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Conference preview: IWLA Convention and Expo

Prominent speakers promise business insights


DES PLAINES, Illinois—To succeed in business you need to see the big picture and the fine details. Lacking the visual acuity to do both could lead to failure.

That’s the business philosophy of Dan Barnett, an experienced C-level executive who will offer practical leadership advice to attendees at the 2013 International Warehouse Logistics Association Convention & Expo. His presentation will focus on managing make-or-break execution in business operations, which he says is the core of success.

“The best leaders have both a clear vision and an eye for the operating detail that will make or break that vision,” Barnett says. “Lack of vision will result in a business that spins its wheels. And yet even the best vision will go nowhere in the face of poor execution.”

According to Barnett, the big struggle for most leaders is how to do both. “How do you actively lead your organization to ensure superb execution of your vision without being consumed by the details and the urgent ‘alligators’ you face daily?”

In his scheduled address, Barnett will offer practical and executable steps executives can take back to their businesses to help make their visions reality, and he is just one of the many speakers who will present at the convention.

“Those who attend will take home with them information about industry and economic trends, management techniques and leading-edge technological developments they cannot obtain in any other industry gathering,” says Paul Verst, president and CEO of Verst Group Logistics in Walton, Kentucky, and IWLA vice-chair and convention planning committee chair.

Educational sessions provide attendees with practical information and updates on management and business trends; and legal and government affairs updates. The concurrent trade show features a range of information including innovative technology options and services. Additionally, a full range of social events like the 2013 IWLA Golf Classic, March 10, will provide attendees with unique opportunities for networking.

The 2013 IWLA Convention & Expo runs from March 10 to March 12, at the Loews Portofino Hotel at Universal Orlando, Florida.