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Executive Development Focus for Education Sessions at AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase

Monday, August 21, 2006

Washington, D.C. - The 2006 AMI Annual Convention featuring the Innovation Showcase, Oct. 4-6 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla., will feature a series of executive educational sessions designed to inspire leadership and revitalize your organization.

FranklinCovey will lead Thursday with their workshop, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, focusing on applied techniques for the meat and poultry industry. The presentation will provide four clear disciplines that ensure focus and execution for the attendees’ top priorities by giving individuals and teams a set of tools and processes to bring the work group into alignment with the most important team objectives. Case studies from the industry will illustrate the presentation’s key examples.

Thursday’s general session will feature former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director (1997-2004) and renowned security expert, George J. Tenet. Tenet took over as head of the CIA when it was in the midst of an organizational crisis. Faced with budget cuts, low morale and a lack of purpose after the close of the Cold War, Tenet revitalized the CIA and led it through one of the most crisis-filled times of recent history. Tenet will discuss how leaders can encourage their people, inspire innovation and rejuvenate organizational culture and provide a snapshot of threats to U.S. security – and what the future holds for the U.S., its allies and interests around the globe.

Friday will feature a special preview of the upcoming Executive Education Development Program, to be hosted in the spring of 2007 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. This session will focus on the role of marketing, how it can add value to companies and increase sales. The session will also touch on new product development, launching a pioneering brand, managing a brand and brand portfolio over time and responding to competitors’ branding moves.

The Annual Convention will be preceded by the annual Meat Industry Research Conference (MIRC). This year’s conference will feature a new format with sessions on product quality, food safety, processing and packaging and consumer needs. Each session will discuss how recent research results should provide focus for future research needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, in small, targeted groups future research needs. Other sessions will highlight current “hot topics” such as case ready meat products, cloning and sodium nitrite research. MIRC is a separate registration event; however, qualified buyers receive complementary admission to the Innovation Showcase exhibits.

With more than 125 exhibitors, bringing together new ideas, new concepts, and new connections, this is the opportunity to take home a taste of the future with the means to increase productivity and profitability.

For additional Convention registration information, visit www.MeatAMI.com and navigate to the Events/Education section of the site. Early-bird registration saves attendees $100 and ends Aug. 31, 2006. Registration for AMI Packer/Processor, Associate Members and Exhibiting Suppliers, after the early bird cutoff date, is $695 and is $1,095 for AMI Non-Exhibiting Supplier Members.


For more information contact:
Patrick Wilson
Manager, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Aff

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