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Oliver North: Keynote Address
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!
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Gene Stanaland: The Current Economy
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
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David Yoho: The Ultimate Hiring System
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
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Dave Gorden: The Greatest Asset in the World
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
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
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
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
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
But thats 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 wont 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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