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Oliver North: Keynote Address

Oliver NorthThe CTDA Management Conference will celebrate its 20th anniversary this November 13-16 at the site of its inaugural meeting at Marriott’s Grand Hotel Resort, Golf Club, and Spa, in Point Clear Alabama.

We are more than proud to reveal that CTDA has scheduled a true American hero, Oliver North as the keynote speaker for November. Many of us watched him on Fox news channel live from the Persian Gulf. Colonel North’s appearance may become even more memorable than Dick Cheney’s timely appearance at the 1994 Management Conference, one that is still remembered by attendees today.

Oliver L. North is a combat decorated Marine, a #1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, the host of a nationally-syndicated daily radio show and the host of “War Stories” on the Fox News Channel, yet claims his most important accomplishment as being “the husband of one and the father of four.”

North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a U.S.Marine.  His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.

Assigned to the National Security Council Staff in the Reagan administration, Colonel North was the United States government’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator from 1983-1986 and was involved in planning the rescue of  medical students on the Island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Gaddafi’s terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, one of the world’s deadliest assassins.

Oliver North broadcasts his nationally syndicated Common Sense Radio, Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, from the studios of Radio America  in Washington, D.C. Additionally, his award-winning weekly documentary, “War Stories” airs each Sunday night on the FOX News Channel.

His first two books, Under Fire and One More Mission were international best sellers. His latest book, Mission Compromised also rose to the New York Times best seller list. North is also the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation which provides scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action.

Make your plans early to be a part of this important celebration!

Sponsored by: Coverings


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Gene Stanaland: The Current Economy

Gene StanalandGene Stanaland has been called the "Will Rogers of economics." He has a unique ability to analyze current economic conditions and relate their impact on individuals and businesses in an understandable and entertaining way. He was a member of Auburn University's economics department for 20 years during which he headed the department for eight. Dr. Stanaland is now president of an economic consulting firm and serves on the board of directors of several institutions. Audiences love his sharp, amusing observations proving that economics can be the UNdismal science.

The nature of the presentation is an analysis of the current economic condition. Hence, the content will emphasize events occurring at the time the presentation is made. Currently, the following are the issues discussed:

  • Economic policies or events that have led to the economic news we are now hearing.
  • An analysis of the economic impact of political activity coming out of Washington, D.C.
  • Federal Reserve actions past and present in light of the Greenspan Board approach to Monetary Policy.
  • A forecast for the remainder of the current year and for the next.

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David Yoho: The Ultimate Hiring System

David YohoDavid Yoho helps organizations outthink, outmaneuver, out-hustle, outsell, and out-negotiate their competition - at higher prices! He's president of Professional Educators Inc., a creative marketing agency that provides systems and structure for sales, negotiation, database marketing, management and the bottom-line.

David has delivered more than 2,500 speeches and seminars for executives, managers, salespeople and business owners. He challenges and entertains his audiences with a fast-paced, energetic, hard-hitting style.

Participants discuss his "Yohoisms" and provocative recommendations during coffee breaks, other sessions and long after the meeting because he connects his content with the client's most important issues. A comprehensive analyst, he offers valuable suggestions during post-meeting follow up.

David's a member of the prestigious CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. The 150 members include President Ronald Reagan, General Colin Powell, Art Linkletter, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale and Zig Ziglar.

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Dave Gorden: The Greatest Asset in the World

Dave GordenDave Gordon works with organizations who want to provide exceptional service, and with Managers who desire to develop the full potential of their team.

He works with Key Management to create a culture that fosters service, both internally and externally. Dave conducts Keynote Presentations and Workshops that are designed to boost morale and get people focused on a common goal.

Dave always does his homework and everything he does is "planned" not "canned" He will facilitate a strong "Team" effort. Team stands for Together Everyone Accomplishes More.

Dave Gorden is a former executive of the CBS television network. He has been the personal agent for Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and several other top artists.

Dave has always been in the people business. At home, Dave and his wife, Beverly, have been foster parents to 57 different children over the past 13 years.

