2019 GSSC Annual Conference Program

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2019 GSSC Annual Conference

P R O G R A M MARGARITAVILLE BEACH HOTEL Pensacola, FL | April 9-10, 2019

Welcome to Pensacola and the Margaritaville Beach Hotel for the GSSC 2019 Spring Conference. I am excited to have the opportunity to spend the next two days with you and discuss the topic of Employee Engagement. The most critical element to a successful business is the people that work for us and their commitment to the work that they perform. The higher the engagement of your workforce, the greater the opportunity for success. Our two days will start with a tour of Florida’s State SkillsUSA contest, where we will see talent being developed to enter our industry. From there we will have presentations and sessions discussing engagement, effective engagement strategy, and more. My goal is that you find this conference beneficial; from the material presented, to the discussion with exhibitors and the contacts that are made. A special thank you to our Sponsors for helping make this event possible. Thank you as well for attending; your participation and input is what makes this conference valuable.



GSSC President

Ron Pierce, Chairman representing WESCO Gas & Welding

Ryan Blythe representing Georgia Trade School

Mike Leleux representing Hutco, Inc.

Jeff Allman, President representing Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding

Danny Burgess representing HKA Enterprises

Garry Mercer representing Ingalls Shipbuilding

Jerome Eymard, Vice President representing Bollinger Shipyards

Byron Dunn representing Alabama Technology Network

Keith Randle representing Austal USA

Audrey Kennedy, Secretary/ Treasurer Program Manager representing GSSC & NMEC

Mike Haughton representing Gulf Copper


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Garry Mercer Manager, Workforce Development Ingalls Shipbuilding 1000 Access Road Pascagoula, MS 39568 (O): 228.935.5497 garry.mercer@hii-ingalls.com ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/

Patty Bird, Senior Manager NCCER 13614 Progress Boulevard Alachua, FL 32615 (O): 888.622.3720 x 6912 pbird@nccer.org nccer.org/


Michael Leleux, Sales Representative Hutco, Inc. 6043 Highway 63, Suite 2 Moss Point, MS 39563 (O): 228.475.2611 (C): 228.229.7833 mleleux@hutcoinc.com hutcoinc.com

Table of Contents Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Schedule-at-a-Glance . . . . . . . 3 Opening Keynote . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sessions-Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Wednesday Keynote . . . . . . . . 7 Sessions - Wednesday . . . . . . . 8 General Information . . . . . . . . 9 Exhibitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 GSSC 2019 Annual Conference


TUESDAY, APRIL 9 7:30-8:30 AM | OUTSIDE ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Conference Attendee Registration 9:00-10:30 AM | BAY CENTER Florida SkillsUSA Tour Dreamcatcher shuttle departs from front of hotel at 9 am. 12:00 NOON | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Opening Remarks | Lunch Jeff Allman, President, GSSC International Program Manager, Ingalls Shipbuilding 12:30-1:30 PM | OPENING KEYNOTE What’s the Big Deal About Employee Engagement? Allan Steinmetz, CEO | Founder Inward Consulting 1:45-2:45 PM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Onboarding Shirley Adams, President Adams & Associates 2:45-3:15 PM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Exhibitor Expo/Networking Break 3:15-4:00 PM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Reverse Mentoring: An Engagement Tool Sherry Joubert, Project Manager Ingalls Shipbuilding

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 7:30-8:30 AM | OUTSIDE ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Conference Attendee Registration 8:30-8:45 AM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Opening Remarks Jeff Allman 8:45-9:30 AM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Creating Significance: How to Sell Young People on Hard Work and Keep Them Sid Sexton, Founder and President Sexton Lawn and Landscaping 9:30-10:00 AM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Exhibitor Expo/Networking Break 10:00-11:00 AM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Double Click - Learning to Communicate Across Generations Brian Lansing, Owner | Generations Expert Mic Drop Entertainment 11:15 AM-12 NOON | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Developing a Winning Engagement Strategy Sam Angermeier, Staffing Analyst HKA Staffing 12 NOON | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Lunch | Presentation of 2019 Navigator Award Jeff Allman

