ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA's Marketing and Sales Summit Attracts Senior Executives
Research Triangle Park, NC (19 September 2007) -- Sponsored by the ISA Management Division, ISA's Marketing and Sales Summit, held 5-7 September in Chicago, attracted over 80 key executives. The conference focused on helping marketing and sales executives in the automation markets meet the strategic and tactical challenges of the 21st century.
A unique event designed exclusively for senior sales and marketing professionals in the automation markets, the conference featured keynotes and plenary sessions from Gartner, Inc., ABB, Honeywell, and others. Sessions addressed the state of the manufacturing industry, the changing role of the senior marketing and sales executive, and the shift to service selling. Breakout sessions highlighted topics like search engine marketing, solution selling, public relations, and branding.
"This has been a fantastic conference! I got more out of the Marketing & Sales Summit than anything else I've been to in a long, long time - it was full of great speakers and great subjects," said Rich Merritt of Moore Industries World Wide.
Attendees enjoyed a plenary session from Alison Smith, Senior Analyst with AMR Research, on the state of the manufacturing markets. The keynote address, given by Peter Martin, Vice President of Performance Measurement and Management, Invensys, was entitled "Marketing Outside of Ourselves: How to Reach the C-Level Customer and Why We Should." An editor's forum featured advice and opinions of editors from CONTROL, Automation.com, Automation World, Control Engineering, InTech, and Managing Automation. Attendees also attended two networking receptions with top level marketing professionals, editors, and other VIPs in the industry.
"The networking between marketing executives, advertisers and vendors was invaluable," said Dr. Peggie Koon, Director of Search Initiatives, Morris Digital Networks. "The ISA Management Division put on a very timely event."
"These two days were an outstanding learning experience, and could be scaled to apply at ANY level," said Mark Graumenz, Director of Sales, DynaTech Control Solutions. "Add that experience to the relationships I've developed, and this conference was well worth the money."
For more information about ISA's division symposia, visit www.isa.org/divisions or call (919) 549-8411.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).