OrlandoConvention Dates to Remember Airline Reservations Made By: ASAP Early Registration Drawing deadline: 12/11/09 Registration and deposit by: 12/31/09 Final payment due by: 1/31/2010 Travel to AMBA Convention: 3/21/2010
Early Registration Drawing Everyone submitting their registration and deposit no later than December 11, 2009 will have their name entered into a drawing for a complimentary upgrade to a Buena Vista Palace one-bedroom Island Suite for the dates of the convention (March 21-25).The upgraded suite features 800 square feet of beautifully decorated living space, a private bedroom, private balcony, master bath and luxurious linens.To qualify for the suite drawing, your registration must be received by the AMBA office no later than 5pm on December 11.
Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend Monday morning sessions
8:30am – 8:45am “AMBA Status Report” Melissa Millhuff AMBA Executive Director Melissa will provide an insightful look at the AMBA organization and its recent accomplishments.
8:45am – 9:15am Introduction of Tabletop Exhibitors
“Mold the Future of Your Business” AMBA’s President and mold manufacturing company owner Steve Rotman will discuss the importance of molding the future of your business and what you can expect to gain from attending this year’s convention.
9:15am – 10:15am "Manufacturing a Better Future for America" Richard McCormack and Scott Paul, our keynote speakers, will take pages from their newest book, “Manufacturing a Better Future for America ,” and present attendees with a look at what American manufacturers need to do to create a better future for ours and future generations.Richard McCormick is the editor and publisher of Manufacturing & Technology News, a publication he created in 1994.Scott Paul is the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.Their combined expertise and knowledge will bring a new perspective on how we can help ensure the success of the moldmaking industry and manufacturing in America .
10:30am – 11:30am Family/Guest Program “The Art of Dipping Strawberries” $30 per person (all ages welcome) Are you looking for new ways to add fruit to your diet? Are you addicted to all things chocolate? How does mastering chocolate covered strawberries sound? Join the Buena Vista Palace ’s Pastry Chef and learn how to create perfectly dipped strawberries. Try out different toppings and create your masterpieces! And when you are finished, take your luscious treats with you to enjoy!
10:15am – 10:45am Coffee Break – Sharing Time with Tabletop Exhibitors
10:45am – Noon "The Future of the Mold Industry" Are you concerned about the industries you currently serve? Looking for new business in new markets? Don’t miss these panelists as they provide analysis and commentary on these markets to help you decide in what direction your company needs to move. This panel will provide unique insights into three major markets that mold manufacturers serve: Medical Device Market: Jerry Seidelman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Tech Mold Inc. Appliance Market: Jack Shedd, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Hoffer Plastics Inc. Automotive Market: Laurie Harbour-Felax, President of Harbour Results Inc.
1:30pm – 5:00pm Optional: “Disney by Design” presented by the Disney Institute $99 Discover the techniques and “tricks of the trade” used by Disney artists, designers, and landscapers to turn resorts, theme parks, and office buildings at the Walt Disney World® Resort into masterpieces of illusion.This 3-hour adventure makes you privy to the inside story of how Disney uses architecture, color, landscaping, furnishings, and an acute attention to detail to evoke a variety of themes.Your visit will include a close-up look at Walt Disney World® casting, Epcot®, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Central Shops, where you will explore the world of the “can do” builders of the Disney “magic.”
Participants must be at least 16 years old and carry government-issued photo identification (Driver’s License, etc).There is walking involved, so comfortable shoes are recommended.Theme park admission is not included or required for this tour.
8:30am – 9:15am "Strategically Planning Your Future" Pat McNally, a partner of Blackman Kallick’s Corporate Financing Group, has provided the AMBA members with much valuable advice over the years. His insights into financial issues, business valuations, and what to do when your customer files bankruptcy have proven helpful to many of our members. McNally’s presentation will give you the answers to all those questions you’ve wanted to ask – answers that will provide you strategic direction to help you formulate your future.
9:15am – 10:00am "Building a Sales Team for Your Company's Future" After years of working with mold manufacturers and seeing a need for better structure in their sales efforts, Scott Smith, Managing Partner of SalesPro Inc., realized that many mold manufacturing companies lacked an understanding of what it takes to develop a sales team that is truly effective. Based on Scott’s many years as a successful sales person, his presentation will provide tips on how to develop long-term goals in sales organizations, how to accept rejection and overcome objections, and teach people to be “relationship” sales people to make the sales team more effective and the company more profitable.
10:00am – 10:30am Coffee Break – Sharing Time with Tabletop Exhibitors
10:30am – 11:30am "Preparing Your Employees for the Future" Ryan Pohl’s Expert Technical Training practice evolved from his work as the Training Coordinator at Commercial Tool and Die in Comstock Park, MI .“We must start laying the groundwork for building the next generation of skilled workers,” Pohl states. “A renewal of pride in workmanship, updated training content and methods, as well as careful planning can secure our futures as leaders in the industry.” Ryan’s presentation will raise awareness in our industry of the coming skilled-labor shortage and how it has the potential to dramatically hinder future sustainability and growth.