4:00-4:30 PM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Industry News & Opportunities | Recruiting Resources for Future Shipbuilders Dr. Kit Nast, Instructor Bishop State Community College 4:30-5:00 PM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Industry News & Opportunities | BYF: Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Works! Audrey Kennedy, Program Manager, GSSC/NMEC Patty Bird, Workforce Development Senior Program Manager, NCCER 6:30-8:30 PM | GRAND MARLIN Dinner Dreamcatcher shuttle departs from front of hotel at 6:25 pm.

12:45-1:30 PM | CLOSING KEYNOTE Closing Keynote - Each Moment Counts Eli Pagonis, Founder | CEO The Power of E4 1:30-1:45 PM | ONE PARTICULAR HARBOUR Closing Remarks Jeff Allman


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ALLAN STEINMETZ CEO | Founder Inward Consulting

Allan is the CEO and founder of Inward Strategic Consulting, an internal/external communications and branding, change management communications, team alignment and market research consulting firm with offices in Boston. He has over 30 years’ experience in marketing strategy, branding, employee engagement, product marketing, brand advertising and internal brand communications. During that time he has worked for Ford Motor Company, the U.S. Postal Service, Ericsson, L&T Infotech, Patni, Pitney Bowes, Campbell’s Soup, and more recently with JP Morgan, Zurich Insurance Group, McDonald’s, Prudential, Aetna, Cummins and Walmart. Prior to establishing Inward, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications for Arthur D. Little, a premium management consulting firm; where he was responsible for the firm’s brand identity, business development, lead generation, advertising and communications. Prior to ADL, he was the Worldwide Director of Marketing and Communications for Andersen Consulting (now called Accenture). Prior to Andersen he was with Young and Rubicam for ten years as Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing in a variety of management and new business roles.

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In 2012, he was named one of the top twenty-five consultants in the United States by Consulting Magazine. In 2017 his firm was received an annual award as the first agency of its kind by Enterprise Engagement Alliance at their annual conference and dinner. Allan has served as a member of the US Postal Service Marketing Advisory Board for 14 years, and a board member at Brand Direct Marketing and Bertucci Brick Oven Pizza. He is a sought after thought leader and has been a featured speaker and presenter at the Conference Board, Association of National Advertisers, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the AMA. He has also been interviewed and quoted in ADWEEK, Ad Age, Workforce Management, BtoB Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, BrandChannel.com, HR.com, Salary.com and DM News just to name a few. He resides in Newton, MA and his hobbies include cooking, and community charities.


SkillsUSA Tour The Dreamcatcher shuttle picks up in front of the hotel and departs at 9 a.m. 12:00-12:30 PM Meeting Kickoff | Lunch Presiding: Jeff Allman, GSSC President

12:30-1:30 PM Opening Keynote: What’s the Big Deal

About Employee Engagement What you need to know and why it matters! Employee Engagement is a hot topic these days. It is listed as one of three top priorities by CEO’s within the United Stated, but only less than a quarter of them know what to do about it. Having high employee engagement translates into better productivity, less absenteeism, more customer loyalty, greater retention, higher profits, fewer safety accidents and higher quality and much more. It is a way to distinguish a brand from the competition as well and improve customer facing experiences. Learn what Employee engagement means, the consequences and benefits for manufacturing companies and what steps you can take to improve employee engagement in your companies today. Presenter: Allan Steinmetz, CEO | Founder Inward Consulting

1:45-2:45 PM Onboarding

Most people confuse onboarding with orientation wherein lies the problem. In this session we will look at what the difference is and how you can create an onboarding program to engage your employees, reduce turnover and integrate them into your company’s culture.

