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more than 370 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $16 billion in product sales.

Events | Industry Summit | Education

Industry Summit

October 17-20, 2018
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colo.




Based on member suggestions, this year’s format allows participants to hear all of the PTDA 2018 Industry Summit speakers with each powerful presentation providing you with takeaways to make your Industry Summit experience unforgettable.

Opening Keynote

Friday, October 19
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Disrupt You! Strategies for Billion Dollar Success in an Era of Endless Innovation

Jay Samit
Pioneer, Innovator, Serial Disruptor, Futurist, Business Strategist

Sponsored by: LeadMethod, NTN Bearing Corp. of America, Orthman Conveying Systems, Regal Power Transmission SolutionsRollon Corp.

In today’s ever-changing and often-volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. It is no longer possible—or even desirable—to learn one set of job skills and work your way up the ladder. Rather, as a business leader, you must anticipate change to create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. Describing the unique method he used to invent new markets and expand established businesses, Samit will show how the strategies that help the world’s fastest growing companies flourish can be applied at an individual level. By challenging assumptions, pinpointing your unique value and identifying weaknesses in the structure of current industries, you can achieve success and prosperity.

You will learn:

  • Biggest disruptions facing the PT/MC Industry in 2018/19
  • Largest opportunities for double-digit growth
  • Actions you can take to personally thrive in a changing economy

Known as a visionary across industries and widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation, everyone from the Pope to the President calls on Samit to orchestrate positive change in this era of endless innovation. A former NASDAQ company CEO and Independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte, Samit helped grow pre-IPO companies such as LinkedIn, held senior management roles at EMI, Sony and Universal Studios, and pioneered breakthrough advancements in mobile video, internet advertising, ecommerce, social networks, eBooks, and digital music that are used by billions of consumers every day.


Concurrent Keynote Sessions  

Friday, October 19
10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Future of the Industrial Internet of Things

Kevin Ashton
Visionary Technologist and Digital Transformation Expert

Sponsored by: NTN Bearing Corp. of America

With the onset of industrial transformation in optimizing operational efficiencies and automation, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) is estimated to reach US$123 billion by 2021. As the person who coined the term “The Internet of Things” and one of the founders of the field, Ashton is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on the subject. He will explain exactly what the Industrial Internet of Things is and why it is so important, discuss case studies of current successes from around the world and describe what to expect in the immediate future with respect to its impact on industry and the supply chain. This insightful and inspiring presentation is grounded in the realities of modern business and technology that will leave you informed and motivated to use and develop Industrial Internet of Things technologies. 

Author of How to Fly a Horse, named best business book from 1-800-CEO-READ in 2016, Ashton is the creator of the WeMo home automation platform, co-founder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT which created a global standard for RFID and other sensors, and co-founder & CEO of leading clean-tech startup Zensi.  


Get Over Yourself and Get to Work

Chad Hymas
Life Coach and Trainer

Sponsored by: MBL (USA) Corporation
SEW-Eurodrive Inc.

Life requires us to be problem-solvers. Success requires us to be dreamers. Chad Hymas is both a dreamer and a problem-solver. In his personal life, he has had to find new solutions to create mobility, strength and business success and will tell you how you and your team can acquire those same skills. With humorous stories and innovative concepts, Chad will help you look outside the box for new and better ideas that propel you to higher returns and bigger profits; create mental images of success, innovation and progress; and anticipate changing needs and new opportunities in the marketplace to make long-lasting, effective changes. His stories are moving, his courage unprecedented and his insights…profound. His accomplishments provide a powerful litmus test to the validity of these dynamic principles.  

In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay dropped on him, shattering his neck and leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day—he became an example of what is possible. Chad is a best-selling author, president of Chad Hymas Communications and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete, setting the world record in 2003 by wheeling his chair 513 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas.


Closing Keynote: The Beaulieu Report
Saturday, October 20
1:15-2:30 p.m.

Alan Beaulieu

Founder and President,
Institute for Trend Research

Sponsored by: Altra Industrial Motion, Diamond Chain Company, Nord Drive Systems, Inc.NSK Americas, Koyo Bearings North America

Industry Summit perennial favorite Alan Beaulieu delivers the economic information and analysis you need to help your business ascend and your profits to elevate.  

Beaulieu examines key economic indicators, industrial production highlights, consumer trends and economic developments in the global marketplace. He provides specific management objectives to guide you through the next few years. You’ll gain the information you need to make confident decisions for 2018 and beyond.


Exclusive Distributor Workshop

Aligning Your Value Proposition to Changing Customer Needs

Saturday, October 20
3:00-4:30 p.m.

The process of developing a value proposition with true staying power has never been more critical than it is today as distributors face withering competition from sources across the globe. By participating in this distributor-only workshop, you will take home a valid understanding of how to complete a unique value proposition to position your company as a market leader in the months and years ahead. A value proposition aligned to the known values of end customers based on the recently released PTDA Voice of the End Customer is sure to resonate with your customers.