2024 ABMA Annual Meeting

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR! ABMA will convene for the 2024 Annual Meeting, February 2-5 at the stunning Omni Barton Creek in Austin, TX to learn about current & emerging industry trends and provide networking opportunities for you to enhance and grow your business relationships.

Historically, the ABMA Annual Meeting takes place over MLK weekend in January. For 2024, we have moved this event to the first week in February due to the 2024 AHR Expo taking place January 22-24 in Chicago.

 

The ABMA Annual Meeting is a key event for stakeholders in the boiler manufacturing industry. This four-day event is one of the most cost-effective educational and networking opportunities available in the industry.

Our meetings enable attendees to:

• Directly interact with C-level boiler manufacturer and supplier executives.
• Collaborate with experts on critical topics impacting the boiler industry.
• Hear perspectives from relevant and renowned keynote speakers. Prestigious economists, industry analysts, government authorities are among the recent participants.
• Enjoy networking with attendees in many social setting

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham
Professional WCMX Athlete & Motivational Speaker

Friday Opening Session Keynote Speaker Sponsored by Atlas Copco and Victory Energy

Aaron also known as WHEELZ is a WCMX athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord, which resulted in him having no use of his legs. He is the third of six children, all adopted.

Aaron never lets anything stop him through the power of manifesting his incredible spirit. Even as a baby and small child, he did anything anyone else his age could do; he just had to figure out how to make it work for him. He rolled over, sat up, and even crawled (on hands and belly, no leg action) pretty much on schedule. Within days of receiving his first walker, he was off and running. Next came crutches, which he mastered quickly. He would put on a Superman cape and blast down the hall on crutches believing, as any other 4-year-old, that he could fly.

Aaron started riding at skateparks at the age of 8 when his older brother Brian, a BMXer, said he should drop in. He had been going to the park with Brian and their dad for weeks, but Aaron would just watch from behind the fence. The first time was scary, and he fell hard, but he was never one to give up just because it wasn’t easy. So he tried again and from then on he was hooked.

At the beginning of his career, Aaron entered and won a few BMX Freestyle competitions, including the legendary 2005 Vegas AmJam BMX Finals, but for Aaron that was always secondary to the joy of riding and hanging out with friends at all the skateparks in Las Vegas.

Aaron has a passion for what he does. Not only is it a lot of fun, but he wants to change the world’s perception of people on wheelchairs and to help everyone see their own challenges in a new way. Aaron’s appeal is universal. You certainly do not have to be handicapped to be inspired by what he is able to do.



Connor Lokar
Economist, ITR Economics

Monday Closing General Session Keynote Speaker Sponsored by Applied Heat Recovery and Groupe Simoneau

Connor will present a 2024 economic forecast to prepare our members for the year ahead.

Boiler Focused Content Highlights
We are excited to announce the initial list of confirmed presenters below and expect these topics will be pertinent to your company.

  • Associates Group : Bart Gragg, Blue Collar University
    Developing Blue Collar Leaders

  • Burner Group: David Scearce, Enertek
    Assessment of Hydrogen Enriched Natural Gas

  • Commercial Group : Shaibaal Roy, Spirax Sarco Inc                                                                                                 A Second Look at Steam Systems and the impact of System Design on Steam Generation
  • Environmental Affairs Group: Clayton Aldrich & Javier Galvan, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division
    Current Air Regulations for the State of Texas

  • Industrial Group: John Puskar, Prescient Technical Services LLC                                                                          ASME CSD-1 Code Updates & Overview
  • Hydronics Group: Mike Heavener, DuraVent
    Non-Condensing to Condensing Vent Conversions - Challenges & Solutions


  • New Member Presentation: alliantgroup
    Strategic Practices for Manufacturing Success: Outpacing Competitors, Increasing ROI and Nurturing Top Talent

Stay tuned for more details on confirmed speakers and educational content in the coming weeks.

Social Activities & Networking Opportunities - MORE DETAILS!

ABMA’s 2024 Annual Meeting will include impactful keynote speakers, and a variety of boiler presentations guaranteed to offer insights that you can bring back to your company.

But it wouldn’t be an ABMA Meeting without excellent networking opportunities, enjoyable social activities, and a little bit of fun. Bring your cowboy boots and hats y’all and get ready for a boot scootin’ good time!

ABMA will welcome attendees on Friday, February 2nd with an evening Welcome Reception sponsored by NBBI, featuring a saloon-themed casino night at the Big Steam Saloon, complete with blackjack, craps, war, and roulette tables. Just watch out for the sheriff!

On Saturday, get ready for ABMA’s inaugural Pickleball Tournament followed by our evening reception at the pickleball courts. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch the ending to the Pickleball Tournament, casually play pickleball at the conclusion of the tournament, and connect during our networking reception while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and drinks at sunset.

Sunday morning will include the Spouse Program, sponsored by Industrial Steam and Nationwide Boiler featuring a Jazzercise class lead by Tina Zellmer, breakfast buffet with a mimosa bar, and community project activity benefitting the Magdalene House - Austin.

Monday features ABMA’s Golf Tournament at the Barton Creek Country Club sponsored in part by Miura America Company with proceeds benefiting the Randy Rawson Scholarship Fund. Golf Tournament participants will be playing the scenic Crenshaw Cliffside Course, situated within the Omni Barton Creek Resort. This 18-hole course boasts a Par 71 spread over 6,630 yards, featuring pristine Tifway419 Hybrid Bermuda fairways and Champion Hybrid Ultra Dwarf Bermuda greens.

The meeting closes out on Monday night with our special “Boots & Bling Ball” Closing Reception & Dinner sponsored by Frederick Cowan Products by ICI featuring live music and entertainment by a local country cover band. Attendees are encouraged to dress in country western glam "like a rhinestone cowboy" and to brush up on their Texas two-step and line dancing. Tuesday morning attendees can enjoy coffee and a light continental breakfast to-go near the hotel's main lobby for Coffee-To-Go sponsored by E-Tech.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the ABMA Annual Meeting 

  1. Making connections is smart business strategy. No matter how connected we are online, face-to-face interaction yields stronger relationships, which correlate to more sales and competitive business advantages. 
  2. Get ahead by staying ahead. Be among the first to know about industry changes, advancements and forecasts.
  3. Who wants to reinvent the wheel? Learning from and collaborating with others is what the most successful business leaders do regularly. 
  4. Get what you pay for. Membership meetings are part of your ABMA membership benefits – take advantage and your company will reap the rewards. 
  5. Downtime is good for you and your business. Studies show that taking time to “recharge” actually increases productivity. 

A great meeting awaits....we look forward to seeing you in Austin! 

For questions about meetings, please contact ABMA at [email protected].