The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) has announced the keynote presenter for its 48th Management and Marketing Conference, scheduled Feb 26-28, 2017, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The theme of the conference — “Collaborate, Differentiate, Accelerate! Drive to Excellence” — will be highlighted in the presentation by author, humorist and former telecon industry executive and manufacturers’ representative Jon Petz of Columbus, Ohio.
Petz, whose firm nickname is “Bore No More,” specializes in injecting humor, audience participation and sometimes even a little magic into customized programs that provide audiences with deliverables based on real-life experiences. His client list includes many major electronics and other industry companies, including Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Dell and Oracle.
Petz was selected through a screening process of many possible keynoters that was conducted by the Conference Keynote Sub-Committee, chaired by Tobi Cornell, CPMR, of Kruvand Associates, Inc. She says, “Jon brings together all the qualities the committee was seeking. We wanted someone who could kick off the conference with a rousing message about the importance of collaboration, differentiation and acceleration in our businesses today but presented with a lighter, thought-provoking and very human touch.”
Holly Myers, CPMR, of Wallace Electronic Sales, Inc., who chairs the 2017 Conference Committee, adds, “The Keynote Sub-Committee did an outstanding job of choosing a speaker who can give us a lively, truly engaging keynote that will energize our attendees. He knows our audience and our industry well, and since one of his books is titled Boring Meetings Suck, we are confident the conference opening will be one to remember.”
In addition to Cornell and Myers, the Keynote Sub-Committee members are: Ken Bellero of Schaffner EMC; Mike Budde of Budde Marketing Systems; Tom Griffin, CPMR, of Catalyst Sales, Inc.; Bob Kirkland of the Aurora Group; and Tom Stevenson of Tom Stevenson and Associates. Over the next few months, they will be working with Petz on his keynote content.
View a personal video message from Petz to ERA Conference attendees below …