SAVE THE DATE: MTI Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida

posted on 12.18.14

The MTI Board of Trustees and Program Committee invite you to SAVE THE DATE for the 2015  Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida at the beautiful  Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort. The Yacht and Beach Club puts you minutes away from every major theme park and attraction in Central Florida.

Meeting registration is being finalized and will be available online shortly after January 1. Printed brochures and registration will be mailed out in mid January.  The Program Committee has put together another great schedule of speakers that focus on the future of manufacturing in North America, the economy, and how to motivate and tap into the talents of the younger generation of workers and customers.  The featured keynote is Mike Mullane, one of the first astronauts to fly in the Space Shuttle Discovery.  Mike is going to share amazing stories about space flight and answer everyone’s questions on what it’s like the last 10-seconds before lift off, how do you prepare to work in space, and how you eat, sleep, and drink in space.

The Spring Meeting will be the perfect blend of education, networking, and relaxation to let you refresh, refuel and re-energize your passion and perspective in your business.

It is important to book your room as soon as possible, especially if you plan to stay before or after our meeting. Our group rate of $179 is available 3-days before and after the meeting, based upon availability.  Disney resorts fill up pretty fast and we expect our room block to fill up well before the cut-off date. The following is the hotel information as well as the schedule for you to plan your arrival and departure.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the MTI office at 904-249-0448 or


Hotel:  Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort – Group Rate:  $179 sgl/dbl

Reservation #:  407-939-4686     Group Code: G0617703



Thursday, April 9

10:00 am – 4:00 pm:    Welcome Reception and Badge Pick-up

After you check-in to your room, you will venture down to the MTI welcome desk to pick up your Spring Meeting packet which will include your name badges, drink tickets, meeting information, and a welcome beverage.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm:    First Timer’s Welcome Reception

Connecting with others is always one of the toughest things to do for any first timer at a conference, not at MTI.  To help our first time attendees meet others, the MTI Board of Trustees invites all first timers to attend a special reception prior to the opening night dinner to get to know the leadership of MTI as well as Past Presidents in attendance.

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm:    Opening Night Reception and Dinner

Enjoy an opening night of networking, cocktails, and dinner at the beautiful Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort. You will be hosted on the Yacht Club’s Boardwalk along the inner beach with amazing views of all the nighttime activities taking place along the Boardwalk.

Friday, April 10

9:00 am – 11:00 am:    SPOUSE/GUEST CONNECTION

MTI believes that spouses should be as connected as members.  Come and enjoy a healthy breakfast along the Yacht Club’s boardwalk.  You will have a chance to meet and connect with other spouses and guests as well as hear some of the stories of what goes on behind the Disney World experience.

8:00 am – 9:00 am:   What Manufacturing Sectors Will Be The Future Winners

Senior economist, Cliff Waldman from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, will report on the forecasts for the top industries serviced by MTI members. During this informative session, you will hear the good, bad and ugly in aerospace, automotive, housing, appliances, military, and numerous other key industry sectors.

9:00 am -10:00 am:   Society 3.0… The Future of Work, Skills and Careers in a Technology Driven World

Technology is changing everything at such a rapid pace, especially the work place.  Dr. Tracy Wilen will share with you the 6-key areas every business needs to put focus on to connect with the next generation of workers and remain a relevant workplace for the future.

10:15 am -11:30 am:   The Manufacturing Renaissance… IT’S COMING BACK!

Ken Gronbach will be bringing the latest information and data on how manufacturing is swinging back to North America. Everything he stated in our 2009 Spring meeting is currently happening with politics, manufacturing, and people. He will bring that futuristic mindset to Orlando to help us see where manufacturing is headed.

11:30 am – Noon:  MTI Spring Membership Meeting Progress Report

MTI President Jackie Peters and other committee chairs will provide valuable updates on various projects MTI is working on including benchmarking enhancements, technical specifications, and training with the apprenticeship program.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm:  Meet-Up Cocktail Reception

Night two is all about the freedom to see Central Florida and Disney World. You are invited to come and enjoy an hour of cocktails as you discuss with other members where you want to venture to and explore.


8:00 am – 9:00 am:    How to Understand and Connect With Generation Y & Z

This session will help you understand the myths and truths behind generational differences. It’s not enough to just tell someone of another generation, “just do it.”   Managers need to understand who their employees really are and how to empower their skills to be innovative. Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Dean of Generational Studies at the University of Florida, will help you bridge the gap of understanding about how to tap into the next generation for everything.

9:00 am – 10:00 am:  You Want Me to Do What and When and Dress How?

Moderated by Jeanna, two 20 year olds, late 30 year olds and 55+ year olds will openly discuss a variety of topics put forth by the audience. We all hear how generations think differently, now you will see it in an open format where members will experience the varying views held by different generations…this should be quite an eye opener on all sides.

10:15 am – 11:30 am:  The Lighter Side of Space Flight

Ever imagine what it was like to be sitting in the cockpit of a rocket as the countdown begins… 10, 9, 8, 7, 6… it must be a pretty exhilarating feeling. Mike Mullane was one of the first astronauts on Space Shuttle Discovery. In Mike’s session, he will share an amazing and funny journey of spaceflight. Using spectacular video and slides he will answer everyone’s space questions: What does a shuttle launch feel like?…How does an astronaut deal with the incredible fear of launch?… How do you sleep, bathe, eat, drink, etc.?

6:30 pm – 11:00 pm:   Closing Night Reception, Dinner and Entertainment

After enjoying two days of educational sessions and seeing Orlando, enjoy dinner followed by the MTI Silent Party. You don’t want to miss it – it is the perfect blend of entertainment for those who want to network and those who want to dance! Bring your camera’s because pictures are a must!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the MTI Office at 904-249-0448 or