Here's What You Missed in Myrtle Beach!

Association News,

Last week, The Transformer Association headed south to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the 2022 Annual Meeting. The meeting room was packed with over 85 members for two days of industry knowledge, networking, and education.

The Board of Directors and the IMA Working Group members met on Wednesday, November 30. Several projects were discussed, including membership recruitment, future meetings, education programs, and more.

Following the meetings, members visited the Hitachi Metglas facility in Conway, SC, for a plant tour. They also received a presentation from the Metglas R&D Director, President, and Head Engineer about what Metglas does, the history of its materials, the sizes they produce, and where it goes. The night was then wrapped up with a dinner at Crooked Hammock Brewery, where attendees could network and catch up with industry peers.

On Thursday, Randy Disharoon started the day with an engaging presentation on leadership. After the highly interactive and informative session, attendees discovered how to chart a path to becoming a more effective leader, immediately upgrade talent in key positions, transform your company culture to high-performance, and implement the keys to leading through change and crises.

Following Randy, Devin Lindsey from S&P Global led a discussion on the future of electric vehicles and the potential challenges of charging infrastructure, raw materials, and vehicle cost. After a networking lunch break, members returned to a transformer and coil design best practices presentation by TTA honorary member, David Anderson. Before attendees broke to visit the tabletop exhibitors, Richard Barden, Lodestone Pacific, discussed the pros and cons of 3D technologies.

To conclude the programming of day one, attendees went to the Business Management Forum Roundtable or the Transformer Design Engineer Certification Program. Those in the business management forum were broken up into small groups to discuss the leading issues in today’s marketplace. The members in the technical session were introduced to Curtis Frye, 3M, who covered Introduction to Hard Insulation, and Brian Hatley, Miles Platts, who discussed Introduction to Bobbin Design.

To conclude the fall meeting, TTA welcomed Connor Lokar from ITR Economics. Connor’s economic outlook presentation was both entertaining and informative. Attendees were informed of the looming recession of 2030 and how they could best plan and prepare their businesses. 

The TTA Annual Meeting was a great success, and it was wonderful to see so many members in attendance. Make sure to mark your calendar for the 2023 Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on March 22-24.

A special thank you to all our sponsors: ELANTAS PDG, Inc., Broomfield, S&P Global, Thermik Corporation, Essex Brownell, Hammond Manufacturing Co. Ltd, and Standex Electronics.