Keynote speaker named for sailing industry conference

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Dan Coughlin, best-selling author of “ACCELERATE: 20 Practical Lessons to Boost Business Momentum,” will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Growth Through Innovation Conference presented by GE Capital Solutions and Sail America on June 11-12 at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I.

In addition to Coughlin, U.S. Olympic Sailing Program Chairman Dean M. Brenner and Wachovia Senior Economic Analyst Mark Vitner will also give presentations at the conference, Sail America reported in a release yesterday.

“You just don’t want to miss the biggest sailing industry event of the year,” said Jonathan Banks, executive director for Sail America. “Our keynote and featured speakers will offer fresh insights and strategies to help you map a course for future growth and opportunities in today’s challenging market.”

More than 100 industry owners, sales and marketing managers and sailing industry professionals are expected to attend this inaugural industry conference, which has been designed to help sailing-related businesses accelerate and grow during challenging times. Topics include: successful export strategies, generating sales in a soft market, the latest in e-marketing; key principles to effective marketing segmentation; targeted public relations strategies and achieving success through product innovation.

Coughlin’s keynote speech is entitled “Innovate to Accelerate: Practical Processes to Propel Business Momentum.” He believes business innovation means creating more value for customers that generates sustainable, profitable business growth. Coughlin provides practical processes for individuals and organizations to create more value for customers and improve profits and revenue growth.

In his highly interactive workshop, entitled “Accelerate Your Impact as a Business Leader,” Coughlin will explain the details of great leadership and will guide the group through a series of discussions on how to effectively influence the way other people think. Topics include effective communication, the leadership toolbox, coaching to improve performance, and learning from leaders in your past.

Visit for more information on the Industry Conference and Regatta and to register. Alternatively, please contact Kimberly Tuchon or Jonathan Banks at 401-841-0900.

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