Event Schedule

03
April
Wednesday

Trap Shoot

Registration Desk
11:45 am - 5:00 pm
Lunch will be provided and bus transportation will be available for those that signed up for this event. The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and the City of Jacksonville were partners on construction of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex. A state-of-the-art public shooting range facility at the intersection of Loop Road and Graham Road in Jacksonville, AR. This multi-use complex is the largest of its kind in the state. It includes a 14 trap fields, three skeet overlays, three lit fields, two pavilions, a lake, 3-D Archery Range and a 5,100 square foot Witt Stephens, Jr. Clubhouse that includes the First Security Learning Center.
03
April
Wednesday

Welcome Party

Salon C | Ballroom Level
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hosted by the Associate Supplier Section. This year, Casino Night returns and your company can sponsor a game table! The cost to sponsor a table is $400. Decorate a game table with your company’s swag! Contact the Association office at (314) 878-2304 for more details.  
04
April
Thursday

Walk/Run

Registration Desk
6:45 am - 7:15 am
Start your day with the shot of energy that comes from a little fresh air, a brisk walk, conversation with others in the industry, and a continental breakfast.
04
April
Thursday
This program will discuss hydrocarbon and renewable energy, climate, net zero, agriculture under pressure, electric vehicles, and technologies, with implications for the agricultural equipment industry. Steve Goreham is a speaker, an author, a researcher on energy and environmental issues, and an independent columnist. He speaks and writes about energy, industry, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development, economic trends, climate change, and corporate environmental policy. Steve is the Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America and an advisor to The Heartland Institute. Goreham has been speaking to business, industry, and educational organizations for more than a decade. His past appearances to industry include agriculture, engineering, materials, metals, oil and gas, transportation, and utility groups.  He has spoken at events of the American Foundry Society, the American Galvanizers Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Association of Iron Technology, the California Grain & Feed Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the National Institute of Oilseed Products, the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, the Valve Manufacturers of America, and many other business and industry groups. Steve’s session is on Thursday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. Attendees will get a common sense approach to energy trends and how they’ll affect equipment industries.
04
April
Thursday

Spouse / Guest Program

Registration Desk
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Enjoy the day at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. Tour the farm and gardens and savor a delicious farm-to-table lunch. P. Allen Smith is an author, conservationist and TV host of “Garden Home” and “Garden Style.” His home, Moss Mountain Farm, serves as a place of inspiration and education. Visitors particularly enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Arkansas River, the one-acre vegetable and lush rose gardens and touring the eco-friendly 1840s-style farmhouse. In Poultryville, you’ll meet Smith’s flock of heritage poultry and learn about his efforts to protect these threatened breeds. 
04
April
Thursday

Breakout Session: Sales and Marketing…A Unified Objective

White Oak | Level II
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Association member Rick Rosenhagen of Unified Resources, Inc. will lead a breakout to help members discover, integrate and showcase Supplier parts that enhance the reliability, quality and value of the OEM equipment.  The Question: What Came First The Chicken or the Egg? …The  Manufacturer or the Supplier?  The Takeway: The Whole Is Greater than The Sum of It Parts We will discuss the importance of an intentional focus from both the OEM and the supplier perspectives to leverage the enhancements and value propositions of their products and their parts and to unify their sales and marketing messages and approaches.  There will be a sneak preview of the Fall Session “The Perfect B2B Marketing Ecosystem” where we will dig deeper into the sales and channel marketing strategies including communications, brand development, training, incentive execution and more. 
04
April
Thursday
Pandemic or no pandemic, the world of work has changed. Irreversibly. In this session, you’ll learn what organizations must do to attract, retain, and engage a willing and enthusiastic workforce in 2024 and beyond. We’ll take you inside the mind of today’s worker and explore the keys to landing the best people on your team in this worker’s market. Richard Hadden is a Certified Speaking Professional who focuses on connecting people to profit. He is co-author of the popular Contented Cows leadership book series, including his latest book, Contented Cows STILL Give Better Milk, and also the book Rebooting Leadership. Richard has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in Business Week, Entrepreneur, and Inc. magazines, as well as many trade and professional publications. He is a regular contributor to Workforce magazine and Workforce Online.  Here’s part of what we’ll discover: What’s changed, and what hasn’t in the world of work (hint: Employers of Choice still outperform the competition). Where all the workers have gone, and why it’s so hard to find people. What the pandemic has taught us about how work gets done. The best recruiting tool in the world. How to conquer the unique challenges of the hybrid workplace. How to market your employer brand to be a destination employer. What the “careers” section of your website MUST do (and probably doesn’t). Why your onboarding program isn’t helping build commitment in new hires, and how to fix it. How to create and nurture an organizational culture that keeps talented people producing for you for years to come. You’ll leave excited to implement the practical and actionable ideas you’ll gain on recruiting, retaining, and engaging your workforce, in this insightful, high-content, and entertaining presentation.
04
April
Thursday

Supplier Meeting

Salon Foyer | Ballroom Level
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The entire Supplier Section is encouraged to attend. Elections for the Supplier Board of Governors and other Supplier Section business will take place during this quick meeting just before the Showcase starts. 
04
April
Thursday

Supplier Showcase

Salon | Ballroom Level
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Catch up with current suppliers and explore the possibilities of new partnerships. Reserve a booth to promote your products/capabilities to the Association’s whole goods manufacturing members.
04
April
Thursday

Membership Committee

Grampas | Level II
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
A committee dedicated to serving our Membership as a whole. This committee works on member recruitment and member retention. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please contact the Association staff.
04
April
Thursday

Downtown Little Rock Nightlife

Downtown Little Rock
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
This annual networking event will be just outside the Little Rock Marriott in downtown Little Rock. Spend the evening conversing with fellow members and enjoying the local nightlife. The $25 registration fee includes a T-shirt.
05
April
Friday

Breakout Session: Insurance Trends in Building Valuation & Cyber

White Oak | Level II
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Dan Zastava leads a corporate underwriting and product development team at Sentry, where his team develops, implements and monitors commercial lines product offerings and results.  He began his career nearly 20 years ago as a multiline commercial underwriter before entering the product development space.  During that time, he introduced the company’s first data breach coverage in 2011 and has overseen their most recent product transition in cyber insurance during 2023.  In his current role, he also is responsible for arranging and purchasing the insurance coverage for Sentry’s day-to-day operations. This session will focus on recent insurance trends within commercial property and cyber insurance coverage and discuss ways to address them.  In the commercial property space, the cost of building materials and labor continuing to rise, where ensuring that your building limit is set to an appropriate value is critical to avoiding pitfalls coinsurance penalties – which can reduce the total amount that you may receive in a loss.  In addition, cyber exposures continue to fill news and media publications, with manufacturers certainly not being immune to such events.  Establishing a risk management framework to address loss exposures before an incident can be critical to eliminating or reducing the time that your business may be down.  During the session, we’ll also discuss how insurance products and services can assist policyholders in addressing both of these areas.
05
April
Friday
Trent Johnson of Foley and Lardner, LLP will return to education members on best practices. Trent Johnson has concentrated on product distribution law since the beginning of his career at Foley and now devotes the vast majority of his practice to counseling manufacturers on many of the key facets of their resale relationships. Trent routinely advises his clients — from Fortune 100 companies to smaller private organizations — on issues involving channel structure (including multi-channel networks), drafting key contractual provisions, state and federal antitrust law compliance, contract administration and enforcement, e-commerce issues, distributor and dealer performance, negotiating relationship modifications (both individual and system-wide), transfers of control, product or territory withdrawals, product pricing, discount and rebate programs, product repurchase disputes, and other issues.