**Schedule and program subject to change.**

Sunday November 10th

Catch up with familiar colleagues get to know new ones at this reception hosted by the PSTC Board of Directors.

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Monday November 11th

Kick off the day’s programming with a light lunchtime buffet.

12:00 PM

PSTC Member Meeting

Political, ‎Economic, And ‎Tech Trends That ‎Will Affect Your Business In ‎The Next Three ‎Years...And The ‎Actions You Should ‎Take

The 2024 elections loom and this year the stakes are high for your business. Inflation remains sticky. Labor is still in short supply and regulatory agencies are active. Many tax breaks are expiring.  AI is taking over the world and succession planning is now a bigger challenge.

What’s next for your business? What are other businesses doing to navigate their ways towards growth and profitability in 2024 and beyond? How are they attracting and retaining talent? How are they dealing with new rules impacting their workplace? What tax moves are they making now? What technologies are they investing in? What are you now to build value in your business for future generations…or buyers? How will both national and local elections potentially impact your business and what steps should you be taking now to prepare yourself?

During this fast paced, non-political, entertaining and extremely valuable discussion, Gene will go over real life, feet-on-the- ground strategies and tactics that smart leaders are using to navigate their way through potential changes in our country’s leadership, challenges in the current economy, and the spending and investment decisions required so that they can position their companies for future growth.

Close out the year with PSTC President Joe Tocci, as well as updates from each of our committees. See what we have accomplished this year and what you can expect in the year to come.

1:00 PM

What better way to get to know your colleagues than a friendly game of corn hole? See if you have what it takes to win this year’s tournament.

4:00 PM

Continue networking with other attendees at this casual buffet dinner with an open bar. 

6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 12th

All attendees are welcome to join this light breakfast with coffee service to start your day.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

PSTC Member Meeting

2024 has included a tapestry of conflicting economic trends, with some industries enjoying ongoing growth and others in overt recession. Manufacturing and much of the industrial portion of the economy experienced a mild recession, but that decline will soon give way to rise and additional opportunities in 2025 and 2026 for well-prepared businesses. The services sector of the economy slowed in its rate of rise in 2024 and is expected to increase its rate of rise in 2025 and into 2026. Join us for our outlook for key industries over the next two years. We will discuss consumer spending, inflation, interest rates, the labor market, and key leading indicators. Our examination will extend to global markets and their impact on the domestic landscape. This presentation will provide information on necessary tactics and strategies that will prepare you for an upswing in the business cycle post 2024. Knowledge gained from the presentation, in conjunction with ITR Economics’ time-tested analytical tools, will provide you the means to maximize profit in the years ahead.

Taylor will also address emerging vertical markets such as semi-conductors, modular building and  EV batteries to help our members identify new opportunities. 

2024 Update on Hydrocarbon Based Tackifiers
Steve Williams, Argus Media

This presentation will provide an annual update on global hydrocarbon based tackifier capacity and production trends and highlight upcoming capacity projects around the globe. New Capacity continues to come online in Asia-Pacific in a market already oversaturated with capacity. Both Europe and the US have seen a number of plant shutdowns which further concentrates tackifier production in the Asia-Pacific region. This has implications for both sourcing decisions and trade flows, both of which will be discussed. A comparison of production capacity for the largest HCR producers and how dramatically this has changed since late in the last decade will also be included.

Sea Logistics and the PSA Industry
William Rooney, Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

A discussion on how labor, Geopolitics, rates, and overall operations impact sea logistics.  Members will have the opportunity to learn more about overall industry metrics and strategies that are affecting the supply chain.

Topics of Discussion: 

        1. Labor
        2. Geopolitics and Government
        3. Suez Situation
        4. Cargo Volume
        5. Operations
        6. Rates
        7. Industry Metrics
        8. Looking Forward
8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

 Ballantyne Country Club

11120 Ballantyne Crossing Avenue

Charlotte, North Carolina 28277


Additional details coming soon.

12:00 PM

Closing dinner with an open bar.

6:45 PM


Taylor St. Germain, ITR Economics

As an experienced economist, Taylor St. Germain provides consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. Taylor specializes in forecasting at both the market and company levels and is a key contributor to maintaining ITR Economics’ forecast accuracy rating of 94.7%.

His dynamic personality and extensive knowledge of economic trends and their business relevance are highly valued by clients and colleagues alike.

Taylor spent time in the tech industry providing market intelligence to electronics OEMs, semiconductor companies, and component manufacturers. In his five years with ITR Economics, he has worked with various distributors, manufacturers, and producers, helping each client navigate the business cycle and optimize their corporate planning strategy. Taylor has also spent several years in Texas furthering his research in the industrial sector, with a specific focus on oil and gas.

Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Vermont and is finishing a master’s degree in applied economics at Southern New Hampshire University. He has been featured in OEM Magazine and on the Fab Lab and Wealth Formula podcasts.

Gene Marks, The Marks Group

Gene Marks writes weekly on public policy, the economy, workplace and technology for The Guardian, The Hill, Forbes, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Daily Herald and Entrepreneur Magazine.  He also appears frequently on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC and CNBC and nationally on Sirius/XM’s Wharton Channel and CBS Radio’s John Batchelor Show. Gene is the host of two popular business podcasts for The Hartford and Paychex Corporation.

A certified public accountant and the author of six books, Gene is the President of a ten-person financial and technology consulting firm near Philadelphia.

Steve Williams, Argus Media

Mr. Williams has been with Argus since 2020 and has more than 38 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. He spent 28 years with The Dow Chemical Company (now Dow Inc.), a global petrochemical company, as well as seven years with Chemium International, a Houston-based petrochemical trading firm. Mr. Williams served in numerous roles at Dow, including sourcing feedstocks for ethylene production, managing NGL joint venture interests and managing the Americas aromatics and derivatives businesses. As a part of his aromatics business responsibilities, he was exposed to many C5 monomer suppliers and developed an extensive knowledge of feedstock, olefin and downstream operations. Mr. Williams is an expert in pygas-related co-products, including C5 monomers, DCPD and related aromatic processing co-products serving as feed for hydrocarbon resin production.  His responsibilities at Argus include the publication of the monthly Argus C5 and Hydrocarbon Resins report as well as the Argus Hydrocarbon Resins Analytics annual report.

William F. Rooney, Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

William F. Rooney has 51 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. He is currently Vice President, Strategic Development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. and has been with Kuehne + Nagel for 12 years. Prior to Kuehne + Nagel Mr. Rooney’s positions have included President of Hanjin Shipping America; Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM; and Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider. He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years including 5 years in Europe. Mr. Rooney started his career doing economic research for the US Department of Transportation. Mr. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Rooney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.


Tuesday, November 12th


12:30 PM Shotgun Start

Ballantyne Country Club

Cart, sleeve of balls, and box lunch will be provided. Drinks available for purchase. 

Golf club rental available for an additional fee.

PSTC will not be providing transportation. The course is an approx. 20-minute walk from the hotel (about 0.9 miles). It is suggested players coordinate rideshares or carpool with those that may have a vehicle onsite. 

Tuesday, November 12th

Southern Afternoon Tea

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Ballantyne Hotel Tea Room

Experience The Ballantyne’s take on classic teas offered in England’s finest tea houses with a Southern flair. Enjoy a variety of tea blends from Rare Tea Company, the official tea of the Royal Family.


Additional Things to Do

Dining, shopping, entertainment, and more if you plan to arrive on Sunday, or extend your stay beyond the forum.

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