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Vegas CEO Summit Confirms New Speakers, Sponsors

The second annual CEO Summit at Winter Las Vegas Furniture Market has confirmed additional speakers and sponsors.

The event is set for Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 30, during Market, which runs Sunday, Jan. 26, to Thursday, Jan. 30, at World Market Center Las Vegas.

Two additional speakers--internationally known author and professor Luke Williams  and leading economic forecaster Samuel Wardwell --and three new sponsors--Grace Management GroupUttermost and The Fisher Wealth Management Group of UBS--have confirmed participation in the event, an executive-level forum for CEOs, presidents and business owners, addressing key financial, operational and global issues and opportunities.

"The CEO Summit will bring together the industry's best and brightest to address today's significant business issues," said International Market Centers CEO Robert Maricich. "This unparalleled educational forum and vital networking opportunity furthers Las Vegas Market's position as the leading home furnishings and gift destination in the western United States."

Best-selling author Luke Williams will draw on his book "Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business" for his speech, "Disrupt--Sparking Business Transformation with Innovation." Williams is an internationally recognized authority on innovation leadership and works with organizations all over the world on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming organizational processes and behaviors. He is Professor of Marketing and Executive Director of the Berkley Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at New York University's Stern School of Business and a Fellow at frog, one of the world's most influential innovation companies. Williams is a sought-after commentator on disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural change and his views are regularly featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Atlantic and National Public Radio.

Leading economic forecaster Samuel Wardwell, provided by The Fisher Wealth Management Group of UBS, will address the "Global Economic Outlook for 2014." Wardwell is senior vice president, Pioneer Investments, and he and his Investment Strategy Specialist team are responsible for providing updates on overall financial market performance, economic trends and the firm's economic outlook to clients and their advisors. Wardwell began his career with Bank of Boston as a commercial lender specializing in transportation companies during the Carter administration's deregulation of the transportation sector and imposition of credit controls in an attempt to slow inflation, then moved to its investments division as a fixed income position trader during the years when the Volcker Federal Reserve raised interest rates to unprecedented levels in its successful attack on inflation. 

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