WWEMA 113th Annual Meeting

November 3-5, 2021

The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, FL

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 3
9:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 — 9:30 a.m. WWEMA Executive Committee Meeting
9:30 — 10:30 a.m. Welcome Coffee for New Members & First Timers
10:30 a.m. — 12:00 noon Marketing & Member Services Committee Meeting
12:00 noon — 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Own
1:30 — 3:00 p.m. Legislative & Regulatory Committee Meeting
3:00 — 5:00 p.m. WWEMA Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, November 4
7:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 — 9:00 a.m. Manufacturer Representatives Council Breakfast Meeting
8:00 — 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon   General Session
10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Spouse/Guest Tour
12:00 noon — 2:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
2:00 — 4:30 p.m. General Session
6:30 — 7:30 p.m. Chairman’s Reception
7:30 — 9:30 p.m. Chairman’s Awards Dinner
Friday, November 5
8:00 — 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 — 11:30 a.m. General Session
11:30 a.m. — 12:00 noon Passing of the Chairman’s Gavel and Closing Comments
12:00 noon — 5:00 p.m. Golf


The Program Agenda including all speakers, sessions, meeting logistics, spouse tour, golf, and sponsorship opportunities can be found HERE.


We have an exciting line-up of speakers including John Manzella, a world-recognized speaker, author, and a nationally syndicated columnist on global business, trade policy, labor, and the latest economic trends who will launch our event with an interactive Business Roundtable Discussion that will cover these topics and more. His valuable insight, analysis, and strategic direction have been vital to many of the world’s largest corporations, associations, and universities preparing for the business, economic, and political challenges ahead. Cybercrime is also on the rise and Erich Kron, a security expert, advocate, and trainer will present a session on cybersecurity – how are attackers getting into your systems, what are the top cyber-criminal attack vectors and the current threat landscape, how are these evolving, and what you can do to protect and defend your business. Two attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg LLC will be leading a discussion on price escalation and supply chain disruptions and how you and your staff can most effectively use contract clauses such as liquidated damages, force majeure, and escalation clauses to minimize financial impacts for unforeseen delays and ensure that you get paid. We also have a planned roundtable with WWEMA manufacturers and Manufacturers Representatives to reflect on the lessons learned over the last two years, what changes we see on the horizon, and how we can build an even stronger foundation for the future. Bill Wooditch, President and CEO of the Wooditch Group, will provide a motivational session on leading in uncertain times and provide key takeaways that will help you become a better leader. Finally, Melissa Meeker, the CEO of The Water Tower, will help us reimagine the future of water as she shares the vision for how The Water Tower will redefine solutions in R&D, engagement, and workforce development. Learn how your company can engage in this new vision for the future.  Speaker bios will be available soon.


To register for the WWEMA 113th Annual Meeting and sign up for special events and sponsorship opportunities, click the button below. 

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Hotel Reservations  (Hotel cut-off October 12, 2021)

The WWEMA 113th Annual Meeting will be held at The Palms Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (https://www.thepalmshotel.com/miami-hotel-and-beach-resort). We have been informed by the hotel that their sleeping rooms are selling out fast. WWEMA has a limited block of rooms reserved for the meeting for the nights of Tuesday, November 3 through Friday, November 5 (although there are only a handful of rooms blocked for Friday). If you are planning to attend the Annual Meeting this year, we encourage you to book your hotel rooms as soon as possible.

To book your hotel room, please call (305) 534-0505 or send an email request to reservations@thepalmshotel.com. Please reference the WWEMA Group. Run-of-House City View Rooms are $220.00/night plus tax with an additional hotel fee of $19.00/night. They do not accommodate pets.  If using the email reservation system, please provide the following information:

  1. Subject Line – “Please Book – WWEMA Group (and the dates you are booking)”
  2. In the body of the email: please repeat the subject line; indicate the room is “Run-of House City View”; indicate whether you need one bed or two; and provide a phone number where you can be reached. The room(s) will be booked and you will be contacted to provide your credit card number over the phone.

Please contact Susi Ricker at susi@wwema.org if you encounter any issues with reserving your room.     


Diamond ($2,000), Platinum ($1,500), Gold ($1,000), Silver ($750), Bronze ($500), and Manufacturers Representatives Co-Sponsorship of Welcome Reception ($200) sponsorships are available.

WWEMA offers an opportunity for sponsorships to help create a dynamic and successful Annual Meeting. Sponsors are recognized in promotional materials, through social media platforms, the onsite program, from the podium, and on the meeting video screens as well as on the WWEMA website, in the Member Bulletin, and in the post-meeting summaries and documents. Information is available through the registration process.

Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our staff, attendees, speakers, spouses, and guests is our highest priority. We have been working very closely with the hotel, reviewing CDC Guidance, speaking with all of our association partners who are holding face-to-face meetings this fall, and tracking meetings/association policies and practices. With that in mind, we will be implementing the following procedures for those attending WWEMA’s 113th Annual Meeting:

  1. We will comply with all hotel COVID-19 policies and provide those to all attendees.
  2. We will comply with applicable CDC Guidelines.
  3. All WWEMA staff, attendees, speakers, and spouses/guests (who will be attending any of the WWEMA-sanctioned events) will be required to be fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. There is a testing center at the Miami-Dade Convention Center less than 2 miles from the hotel.
  4. We will incorporate social distancing procedures in meeting rooms and hold as many functions outside as possible.
  5. Masks will not be required in the meeting rooms but WWEMA will provide masks for all attendees should they prefer to wear them.

All attendees will be required to sign a waiver during the registration process that indicates they have read and understand the requirements.

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