The composites industry is growing at a rapid pace with a surge in demand, research, product development, and government regulation. While many of these growth factors are discussed within the industry and at ACMA events, there are very few platforms to discuss the always evolving government trade, tariffs, and regulations. This conference is dedicated to facilitating discussion and sharing knowledge of the industry’s future at a high level. Presentations and sessions will include industry leaders, and economic and political experts, plus an excursion to the prestigious United States Naval Academy for presentations from some of the Academy’s brightest intellectuals on cybersecurity, leadership, and ethics. Click here to view speaker bios.



           5:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Welcome Networking Reception 




8:00 am - 8:30 am   Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast


8:30 am - 9:00 am   Opening Remarks & ACMA Update with President, Tom Dobbins

9:00 am - 10:00 am   Economic Outlook 

Robert will provide an update on the performance of the economy and key indicators all businesses and the composites industry should be watching.

Robert C. Fry | Robert Fry Economics LLC; Delaware

10:00 am - 10:30 am   Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am   Manufacturing for the Future

This panel session will feature futuristic, game changing processes and practices, including areas of advanced and high-speed manufacturing, automation, and more.

Matthew Fischer  |  Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing; Pittsburgh, PA
John Tyson  |  Trilion Quality Systems; King of Prussia, PA


11:45 am - 1:00 pm   Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   Composites on The Hill

Become a Washington DC insider during this session! From the IMAGINE Act, to the balance of power, what happens in Washington DC does not stay here. This session will feature speakers discussing highly-debated issues that affect manufacturing – from immigration, workforce, healthcare, and taxes, to specific, composites-related legislation.

Rhod Shaw | Alpine Group; Washington D.C.
Wayne H. Valis | Valis Associates; Washington D.C.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Session Spotlight 

Session Spotlights are designed to explore the potential tipping points that exponentially propel composites growth. Is the industry ready and do we have the businesses and production capabilities to meet future demands?

Transportation: How do we speed up production in the transportation area?

Robert G. Bryant  |  NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA
Amanda Simpson  |  Airbus; Herndon, VA


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm   Session Spotlight 

Session Spotlights are designed to explore the potential tipping points that exponentially propel composites growth. Is the industry ready and do we have the businesses and production capabilities to meet future demands?

Infrastructure: What is needed to continue to grow this market?

Gregory G. Nadeau  |  Infrastructure Ventures LLC; Washington, D.C.
Kenneth D. Simonson  |  Associated General Contractors of America; Arlington, VA
Thomas W. Smith, III  |  American Society of Civil Engineers; Reston, VA

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm   Day 1 Closing Remarks

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm   Reception and Dinner with ACMA 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us as we kick off ACMA’s 40th year as the world’s largest composites industry trade group by toasting to innovation and a bright future!



6:30 am - 7:00 am   Breakfast 

7:00 am   Shuttle Leaves for the U.S. Naval Academy (U.S. identification required)

8:00 am
   Morning Colors and National Anthem

8:30 am - 10:20 am   Cyber Security, Leadership and Ethics in the US Naval Academy & Your Business

Hear from expert speakers on leadership, ethics, and cyber security issues from some of the Academy’s top intellectuals.

Mr. Chris Inglis will lead a discussion focusing on cyber security issues. Mr. Inglis served in a federal capacity for 41 years, including 28 years at NSA (National Security Agency) and over 7 years as a senior civilian and Deputy Director of NSA. Mr. Inglis’ holds the rating of Command Pilot in the U.S. Air Force and has received multiple awards and medals

Dr. Joseph J. Thomas will lead a discussion on leadership and ethics issues. Dr. Thomas is the Director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and a past Director of the John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at the Marine Corps University. Dr. Thomas’ research interests involve experiential leadership development and he is a frequent, international speaker.

10:20 am - 10:40 pm   Coffee Break

10:40 am - 12:30 pm   USNA Engineering and Weapons Division Overview and Tours

Professors from the Engineering and Weapons Division will provide an overview of their area with a focus on composites, additive manufacturing, robotics, testing, and tooling. Attendees will then break into four groups to tour the facilities. Each tour stop will have professors or students ready to explain their projects and applications.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Private Lunch at the Officer's Club

Join students to learn about how they use composites in their research.

1:30 pm   Forum Concludes 

Attendees may board a shuttle to return to the hotel for departures or remain onsite for full campus tours (attendees are responsible for return transportation if remaining on campus).

Click here to view speaker bios.

Contact: Martha Lowe | ACMA | 


Please note this schedule is subject to change* 

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