Executive Networking Conference focuses on unleashing innovation

North Carolina's top innovators and business leaders in health care, technology, construction and other industries convene this week (April 4-6) to focus on "unleashing the innovation engine" at the 2013 Executive Networking Conference at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst.

The annual event, hosted by NCIMED and Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council, will explore the theme, "Creating the Future: Leveraging Business Relationships and Unleashing the Innovation Engine."

Featured speakers include N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and state and national business and academic leaders. Professional development workshops, seminars and panel discussions will cover the gamut of topics related to innovation, from identifying opportunities, marketing products and services and innovation opportunities in high-potential industries.

"North Carolina's greatest economic resource is its people," said NCIMED President Andrea Harris. "This year's theme underscores that fact. When we come together and share our experiences, great things can happen."

The Executive Networking Conference is the premier networking event for minority business executives and corporate decision-makers to form and cultivate relationships, learn about emerging trends, exaqmine critical issues and develop professional skills.

NCIMED will honor these individuals and businesses for their significant role in addressing the critical needs of small businesses in North Carolina.

Public Service Awards

Andrew "Andy" Perkins, assistant vice chancellor for business and finance/facilities at N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University.

N.C. Department of Transportation

Corporate Awards

Eric Watson, vice president, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Delhaize America, owners of the Food Lion companies, Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford Brothers and Sweetbay Supermarkets.

Duke Energy

Trailblazer Awards

David L. Fitts, director of procurement operations in North America, GlaxoSmithKline

Lewis H. Myers, NCIMED co-founder, director of business development and member of the board, The Freelon Group

Sponsors for the 2013 Executive Networking Conference are: First Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank, Merck, Food Lion, AT&T, GlaxoSmithKline, Duke University/Duke University Health System, Skanska, North Carolina Mutual, Guilford County Schools and Raytheon.

For more information call Melody Brown at (919) 956-8889 or go to visit www.ncimed.org.

NCIMED is a nonprofit management consulting and services firm and a leading voice and advocate for public policies and business practices that promote marketplace diversity as a path to greater prosperity. For more information, visit www.ncimed.org or call 919) 956-8889.



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