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fall conference

Renaissance Denver Hotel


Fees Per Person:

$ 175.00 - RMTMA Members

$ 200.00 - Educational Partners

$ 225.00 - Non-Members

$ 400.00 - Industry Partners

Renaissance Denver Hotel

Aspen Room

3801 Quebec Street

Denver, CO. 80207

Date: September 26, 2019

Time: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Schedule of Events:

Keys To Business Success (Growing Leaders, Cultures, and Profits)

7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration/Hearty Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am Welcome/Opening Remarks/Chapter Happenings/National Update

9:30 am - 11:00 am Morning keynote: Bert Robinson - “How to know, show, and grow your

personal strengths, to face the challenges of the 20’s”


11:15 am - 12:30 am Lunch keynote: Omar Nashashibi - “Political disruptions and your

business: A Washington update on tariffs, regulations, and workforce”

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Thomas Kranawitter - Cultivating Employee Culture: “Replace a culture

of entitlement with wealth creation & intrapreneurship”

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Michael Watkins - “Making the Soft Stuff Hard”

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Panel Discussion (Bart, Thomas, Michael, Patrick, Ryan)

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Closing/Cocktail Reception

Featured Speakers


Bert Robinson

Director – The Corporate Core

9:30 am – 11:00 am

“How to know, show, and grow your personal strengths to face the challenges of the 20’s”

Many societies are fixated on ‘fixing’ people, trying to make them well-rounded so that they can fit in anywhere. The truth is we are all gifted in different ways.  In this session we will look at a process built on over 50 years of research that helps individuals to uncover their unique talents so that they can intentionally build on those talents to create strengths, which in turn enhances personal productivity and improves interpersonal effectiveness


Omar Nashashabi

Founding Partner – Franklin Partnership

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

“Political Disruptions and Your Business: A Washington Update on Tariffs, Regulations, and Workforce”

Uncertainty from Washington, D.C. continues to generate questions from manufacturers about the impact of the trade wars, worker shortages, and government regulations on their businesses. NTMA’s lobbyist, Omar S. Nashashibi will speak about the latest information on tariffs, trade negotiations, regulations and workforce training. The actions by our federal government have a direct impact on your business and recognizing the threats and opportunities created by politicians is critical.

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Thomas Krannawitter, Ph.D.

President – Upward Business Academy

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 Cultivating an Employee Culture

 “Replace a culture of entitlement with wealth creation and intrapreneurship”

 Starting and running a business is a great risk. Yet many employees arrive at work with an attitude of entitlement. They sometimes forget the risks taken by those who launched the business.  Dr. Krannawitter has been studying these curious features of the modern business culture and testing solutions for decades. He has turned his research into a proven training platform that offers value for business owners, employees and customers.

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 Michael Watkins, MBA/JD - Author

President – The Alchemy Group

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 “Making the Soft Stuff Hard”

 Michael Watkins is the author of the book Scaling To Exit. It has been his mission to assist organizations in their efforts to transform themselves into growing, profitable companies. His business acumen is the result of more than 30 years in senior executive roles. Those experiences created in him a passion for lower mid-market sized businesses, and the unique challenges  they face .  His different approach to management consulting, which substitutes advice and counsel with task management and execution, is the foundation for the Scaling to Exit approach.

Invitation from the President

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Mike Hirsh – President RMTMA

 Hello friends,

 We are very excited about the program and speaker line-up for this year’s fall conference. Together we will learn the “Keys to Business Success (Growing Leaders, Culture and Profits)”. Our program is specifically designed for shop owners, business leaders, and industry executives that desire to increase their team’s productivity, engagement and bottom line.  Our slate of dynamic presenters will share practical tools for addressing the strategic issues and challenges we each face on a daily basis. In addition to the formal presentations, we’ll have a panel discussion and several opportunities throughout the day for networking.

Looking forward to being with you at RMTMA’s Fall Conference! 

Thank you to our Gold level and Event sponsors