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A message from the president.

By now, you should have marked your calendar to attend the premier forest products event of the year. PIMA's Leadership Conference, scheduled to be held at the Sheraton New Orleans June 27-30, 2004, promises to deliver valuable tools to help you THRIVE in these challenging times. For the first time, the 85th Annual International Management Conference and the 36th Annual International IT Conference will be held simultaneously in the same location. This exciting new format will provide attendees with added value through increased educational and networking opportunities.

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If you are a manager or are responsible for Mill Operations, Finance, Maintenance, Optimizing Performance or Information Technology, you should attend this conference. Educational sessions have been designed with your success in mind. Key benefits of attending include:

* Acquiring the best practices and tools for developing and sustaining innovation

* Understanding what business factors CEO's and CIO's focus on to keep a company thriving

* Transforming maintenance reliability into results

* Learning to continually manage costs to improve profits

* Benchmarking with industry leaders in targeted sessions and roundtables

* Gaining greater performance from employees through accountability and managing conflict

Top industry and marketplace leaders will present their views on how they are thriving in this environment. Sean O'Keefe of NASA will kick off the conference by sharing his experiences and discussing leadership, innovation and the will to get positive results. In addition, the CEO and CIO panels will discuss critical and timely industry issues. The Presidents Panel will consist of Dr. William Joyce of Nalco, Jan Brons of SKF Reliability Systems and Tom Brown of Caraustar. CIO Panel participants include Dac Nguyen of PanAsia Paper, John Balboni of International Paper, Jim Burdiss of Smurfit-Stone Container and Jorma Saarikorpi of UPM-Kymmene.

The 2004 PIMA Leadership Conference is a great platform to benchmark with industry leaders, as well as acquire the skills necessary to add value to your daily job. This years format will provide value for your whole team by offering multiple education tracks, exhibit hall time, the latest in technology, innovative learning opportunities, discounted pricing and more! For more information regarding PIMA's 2004 Leadership Conference, including a full program listing, or to register, call 847/375-6860 or visit www.pimaweb.org.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Harry Seamans, PIMA President

Diane Murdock, Affiliate Chair
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Title Annotation:Pima Association News
Author:Murdock, Diane
Publication:Solutions - for People, Processes and Paper
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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