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CEO Summit Schedules New Session

The International Market Centers’ inaugural Gift+Home CEO Summit has added four additional educational sessions addressing financing, mergers and acquisitions, industry trends and social media strategies. The World Market Center Las Vegas event, which runs concurrently with the Gift+Home show from January 31 to February 1, 2013, added the new seminars to what had been an eight-session slate.

Paul Tashima, managing director, UBS Financial Services corporate cash management group, will address financing issues and opportunities in the session Effective Corporate Cash Investment Management: Capturing Positive Returns in a Zero Interest Rate Environment on Thursday, January 31.  He will discuss investing in the overnight market, interest income expectations, Federal Reserve policy and related topics.

Lance Hart, president of DEMDACO, George Kacic, vp of Giftcraft, and John Toler, vp of Evergreen Enterprises, will address industry mergers and acquisitions in the panel discussion Strategic Acquirers in the Industry on January 31. Based on their own experiences, panelists will discuss acquisition strategies including what to look for in a target company, what metrics are used in decision making and how to determine a purchase price. Randy Eller, president of Eller Enterprises, LLC, and conference co-producer, will moderate a question and answer session.

Other new sessions include the Gifts & Decorative Accessories’ Trends & Forecast Survey on January 31, and Why Social Media Matters + What CEOs Need To Personally Do About It on February 1.