CISA members are entitled to attend a number of valuable conferences each year.  These help members to network, share best practices, get education, and help shape CISA as and organization.  Locations and topics are chosen by association officers and members are encouraged to attend and be involved.

Past & Upcoming Conferences

CISA Fall Meeting – November 4-5, 2015

The CISA 2015 Annual Meeting & Business Outlook is shaping up to be a real must to attend.

We have great presenters among them being a true CISA favorite, James Glassman. The program will be well supported by a cast of presenters who will be offering their thoughts and opinions on what we can expect in 2016 and beyond.

Gary M. Gigante, CEO, Waupaca Foundry, Inc. will be bringing his knowledge to share with attending members. Garry attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1978.

He began his career in 1978 at Waukesha Foundry as a metallurgist. In 1981, he accepted the position of metallurgist at Waupaca Foundry and went on to hold several other positions with the company including Plant Manager and Vice President of Operations. He was named President and COO of ThyssenKrupp Waupaca in 2004, and assumed the position as President and CEO of the company in 2007.

A member of AFS since 1979, Gary has also been active in FEF where he has served as a trustee at large, and an AFS Director Class 2013-2017.

Gary was the 2010 Hoyt Memorial Lecture at Cast Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Gary and his wife, Jeanne, currently reside in Wausaukee, WI.


Again, the Business Outlook will be held at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont Illinois.

CISA 2016 Annual Conference

By most popular request, your CISA board chose the Hyatt Regency, Coconut Point, Florida for the CISA Annual Conference to be held May 15-17, 2016. Lots more to Follow.

CISA 2015 Annual Conference

Conference Results:

A survey was conducted after the conference. Each result is taken as a percentage of the answers to the listed questions. Here are some interesting results:

As a meeting location           96% was the score

As a meeting facility               96%

Speaker Jerry Thiel                  88%

Speaker Scott Hunter               72%

Speaker David Weiss                 88%

Speaker Mike Enriquez             74%

Speaker Beth Terry                     88%

Speaker Dana Cooper-Hayes     86%


If you were not in attendance then the above results should tell you that attending a CISA meeting or conference is VERY worthwhile.


CISA held its Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona on the 17th, 18th and 19th of May 2015.   Diversification was be the theme with “Diversify or not, that is the question?” as the conference title.  The Hyatt Regency, Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale was a terrific location that members requested we return to.

Mr. David Weiss, vice president of engineering and R&D for Eck Industries, Inc., Gave a great presentation. He is responsible for development and application of high performance alloys and casting concepts for the foundry and their customers. He is past chairman of the AFS aluminum and magnesium divisions and is a past member of the Board of Directors for AFS. Weiss has authored over 50 papers on the processing and application of aluminum, metal matrix composite and magnesium castings and in 2005 received the Hall/Heroult Scientific Merit Award for his development work on aluminum alloys. In 2008 Weiss was a recipient of the William Frishmuth award from the aluminum division of AFS. Weiss presented the Hoyt Memorial Lecture during the 2009 AFS Casting Congress and was awarded the John A. Penton Gold Medal in 2015. Davids presentation “Meeting the Innovation Challenge – A Foundry Perspective” was well received by the attending members as was Jerry Thiel with “Finding Resilience in a Changing World”.

Dana Cooper-Hayes gave us an eye opener with “Diversify Your Recycling Efforts- A Circular Economy”

Jerry Thiel who is the Director of the Metal Casting Center at the University of Northern Iowa presented CISA with “Finding Resilience in a Changing World.  Jerry has a diverse industrial background and has held management positions in the metal casting and related industries for over 35 years.  His background has included metal casting experience in steel, iron and non-ferrous alloys.  Jerry holds degrees in materials science, manufacturing and manufacturing process development and has published numerous research papers pertaining to molding and core materials for the foundry industry.  He is a past chairman of the Hawkeye chapter of the American Foundry Society as well as the chairman of the AFS division IV executive committee.  Jerry also served as the chairman for the Cast Metals Institute.  Jerry received the AFS Scientific Merit Award in 2011, the division IV best paper award in 2012, 2015 and is a three time recipient of the AFS Howard Taylor award.  Jerry will receive the AFS service citation award in 2015.

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