RANDOLPH, NJ--(Marketwire - Oct 13, 2011) - Trends and innovation expert Jim Carroll will deliver the keynote address at this year's premier Consumer Goods Business & Technology Leadership Conference, October 23-25, 2011 at the Ritz Carleton Grand Lakes in Orlando, Fla. A leading international futurist, Carroll is widely recognized as a thought leader and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation during economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast-paced innovation. He is an author, columnist, media commentator and consultant with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has previously spoken at events for the Professional Golf Association (PGA), HJ Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among others.
Hosted by Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) magazine, a publication of Edgell Communications, the Consumer Goods Business & Technology Leadership Conference remains one of the most significant consumer goods industry events and is now in its 13th consecutive year. In attendance will be senior-level marketing, supply chain and IT executives from leading CG companies. Carroll joins an agenda jam-packed with presentations from leading consumer goods companies like Kimberly-Clark, Dean Foods, PepsiCo, Del Monte and many more.
"We are the only event that covers all aspects of the consumer goods industry, with an extremely broad range of attendees by managerial function," noted Albert Guffanti, publisher, CGT.
Guffanti continued: "We are very pleased to announce Jim Carroll as our keynote speaker, who will challenge our audience to 'think big' about their future by focusing on the theme, 'What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Don't Do.' He has a track record that is recognized worldwide as a 'thought leader' and authority on global trends; rapid business model change; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation."
Carroll will concentrate on several key trends in his engaging keynote address: how world-class innovators possess a relentless focus on growth. They continually transition their revenue source through relentless product and service reinvention and solve customer problems before the customer knows there's a problem. They focus on upside down innovation by sourcing innovation ideas through their customers and focus on long-term wins through constant incremental improvements. Carroll will also share his perspective on why right now is a great time to make bold decisions and do great things.
"I'm thrilled to participate in this annual conference," noted Carroll. "While we might be in a period of economic volatility, history has taught us that it is those organizations who focused on innovation thinking during a period of uncertainty are those who are best positioned as economic growth returns. There is plenty of opportunity in the CG industry in all areas of product development, operations, partnership structures, retail activities, taking advantage of the rapid evolution of mobile technologies, and branding and marketing opportunities. The future belongs to those who are fast -- today, it's all about scalability, rapidity and the ability to deal with extremely fast rates of change from every perspective. I'll challenge attendees to concentrate on the core activities that will help them focus on the opportunities of the future, rather than the challenges of the past."
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Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) magazine is an integrated media brand and leading resource for consumer goods executives looking to improve business performance. Delivering content in print, online, and face-to-face, CGT reaches an audience of more than 54,000 consumer goods executives ranging from managers and directors to the VPs and CIOs. CGT also covers all major segments of the consumer goods sector, including Food, Beverage, Packaged Goods, Consumer Electronics and Footwear. For more information on CGT, visit http://www.consumergoods.com.