Presented by Minnesota Manufacturing Executives (MME)

Gears & Gadgets

 What is Gears & Gadgets?

Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event hosted by Minnesota Manufacturing Executives (MME) where members discuss manufacturing business trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking Happy Hour with a cash bar and appetizers. Our generous Platinum Sponsors contribute to the success of Gears & Gadgets.

Why attend Gears & Gadgets?

  • Stay current on manufacturing industry changes that affect your business
  • Peer-to-peer interaction builds your network and a strong Minnesota manufacturing community
  • Maximize business development and supplier synergies for your company

Who is eligible to attend Gears & Gadgets?

  • Manufacturing business owners
  • Manufacturing executives and senior leaders currently employed in a manufacturing company

How do I receive an invitation to Gears & Gadgets?

Gears & Gadgets is “by invitation only” for eligible members of MME.

Please contact the group founder,
Marni Hockenberg at;

Marni Hockenberg is the Principal of Hockenberg Search, a firm specializing in Executive Outplacement for the manufacturing industry.
Your network is your net worth — see you at Gears & Gadgets!

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Upcoming Event

Register for our next event on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020!

Manufacturing, Trade and Growth in Minnesota: The Outlook for 2020

Presenter: Dr King Banaian

2019 was not the best year to be in manufacturing. Between trade wars and perhaps-too-high interest rates the economy slowed by mid-year but seemed to pick up the pace by year-end. What’s going to happen next? King Banaian, dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University, returns with his look at Minnesota manufacturing for 2020. What’s happening with trade next? How have manufacturers adjusted to very low unemployment rates? And most importantly, could 2020 be better?

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Recap of October Gears & Gadgets Event

Vision 2020: Planning for Success

October 21, 2019

Many companies begin the annual planning process by deciding on which of the primary annual initiatives the organization can focus on to drive growth. Whether you have those initiatives identified or not, this panel discussion can help you understand how the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) identifies upcoming opportunities (and risks) you need to be aware of. Panel experts will provide a holistic understanding of why they believe EOS has been key to improved business plans and increased positive results.

Click here now to view the Photo Gallery from October 2019 Gears & Gadgets program