The speakers confirmed for the 2013 NFPA Annual Conference (March 6-8) will help NFPA members focus on a series of questions critical to their success in the years ahead. Founder and President of the Innovation Technology & Innovation Foundation Rob Atkinson will be one of these speakers. During his address, Innovation Economics:  The Race for Global Advantage, Atkinson will share his perspective on what U.S. companies can do to better support innovation in the manufacturing sector and help bring change and better support for their product innovation cycles.


All conference attendees will receive a copy of Atkinson's book, Innovation Economics-The Race for Global Advantage (Yale University Press 2012.)

The conference lineup also includes the following speakers:
  • Guiding Principles of Employee Retention-Simplicity, Speed & Focus, Jeff Musi, Sales Manager-Value Added Group and SBQ Products, Gerdau Special Steel North America and Mark Gilk, Director, Americas Distribution Sales, Eaton Corporation.
  • WIN-WIN-WIN Channel Systems:  Turning Landmines into Competitive Advantages, Richard Kolsky, Lecturer, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Everyone is a CEO:  Empower Your Staff, Billy Ray Taylor, Director of Commercial Manufacturing, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
This year's conference theme "Succeeding in an Increasingly Competitive Environment" will include numerous opportunities for NFPA members to network and share knowledge about effective leadership, innovation, employee retention and empowerment, and productive channel partnerships focused on the need of the customer.

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