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CEO Forum 2013

20th Annual CEO Forum

“The Future of Entrepreneurship: Redefining the Marketplace"

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

NEW LOCATION: The Performing Arts Center (PAC), 431 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Registration: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Hot breakfast buffet with networking

Forum: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


UPDATE: Todd Schwartz, Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U. S. Department of State in Washington, DC., will not be attending the CEO Forum due to the 2013 Government Shutdown.

Don Schenkel, who is the retired founding chair and CEO of Tower Financial Corporation, will share a unique perspective on the effect of globalization upon businesses.

Scott Glaze, Chairman and CEO of Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation, Fort Wayne, Indiana will discuss how operations overseas, partnerships and a focus on exports have increased sales by one-third.

Maciek Szaferski, Importer/Distributor/Wholesaler of EDM Products Direct, Fort Wayne, Indiana will detail how imports drive his business, and discuss the operations and subtleties involved.

Lori Berndt, President of The Olive Twist, Fort Wayne and Auburn, Indiana will discuss business growth as elated to partnerships, collaborations, and social media.

After the individual presentations, the speakers will engage in an informal discussion and then open up topics with the audience to wrap up the event.





The 20th Annual CEO Forum this year is sponsored by:

Tower Bank