NASF Management Conference

February 23-27, 2014
Maui, Hawaii

2014 Keynote Speaker: Robert O'Neill Sheraton, Maui A Cliff Diver at Sunset The Pool at the Sheraton Maui

Management Conference A Success

Navy SEAL O’Neill and Disaster Preparation Key Highlights

The NASF annual Management Conference hit a record attendance in Maui last month. The meeting was held February 23-27th, with the conference program that showcased a relevant and timely peer-to-peer discussion of contingency planning for facilities under the heading “Are you prepared for a disaster?” This is one issue that never seems to get attention from many companies until it’s too late.

The contingency planning panel discussion featured Mitch Marsh of Finishing Services, Jim Greenwell of Reliable Plating, LaVaughn Daniel of Danco, and Brent Burleson of Hubbard Hall. Coventya President and NASF Board Vice President Erik Weyls moderated the informative discussion.

Robert O’Neill, one of the most highly decorated Navy SEALs of our time, gave the keynote address. Mr. O’Neill delivered a riveting presentation on his experience as a former team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. The U.S. Navy SEALs have long been considered among the finest, most courageous and professional soldiers in American Military history. Mr. O’Neill highlighted the way leadership plays a significant role in the outcome of operations and more importantly, the long-term effectiveness of any organization.

Attendees also heard the latest on Washington and global developments from the NASF team, as well as the state of the association briefing by NASF President Rick Delawder.

One of the highlights of the event was a short program of special recognition honoring key leaders of NASF who have recently served as national directors or officers during NASF’s turnaround, including:

  • Jim Jones, DIFCO
  • Ken Hankinson, KCH
  • Tony Revier, Uyemura
  • Michael Siegmund, MacDermid
  • Jerry Wahlin, AAA Plating

Plans are already well underway for the 2015 Management Conference to be held February 15-19th in Palm Springs, California. Sam Bell, Metal Surfaces, will be serving as the conference chairman. We look forward to seeing you next year! Visit for updates on this and other events produced by the National Association for Surface Finishing.