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Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM

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Next month, InfoComm International will debut its Executive Business Conference. Scheduled for Sept. 22-23 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort located just outside of Chicago. This important event is designed exclusively for owners, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and HR directors for AV systems integrators, design consultants, and manufacturers.

The agenda is packed with 48 hours of useful information and interactive discussion: HR advice from labor attorneys, employee development and retention techniques from experts in the field, and executive PMI-sponsored project management training.

A special benefit of the conference is the opportunity to meet representatives from workforce development boards, who will offer information on how to develop future talent by working with your local officials back home. You will also have time to discuss strategies and ideas with your peers around the country in a collaborative setting.

If you are worried about time away from your busy office, the program (detailed below) is robust and will leave you with concrete ideas and tools to implement all that you have learned. Call 800-659-7469 to register. To review the entire program and gain details on the optional golf tournament on Sept. 21, please visit

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InfoComm Executive Business Conference Schedule of Events


The Invisible Employee: Realizing the Hidden Potential in Everyone
Scott Christopher, manager of recognition training at O.C. Tanner

This event, based on a book by the same name, written by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, discusses real leaders who have learned how to better manage employees by valuing and appreciating them. In today's competitive environment, all of us are looking for the next big product, the next big capability, or the next big solution. Great managers are turning back to the basics and are finding that recognizing people leads to a more engaged workforce and a more successful business.

Today's Human Resource Legal Issues
Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago

As business owners, you are dealing with many complex human resource issues. This session will provide an overview of the laws affecting you today: FMLA, ADA, and ADEA, as well as practical information on exempt and non-exempt employee issues; non-compete and disclosure agreements; interviewing and hiring techniques and tips; and the proper paper trail for firing and disciplinary actions.

How to Develop a Workforce Development Plan that Works for You

InfoComm International has great ways to help you find and develop new employees for your business. In this workshop, you'll be able to meet with peers from your region to explore ways you can work together to recruit, train, and hire employees locally. Learn from members who are already making this happen.


A Company of Pirates or Professionals?
Brad Malone, PMP, Twin Star Consulting

This presentation provides an executive overview of the five project management processes to senior management within an organization. It shares insights into the common pitfalls experienced by companies who are typically juggling multiple projects with limited resources. Conversations will focus on senior management's role in establishing practices which aid the company in coordinating the sales cycle with the implementation of resources; understanding how to create common and efficient practices; and focusing on the inter-relationships between projects versus narrowly focusing on each individual project to the detriment of all. It also includes a discussion on the different facets of an organization, which must be in alignment in order to gain the full benefits of mature project management.

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