2017 NFFS Industry Executive Conference & Annual Meeting
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10/7/2017 to 10/9/2017
Where: Hammock Beach Resort
200 Ocean Crest Drive
Palm Coast, Florida  32137
United States
Contact: Erin Russell

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2017 Industry Executive Conference and NFFS Annual Meeting
Hammock Beach Resort - Palm Beach, Florida
October 7th - 9th, 2017

2017 IEC Conference Brochure (PDF)


The Non-Ferrous Founders' Society Foundry Industry Executive Conference and 2017 Annual Meeting is the most popular Society meeting of the year. Typical attendees include foundry owners, operators and top management executives from ferrous and non-ferrous foundries throughout North America.  Thank you to those who attended, exhibited, and sponsored this incredibly successful event!

CLICK HERE to access the educational materials presented by our speakers.  (You must be logged in as a NFFS member.)


Conference Registration

Meeting registration fees are per person and include:

  • Tabletop Exhibition
  • Educational Sessions
  • Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Masters and Alloy LLC
  • Offsite "Dinner with Dolphins" - Sponsored by Hays Companies
  • Closing Reception and Dinner

Fees do not include hotel accommodations, travel or optional recreational activities.  Limit one Spouse/Guest Registration per Full/Additional Meeting Registration.  Multiple meeting attendees from the same company are eligible for the discounted Additional Meeting Registration fee with one paid Full Meeting Registration fee.  


Register today!  Registration fees listed below increase by $100 after September 8, 2017.

  • Full Meeting Registration: $1,495 ($1,595 after September 8)
    First meeting attendee from each company much register at the full meeting registration rate.
    First-time meeting attendees are also eligible for a $500 discount! Contact NFFS at 847-299-0950 for information.  
  • Additional Meeting Registration: $995 ($1,095 after September 8)
    One full meeting registration is required to take advantage of discounted Additional Attendee rate.
  • Spouse/Guest Registration: $995 ($1,095 after September 8)
    One full meeting registration is required to take advantage of discounted Spouse/Guest rate.

First time attendees receive a $500 discount - please contact NFFS at 847-295-6630 for details!



Cancellation Policy


All meeting registration fees and optional activity fees are subject to the following cancellation policy:

  • 100% refund for cancellations made prior to September 22, 2017.
  • 50% refund for cancellations made between September 23, 2017 and October 3, 2017.
  • No refunds for cancellations made on or after October 4, 2017.


Schedule At-a-Glance

Download the Schedule At-a-Glance (PDF) for a schedule of speakers/topics and activities available at the 2017 NFFS Industry Executive Conference.


Tabletop Exhibition

View and discuss some of the most cutting edge technologies and services in the industry!  Continental breakfast and mid-morning coffee breaks will coincide with the Tabletop Exhibition.

Exhibit Hours

Sunday, October 8: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 9: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Industry Suppliers!  With ample opportunity for face-to-face contact with key industry executives, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase your company and build relationships with your target demographic!  Visit the 2017 IEC Tabletop Exhibition page for details.

Hotel Reservations

Nestled on a stretch of unspoiled beach along the Atlantic Coast in Palm Coast, Florida, Hammock Beach Resort is an extraordinary treasure.  Families have been making special memories here for years.  Come and take a look at what makes Hammock Beach Resort so special.


Hammock Beach, a Salamander® Golf & Spa Resort, is one of the East Coast's premier destination resorts for corporate meetings, company retreats, customer and employee rewards programs, as well as traditional conferences and social events.  The resort features 15,000 square feet of indoor function space, and boasts more outdoor oceanfront event space than any other resort in Florida.  The amenity-rich Hammock Beach Resort includes two highly renowned and ranked golf courses by legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, a rejuvenating ocean-inspired spa and fitness center, a multi-level pool complex with adult and children's areas, eight hydro-clay tennis courts, a 200-slip marina with kayak and fishing, and one of the most relaxing, unspoiled beaches in the state.


Room reservations by phone: (877) 834-8862 (mention that you are part of the NFFS conference)

Discounted Group Room Rate: $199/night plus tax and 9.75% Club Services Fee


Room reservations must be made no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, September 8, 2017 to guarantee availability and room rate.  Reservations made after this date will only be accepted based upon availability of space and rates.


Note: Hotel reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to stay to avoid forfeiture of deposit.




"Take Ownership of Leadership"

Bryan Dodge, Dodge Development

Saturday, October 7

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


"Economic Outlook Presentation"

William A. Strauss, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Sunday, October 8

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

"Cyber Security for Small Business"

Sagar Pandya, Middleground Technologies

Sunday, October 8

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


"Will 3-D Printing Make Metal Casting Obsolete?"

