free Activity for Children
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Education Sessions on Retention
6:00pm - Dutch Treat Dinner

Tuesday, March 27
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00am -Education Sessions on Redefining Efficiency
10:00am - Coffee Break
12:00pm - Kennedy Space Center Tour
12:30pm - Golf


Please register online here or by filling out this form and returning to ARM Staff. Please note, we have kept prices as low as possible for everyone (including spouses and children), please let us know if your schedule changes or your spouse/children will no longer be able to attend any events. If you are bringing children to the meeting, please use the paper registration forms.


  • The cost to attend the meeting is $695.
  • Spouse registration is $115 and includes Sunday's reception and Monday's Spouse and Children breakfast. Children are complimentary. Tours are additional costs for spouses and children.
  • The optional golf tournament is $210.
  • The optional Escape Room Tour is $45 (includes transportation).
  • The Kennedy Space Center Tour is $125 for adults and $115 for children (includes transportation)


A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, which reaches C-level rotomolding executives and their suppliers.
View the sponsorship menu or contact ARM staff at 630-942-6589.


How to Draw People to Manufacturing Jobs
Presented by Jennifer McNelly

Jennifer McNelly is a nationally recognized expert in workforce development. She is the President of 180 Skills and former President and Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the national authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world class manufacturing talent. Under her leadership, the Institutes drove an agenda to close the manufacturing skills gap and make manufacturers in America globally competitive. Jennifer will present the Keynote talk on Recruitment at the meeting


Tap Overlooked Talent Pools to Build Your Workforce
Janet Van Liere and Dru Laws, Seljan

As labor markets continue to tighten, learn about the benefits of employing people with criminal records and people with disabilities, and about partners that can help you screen, place and support qualified candidates. Dru Laws from Seljan will highlight his firm’s success using local workforce intermediaries to employ job seekers with “diverse abilities.” Janet Van Liere from the Alternative Staffing Alliance will share data about the business case for considering these often untapped talent pools – including their higher productivity and job retention – and outline steps you can take to engage with local sourcing partners in your market.

Dan Grimes

Adapting to the Next Generation of Workers
Presented by Dan Grimes, Centro Inc

The presentation identifies the struggles that most employers are currently facing with recruitment and retention, focusing on how rotomolding operations typically run.  The objective is to try to drive thought and discussion on whether it is more appropriate to try to change workers to match the work, or change the work to match the workers.  Also, a real focus towards what motivates workers now and how that differs from previous work forces.

Why We Want Our People to Stay -- and Why They Want to Stay
Presented by Rob Ogle, FranklinCovey

This presentation will address how effective leadership leads to higher retention -- and it will detail the costs to your business of training new employees.

Can you declare this about your employees? "They feel valued as a member of a winning team doing meaningful work in an environment of trust." Why does this matter? Effective leaders inspire trust and they create an environment of trust. Performance increases in this environment along with collaboration and innovation. Costs go down and speed increases, leading to greater results. Effective leaders inspire others with a compelling vision and strategy which lays the foundation of meaningful work. If a clear and compelling vision exists, people will volunteer their best efforts. They feel connected to the business. Effective leaders empower others to execute their vision and strategy through to completion.

Tom InnisEmployee retention and competitive advantage
Presented by Tom Innis, Avantech 

In an ultra-competitive labor market, enhancing employee tenure is mission-critical relative to providing differentiated customer service, driving consistent financial performance, and facilitating business growth and expansion. In this presentation, we'll examine cultural tenets and business practices we've implemented that optimize employee retention (average Avantech employee tenure is 11+ years) and position the organization for sustained success.

How to Implement Effective Career Development and Incentive Programs that Work for Rotational Molders
Presented by Karen Moser

In discussion with multiple rotomolders, Ms. Moser has collected for this presentation a list of practical tools and relevant information specific to the Rotational Molding Industry regarding: Training and Development Programs, Leadership Training Programs, and Incentive Programs. This information will enable attendees to go back to their organizations and begin building and improving these critical programs immediately.

Redefining Efficiency: The Steps Between Manual and Automation
Presented by Sandy Scaccia

Mr. Scaccia will discuss what rotomolders can do to become efficientmanufacturers without committing to automation. 

Automation Panel
Moderated by Alberto Cararra, Persico

This panel will address how automation will impact our molding, pre-mold, and post-mold processes. There will be a discussion with molders and suppliers addressing how automation is impacting them and the barriers to automation faced by our industry. 

Dru LawsCase-Study from Seljan
Presented by Dru Laws, Seljan Company

Mr. Laws will conclude the program by touching on all of the meeting's topics: providing an update on his robotics presentation from Rotoplas and discussing a recent change at Seljan that has resolved the recruitment/retention challenges they faced in 2017.

Additional Activities

Escape Room Tour
Sunday, March 25 3pm-5pm
For ages 13 and up.

You’ve probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it’s your turn! The Escape Game offers an escape from ordinary life that allows you to live out the stories you love. Here’s how it works: You and your team are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking, determination and a sense of urgency! From the moment you step into your game, you’ll be totally immersed in our world. This fun networking activity has a minimum of 8 players and will be cancelled if the minimum cannot be met.

Kennedy Space Center Tour
$125 for adults and $115 for children
Tuesday, March 27 12pm-7pm

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is organized into Mission Zones where attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era. From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. Fuel your quest for inspiration right here. The tour includes boxed lunch, transportation and admission to the Space Center including:

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis®
  • Shuttle Launch Experience®
  • Heroes and Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® presented by Boeing®
  • Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour including Apollo/Saturn V Center
  • Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted
  • Astronaut Encounter
  • IMAX® Theater 3D Films
  • Rocket Launch Viewing (when available)
  • Numerous Shows and Exhibits


Tuesday, March 27 12:30pm

Imagine perfecting your swing under the guidance of some of the world's best-known golf instructors, or teeing off on one of the most award-winning courses in America. Featuring four uniquely challenging Jack Nicklaus Signature Design courses, The Grand Cypress Golf Club offers golfers the largest selection of truly challenging links among Orlando golf resorts.

The cost is $210.



Book your room now:
or call 800-421-1442 and asking for group code ARM1

Enjoy sunshine, seclusion and serenity in the heart of Lake Buena Vista at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Immerse yourself in our luxury hotel that showcases four Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, an on-site Marilyn Monroe Spa offering, and so much more. The hotel offers to both leisure and business travelers the best of everything, such as secluded settings, exemplary service, dynamic dining options, and a prime location that's minutes away from the famed Orlando theme parks.