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NPCA Announces its 2004 Annual Meeting Forum Session Speakers

Published on 2004-07-15. Author : SpecialChem


Washington, D.C. -- NPCA has lined up a variety of expert speakers for its forum sessions to be held during the National Paint and Coatings Association's (NPCA) 2004 Annual Meeting in Chicago. The sessions will be held Monday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 26.

On Monday, Oct. 25 at 1:45 p.m., Michael E. Raynor, a director in Deloitte, the global professional services firm (part of the group's leadership arm, Deloitte Research) and a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, will discuss how to innovate in ways that create profitable growth again and again.

At 3:15 p.m., Kevin Ashton, vice president of marketing and business development for ThingMagic in charge of developing RFID and sensor technology, will speak about managing for innovation and bringing blockbuster ideas to market. As a co-founder of the MIT-based Auto-ID Center, he helped to build one of the newest and biggest technology markets of the early 21st century: the Electronic Product Code, or EPC. EPC takes product identification far beyond the barcode to allow computers to identify any object, anywhere, automatically. Ashton built the Auto-ID Center into a global organization with six laboratories around the world, over 100 corporate sponsors and an impressive list of awards.

On Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m., Michael Colopy, partner at the legislative and international trade firm, O'Connor & Hannan, will address U.S.-China relations and foreign affairs. Colopy, a former issues advisor and communications strategist for members of Congress, business executives, and a broad mix of American and foreign clients, co-founded International Commerce Consultants Inc., with affiliates in six countries, specializing in foreign policy and trade issues in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and East Asia. Colopy has advised several major U.S. corporations such as GE, BellSouth, ECI, Corning and others on China's political and economic agenda, anticipating and interpreting events to advance success.

At 10:15 a.m., Michael Corbett, president and CEO of Michael F. Corbett & Associates, Ltd., a research and training firm dedicated to advancing outsourcing as a powerful management discipline, will discuss organizational structure and its powerful relationship to competitive advantage. Corbett believes that for organizations to capture markets and increase shareholder value they must achieve best-in-world excellence born of specialization, strategically leveraged outside relationships, and constant innovation. Corbett began his work on outsourcing in the late 1980s where, as manager of software service offerings, he helped IBM develop a strategic business plan for its entry into the outsourcing market. Today, IBM Global Services is the largest service organization in the world. In 1997, Michael Corbett formed The Outsourcing Research Council. The council's research and knowledge-sharing activities became the basis of the outsourcing programs at many of America's best-known organizations, including American Express, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, the U.S. Department of the Navy, Lockheed Martin, Freddie Mac, and Compaq Computer Corporation.

Source: NPCA

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