Tom Mueller, Mueller AMS

Sunday, October 8

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"Human Resources and Open Q & A"

Hunter Lott, HR Expert

Monday, October 9

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


"Risk Pool Management: How to Develop a Winning Health Plan"

David Ross, Hays Companies of Indiana

Monday, October 9

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

"OSHA and EPA Compliance Discussion"

Skip and Martha Guimond, Joseph A. Guimond & Associates

Monday, October 9

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.





Dinner with Dolphins


"Marineland Dolphin Adventure" Private Reception and Dinner - Sponsored by Hays Companies

Sunday, October 8, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Included with meeting registration


Join NFFS for a special private event at Marineland Dolphin Adventure!  Enjoy the beautiful Atlantic coastline and the company of Marineland's incredible dolphins and sea life!


Marineland Dolphin Adventure is the world's first oceanarium and opened in 1938 as "Marine Studios."  Now a dolphin conservation center, the center consists of 125 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.  It offers a number of ways to interact with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, as well as hands-on exhibits and educational programs to inspire guests and allow them to connect with marine life.


In addition, October is sea turtle nesting season!  Sea turtles will normally come ashore in the evenings in October to lay their eggs in the beach sand next to Marineland Dolphin Adventure.  This is a rare event you will not want to miss!


NFFS meeting attendees will enjoy a social reception on the patio in view of the incredible dolphin inhabitants, immediately followed by an elegant dinner in their tented facility with a beautiful view of the Atlantic coastline.  This is sure to be a "fin-tastic" time!



Optional Activities

21st Annual "Founders' Classic" Golf Tournament
Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(Shotgun Start)
Hammock Beach Resort, Ocean Course
Cost: $195/person

Golf tournament is limited to 32 players. Registrations will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

The Founders' Classic Golf Tournament is a shotgun start single player tournament perfect for players of all skill levels. Prizes include the ED WYRWAS low gross trophy, as well as Men's Longest Drive, Lady's Longest Drive, Straightest Drive and Closest to the Pin. Registration includes green fees, a round of 18 holes, shared cart rental, bag storage and use of the practice range. Rental clubs extra.

About the Ocean Course
This top 100 golf course not only winds along pristine wetlands and sparkling lakes, but also plays six holes directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The course concludes with a thrilling finale dubbed "The Bear Claw" - a collection of four daunting holes precariously edging the sweeping coastline. The Ocean Course received a ranking as one of Florida's Top 5 courses. This course is truly "Florida's Ocean Course!"

Additional Golf Option: Non-Tournament Play (Tee Time Only)

Sunday, October 8, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

 Hammock Beach Resort
Cost: $195/person

Subject to availability of the golf course.


If you want to golf on Sunday afternoon without the pressure of a tournament environment, NFFS will glad reserve a tee time on your behalf.  For additional information, call the NFFS office at (847) 299-0950.

Bluewater Adventure CraigCat® Catamaran Tour

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)


Sunday, October 8, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE)
$175/person (includes bus transportation)


The CraigCat® patented horizontal catamaran boats have totally redefined the image of recreational boating.  A pioneer in small boat design, this state-of-the-art craft offers all the responsiveness, stability and sporty handling associated with a larger boat.  Quick, roomy and exceptionally well-built, the CraigCat® catamaran delivers a rare blend of sportboat performance and the genuine comfort of a runabout that appeals to both novice and seasoned boaters alike. 

Aboard these unique boats, you will experience an aquatic adventure as you find yourself exploring St. Augustine's finest sights from a view that you won't get from land.  During this exclusive 3-hour private tour, you will experience Castillo de San Marcos, The Great Cross, Fort Matanzas, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse from the water.

Activity is limited to 20 attendees (10 boats) per time slot. Registrations will be honored on a first come, first served basis. Drivers must be 18 years old with a valid driver's license.


St. Augustine Savory Faire Food & Wine Tasting Tour

Monday, October 9, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $135/person (includes bus transportation)


Eat, Drink and TASTE your way through St. Augustine's delicious historic culinary influences on the ORIGINAL Savory Faire Food Tour! This award-winning 3 hour VIP tasting adventure is the city's very first 'foodie' tour started a decade ago and will indulge your senses at renowned local restaurants and unique eateries. Spend the afternoon exploring quaint downtown alleys and taking in all the sights, while tasting farm fresh ingredients that inspire local chefs... from Tapas to desserts. Your Culinary Guide explains how certain foods made their way to the New World and played a role in shaping the foodie scene here in the nation's oldest city. Enjoy the historic district's best hot-spots for food, friends and fun.


You'll be presented with a special selection from the chef at each of the places we visit, created specifically for our NFFS tour. At least 5 - 6 tasting venues will include sit-down restaurants, cafes, gourmet food boutiques, and more. There's simply NO better way to experience Saint Augustine and all of its cultural flavors. Come hungry, this excursion definitely replaces a meal... or two! Wear comfortable shoes, this is a limited walking tour.


Tour is limited to 49 attendees.  Registrations will be honored on a first come, first served basis.


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