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Presentations and Sessions - 2020 AEC's 71st Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference

Presentations and Sessions

March 12-14, 2020

Thursday, March 12


Join friends and colleagues for the Outdoor Registration event on the resort grounds featuring snacks, refreshments and fun from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. the AEC Registration Desk will move inside the hotel.

Welcome Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join the crowd to meet old friends and make new ones at the casual, friendly Welcome Reception. Enjoy food, drinks and music – all with a local Texas flare.

Friday, March 13

Annual Meeting Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
A hearty breakfast is included during the Annual Business Meeting of the Aluminum Extruders Council. AEC leadership will discuss the latest Council information, including financial, membership and leadership updates.

General Sessions

The General Sessions on Friday and Saturday mornings will feature a wealth of information covering topics important to members and their planning for the year ahead.


Four Secrets to Effective Safety Leadership

Brett Haskins
This presentation provides an overview of the four domains and fourteen elements of transformational safety leadership derived from Caterpillar Safety Services' five-year research project on the topic. The audience will begin to understand how effective leadership drives a culture of safety excellence and what they can do to improve their safety journey.

CRU's Aluminum Industry Perspective

Greg Wittbecker, CRU
Following on his report at last year's fall Management Conference, Greg Wittbecker, Senior Analyst with CRU North America, will offer insights on the aluminum market. He will touch on the key features of the market and how they affect the extrusion industry.

AEC Update

Jeff Henderson will discuss the Council's strategic plan and key successes regarding membership, business excellence, industry promotion and fair trade.

ET Update

Craig Werner will provide an update on Business Excellence activities and give a preview of the highly anticipated ET '20 in Orlando this May.

Saturday Highlights...

Fair Trade Update

Robert DeFrancesco, Wiley Rein
On Saturday, AEC's lead attorney on Fair Trade will update members on the trade case, covering key scope issues, trade enforcement and the growing threat of foreign imports.

AEC Town Hall

AEC Leaders
It's been a while since we last conducted a Town Hall. We decided to hold one this year because of growing concerns from rising imports. This challenge is something we discussed at length at our Management Conference last fall. So, we will use this time to update you about our findings and have a frank discussion about our options. This is a must attend event!

Keynote Speaker

Mark Eaton, Former NBA Star
The Four Commitments of a Winning Team

Mark EatonMark Eaton is the 7-foot, 4-inch, 21-year-old auto mechanic with no talent for basketball who became an NBA All Star and Defensive Player of the Year, twice! Using the same teamwork and leadership principles he learned on the court, Mark tackles the question of how some organizations regularly outperform their competition and explores how to create a united team that is an unstoppable force in the market. Using his best-selling book, The Four Commitments of a Winning Team, Mark will show how to leverage the same approach sports superstars use to excel against their competition.