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FABTECH 2022 Heads to Atlanta and Offers Dynamic Lineup of Keynotes and Speakers

“This year’s keynote speakers and panel discussions were handpicked to impart insights to transform businesses and address the challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing industry today.”

Posted: September 22, 2022

Exclusively focused on advancing the industries, this year’s FABTECH will offer a diverse and robust lineup of forward-thinking, solution-based keynote speakers, leadership panel discussions and special events covering the industry’s most pressing issues, emerging trends and latest advancements.
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FABTECH 2022, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, is set to take place November 8-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Exclusively focused on advancing the industries, this year’s event will offer a diverse and robust lineup of forward-thinking, solution-based keynote speakers, leadership panel discussions and special events covering the industry’s most pressing issues, emerging trends and latest advancements.

“This year’s keynote speakers and panel discussions were handpicked to impart insights to transform businesses and address the challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing industry today,” said John Catalano, SME senior director, US events and strategic partnerships, FABTECH. “Over three days, attendees will not only hear from these thought leaders, but will also connect with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, find the tools to improve productivity, and discover the newest manufacturing solutions.”

Keynote Sessions (Tuesday – Thursday, 9 – 10 a.m.): In the FABTECH 2022 keynote presentations, experts from across the industry will provide their experiences in building and managing successful businesses and will offer guidance on leveraging innovation, building successful teams, effective leadership, and workforce development.

  • FABx Tech Talks: As manufacturing processes are evolving at a rapid pace, it has become crucial for fabricators to leverage these innovations to stay competitive. In these FABx Tech Talks, Gillen Young, Chief Architect for IIOT Solutions at AT&T; Bryce Austin, CEO of TCE Strategy; and Richard Boyd, CEO of Tanjo AI, will share insights on emerging trends and innovations that are changing the way businesses operate. Bill Carlton, owner and mastermind of Extensive Metal Works featured on the popular reality-TV show Texas Metal, will make a special appearance.
  • Winning the Manufacturing Race: Brad Keselowski, champion NASCAR driver and Owner of Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), will highlight his ownership and operation of his company. Keselowski will share key insights on how his NASCAR experience, coupled with his passion for technological innovations, led him to build KAM.
  • The One and the Nine: Groundswell Founder and CEO Jake Wood will offer insights on how organizations can re-think what they know about leadership, change management and risk. He will use his own journey as an athlete, Marine Scout Sniper and co-founder of Team Rubicon to advise on how to build a successful team and be the leader that others look to.

Leadership Exchange Panels (Tuesday – Thursday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.): The Leadership Exchange Panels will feature groups of subject matter experts who will discuss the next phase of advanced manufacturing, how innovation is key to outperforming the competition, tactics for cultivating the next generation of manufacturing talent and how to protect your company from a cyber security threat. This year’s Leadership Exchange Panels include Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Opportunities, Planning for the Future of Work: How New Technology is Redefining the Workplace, and Considerations to Improve Your Cyber Security Strategy.

State of the Industry (Thursday, 8 – 8:45 a.m.): Washington, D.C. lobbyist Omar Nashashibi will discuss the latest information on the 2022 mid-term elections and the impact the results may have in 2023 on tariffs, taxes, trade negotiations, regulations, and workforce training.

Women in FABTECH Breakfast (Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.): Learn about manufacturing trends, marketing strategies, and more through real-world examples shared by women leaders in manufacturing. Along with breakfast and networking, this special session will feature keynote speaker, Scarlet Hao, Digital Strategy Consultant at Accenture, who will then also lead an expert panel with Holly Gotfredson, President of American Metalcraft and Finishing Dynamics, and Shelly Foland, CEO of Softies.

In addition to the special events, FABTECH 2022 will include over 150 carefully curated education sessions, an expansive show floor featuring more than 1,200 exhibitors and 300 new products and technologies across every facet of the industry, and unmatched networking opportunities with peers, industry leaders, buyers and manufacturers.

For more information, visit fabtechexpo.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. To secure a free exhibit hall pass, register here. Members of the press can register for a media pass here.

About FABTECH

FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event. The event provides a powerfully aligned hands-on, face-to-face business growth experience.  FABTECH is held annually in the U.S., rotating between Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta. FABTECH Mexico also occurs annually rotating between Mexico City and Monterrey and FABTECH Canada occurs biennially in Toronto. These events are made possible by FABTECH’s five event partners, all of whom represent the varied and diverse makeup of the manufacturing industry. They include the American Welding Society, the Chemical Coaters Association International, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, the Precision Metalforming Association and SME. Read more about FABTECH’s event partners here.

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