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Customized education: top priority at PIMA's 2004 Leadership Conference.

PATRICK ANDRUS, PIMA

PIMA's 2004 Leadership Conference is only a few weeks away. This Annual International Conference will be held June 27-30, 2004 at the Sheraton New Orleans. Join your industry peers at this dynamic conference to gain the knowledge and skills that will help to drive results. Topics to be covered will deliver the tools necessary to help everyone in the industry to Thrive!

PIMA has changed this year's meeting to include both the 85th Annual International Management Conference and the 36th Annual International IT Conference. This format has allowed for new features for attendees. Besides offering technology show-cases, an Exhibit Hall with IT and Management vendors, and several networking opportunities, the 2004 Leadership Conference will also provide exciting cross-over programming opportunities. PIMA formatted this unique two-day program to cover the critical training needs of numerous segments of today's pulp and paper industry. These include:

* Mill Operations

* Engineering, Maintenance, and Information Technology

* Corporate Functions

* Industry Suppliers

These sessions have something valuable for everyone involved with the pulp and paper process. Whether it's finding new ways to improve your profits or figuring out which direction the pulp and paper industry is headed, the information offered is sure to benefit you and your organization. Bring your whole team, as there is special pricing for multiple attendees from the same company.

To view a full listing of scheduled sessions and events, or to register, visit PIMA at www.pimaweb.org, or call + 1 847 375-6860. Be sure to stay at the host hotel of the PIMA Conference. To make your reservations, contact the Sheraton New Orleans at +1 504 525-2500 or 888 627-7033 (reservations only).

The conference schedule was designed by industry professionals to deliver maximum value. Multi-track sessions allow attendees to customize their program to meet specific needs. Educational sessions will offer valuable insight on issues that are faced in every day job functions. Below is a sample listing of topics and sessions that will be offered at the 2004 Leadership Conference.

Topics and Session Titles include, but are not limited to:

IMPROVING PROFITS

* Value Creation - Opportunities & Tactics

* Global Supply Chain: What Does it Take to Thrive in a Commoditized Environment?

* Found Money: Improved Profits Are There, But You Have to Know Where to Look

INDUSTRY TRENDS

* President's Panel

* CIO Panel (Chief Information Officers)

* Sarbanes-Oxley: What it Means to Your Business

* Forecasting the Future - Trends and Drivers

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

* Mill Manager's Panel

* Superintendent's Roundtable

* The Role of Personality in Managing Conflict: A Model for Resolution

INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT

* Creating an Innovative Culture - Best Practices & Tools

* Managing Innovation -Part I: Issues and Ideas

* Managing Innovation - Part II: Practical Applications

* Improving Group Dynamics: Creating High Performance Work

MANUFACTURING RELIABILITY & MAINTENANCE

* Transforming the Reliability Strategy into Results

* Manufacturing Reliability: Financial Impact of Reliability on Capital and Capacity

* Manufacturing Reliability: Identifying Goals to Reach the Bottom Line

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

* Quality Management Using Six Sigma

* Roundtable: Process Control vs. Information Technology

* Performance Improvement Through Online Operator Training
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