CEDIA View: Survive- and Thrive- in 2009 Economy
CEDIA’s annual Management Conference will return in 2009 with an unprecedented focus on strategy.
The event has spent the past 10 years helping sustain electronic systems contractors with the business tools they need to stay competitive, including a well-received series of strategic planning elements in 2008. As small industry businesses are now faced with difficult choices brought on by a looming economic crisis, the 2009 conference will help attendees take a close look at how operations can be examined, tightened and restructured to achieve maximum ROI.
Management Conference 2009 will be held March 4–7 at Carefree Resort & Villas in Carefree, Ariz. The format of the event will allow attendees to step out of the day-to-day processes of running a business to gain new perspective with the help of industry experts, cross-industry presenters and the all-important peer network.
The conference features a series of Strategic Management Forums, two-hour sessions that will combine instruction and group discussion to help attendees arrive at new tactics in the areas of personnel, promotions, sales, maintenance agreements and formulating a strategic plan. Four cross-industry presenters will also be on hand to share the timely and relevant insight they’ve gained from their work in outside industries. Topics will include business valuation, green practices, and what to look for in an accountant.
This year’s event also features three keynote speakers, including one highly anticipated superstar from the professional sports arena. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will deliver a presentation entitled “The Power To Win” detailing how attendees can take the lessons he’s learned in his career as a fighter and apply them to the business world. Leonard will be joined by speakers who will discuss staying relevant in a changing market and innovative collaboration.
While these scheduled sessions represent the majority of the itinerary for CEDIA’s Management Conference, the networking opportunities the conference offers have always been a favorite component and a big draw for returning attendees. The event fosters open and frank discussions by creating a non-competitive environment filled with business owners from throughout North America. Inevitably, discussion turns to some of the common challenges faced by electronic systems business owners, and peers are able to share the lessons they’ve learned and solutions they’ve discovered.