CEO Summit Forum Boosts Industry Discussion

According to co-sponsor International Market Centers, the third annual CEO Summit, run in conjunction with the Winter Las Vegas Market, offered a unique opportunity to network with peers across multiple industry platforms. With partner Eller Enterprises, the summit provided a forum for discussing issues facing the industry today, as well as learning opportunities directly applicable to businesses, IMC stated.

“For the past three winters, Las Vegas Market has held this one-of-a-kind event, and it continues to add value for executives attending our show,” said Robert Maricich, IMC CEO. “The CEO Summit is consistently well-attended and continues to draw top executives from top-tier companies, who want cutting-edge information so they can better lead their companies and the industry into the future.”

Opening the event, keynote Speaker Ron Insana, senior analyst with CNBC, economist and financial industry expert, offered attendees an economic forecast for the next 12 to 15 months. His projections were particularly relevant to furniture, gift and home décor executives as they consider buying and inventory decisions into 2016, IMC asserted.

The keynote speaker on day two was Andreas Weigend, former chief scientist for Amazon and director of Social Data Lab, who discussed the growth of technology and its impact on commerce and the world.

Other speakers included Tom Morris, chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values, Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and former philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame, who provided an approach to running a business based on the work of thinkers throughout world history.  Steve Baker, vp, The Great Game of Business, Inc., discussed the advantages of being transparent with employees to achieve better performance. And Kent Panther, svp, Wray Ward Creative Communications, shared measurement and analytical tools companies can use to demonstrate ROI for marketing, advertising and social media expenditures.