'Shaping our future' with TLMI.

Author:Katz, Steve
Position::ASSOCIATION News

* TLMI converter and supplier members gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL, October 21-14, for the TLMI 2012 Annual Meeting. The meeting's theme of "Shaping our Future: Strategic Leadership, Social Media and Industry Consolidation" attracted a record number of attendees for four days of networking, education and recreation.


The event kicked off on Sunday night with a tabletop reception. Here, through the APPRISE Passport system, converters were encouraged and incentivized to visit and network with numerous suppliers. By recording the number of tabletops visited, they improved their chances of winning an iPod Touch, iPod Classic and an iPad.

Following TLMI committee meetings--Environmental, Marketing, Learning, Membership and Technical--TLMI Chairman Art Yerecic officially called the meeting to order and introduced Environmental Committee chairman Calvin Frost, who presented the 2012 Environmental Leadership Awards. The Label Printers took borne the converter award while the supplier honor went to Mitsubishi Polyester Films.

Andrew Boynton, dean of Boston College's Carroll School of Management, and one of the creators of DeepDive, a methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams, was Monday's featured speaker. He focused on the power of ideas. "Ideas drive economic progress," he said, urging leaders to be more interested than interesting, to diversify, exercise idea muscles and also be agile.

Boynton presented several thought-provoking case studies that illustrated how ideas and innovations from history can affect businesses and industry today. For an example, he showed how the iPod "clickwheel" was a repurposed idea that was originally seen in a 1983 HP 9000 computer. He also showed how Warren Buffett found ideas by studying a book Ted Williams wrote on hitting a baseball. "In this book, Buffett found ideas about probability and statistics, and about not taking risks," Boynton explained.

Following the session, attendees either participated in a golf tournament, a fishing charter, a sunset cruise, or simply relaxed by the beach or pool.

Highlighting Tuesday's session was Scott Klososky, a former CEO of three successful startup companies. He specializes in examining how technology is changing the world, and discussed trends in emerging technologies. Klososky's rolicking presentation, titled "Social Media, Social Networking and Social Relevance," addressed how to integrate social networking into...

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