September 24th-26th brought beautiful weather and a crowd from the metal finishing industry to Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The 3-day event included a golf outing, networking opportunities, and many informative speakers. An update was given from the NASF, as well as updates on the state of the U.S. and Michigan economies, the Affordable Care Act, and Advocacy. Additional discussion topics included Electroless Nickel, Global Surface Treatment Directions, Regional Economic Development, a Decorative Trim Corrosion Workgroup Update, and Passing on Family-Owned Businesses to the Next Generation.
The evenings were filled with socializing, cocktails, and dinner. Thursday’s keynote speaker was Ruth Holmes from Pentec, Inc. Ms. Holmes is a renowned handwriting specialist who entertained the group with stories of her unique career and high-level court cases. Attendees at the event also received a personal handwriting analysis.
Friday’s keynote speaker was Tom Walsh from the Detroit Free Press. Tom delivered an entertaining presentation filled with hi-lights from his career as a newspaper reporter, including his story about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Thank you to all the presenters and attendees, and to our Sponsors, American Plating Power, Atotech International LLC, Columbia Chemical, Coventya, Dynapower, Enthone, Haviland, KCH Engineered Systems, KC Jones Plating, Palm Commodities, Pavco, Univertical, Wagner Enterprise, and Walgren, who made the 2015 Midwest Seminar a complete success. Plans are being made for the 2016 Midwest Seminar – the date will be announced soon.