Friday, December 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM CST
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JW Marriott - Chicago 
151 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603

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Kimberly McNamara 
Illinois Manufacturers' Association 

2017 IMA Annual Lunch


Schedule of Events

9:00 - 11:30am - Registration 

9:30 - 10:30am - Breakout Sessions

“Growing Your Business Through Expanded Trade Finance: LC’s and Foreign Currency”
Presented by: Wells Fargo
Starting with an overview of current trends in international trade, we will then explore strategies to improve working capital from both an import and export perspective and advise on how to manage currency risk.  Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how actual companies have grown their business, improved working capital and mitigated foreign currency exposure. Specific strategies would be presented in this session.

"Cyber Security in the 21st Century”
Presented by: Ice Miller, LLP

Manufacturers have increasingly become targets for third-party cyber crime attacks.  Whether it be ransomware, fund transfer fraud, or traditional business email compromise, many manufacturers are suffering losses in productivity, proprietary and/or employee data, and funds stores in bank accounts are a result of these attacks.  This session will discuss real attacks seen in the wild and how manufacturers can mitigate risk in this area.

"Succession Planning”
Presented by: U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Does your company have a succession plan? Whether preparing to transition ownership of the business or positions of leadership, business succession planning is essential to a company's long-term business strategy. This session will explore components essential to business a succession plan including preparation, weighing options, overcoming obstacles, and careful consideration of your team and their skills and experience.

Do Apprenticeships Bring Value to SMEs?
Presented by: IMA Education Foundation

We’ve all heard it…”I’m too small to have apprentices.” What’s surprising is that even the smallest companies discover the value of employing apprentices as the best way to manage labor needs and costs.  Join us at the IMA Annual Lunch as we put you face to face with apprentices AND their employers for a frank, peer-to-peer discussion about the value of having apprentices. If you’re hesitating on participating with the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, this is a session you won’t want to miss!

10:30 - Noon - Networking Reception & Exhibits

Noon - 2:00pm - Luncheon Program

 Keynote Speaker: Juan R. Luciano
 Chairman of the Board of Directors, President & CEO of Archer Daniels    Midland Company

  Mr. Luciano joined ADM in 2011 as executive vice president    and chief operating officer. He was named president in    February 2014 and in January 2015, became the ninth chief    executive in ADM's 112-year history. He became chairman of  the board in January 2016.

Under Mr. Luciano's leadership, ADM has taken significant actions to deliver shareholder value through strategic growth.  Since January 2015, the company has invested in port facilities in Europe & South America announced construction of new feed plants in the U.S and China and expanded sweetner production capacity in Eastern Europe.  Luciano has also led ADM's continued expansion into the ingredients business, growing the company's production capacity of specialty nuts and seeds and adding to ADM's flavor capabilities.  At the same time, he has spearheaded operational excellence initiatives that have significantly enhanced the company's capital, cost and cash positions and has led efforts to continue building the organization's internal leadership capacity.


Sponsorship Opportunities are available!*

Event Sponsor: $15,000 - includes premier seating and two tables of 10

Program Sponsor: $10,000 -  includes two tables of 10

Lunch Sponsor:  $7,500 - includes one table of 10

Networking Reception Sponsor: $5,000 - includes one table f 10

Gold Sponsor:  $2,500 - includes one table of 10  

Table Sponsor: $1,250 - includes one table of 10

*All sponsors will receive recognition in the program, on the IMA website and in IMA publications.  Sponsorships must be received by November 20th to be included in the program materials.    

Please contact Kimberly McNamara: kmcnamara@ima-net.org.



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