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FABTECH Expo 2021
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2023 FABTECH Keynotes & Special Events

September 11, 2023

8:30 am – 9:30 am (CT)

FABx Tech Talks

This year’s powerful line-up of speakers are visionary leaders who are driving manufacturing forward. Hear these experts share insights on the latest innovative trends and technologies that are improving the metal fabrication industry and how to transform your leadership to drive results.


Carol Reiley

Serial Entrepreneur

AI Roboticist

Slade Gardner


Big Metal Additive

Ben Wald


Very, LLC

Laszlo Gonc

Founder, CEO

Next Era Transformation Group

Joanna Cooper

General Manager, Mount Holly

Daimler Truck North America

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (CT)

Leadership Exchange: Advanced Manufacturing: Trends and Technologies Changing the Future of Metal Fabrication

It’s more important than ever for manufacturing companies to focus on new trends and technologies changing the landscape of business. Businesses need to embrace new technologies and innovations to keep up with customer demands and stay competitive.

September 12, 2023

8:30 am – 9:30 pm (CT)

A Nasty Bit of Rough with David Feherty

Hilarious and outspoken, David Feherty brings joy and smiles to audiences across the country. In addition to being golf’s most in-demand commentator and analyst, Feherty is one of the strongest advocates for U.S. troops in the line of duty as well as when they return home.

Keynote Speaker

David Feherty

Pro Golfer and PGA Announcer

7:30 am – 9:30 am (CT)

Women of FABTECH

How Did I Get Here? My Pathway to Manufacturing.    Representing a variety of manufacturing roles within the primary FABTECH industries, our panelists will share their personal career stories. Even our moderator will have stories to share!
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (CT)

Leadership Exchange: Building the Future Workforce

With the nature of work changing so fast, transforming your workforce is necessary in ensuring that advanced manufacturing and innovation supports technological competitiveness and drives product and process improvements. This requires a highly skilled workforce.

September 13, 2023

8:30 am – 9:30 am (CT)

Digital Leadership: The 5 Simple Habits of Digital Leaders

Leaders this digital decade are made—not born. The key is understanding the balance of offline and online. Using profound and practical research, Qualman showcases the 5 Habits that drive success & happiness for employees, partners and customers in a WiFi World.


Erik Qualman

Technology and Digital Leadership Expert

Author of Socialnomics

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (CT)

Leadership Exchange: Advancing Robotics in the Fabrication Metal Industry

Modern robotic technology is already contributing to higher quality products and shorter turnaround times in every sector, performing a wide range of human activities with accuracy. These robots are proving to be effective and prone to fewer errors, require less downtime, and are more cost-effective.

September 14, 2023

8:30 am – 9:30 am (CT)

State of Manufacturing 2023

The manufacturing industry faces new opportunities, challenges, and trends each year, captured in Fictiv’s annual State of Manufacturing survey of industry leaders. Join Fictiv CEO Dave Evans and a select panel of industry experts as we unpack and discuss the survey findings and share insights on key trends impacting the manufacturing industry this year to help you navigate 2023 and beyond.

10:00 am – 11:00 am (CT)

Leadership Exchange: Financing Business: Sources of Funding for Business Owners

Growing a business requires developing new products, technologies, and systems. This growth is vital to the success of not only an individual company, but also the overall economy, which needs innovation to continue growing. Manufacturing is a cash-intensive sector.

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Future FABTECH Expos

May 7-9, 2024

Monterrey, Mexico

June 11-13, 2024

Toronto, Ontario

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October 15-17, 2024

Orlando, Florida

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