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Posted on: September 28th, 2017

RKL Forum Helps M&D Leaders Drive Performance

For the third year in a row, leaders from the manufacturing and distribution sectors tapped into RKL’s diverse expertise and business acumen at the firm’s exclusive industry-focused educational event. Centered around the theme “Drive Your Performance,” RKL’s 2017 Manufacturing & Distribution Growth & Profitability Forum, held on September 26 at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, equipped the record-setting crowd of more than 130 owners and executives with valuable insights and practical ideas to tackle the fast-paced challenges confronting the industry.

Keynote speaker Mary Ann Mauldwin, Chief Operations Officer of Roush Yates Engines, kicked off the event in high gear, sharing how she relies on innovation, education and efficiency to keep this leading-edge engine development company at the forefront of the racing industry. Mauldwin offered real world examples of the challenges and opportunities facing companies in high-growth mode like Roush Yates and discussed the strategies and tactics that help her pave the way for continued success.

RKL experts then helmed a series of breakout sessions centered around essential topics like change management, process improvement, human capital, international tax considerations, business transformation, revenue acceleration and information security.

This year’s event featured a new component to deepen attendees’ understanding of the day’s ideas and insights. Entitled Pit Crew Conversations, these roundtable discussions allowed presenters to turn the theories presented in the breakout sessions into practical applications attendees could take back to their companies.

Real-world perspectives from an industry leader, specialized expertise and takeaways from the RKL team and valuable networking time with peers and service providers all added up to a successful and engaging day of business-accelerating ideas for the region’s M&D leaders.

Learn more about RKL’s focus on the manufacturing and distribution industry.

Attendees and RKL team members network before the day’s agenda gets underway.


A scene from the continental networking breakfast before the keynote address. 


RKL’s M&D Industry Group leader Bob Pozesky kicks off the agenda with welcome remarks.


Roush Yates Engines COO and keynote speaker Mary Ann Mauldwin discusses the opportunities and challenges facing companies in high-growth mode.


Tax Manager Josie Parr addresses key international tax considerations for manufacturers.


Business Consulting Services Leader Bethany Novis teamed up with Kathryn Ross of Kross Strategies to offer attendees strategies for revenue enhancement.


RKL eSolutions’ Walt Goodfield and Bob Miller and Randy Coneby of RKL Risk Management speak during a panel on data security.


HR Consulting Practice Leader Danielle Hoffer discusses change management from the human capital perspective.


Business Consulting Manager Bob Pozesky addresses the operations, process improvement and growth aspects of change management.


Business Consulting Partner Paula Barrett leads a panel discussion centered around growth acceleration through business transformation.

Posted on: September 30th, 2016

RKL Helps M&D Leaders Adapt to New Industrial Revolution

Business owners and financial executives from the manufacturing and distribution industry gathered at the DoubleTree in Reading on Thursday, September 22, 2016, for RKL’s second annual M&D Growth and Profitability Forum. The theme of the day-long educational event was “The NEW Industrial Revolution,” and attendees were presented with information, insights and strategies to thrive in the shifting landscape facing their industry.

RKL’s event was bookended with keynotes from two experts focused on the future of M&D: Anirban Basu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group, Inc., who provided an economic update tailored to the industry, and John McElligott, president of The Fortress Initative and CEO of York Exponential, who discussed how businesses can embrace disruptive and emerging technologies.

Throughout the day, RKL experts helmed breakout sessions on essential topics like operational and process improvement; workforce development and talent recruiting; lesser-known tax credits and incentives; cloud computing solutions; and risk and cyber security.

The unmatched expertise of RKL presenters, the innovative themes discussed during the keynotes and the valuable networking time with industry peers made this second installment of RKL’s premier regional event for M&D leaders a resounding success. Learn more about all the ways RKL is focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing and distribution industry.

RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

Event participants enjoyed a networking breakfast to start the day.

RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

RKL Partner and Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Group Leader Steve Fisher kicks off the day with opening remarks.

RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

Economist Anirban Basu from Sage Policy Group, Inc. delivers an M&D-focused economic update, peppered with James Bond references.


RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

Attendees learn from RKL’s Business Consulting Services Group Manager Bob Pozesky how to accelerate growth using lean management principles.


RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

RKL Business Consulting Services Group Partner Bethany Novis, in conjunction with George Werner, Partner with Barley Snyder, offers attendees an overview of risk, laws and policies related to information security.


RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

RKL State and Local Tax Practice Leader Jason Skrinak helps attendees understand state and local tax credits they may be leaving on the table.


RKL's 2016 M&D Growth and Profitability Forum

Walt Goodfield, VP of Sales and Marketing for RKL eSolutions, discusses how cloud solutions provide faster time to value.

Posted on: September 24th, 2015

RKL Event Provides M&D Leaders with Strategies for Growth and Profitability

Bringing together a cross-section of owners and executives from manufacturing and distribution companies in Central PA, RKL earlier this week hosted its first M&D Forum at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim. The half-day educational event was designed to provide M&D leaders with strategies to strengthen financial performance, increase agility and outpace the competition.

Held at one of the area’s most unique event venues primarily used for athletic training and teambuilding, RKL’s M&D Forum parlayed that theme into its agenda, offering insights and expertise to help attendees develop a game plan for growth and profitability.

The event kicked off with a keynote address from one of the nation’s leading experts on cyber security. Retired Air Force Major General Brett T. Williams, former director of operations for the U.S. Cyber Command, discussed this headline-grabbing topic and addressed the challenges businesses face in keeping their data and information technology assets secure. He stressed that the companies who most successfully battle cyber attacks are the ones who incorporate cyber security planning into their overall business strategy with high-level buy-in from leaders, as opposed to isolating the project with few dedicated resources.

After Major General Williams’ timely keynote, RKL experts hosted a series of breakout sessions that dealt with emerging trends in several fast-changing fields affecting M&D companies, such as tax strategy, transition planning, technology, human resources and more. The sessions were provided to help business leaders recognize the rewards and risks of adopting new strategies or implementing changes in these fields in their own organizations.

At the conclusion of the breakout sessions, attendees networked with their peers, RKL leadership and members of the firm’s M&D Industry Group at a luncheon on the mezzanine level of Spooky Nook Sports. With practice fields and athletic facilities surrounding the lunch location, the event drew to a close with enthusiasm in the air and winning strategies on the minds of business leaders.

Hosting M&D business owners and executives for this educational event is just the latest way RKL remains focused on the manufacturing and distribution industry. Learn more about how the firm supports businesses in this sector and click here to view the presentations from the event.

Networking breakfast

Attendees network during the continental breakfast before the event gets underway.


Event Welcome Remarks

RKL’s M&D Industry Group Leader Steve Fisher opens the program with welcome remarks.


Major General Brett T. Williams

Major General Williams presents the keynote address on cyber security.


Frank Tobias Tax Breakout session

RKL Tax Services Group Principal Frank Tobias discusses trends in state taxation during the breakout session, “Winning Tax Strategies in a Recovering Economy.”


Danielle Hoffer presents.

RKL Human Resources Director Danielle Hoffer updates attendees on the latest employment law changes in her breakout session, “The Impact of Regulatory Changes on Your Human Capital.”


Paula Barrett session on business planning

Paula Barrett, partner in RKL’s Business Consulting Group, highlights key factors to keep in mind when considering a business transaction.