Top executives at SAS, Epic Games and Grant Thornton headline the program for the North Carolina Technology Association’s annual leadership conference.

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Speakers include SAS Chief Executive Officer Jim Goodnight, Epic President Michael Capps and Grant Thornton CEO Ed Nusbaum.

SAS, which is based in Cary, is the world’s largest privately held software firm.

Epic, which also is based in Cary, developed the award-winning video games "Gears of War," its sequel and "Unreal Tournament."

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s financial services firms with major operations in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte.

The conference is set for Wednesday, April 8, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Imperial in Research Triangle Park.