3:15-4:00 PM Reverse Mentoring: An Engagement Tool With the newer generations soon to be making up the majority of the workplace, it is more important now than ever to navigate ways to engage them. Not only does your company need to recruit, and retain them, they also need to be able to keep them engaged. This session turns traditional mentoring on its head and outlines ways to use it as an engagement tool.

Presenter: Sherry Joubert, Project Manager, Ingalls Shipbuilding

4:00-4:30 PM Industry News and Opportunities: Recruiting Resources for Future Shipbuilders

Dr. Kit will provide an overview of how his website (drkit.org) may be used to engage students in shipbuilding-related content. These resources will help to increase student awareness to careers in the field and assist with recruitment. Participants will have the opportunity to give their input on additional resources that would be beneficial to students. Presenter: Dr. Kit Nast, Psychology Instructor, Bishop State Community College

4:30-5:00 PM Industry News and Opportunities: BYF: Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Works!

Learn how you can be a part of a one-year project to develop a national career awareness, image enhancement, and recruitment platform for the shipbuilding and repair industry to address critical workforce challenges while building the next generation of craft professionals. A walk through of NCCER’s premier career awareness platform, Build Your Future (BYF) pipeline.

Presenter: Shirley Adams, President | Adams & Associates

Presenters: Audrey Kennedy, Program Manager, NMEC and Patty Bird, Sr. Workforce Development Manager, NCCER

2:45-3:15 PM


Exhibitor Expo/Networking Break Be sure to visit with our exhibitors!



12:00-12:30 PM

Dinner | The Grand Marlin

The Dreamcatcher shuttle picks up in front of the hotel and departs at 6:25 p.m. GSSC 2019 Annual Conference



FOUNDER CEO E4, LLC Eli Pagonis, Founder and CEO, played an integral role in Baptist Health Care’s journey to excellence for 12 years. He was born in Pensacola, FL, and is the child of Greek immigrant parents where laughter, food, and love abound in their home. The movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is a documentary of his life. He is married to his college sweetheart, Dina, and they have three children, Daphne, George and Joshua. At Baptist Health Care, Eli directed their corporate university, Baptist University. He provided training for leaders, staff, physicians, local business leaders and community agencies. Over his 12 years with BHC, Eli has been a highly sought after speaker, educator and motivator and has presented to thousands of frontline employees and senior executive teams across the nation and Canada. Eli shares his passion of doing the “right thing for the right reason” through his many motivational learning seminars that are customized for each individual audience and include a focus on cultural transformation, employee engagement, effective patient/ staff communication, accountability and more.

Closing Keynote 12:45-1:30 p.m.


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Eli holds a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Music and Business Administration from Troy University. He is certified as a Myers Briggs trainer and served as a two-year adjunct professor at Pensacola State College.

Opening Remarks Presiding: Jeff Allman, GSSC President

8:45-9:30 AM Creating Significance: How to Sell Young People on Had Work and Keep Them

The lawn care business is not much different than shipbuilding when it comes to work environment. Learn how one lawn care company evolved into a thriving business by successfully investing in his people. From onboarding, to mentoring, to creating leaders, you will leave the session with actionable takeaways to engage your employees while reducing attrition, improving brand loyalty, and developing the leaders needed to grow your business. Presenter: Sid Sexton, Founder | President, Sexton Lawn and Landscape

9:30-10:00 AM

11:15 AM-12 NOON Building a Winning Engagement Strategy

There is no denial that engaged employees are the most valuable asset to an organization, yet less than 35% of employees in the U.S. display these characteristics. Building a winning and sustainable engagement strategy starts with redefining the way we think about work and understanding the various motivations behind engagement. Join Sam Angermeier, as we look under the hood of what drives human behavior in the workplace, and how this knowledge can fuel our strategy for long-term success. Presenter: Sam Angermeier, Staffing Analyst, HKA Enterprises

12:00-12:45 PM Lunch | Presentation of GSSC’s 2019 Navigator Award Presiding: Jeff Allman, GSSC President

Exhibitor Expo/Networking Break

Be sure to stop by and visit with our exhibitors.

