The North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association’s annual technology forum is looking as if it will draw a big crowd.

More than 400 people have already registered to attend the day-long event on Wednesday at the Embassy Suite Hotel in Cary, and the attendance could top 500.

“This event will bring together hundreds of senior corporate executives, innovators of cutting-edge technologies, business developers and industry visionaries for debate, discussion and networking opportunities,” NCEITA says. “A CEO Conversation will be an active and engaged discussion with top leaders in their fields presenting concepts on innovation. But that’s just the beginning. Together, we will help connect people, ideas and concepts to facilitate new relationships, new opportunities and new thinking. “

William Weiss, Chairman, CEO and Founder of The Promar Group, is the latest executive to join the speaker lineup. Weiss will discuss the significance of the Research Triangle Park (RTP) and how companies can leverage the region’s assets.

Weiss also will discuss “designing a future” rather than “predicting a future.”

Other speakers include:

Joel Barker – President, Infinity Limited, Inc: He will discuss “Ideation”, looking at the issues confronting leaders of organizations who are attempting to drive, navigate and optimize innovation opportunities.

Tony Jeary – Mr. Presentation: Known as “Mr. Presentation”, he will talk about the importance of articulation. “He will show you how to successfully influence support from key stakeholders needed to realize an innovative idea and how to quickly and efficiently organize a presentation to insure maximum results,” NCEITA says.

Mark S. Lewis – Executive Vice President, Open Software, EMC Corporation: Lewis is to discuss managing information, from the time it is created until it is destroyed, called Information Lifecycle Management.

Dan Sharp – President & CEO, Royal Institution World Science Assembly (RiSci): His topic is “The Impact of Global Science & Technology.” He will talk about what the Royal Institution World Science Assembly (RiSci) is doing to enhance the science literacy of global policy-makers and the policy literacy of global science and technology leaders.

Leland Russell – Founder & President, Geo Group Strategic Services: Leland Russell is the founder and President of Geo Group Strategic Services, Inc. and an advisor to numerous Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations in health care and education. Russell is the co-author of “Winning in FastTime'”, a book based on the success principles demonstrated in the Desert Storm air campaign of the 1991 Persian Gulf war. He has consulted with executives at Motorola and McDonald’s. A knowledge navigation system he designed for Texas Instruments, TI Tomorrow, was a finalist for the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Award, which recognizes “the most important applications of information technology to society” each year.

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