This October 15-17, top adhesives and sealants industry executives will gather in Naples, Fla., for the annual Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) Executive Leadership Conference. The event features notable speakers including Jim Owens, president of H.B. Fuller; Stephen Melman, an economist with the National Association of Home Builders; Matt Thornhill, managing partner at the Institute for Tomorrow; and Metrick Houser, director of raw materials and energy at International Paper Co.

Attendees will have several opportunities to network at the event, including receptions, dinners and special programs. For example, an opening Reception and Dinner will be held Monday evening, and each day will feature multiple networking sessions as well. Additional activities throughout the event will include a golf outing and an eco-tour of the Everglades, as well as various sightseeing and shopping opportunities. Finally, the Chairman's Reception & Dinner will close out the event on board a luxury yacht on Wednesday evening.  ASI

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Program Schedule*

Monday, October 15

Noon-1 p.m.

Board of Director Lunch

1-5 p.m.

Board of Director Meeting

3-6:30 p.m.


4-5 p.m.

Spouse/Guest Meet and Greet

7-9:30 p.m.

Opening Reception and Dinner


Tuesday, October 16

7:30 a.m.


7:30-8:50 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

9-10:15 a.m.

“Housing & Economic Outlook After Tax Reform”—Stephen Melman, director, economic services, National Association of Home Builders of the U.S.

The presentation will begin with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its impact on the housing market. There will be a macroeconomic update, including trade concerns.

10:15-10:45 a.m.



“Finding Value in the White Space”—Metrick Houser, director, raw materials and energy, International Paper Co.

International Paper has adopted a new and mutually beneficial way of engaging both customers and suppliers to create solutions. This new approach aims to define value, spawn collaboration through alignment, and bring innovative solutions to end-user customers.

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30-2:45 p.m.

“You Say More Than You Think: Body Language and Statement Analysis Secrets for ASC Leaders”—Janine Driver, body language expert, JD Consulting

New York Times
bestselling author Driver will provide strategies to help attendees become stronger leaders and navigate sticky spots with grace.

2:45-3 p.m.

Day One Wrap-Up

3-5:30 p.m.

Attendee Networking On Your Own

5:30-8 p.m.

Reception and Dinner

8-10 p.m.

After Dinner Networking Lounge


Wednesday, October 17

7-7:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

7:30-8:30 a.m.

“Trust: The Essential Factor for Developing and Sustaining High Performing Talent”—Ellen Burts-Cooper, senior managing partner, Improve Consulting and Training Group, and faculty, Case Western University

Organizations today must understand and build trust as a strategy to develop productive, cohesive and resilient talent in organizations. Attendees will learn five key elements of effective trust, discover behaviors that either enhance or erode trust, and understand how to communicate in a way that builds trust.

8:30-9:45 a.m.

“High Performance Teams and Opportunities and Challenges with Post Merger Integration (PMI)”—Jim Owens, president and CEO, H.B. Fuller

This session will focus on how H.B. Fuller handles PMI and how it uses its high-performing teams to collaborate and deliver value to its shareholders and drive success through long-term growth. Examples of how H.B. Fuller integrates its acquisitions and team vs. individual accountability will be addressed.

9:45-10 a.m.

Networking Break

10-11 a.m.

“Winning Tomorrow: How ACS Can Leverage the Future We Already Know”—Matt Thornhill, managing partner, Institute for Tomorrow

Thornhill will share insights on the key trends impacting our industry and what leaders today need to do.

11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Afternoon on Your Own

5:30-9 p.m.

Chairman’s Reception and Dinner

*as of 8/14/18