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

Upcoming Event May 11, 2020
Fearless Crisis Leadership in Manufacturing – Virtual Panel Discussion With Manufacturing Leader

Monday, May 11th, 2020
4:00-5:15 pm

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Fearless Crisis Leadership Webinar

The world has changed significantly for most manufacturing companies as a result of the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Few business leaders imagined where we would be at today. At times like this, fearless crisis leadership is required to provide good decision making, strategy and actionable plans. The ‘new normal’ can be viewed through the lens of pessimism or optimism. Fearless leaders are viewing this as an opportunity rich environment rather than a doomsday scenario.

Gears & Gadgets is dedicated to the growth and success of our local manufacturing companies by being flexible and responsive to ever changing business environments. We will host our May 11th program from 4:00-5:15 pm but switch to a virtual program out of respect for the safety of our participants. Join our panel of manufacturing leaders as we discuss ‘Fearless Crisis Leadership in Manufacturing’.

Our panelists will provide real life examples of how they are fearlessly leading their companies through this crisis with a time for participant Q & A.

Discussion topics:

  1. How has the pandemic affected you and your company?
  2. What key decisions or adjustments have you had to make as a result?
  3. What are you doing that is working best for you during this time?
  4. How has this impacted your longer-term strategies for growth?


  1. Phil Mattison; President; Core Products International
  2. Amber Fennell; Director of Sales & Marketing; PGC (Precision Gasket Company)
  3. Cathy Cruz Gooch, President at Catallia Mexican Foods
  4. Shane Steffensen, COO and GM, Lube Tech, Inc

Panel Moderator:

Gary Braun, Partner; Pivotal Advisors

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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