Crisis Leadership in Manufacturing – Virtual Panel Discussion With Manufacturing Leaders

Registration ends Monday, May 11, 2020

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Monday, May 11, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM CDT
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Marni Hockenberg                                                952-500-9542

Online Zoom Meeting

Monday, May 11, 2020 

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Program, Audience Q & A

The world has changed significantly for most manufacturing companies as a result of the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Few business leaders imagined where we would be at today. At times like this, fearless crisis leadership is required to provide good decision making, strategy and actionable plans. The ‘new normal’ can be viewed through the lens of pessimism or optimism. Fearless leaders are viewing this as an opportunity rich environment rather than a doomsday scenario.

Gears & Gadgets is dedicated to the growth and success of our local manufacturing companies by being flexible and responsive to ever changing business environments. We will host our May 11th program from 4:00-5:15 pm but switch to a virtual program out of respect for the safety of our participants. Join our panel of manufacturing leaders as we discuss ‘Fearless Crisis Leadership in Manufacturing’.

Our panelists will provide real life examples of how they are fearlessly leading their companies through this crisis with a time for participant Q & A.

Discussion topics:

  1. How has the pandemic affected you and your company?
  2. What key decisions or adjustments have you had to make as a result?
  3. What are you doing that is working best for you during this time?
  4. How has this impacted your longer-term strategies for growth?


  1. Phil Mattison; President; Core Products International
  2. Amber Fennell; Director of Sales & Marketing; PGC (Precision Gasket Company)
  3. Shane Steffensen, COO and GM, Lube Tech, Inc
  4. Cathy Cruz Gooch, President at Catallia Mexican Foods

Panel Moderator:

Gary Braun, Partner; Pivotal Advisors

This online event is open to all executives regardless of employment status. Login information will be sent after registration.

Due to the the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are open to ALL manufacturing executives regardless of employment status.

Registration ends Monday, May 11, 2020.

Register Now!

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this Gears & Gadgets event possible!













About Minnesota Manufacturing Executive & Gears & Gadgets 

Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event for Minnesota Manufacturing Executives to discuss industry trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking reception with hot appetizers and cash bar. Manufacturing business owners and executives are eligible to attend.

This program is 'by invitation only'. To receive invitations, contact the founder, Marni Hockenberg at or 952-500-9542.