Thursday, August 4, 2016

More about the IEOC

That, of course, stands for the Industry and Economic Outlook Conference taking place on August 15-17 at the Westing Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL.

The three-day event kicks off with a golf tournament called the IEOC Invitational and the funds raised by the event are used for fluid power education.  It is always a fun event and it will be taking place at the Chevy Chase Country Club also in Wheeling.  I encourage all fluid power golfers to come out and join in.

The golf tournament is followed immediately by a welcome reception also at the Chevy Chase Country Club.  This is an opportunity for all attendees, both golfers and non-golfers, to network and get to know other industry professionals and get reacquainted with others.

On Tuesday, the Conference gets under way with opening remarks by the NFPA and then presentations by this year's speakers.  Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics will talk about Global Economics from an ITR Perspective.  Mark Killion of Oxford Economics will present Global Economics from an Oxford Economics perspective.

The networking lunch on location follows.  The Future Leaders segment of the NFPA will have a separate lunch with a presentation by Karen Auguston Field, Executive Director, Content -Internet of Things.

The afternoon will feature breakout sessions on the Heavy Truck Market, Construction Machinery,  Industrial Markets, Pneumatics Markets, and Agricultural Machinery.  This will be followed by another networking break.  We are looking forward to a fun presentation by Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report on the state of the political scene.  In light of the interesting national contest going on this year, his presentation should be a real hit.

Then comes the IEOC Speakers Forum featuring the first three speakers of the day in a panel discussion about the economy.  All of this is followed by the Power of Association Networking Reception and Dinner on location.  This will be a very full day for all in attendance.