PMMI Annual Meeting

**The meeting will take place on Eastern Time

**Virtual Participants: Sessions available virtually are noted with “Streaming” next to the title. The Plant Tour and breakouts will not be available virtually.  

Sunday, November 7
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk

Stop by to pick up your badge and meet the PMMI staff. We will also have a virtual Silent Auction.

6:15 - 10:00 p.m. 

Board of Directors Reception and Dinner By Invitation

Bus will depart at 6:15 p.m.

Monday, November 8
7:00 a.m.

Board of Directors Breakfast By Invitation

Includes a working lunch.

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Board of Directors Meeting By Invitation

Includes a working lunch.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

PMMI Foundation Board Meeting By Invitation

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

Strategic Planning Committee Meeting Committee Members Only

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Global Marketing Committee Meetings Committee Members Only

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Business Intelligence Committee Members Only

1:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

Leadership Development ProgramLDP Registrants Only

2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk and Program Information Resources

Stop by to pick up your badge and meet the PMMI staff. We will also have a virtual Silent Auction.

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

Tech Talks

The Annual Meeting kicks off with its revamped Tech Talks – short, informative presentations on new technologies impacting your business. Be sure to schedule your travel so you can join these talks!

  • Harnessing Augmented Reality for Machine Operation
  • Machine Data Spurs Service Expansion
  • Legacy Machine Update Considerations
  • You, Your Customer, and Automation
  • ProSource and CPGs

Virtual Silent Auction

The PMMI Foundation will be hosting a Silent Auction in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. The goal of this event will be to raise money to support the PMMI Foundation. Please stop by the tabletops in the foyer to see items being auctioned off.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Chairperson’s Reception

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

Chairperson’s Dinner with special guest speaker Comedian Frank Caliendo


  • If you have a reserved seat at the dinner, the table number will be on the back of your badge.
  • Jacket suggested for gentlemen.
Tuesday, November 9
7:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk and Program Information Resources.

Stop by to pick up your badge and meet the PMMI staff. We will also have a virtual Silent Auction.

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Constant Creativity through the COVID Chaos - “Shift Happens” with

Speaker: Erik Wahl, artist and business strategist (Streaming)

This pandemic will be remembered as a seminal moment in history and will be recorded as the disruption of our lifetime. Erik’s messages will use examples of how wildly successful entrepreneurs and inventors built something from nothing and give audiences the tools to do the same. 

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

PMMI Business: Chairman’s Update, PMMI Board Elections and PMMI Update (Streaming)

Hear about the latest, exciting PMMI initiatives.  Vote for new member volunteers for the Board of Directors. Then Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI will provide an update on the many programs PMMI offers it members.  We will also recognize the Emerging Leaders On the Rise Award winners.

11:05 - 11:50 a.m.

Future Insights Pummeled by the Pandemic

Speaker: Jim Carroll, global futurist, business trends, leadership & innovation expert (Streaming)

2020 predictions were obliterated and 2021 refinements were left in the dust as North America emerged from the pandemic. Walk away from this session with key takeaways on how to move forward, which you can share with your teams.

11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Breakout Sessions - Select a topic of interest to you.

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber Insurance - Critical Investment – Presented by PMMI and Coalition

    Speaker: Glenn Siegele, president of Omega Design Corp.

    With the recurrent cyberattack headlines targeting industrial businesses, the Coalition team will present the latest information on what your team can do and the protection available through cyber insurance.

  • End of Line Inputs and Insights  
    The PMMI Business Intelligence team is researching a new report on the end of line market. The report will address trends and include CPG interview comments. It will be released first at the Annual Meeting in Detroit. Plan to attend to capture report insights firsthand and discuss implications with the report's author.
  • Industrial Workforce Tribulations
    The headlines spell it out – a manufacturing workforce is vital and will be a difficult challenge for the next few years. Capture insights on training successes and existing workforce development approaches that can help your leadership grow your internal operations team.
12:35 - 1:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch

2:00 p.m.

