Get ready for an exciting and dynamic conference, packed with activities and learning. 2017 RMC features a combination of technical presentations, general session guest speakers,  hands-on equipment experience and ample opportunity for networking.

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2017 RMC Daily Schedule (subject to change)

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Monday, Oct. 16
Airport Transportation
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Atlanta Buckhead Marriott

Arrange ground transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to the Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center

Registration Open
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Upon arriving to the Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center, visit the RMC Registration desk to receive your attendee materials including:

• Attendee Badge (required for all conference events)
• Conference Brochure
• Schedule of activities
• Gift Bag
• Meet the friendly RMC staff

Welcome Reception
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Atlanta Buckhead Marriott Dining Room

Tuesday, Oct. 17
6:30 am - 8:00 am
Atlanta Buckhead Marriott Dining Room

Welcome to RMC

Introduction - Brian Schmidt, Chevron Lubricants RBL Manager, Americas
OE Moment - TBD
Welcome to 2017 Chevron RMC - Doug Hinzie, Chevron Lubricants VP of Americas

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Buckhead Marriott Dining Room

Partner Showcase Reception
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Buckhead Ballroom A

Network with attendees and view exhibits from our sponsors:

Polaris Laboratories
ALS Tribology
Evonik Industries

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heritage Ballroom B&C

Registration Open
7:00 am - 8:30 am

Never Fly Solo - Waldo Waldman
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Heritage Ballroom B&C

Our Keynote Speaker, Waldo Waldman, has a simple message: Whether achieving greatness as a fighter pilot or in business, the same qualities that drive success apply: disciplined training, dedicated teamwork, impassioned leadership and most of all… unwavering trust.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman delivers the message of maximizing performance in competitive environments. Known as “the Wingman”, he teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners and customers while relaying his personal experiences as a combat decorated fighter pilot and businessman. He makes a striking parallel that is memorable and exciting and brings fighter pilot energy and passion into each story and illustration.

Revolution of Machine Reliability - Jim Fitch, Noria Corp
10:25 am - 11:25 am
Heritage Ballroom B&C

There’s a revolution occurring. Managers who once desired machine reliability now demand it. It’s a matter of corporate survival in the global economy, and effective machinery lubrication is an essential enabler to success. 

Jim Fitch is the CEO and a co-founder of Noria Corporation. He has a wealth of “in the trenches” experience in lubrication, oil analysis, tribology and machinery failure investigations. Over the past two decades, Jim has presented hundreds of courses on these subjects and has published more than 200 technical articles, papers and publications. He serves as a U.S. delegate to the ISO tribology and oil analysis working group, and has been awarded numerous patents. Since 2002, Jim has also been director and board member of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication.

IoT Digitalization Transforming Machinery Monitoring - Gary Foster, SKF Services and Solutions
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Heritage Ballroom B&C

The Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed how people communicate and live. We see this in everyday family and social life, personal business, and politics. It’s debatable to what extent this transformation is progressing to improve life, but there is no debating that digital technology change is real and immense. Consider the explosive or “disruptive” affect that Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, etc. have on how we live, especially shaping the changing habits and views of generations from Boomers to Millennials. Proving again that change is a dependable constant in life. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a fascinating source of attention and debate during the past 12 to 18 months, with equally transformational effects looming on how companies function and adopt business strategy to deal with, or capitalize on, emerging IIoT induced technologies and work flows. This presentation will provide a view into what IIoT technology trends may mean to our businesses, and reliability maintenance today. We will attempt to pull from the IIoT and Industry 4.0 buzz and hype, present real world examples of how Supplier Strategy, Machinery Owner / Operators, and Machine Manufacturers are currently dealing with transformational change influenced by Industrial Digitalization.

After completing studies at Drexel University in 1979, starting as a Sales Engineer, Regional Manager and then Marketing Manager, Gary learned how to implement consultative selling and solution development skills at Bently Nevada Corp., IRD Mechanalysis, and Wilcoxon Research. During 1993 -1999 Gary worked as VP Sales and Service for SKF Condition Monitoring. And, over the next 11 years, Gary’s expertise expanded to include Lean Manufacturing transformations, Cost Accounting and Financial Management, serving as President and COO for two mid-size firms that turned perennial operating loses into sustainable profits, growing Customer satisfaction, sales and market share. Since rejoining SKF in 2011, Gary guided SKF initiatives to leverage alliances and relationships with Process Automation Suppliers to produce strategic sales and Machinery Health Monitoring Delivery Projects that increase machine reliability, improve plant availability, enhancing Customer profits and safety.

Impact of Technology on the Construction and Mining Industry - Rich Smith, Komatsu America Corp
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Heritage Ballroom B&C

Technology and Innovation is more prominent than ever in our industry, but are we gaining the full value of the technology we expect?  The discussion will focus on current technologies and barriers to adoption, a vision of what technologies could be in our future and what questions should be asked when considering new technologies.

Rich has been with Komatsu America for twenty-seven years, beginning his career in 1990 in manufacturing. He has served in a variety of functions at Komatsu including manufacturing, product support, contract administration, technical support and product marketing. Rich’s wide range of experience has been of particular value in new product development and expanding business into new markets. Rich is on the on the National Mining Association Board of Directors, is the current President of National Mining Association Manufacturers and Services Board of Governors and is also on the Board of Directors of the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance. Rich is a Business Administration and Management, Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for AACSB accredited Business Colleges.

Do Coolants Have You Hot Under the Collar? - Jeff Snyder, Chevron Lubricants Strategic OEM Manager
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Heritage Ballroom B&C

Selecting the proper coolant for your fleet used to be a simple decision. With the advancements in equipment technology, OEM specifications and market drivers leading change in available coolant technologies, this simple decision has become complex. This session will cover the leading changes in equipment technology that have driven change in coolant requirements that may be costing your operation uptime.

Jeff Snyder has been active in the Lubricants and Coolants market for over 20 years. He has been with Chevron Lubricants for the last 16 years and has held a variety of positions in Sales and Marketing with both regional and global scope. Currently, Jeff is the Strategic OEM Manager focused on growth and development of Off Road OEM’s with global scope. Jeff’s depth of experience and industry knowledge, particularly in coolants, has helped to drive value and solutions in customers’ operations. He is a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and a member of the American Trucking Association Technology & Maintenance Council. Jeff holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Breakout Networking