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Ross Bernstein

The Champion’s Code: Life Lessons of Ethics and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World

Have you ever wondered why certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short? Ross Bernstein will explain why in a presentation designed to improve your organization’s productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

Based largely on the “Good to Great” ideology of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through dynamic leadership by creating a culture of excellence and by giving extraordinary customer service, Ross’ program reinforces the concept that individuals win games, but TEAMS win championships.

Momentum, roles, buy-in, motivation, consistency, sacrifice, trust, chemistry, work-ethic, innovation, karma and being humble — they’re all a part of what it takes to become the best of the best — a CHAMPION — both on and off the field. So, who are the champions on your team?

Watch this quick video clip to see what you will learn in Ross Bernstein’s keynote presentation.



About Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams and his program, The Champion’s Code: Life Lessons of Ethics and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World, not only illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best, it also explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship in sports as it relates to values and integrity in the workplace.

Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years including CNN, ESPN, Fox News and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.



Alan Beaulieu

Ready for Growth?

About every five years, IAPD invites Alan Beaulieu to present his economic forecast. We heard from him last in 2009 at the height of the recession (which he predicated). Alan will revisit his previous forecast to see how he fared and prognosticate the future. According to Alan, the second half of 2015 should see increased levels of demand across a broad swath of industries.

In this keynote presentation, Alan will discuss the economic realities that portend good news and the need for more capital expenditures, more planning, more labor and an optimistic view of the future.

Alan will be looking at the following:

  • What are the key leading indicators telling us?
  • What is the outlook for some of our top markets, including (but not limited to) life sciences, automotive, chemical and the food/beverage industry?
  • What are the megatrends we will all have to contend with?
  • Will the mid-term elections present economic challenges?
  • When will interest rates start to rise?
  • Are there foreign dangers lurking?
  • Will those forecasts directly impact your company?
  • Which of ITR®’s Phase Management Objectives™ apply to your company at this time in the business cycle?

How accurate were Alan’s predictions the last time he spoke at an IAPD Annual Convention? See his presentation from 2009.

About Alan Beaulieu

One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu is a principal of ITR Economics™ where he serves as president. He leads the company’s European office and serves as chief economist for numerous U.S. and European trade associations. He is co-author of Make Your Move, a book on profiting in business cycle changes, and is a contributing editor for Industry Week magazine.

Since 1990, Alan Beaulieu has given more than 5,000 presentations to business leaders, corporate executives and trade association members at meetings and conferences around the globe. He has spoken to thousands of business leaders in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, distribution, real estate, construction and technology. He serves as chief economist for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW).

Pronouncements from ITR Economics and/or Alan have appeared in/on: The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Knight Ridder News Services, Business Week, Associated Press, The Washington Times, CBS Radio, CNN Radio, KABC, Sirius talk radio and numerous other outlets. In 2008, he won the Vistage International’s Speaker Impact of the Year Award.