Buses Depart for the Ford River Rouge Plant Tour

Note: You are encouraged to use the transportation provided by PMMI. No personal vehicles are allowed as there is no parking.

2:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Ford River Rouge Plant Tour 

Tour the plant that started 100+ years ago and is now producing the Ford F150. Walk the assembly line plus learn about sustainability in production operations - as well as some history and future visions.

Note: No photography or videoing allowed. Heels are not suggested.

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Transportation to Ford Museum

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Reception and History's Lessons on the Planet and the Vision

Grab a refreshment and hear a perspective from those involved with the actual operation.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

American Manufacturing Ingenuity Celebration at the Henry Ford Museum

Get ready for an extraordinary experience. At The Henry Ford Museum, you'll discover America—its culture, inventions, people and can-do spirit—and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it. Dinner plans are not needed as refreshments and food will be provided.

For those not participating in the plant tour, we will have a shuttle from the Marriott to the Henry Ford Museum. The shuttle will depart from the front entrance of the hotel at 4:00 p.m. sharp.

Wednesday, November 10
7:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PMMI Welcome Desk

Stop by to pick up your badge and meet the PMMI staff. We will also have a virtual Silent Auction.

8:00 - 9:25 a.m.

Economics Update with Alan Beaulieu, speaker and president, Institute for Trend Research (ITR) Economics (Streaming)

Hear practical, relevant economic insights and outlooks to inform your business strategies.

9:25 - 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

The Industry Speaks (Streaming)


  • Geoff Freeman, president and CEO, Consumer Brands Association
  • Chad Moutray, chief economist, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • John Paxton, chief executive officer, MHI

Moderator: Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI

Hear about the status of your most critical business components - your customers, your supply chain and manufacturing. Senior executives from The Consumer Brands Association, The Material Handling Association and NAM, The National Association of Manufacturers will give you a broad perspective on what your customers are facing, what's happening with the supply chain and the current state of manufacturing in America. 

10:50 - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions - Select a topic of interest to you

  • MaX Member Forum – What it is; How to Benefit
    Facilitated by Bryan Griffen, director, industry services and Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI
    PMMI is pleased to introduce MaX Member Forum, a program for members to share best practices in numerous groups within your organizations including Sales, Engineering and Technical Services.  Attend to learn more about this initiative.

  • Supply Chains Changing – Resilient? Yes - Must. Efficient? Yes – possibly.
    Facilitated by Foundation For Supply Chain Solutions (F4SS), an association of CPG executives.
  • Creating a Research Fueled Digital Marketing Strategy
    Sponsored by the Emerging Leaders Network
    Speaker: Lori Highby, CEO and Founder, Keystone Click
    Oftentimes, you hear what you are supposed to do on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or blogging and email and paid advertising.  But do you really have a plan in place?  Learn the steps involved in creating a digital marketing strategy that you can then execute on your own or with your team.
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Never Give Up. Never Quit (Streaming)

Speaker: Travis Mills

Travis is a retired United States army staff sergeant of the 92nd Airborne. He will share a compelling message of owning your attitude and being open to another perspective when faced with a difficult situation.

12:15 - 12:20 p.m.

PMMI Chairman Closing Remarks

12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Committee MeetingsCommittee Members Only

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Future Workforce
  • Industry Relations
  • Program Planning
  • Show Committee


Spouse/Guest Agenda

Tuesday, November 9
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Spouse/Guest Get-Acquainted Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Detroit Up Close and Personal Bus Tour

Experience, explore and enjoy a private tour of Detroit on a heated bus. Your guide will share stories and fun facts about historic sites of Detroit. You will see and learn about the art, architecture, neighborhoods of the auto barons, revitalized mansions and the International Riverwalk between Detroit and Ontario. We will make a stop at the historic Fisher Building, Detroit's exquisite art deco skyscraper. Meet in the lobby of the hotel prior to the 9:00 a.m. departure. You will be back at the hotel in time to join your significant other for lunch. Cost per person $95.

Wednesday, November 10
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Spouse/Guest Get-Acquainted Breakfast