AEM Annual Conference

The next chapter for the equipment manufacturing industry is just around the corner, and AEM is committed to helping its members prepare for the opportunities and challenges they will face in the near term.

Attendees at the 2020 AEM Annual Conference – scheduled for Nov. 18-20, 2020 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California – will learn how to leverage the latest trends and technologies to positively impact their business and navigate their way through the industry’s “new normal.”

This year two options for participation in the Annual Conference are available: an in-person option in Napa, California and a virtual option. 

Register now.

What’s on Tap

This year’s AEM Annual Conference will afford attendees with a uniquely valuable opportunity to:

  • Network with industry leaders and peers
  • Learn how to leverage the latest trends and technologies to positively impact one’s business
  • Hear from several industry executives as they explore how they are preparing for future opportunities and challenges

A number of experts will also be on hand to share how their business is changing, the challenges they face today, the opportunities that present themselves in the future, and the drivers poised to shape the equipment manufacturing industry of tomorrow. Featured sessions include:

The Next Chapter

The world has reached a critical juncture in which nothing will ever be the same again. How will society navigate not only through this moment but importantly, beyond? What new understandings will be essential to allow organizations to embrace the significant opportunities ahead? What mindset is necessary to build the future? Strategic futurist Nancy Giordano will weigh in on how the COVID-19 pandemic and the reactions to it will reshape business, society and technology.

The Future of Work

Don’t just be interested in the work that humans do; Be interested in what work is doing to society. Jobs used to be mere necessities to keep the world turning. Derek Thompson, staff writer for The Atlantic, will detail how work has become a reality to live

Other sessions scheduled for this year’s Annual Conference include:

  • The state of the economy for 2021
  • Ag business issues and economic status
  • CE state highway funds prognosis
  • CE economics for 2021
  • CE OEM & AED distribution roundtable
  • Ag OEM & EDA distribution roundtable

Annual Conference Scholarship Initiative

In an effort to help foster opportunities for all demographics to secure a place within the association and the equipment manufacturing industry as a whole, AEM has brought back its scholarship initiative in conjunction with 2020 Annual Conference.

AEM’s scholarship offering aligns with the association’s long-term focus on diversity and inclusion, and it seeks to improve underrepresented attendance at the Annual Conference. Both full and partial scholarships will be awarded to member companies meeting certain criteria related to gender, race/ethnicity and age. The deadline for applications is Aug. 24, 2020.

Apply now.

AEM Annual Conference COVID Information 

AEM is committed to hosting the top networking and education event for our industry, where our members come together to learn to leverage the latest technologies for their competitive advantage and to prepare for future challenges and opportunities. 

For the in-person option at this year's Annual Conference, AEM's top priority is the health and safety of all participants. The association is working closely with the Meritage Resort & Spa to ensure all state and federal guidelines will be followed during the conference. Please click here to see more information about the Resort’s onsite COVID health and safety measures. AEM is also working diligently to provide an agenda and options that offer ample space between colleagues while including a safe environment to network and learn from and interact with peers. 

For More Information

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