Within the professional speaking community, Dave has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association. CSP is the highest earned designation and it recognizes a commitment to ongoing education, proven speaking experience, and ethical behavior. In addition, he has been honored with the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award. CPAE stands for "Council Of Peers Award Of Excellence" and is considered the Academy Award of the professional speaking industry. Dave is the immediate past president of the National Speakers Association. Clients often say his energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

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Dr. Audrey Nelson: The Lost Art of Communication - A Talent for a Technical Age

Dr. Audrey NelsonDr. Audrey Nelson is an internationally recognized consultant and seminar leader. She specializes in male-female communication, sexual harassment/discrimination and conflict management.

Dr. Nelson's professional background includes 10 years as a university professor in Communication and 15 years as a consultant and trainer for a wide range of government and Fortune 50 and 500 companies. Among them are AT&T/Lucent Technologies, IBM, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Pentax, Kaiser-Permanente, John Deere, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and the Principal Financial Group. She has trained in 46 states, Australia and Canada.

She holds her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication. She conducted post-doctoral work in Communication at Warnborough College in Oxford, England. In addition, she has conducted research and published professional papers in the areas of organizational communication, sex differences in communication, language acquisition and nonverbal behavior. Her research is cited in such books as More Power To You and Communication Between the Sexes.

Professional memberships include the Organization for Research on Women and Communication, Language and Gender and the Western Speech Communication Association.

Dr. Nelson won the "Teaching Excellence" award at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was designated "Woman of the Year" by the Business and Professional Women's Association. She has also served as president of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication.

Dr. Nelson's presentation style and communication background contribute to a dynamic, interactive and informative learning experience.

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Jeff VanKooten: From Lucy and Ricky to Beavis and Butthead

Jeff VanKooten is a Senior Consultant with The Center for Generational Studies. His passion for studying generational trends, coupled with a hilarious sense of humor, provides a wonderful blend for helping audiences cope with the challenges of managing the ever-changing workforce. In his eleven years on the platform, Jeff has spoken to intimate groups of 25 and conventions of 2500.

A veteran of computer hardware sales, Jeff made a transition to the ministry in 1993 and has served in administrative and clergical roles. His everyday experience with today's youth enables him to help audiences adapt successfully to the challenges new generations bring to American society. He holds baccalaureate degrees in psychology and communications and a Master's degree in Theology.

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Al Bates: Company Performance Report

Al BatesOne of CTDA's most popular speakers, Al Bates from the Profit Planning Group has proven expertise in a number of financial and management fields and he will once again present the annual CTDA Company Performance Report.

The report, compiled confidentially from responses of ceramic tile distributors across the country, gives you a clear and concise view of the financial strengths and weaknesses of the ceramic tile distribution industry.

But that’s not all! Financial challenges that arise in a downturn economy are challenging. This session will distinguish between actions that really help and those that only make a difficult situation worse. Identify draining cash traps - inventory and accounts receivable, and slam the door on expenses - focusing on areas where reductions are possible without sacrificing customer service.

By participating in the PROFIT survey, you will receive two very useful management tools that compare your results with your peers:

PROFIT IMPROVEMENT PROFILE analyzes and compares your company's profitability and financial ratios to your peers and focuses on your company's three weakest areas, tells you how to improve those areas and shows results that could be achieved if the plan is implemented.

The PROFIT TOOL KIT is a diskette sent with your data and the industry data already included. The program lets you test some "what-if" changes in your business and immediately see the results.

Participant data will be held strictly confidential by Profit Planning Group. Profit Planning Group has conducted similar surveys for more than twenty organizations and have an unblemished record of confidentiality.

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Distributor Forum: Best Practices Shared

Each year, distributors gather to discuss subjects primarily of exclusive nature to distributors. It is a time to share your successes and your failures and take home a few new ideas to implement. And best of all, the forum is scheduled so you won’t miss out on a single afternoon leisure activity!

This year's session will take place immediately following the Friday morning business session with two topics selected for discussion in roundtable groups and results presented to the whole. Topics will be chosen by participants prior to the conference.

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