First Coast Manufacturers Association To Hold Strategy And Finance Summit

The First Coast Manufacturers Association in Jacksonville, Florida will be conducting a half day forum November 5th to discuss the financial and strategic issues facing manufacturing.
Oct. 29, 2012 - PRLog -- Jacksonville, Fla.; – The First Coast Manufacturing Association (FCMA) will be conducting a half day forum November 5th to discuss the financial and strategic issues facing manufacturing firms, locally, nationally and globally, in the current economic environment.

The topics to be covered include…

Transformations: How To Capitalize On Accelerating Change And Innovation;
America’s Coming Energy Surplus And What It Means For Manufacturing;
Europe’s Debt Crisis: Threats And Opportunities For U.S. Manufacturing;
The U.S. Economy – Debt, Deficits, And Your Cost Of Capital;
Quick-hit references and resources that will address the US “fiscal cliff”, the changing pricing and risk management tools of the insurance markets, and capital sources from Miami to Atlanta.

Speakers include representatives from large and small manufacturers, the energy sector, financing specialists, and the Federal Reserve. Those participating include:

Ø    Matt Badiali, a geologist and natural resource specialist who has travelled the globe to evaluate energy sources;

Ø    Gregg Quick and Steven McInall, from JEA, to discuss what power options are available locally – or coming in the near future;

Ø    Chris Oakley, Regional Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta;

Ø    Carleton Knotts, Trane Commercial Systems, to talk about how manufacturers can be sure they lowered their energy demand as much as possible, without compromising operations.

Ø    Greg Johnson, Director Manufacturing, Soler-Palau Inc., and Cindy Hildebrand, CEO, CF Machine, to share their experiences in capitalizing on accelerating change.

“There are so many questions circling the manufacturing industry, from the U.S. presidential outcome to the Middle-East unrest to taxes to the economic collapse of European nations, it is difficult for business owners, presidents and CEOs to navigate,” explained Lake Ray, president of FCMA. “So this is a forum that is certainly timely and could prove to be extremely helpful for developing future strategies for manufacturers.”

         The Summit will be held Monday, November 5th at the University Center (building 43 – 12000 Alumni Drive) at the University of North Florida, from 7:30 AM to noon. The cost is $99 for FCMA members and $199 for the general public. Reservation details are available at

         FCMA is a non-profit trade association serving Northeast Florida. There are over 1,500 manufacturing companies on the First Coast, supplying over 30,000 jobs and generating nearly 15% of the total gross regional product. Additional media information on FCMA is available at  

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