10:00-11:00 AM Double Click - Learning to Communicate Across Generations

When it comes to communicating with Generations outside of or own, whether in work, the community or at home we all have moments that are challenging, and sometimes even lead to conflict. We may all be speaking English, however it doesn’t always seem that way! Join me as I share what shapes each generations unique characteristics and how we can work through some of the common “sticking points” we encounter when communicating with generations outside our own. My session will include Generational music trivia and as a former Host of the Timberwolves and current Emcee for Vikings Game Day live, I guarantee this will be an engaging session you won’t want to miss!

12:45-1:30 PM Closing Keynote | Each Moment Counts


8:30-8:45 AM

Presenter: Eli Pagonis, Founder | CEO The Power of #4

1:30 PM Closing Remarks Presiding: Jeff Allman, GSSC President

Presenter: Brian Lansing, Founder | Genera- tions Speaker, Mic Drop Entertainment


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Registration Hours The Conference Registration Desk is located outside One Particular Harbour. Registration hours are as 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

SkillsUSA Competition Tour Transportation to and from the SkillsUSA Competition is provided. Meet in front of the hotel. The bus begins loading at 8:45 a.m. and departs promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Name Badges Your name badge will gain you entry to all GSSC meeting events and includes door prize tickets behind the badge.

Lost and Found The Conference Registration Desk located outside the meeting room also serves as the Lost and Found station during the conference.

Exhibitor Expo The Exhibitor Expo is located in One Particular Harbour, the meeting room. The Expo is scheduled from 2:45-3:15 p.m. on Tuesday and 9:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday. In addition to these times, attendees can speak with Exhibitors during meals and at breaks. For a list of Exhibitors, see p. 10.

Media Release By attending GSSC’s Annual Conference, attendees grant permission to the Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium and its agents to utilize the attendees’ images or likenesses in an effort to promote GSSC. Attendees waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product or products and the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

Announcements Conference updates and changes will be announced during general sessions. Conference Meals and Activities Your conference name badge is your “ticket” to all food events and conference activities. WiFi Access WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The password is: Passport123 Door Prizes Door prizes will be awarded during keynotes, Exhibitor Expo/Networking breaks, at dinner on Tuesday evening, following lunch each day and at the close of the conference. Your prize ticket can be found behind your name badge. You must be present to win.


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Have Questions? Stop by the Conference Registration Desk outside the meeting room if you have questions about conference activities. After the Conference Find workshop materials, including PowerPoints and PDFs of handouts at gsship.org/2019_annual_ conference. Tell Us What You Think Click here for a brief survey regarding this year’s event. Your input will help us improve future meetings.


Tuesday 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Be sure and visit with each of our exhibitors during networking breaks!

Wednesday 9:30 -10:00 a.m.

DELTA T SYSTEMS, INC. Lynn Oien, President Delta T Systems 858 W 13th Court Riviera Beach, FL 33404 (O) 561.204.1500 (C) 561.891.0831 leo@deltatsystems.com deltatsystems.com



METALS, INC. Bax Kegans, General Manager Metals, Inc.- Mobile 8639 Bellingrath Road Theodore, AL 36582 (O) 251.653.4723 (C) 225.953.3499 Bax.Kegans@arbormetals.com www.metalsinc.com www.arbormetals.com PATTI MARINE ENTERPRISES, INC. Frank Patti Jr., President Patti Marine Enterprises, Inc. 306 South Pinewood Lane Pensacola, Florida 32507 850.453.1282 Frankjr@pattibuilt.com www.PattiBuilt.com Mandy P. Johnson, Management Patti Marine Enterprises, Inc. 306 South Pinewood Lane Pensacola, Florida 32507 850.453.1282 Mandy@pattibuilt.com www.PattiBuilt.com


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