1:00pm – 3:00pm The Clipper Classic Each attendee will be assigned to one of the AMBA Convention Sponsor’s Team for this fun-filled event at the Buena Vista Palace .Teams will be competing against each other in a high seas voyage that is sure to evoke creativity, as well as plenty of laughs.Attendees of all ages will be able to participate in this fantastic networking opportunity!After some hilarious competition, enjoy some cold beverages compliments of the AMBA. Suggested dress: pool attire.
4:15pm – 8:00pm Optional: "Spirit of Aloha Luau – Disney Polynesian Resort " Adult - $69.99Child (3-9) $39.99 Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is an all-you-care-to-eat, family-style luau featuring hula dancing and fire knife dancers at Disney's Polynesian Resort .
Situated on the Seven Seas Lagoon, the open-air covered dining theater provides a comfortable setting for authentic music and dances, with beautiful costumes, irresistible rhythms and the show-stopping fire-knife dance! The many nations of the South Pacific unite in an evening of spellbinding magic that tells the tale of a native girl returning to her people and her traditions.
You'll almost believe you've been transplanted to the tropics as you and your loved ones share platters of authentic foods such as barbequed pork ribs, roast chicken, fresh pineapple, salad with mango poppy seed dressing garnished with Mandarin oranges, Polynesian-style rice and seasonal vegetable. Save room for the chocolate mouse volcano! (Parents of finicky little ones, fear not: There's a limited children's menu). Beer, wine and soft drinks are included for Guests 21 years of age or older (picture ID required).
Fall under the enchantment of the spirit of aloha!Round-trip transportation to and from the hotel provided.
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10:00am – 10:30am Coffee Break – Sharing Time with Tabletop Exhibitors
10:30am – 12:00pm "Building Strategic Relationships with Suppliers" Todd Schuett of Creative Evolution, Scott Fernandez of Vega Tool, Rob Esling of Industeel, Glen Starkey of Progressive Components, all suppliers to the mold manufacturing industry, can help you secure your future in many ways. The days of the supplier and the moldmaker being on opposite sides of the fence are over. Learn how you can work with your supplier to promote the value of your business to your customers, how your suppliers can help you provide more value to your customers, and how together we can all come out winners!
6:00pm – 10:00pm AMBA Gala Dinner and Annual Meeting
6:00pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Hour
7:30pm – 10pm Dinner and Annual Meeting In the longstanding AMBA tradition, our Annual Dinner will pay tribute to the National Officers and our new Incoming President, as well as the presentation of the Chapter of the Year Award and Mold Builder of the Year Award.This will be an elegant evening filled with fun and entertainment.Formal attire is requested.
The price per child includes all convention activities and meals as listed in the convention package.This rate applies to children staying in the same hotel room using the existing beds.There is a maximum of four people to a room.If a third person age 19 & up is sharing your room, there is an additional charge of $40 per night (additional $40 per night for fourth person age 19 or older).
Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa Optional: Pre or Post Convention Come early or stay after the convention to experience all Orlando and Disney World have to offer!You may stay up to three days before and/or after the convention at a special AMBA rate of $235 per night (includes room, taxes and mandatory maid gratuities).
DisneyTheme ParkTickets AMBA Convention attendees can take advantage of specially priced tickets to the Disney Theme Parks.Utilizing this special service, you can save money on select tickets with advance purchase while making a custom family vacation!You also avoid ticket lines! For more details or visit www.disneyconventionear.com/AMBA.Orders must be placed by March 19, 2010.
REGISTRATION Must be received by AMBA no later than December 31, 2009.
Any registration received after this date may be at a higher non-convention hotel rate.Your $1200 deposit is due with your registration.Final payment is due January 31, 2009.
CANCELLATION Cancellations must be made in writing.For cancellations made after December 31, 2009 a minimum two-night penalty will result along with other convention penalties.The convention package is non-refundable as of February 1, 2010.
RESPONSIBILITY All reservations are accepted with the specific condition that AMBA acts only as an agent for hotels, sightseeing contractors, and others who provide the actual arrangements and is not liable for any act, omission, delay, injury, loss, damage or non-performance in connection with these arrangements.Prices are based on those in effect on October 1, 2009 and are subject to change for unforeseen circumstances.
WEATHER Average March daytime temperature is 80° and 55° in the evening.
CLOTHING Casual wear for daytime meetings; casual (resort) clothing to the Welcome Cocktail Reception (outdoors); formal for the Annual Dinner (ties/suits for gentlemen and dresses/skirts for ladies).
TRANSPORTATION Roundtrip transfers from Orlando International Airport to the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa are included in the package.Information will be included in your final documents mailed to you two weeks prior to the convention.