Executive Conference Sessions

Monday, October 15 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Keynote: From Success to Significance
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Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, Business Consultant and Author

Out of adversity emerges abundance. Difficult times often are filled with opportunities. During this engaging keynote, he will share his own story, and his ideas and strategies for succeeding through even turbulent times. Qubein delivers a powerful, inspiring message on finding focus, balance and meaning in business, and in life. You’ll leave entertained, and inspired to be impactfully innovative.

About the Speaker: Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. His life has been an amazing success story. As an educator, he is president of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,000 students. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide. As a business leader, he is chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company and serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T, the La-Z-Boy Corporation and Dots Stores. He has been the recipient of many honors including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise, Citizen of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year in his home city of High Point, North Carolina, and dozens more.

Monday, October 15 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Political and Economic Landscape Heading Into the 2012 Election
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Joe Scarborough Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Former U.S. Congressman A former member of Congress and host of the most buzzed about morning show of the year, Joe Scarborough will present his insight and analysis into the biggest political and economic issues of the day and their impact on your business. During this thoughtful, dynamic and fast-paced presentation, Scarborough will break down the news you need to know about politics, the 2012 election, the economy, and what’s next for America and American business.

About the Speaker: As the face of MSNBCs Morning Joe, former Florida U.S. Congressman Joe Scarborough ignites early morning audiences with his no-holds barred political commentary. Pulling from his own professional experience as an influential player in Republican politics, Scarborough leads candid discussions about the important issues facing America each day. With his signature off-thecuff commentary, he offers a dynamic and fast-paced perspective on the current political and media landscape, headlines, and other hot topics. During his tenure in the U.S. Congress, Scarborough served on numerous committees, including the Judiciary; Armed Services; Government Reform and Oversight; Education and the Workforce; and National Security Committees. In 1998, he was named chairman of the Civil Service Committee and, while on that committee, drafted a bill on longterm care, which President Clinton called “landmark legislation.” Scarborough has also published two critically acclaimed books, Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day and New York Times best-selling The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise.

Tuesday, October 16 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
The MHI Business Planning Community Presents an Economic Update
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Hal Vandiver, President, Vandiver and Associates, Inc. Hal Vandiver will review current market trends for key economic segments and the economic outlook for the material handling and logistics industry for 2013 and beyond. He will also provide an overview of various vertical market segments including lifting equipment, industrial trucks, conveyors, overhead, rack/shelving, and automation.

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About the Speaker: Hal Vandiver provides economic research, market analysis, strategic planning and executive management services to capital goods producers, trade associations, exhibition organizers, convention & visitors bureaus and exhibition centers. Hal previously served as the Executive Vice President of Business Development at MHI and is currently serving as an Executive Consultant for MHI. Hal has served Fortune 100 capital goods producers in marketing, strategic planning, manufacturing, materials/logistics and general management in the material handling and the nonresidential construction industries. He is a member of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), and the America Society for Association Executives (ASAE) and serves on the United States Federal Reserve Board’s (Richmond Division) Quarterly Economic Roundtable.

Tuesday, October 16 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The Future Requires Unlearning
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Jack Uldrich, Global Futurist and Best-Selling Author Before an organization can seize tomorrow’s opportunities it must first unlearn old, obsolete knowledge as well as unlearn the old ways of doing business. In this informative, interactive and enlightening presentation, Jack Uldrich will not only explain why unlearning is a critical skill for your company and your employees, he will also demonstrate how unlearning can help:

–Successfully navigate a future where the pace of scientific and technological knowledge is doubling every seven years;

–Prepare for competition that doesn’t yet exist; and

–Seize opportunities which are, today, only on the periphery of your imagination.

About the Speaker: Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker, and best-selling author. Uldrich’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Futurist, Future Quarterly Research, the Wall Street Reporter, Leader to Leader, Management Quarterly, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications around the country. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio.

His most recent works include Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Unlearning 101: 101 Lessons in Thinking Inside-Out the Box.