The 25th annual WHMA Wire Harness Conference will be held February 13-15, 2018 at the Scott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

WHMA Chairman of the Board, Rick Bromm of Altex, says the conference will focus on the important role wire harness and cable manufacturers’ play in a variety of business sectors. “We have members involved in medical devices, aerospace and defense, electronics – whatever the sector – our members are committed to high-quality manufacturing. Our conference is an annual opportunity for the membership to gather and learn the latest trends in our industry and to share ideas with each other.”

Toward that end, one of the major presentations at the conference will feature Winn Wise, President of Southwire’s OEM Division. He will address the current and future state of the wire and cable industry. Southwire’s utility cable and building wire carry electricity to wherever it is needed. One in three new homes built in the United States contains wire made by Southwire.

This year’s keynote presentation will be made by Burgess Owens, a Super Bowl Champion, Conservative Thought Leader, Media Contributor and Best Selling Author.

Burgess played as a defensive back on the 1982 Super Bowl Champion Oakland Raiders. Since retiring from the NFL, Burgess has been involved in a variety of corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors. A regular contributor to Fox News, Burgess is the best-selling author of “Liberalism: Or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps”.

Other topics to be covered during the conference include: keys to successful mergers and acquisitions, addressing the workforce development problem facing our industry, ways to use the A-620 standard as a competitive advantage, risk management and operational best practices.

According to WHMA Executive Director Jim Manke, WHMA members who attended recent conference have requested more time to share business ideas with each other. “As a result of that member input, we have expanded our Roundtable times for this year’s conference. These nuts and bolts discussions are invaluable.”

Of course, no WHMA Conference would be complete without some fun. The golf outing will be held at Eagle Mountain, consistently rated as one of the top 50 public golf courses in America.

And, back by popular demand, is an evening at the Octane Raceway. This Go-Kart Track is the country’s only indoor/outdoor track. Two years ago this activity got everyone’s competitive juices flowing to see who could be king or queen of the track!

To register for the conference go to: or contact the WHMA office at 763-235-6467.

Wiring Harness News, December 2017