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CPA 2018 Spring Meeting Keynote Speakers

CPA is pleased to announce the keynote presentations for the 2018 Spring Meeting, April 22-25, at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria.  On Monday, April 23, Frank Goecke, Senior Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting, will provide an in-depth economic analysis of the evolving North American composite panel industry, including an examination of the “integrated model” of panel manufacturing.  On Tuesday, April 24, Michael Steep, Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities, will deliver a presentation, titled “How to Get Ahead of Disruptive Technology Now,” on leveraging new technology to advance innovative ideas in manufacturing. Steep advises clients including Airbus, BMW and Google and is a contributing editor to Forbes.

Our final presentation will be held during lunch on Tuesday and will feature a panel of experts to discuss new and emerging technologies related to the manufacturing and distribution of industry products and leveraging technology for marketing and branding.  The three panelists include: Mike Kinder, CEO/Co-founder, Veryable; Scott Lawrence, COO, Tekzenit, Inc.; and Gary Wernlund, Sales Manager–Office Furniture Industry, Stiles Machinery.   Tim Young, a Professor at the University of Tennessee and long-time CPA member with significant expertise in this area, will moderate.   

The meeting begins on Sunday with the annual golf tournament at Olympic View Golf Club followed by the Welcome Reception that evening.  The meeting will conclude on Tuesday evening with the Chairman’s Dinner. Hotel rooms are currently limited. Members who have not made a hotel reservation should complete the online housing form and return it to CPA ASAP. 

The Fairmont is located on Victoria’s Inner Harbor, steps away from Victoria’s downtown district. The hotel is accessible by ferry from Seattle and Vancouver and through several direct flights to Victoria International Airport (Sydney, BC). The airport is a 35-minute drive from the Fairmont. The hotel does not offer airport shuttles. Registration, hotel, schedule and other meeting information is available online.  See 2018 CPA Spring Meeting. More Info: Madi del Rio

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