“We Need Growth”

“We Need Growth”

Orange County Chapter meeting on August 3

Why are major systems OEMs like Rockwell Collins and SAFRAN moving to acquire B/E and Zodiac Aerospace, respectively, when there appear to be so few synergies between them?

The answer is GROWTH. With the extremely long program cycles for new aircraft programs, OEMs struggle to grow. Every new platform program becomes a “Must Win”. So what are some of the big differences in these adjacent spaces in the overall aerospace market and what makes the interiors businesses so attractive….and challenging! What must both acquirers do to successfully create value in these market spaces? What can derail these deals?

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, August 3, 7:30– 9:00am, when Jeffrey Johnston, President & CEO, Desser Holdings, will discuss the stark differences in these segments of the aerospace market, why they are attractive, and what makes them so challenging.

The meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

“What’s Your Supply Chain IQ?”

“What’s Your Supply Chain IQ?”

Orange County Chapter meeting on June 1

As the industry continues to enter into the 2nd Golden Age of Aviation, how are you preparing your business, and what steps are you taking to ensure you’re a part of the future supply chain ecosystem? You might be surprised how that future ecosystem might look, and what steps you should be taking today.

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, June 1, 7:30– 9:00am, when Dustin Tillman, CEO, Elite Aerospace Group will describe what he sees and how he is preparing his company to thrive in that future.

Free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

Re-inventing and Building a Business for Greater Customer Value and Financial Growth

“Re-inventing and Building a Business for Greater Customer Value and Financial Growth”

Orange County Chapter meeting on May 4

Join us in Irvine on Thur, May 4, 7:30– 9:00am, when Brian Williams, CEO, AIP Aerospace, will cover the transformation of the company from a U.S.-focused tooling-only business (short backlog/capital intensive) into a global provider of integration systems and automated products (long backlog/less capital) with highly differentiated tooling capabilities that advantage the integration business. The discussion will focus on the development and communication of strategic intent, organizational ‘make vs. buy’ considerations, the financial and strategic evaluation of acquisition targets, and the integration of heritage and newly acquired businesses.

Free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“How to Professionally Manage A&D Projects”

“How to Professionally Manage A&D Projects”

Orange County Chapter meeting on April 6

Parker Aerospace has endeavored to significantly improve project and program execution performance across the organization ($2.3B in sales, 7 major divisions, and 38 worldwide locations). In this light, the organization has established a Program Management Office that is focused on people, processes, tools and execution performance to drive a competitive advantage in our market space.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, April 6, 7:30– 9:00am PDT, when Barry Draskovich,
Group Vice President of Program and Contract Management, Parker Aerospace, will discuss the PMO approach, focusing mainly on human resource factors including structure, competencies, key success factors and results to date that resulted in being recognized as a finalist for the PMI 2016 PMO of the Year award.

Meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“How to Defend Against Economic Espionage”

“How to Defend Against Economic Espionage”

Orange County Chapter meeting on March 2

You’ve taken all the recommended cybersecurity actions. You have secured ITAR areas. And you welcome tours by potential global customers and suppliers to show off your unique capabilities. Did you know that you could be losing valuable IP just by granting permission to “may I touch”?

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, March 2, 7:30–9:00am PDT, when we will screen a film produced by the FBI followed by comments by FBI Special Agent Cheny Mak.

Economic espionage is real and securing the information that makes your corporation relevant is essential for its survival.

Meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“Increasing Your US-Mexico Cross-Border Commerce”

“Increasing Your US-Mexico Cross-Border Commerce”

Orange County Chapter meeting on February 2

Aerospace commerce between the US and Mexico has been continually increasing. The Cluster Aeroespacial De Baja California is a consortium of over 80 aerospace companies with a strong interest in doing business with Southern California.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, Feb 2, 7:30– 9:00am PDT, when Tomas Sibaja, Executive President, Cluster Aeroespacial De Baja California will discuss how Mexico is positioning itself to add value to tiers in the value chain in the US, how to identify potential clients and products/services, the proper channels to reach decision makers, and how perceived political challenges between Mexico and US are potential business opportunities.

If you are interested in increasing your sales, this is a meeting not to be missed.

Meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members. Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

Tour of FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology

Tour of FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technologyfutek-building

Orange County Chapter meeting on December 1

With a mindset of “Failure is not an option” and “Quality Culture” FUTEK designs, develops and manufactures Miniature load, Torque, pressure sensors and related instrumentation and software in Irvine California in an effort to provide total solutions for demanding markets such as Aerospace, Avionics, Medtech, Medical & Automation in a state of art facility.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, December 1, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), for a tour of this unique company.

Meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 until Nov 17). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“Being an Entrepreneur and the SBIR Program”

“Being an Entrepreneur and the SBIR Program”emulsion-test

Orange County Chapter meeting on November 3

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, November 3, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Steve Harrington, CEO of Flometrics, Inc., and part-time faculty member at University of California – San Diego where he teaches aerospace engineering senior design courses; will draw upon more than 20 years of engineering experience and share lessons learned as an A&D entrepreneur. Steve will also share his thoughts on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and discuss the new DARPA SBIR project that he is working on to develop a rocket fuel pump.

Meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 until Oct 27). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“What the A&D Industry is learning from Automotive”

“What the A&D Industry is learning from Automotive”northrup-f-25-assembly-line

Orange County Chapter meeting on October 6

Many of the large A&D contractors are changing the way they do business to better compete in the increasingly competitive Defense market.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, Oct 6, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Ryan Blanchette, Director, Supply Chain and General Manager, Mexico operations, Cobham Advanced Electronics Systems, will discuss how the automotive business processes are influencing the changing landscape at Cobham from organizational/hiring enhancements to advance quality planning, strategic sourcing and cost modeling. Ryan will also comment on the impacts of FAR, DFAR and ITAR in Cobham’s daily business.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 until Sept 29). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Has Arrived!”

“Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Has Arrived!”how-additive-manufacturing-works.story

Orange County Chapter meeting on August 4
(live webstream available)

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, Aug 4, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Scot Thompson, West Area Account Manager, EOS of North America and Ivan Madera, Founder and CEO, Morf3D, will be looking at the game changing opportunities that Additive Manufacturing provides, equipment, methods to qualify, who is using it, what are the factors that affect growth, and what is the market potential today and forecasted. Also, should you be concerned if your competition were to invest in AM first?

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 28) (attending via the web is free). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.