1) “People will rarely remember what you said or what you did, but they will remember how you made them feel. The more attractive you are to people, the more inclined they are to follow you.”

2) “Mission success is an achieved goal with a positive outcome.”

3) “Don’t be intimidated by people that outperform you. Get closer to them and immerse yourself in what they’re doing. It will make you better.”

4) “Ask yourself, ‘Am I teaching my people how to do their job, or am I doing their job for them?’”

5) “The only time a plan is perfect is when it’s in the planning room. You need to plan for the contingencies, not the end result.”

6) “Preparation comes from planning, repetition and communication.”

Prior to O’Neill’s inspirational message, two composites industry leaders offered perspective on the state of the industry and where it’s headed. Charles Kazmierski, program manager of Lucintel, said the value of the composite materials industry reached $7.3 billion in 2012, up 9.5 percent from the previous year. He added that the market value of all end use products made with composites was almost $21 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $31.6 billion by 2018.