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Marketing Innovators Luncheon Seminar

The Big Marketing Idea is Alive and Well in Chicago

As the Chicago Innovation Awards demonstrate year in and year out, Chicagoans take a backseat to nobody when it comes to converting big ideas into reality. Because innovation never sleeps, BMA Chicago and the Chicago Innovation Awards are revisiting the topic of innovation in business-to-business (B to B) marketing in the January MarketingInnovators Luncheon seminar event at the Standard Club. Whether or not you were able to attend last year’s event, you won’t want to miss this special encore of the popular premiere with new winners and perspectives.
Tom Kuczmarski, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the value of innovation, will again serve as the panel’s moderator. The co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, Tom is also the founder, senior partner and president of Kuczmarski & Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in accelerating growth through innovation. During his career, he has helped clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation. He is frequently published and cited on radio and television, and in national periodicals, and is the author of six books on the subject, and for more than 30 years he has taught product and service innovation courses at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

In 2002, Tom co-founded the Chicago Innovation Awards along with Dan Miller, the former business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and former executive vice president of the Heartland Institute. Tom says the motivation for founding the awards was that he had grown weary of hearing about technology innovation only on the West Coast and financial services innovation on the East Coast; he felt that Chicago was not getting the credit it deserved for being a center of innovation.

The January 2012 Marketing Innovators Luncheon seminar innovation panel will include:
John Capek, Ph.D., executive vice president, medical devices at Abbott Laboratories. John is responsible for Abbott’s Vascular, Diabetes Care, Vision Care and Animal Health businesses. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Abbott Vascular, heading up Abbott’s global vascular business. Before joining Abbott, he served in various management roles at Guidant Corporation. Before joining Guidant, Mr. Capek was manager of New Product Technology at Eli Lilly & Company. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biomedical engineering, a master’s degree in electrical engineering, a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
John and his team at Abbott received a 2008 Chicago Innovation Award for XIENCE V, a revolutionary drug eluting stent that prevents the arteries that it opens from reclosing.

Abbott has won a Chicago Innovation Award for their work 8 out of 10 years.  John will touch on how they continue to keep the innovation machine going during the session. 
Bob Dutzi, vice president/general manager at Glenview-based ITW(NYSE: ITW), a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products, and employs nearly 60,000 people with operations in 57 countries. He holds a BSME in Engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering and Management Institute) and an MS in Engineering–Product Development from Northwestern University.
ITW was recognized with a 2011 Chicago Innovation Award for its Deltar Global Capless Refueling System, which provides automatic sealing while eliminating the traditional gas cap on an automobile. Benefits include customer convenience, faster refueling, prevention of soiled hands and/or gloves and an accessible design for elderly/arthritic individuals.
Gian Fulgoni (Twitter: @gfulgoni), executive chairman and cofounder of comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR), the global leader in measuring the digital world. From 1981–1998, Gian was president/CEO of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), the leading global supplier of retail scanner data to the consumer packaged goods industry, where he grew the company’s revenues at an annual rate of 40 percent to more than $500 million annually and its market value to $1.5 billion. In 1991 and 2004, he was named Illinois Entrepreneur of the Year, the only person to have twice received that honor. In 1992, he received the Wall Street Transcript Award for outstanding contributions as CEO in enhancing the overall value of IRI to the benefit of its shareholders. In 2008, he was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been involved in the growth of successful public companies, such as Platinum Technology, Inc. (acquired by Computer Associates); U.S. Robotics (acquired by 3 Com); and (acquired by CMGI).

comScore won a 2009 Chicago Innovation Award for its AdEffx Suite, a holistic advertising effectiveness solution that measures the total impact of online advertising by quantifying a campaign’s ability to lift both online and in-store sales.

Keelin Wyman, executive vice president at Tripp Lite, which helps maximize the availability, manageability and efficiency of network systems and data centers with infrastructure solutions including uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, racks and power distribution units. The company offers more than 3,000 products, employs 450 people worldwide and has a sales presence in more than 60 countries. Keelin is part of the leadership team at a company that sells exclusively through authorized reseller and distributor partners such as Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Synnex, CDW, PC Connection and and other leading companies and values channel loyalty first and foremost. To that end, Tripp Lite offers comprehensive reseller support that includes product training, pre-sales technical assistance and online sales tools, with its 5,000-square-foot Integrated Solutions Center serving as the centerpiece of its sales support program.
Keelin and his team at Tripp Lite won a 2009 Chicago Innovation Award for its ECO Series UPS Systems, sustainable UPS solutions designed for desktop applications. They turn off designated ECO outlets when a computer is turned off or goes into standby mode, saving users up to $40 per PC, conserving 470 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and reducing a user’s carbon footprint by 630 pounds per year.

Keelin and his team won another Chicago Innovation Award in 2011 for the SRCOOL12K Portable AC Unit, which provides cooling in data center and network environments through a unique built-in evaporator.


Ellen Barry, Chicago Innovation Awards judge and principal of the EBarry Group, which provides consulting and advisory services to the convention and meeting industry, governmental agencies and not-for-profits, associations and private sector businesses in areas of operational effectiveness, sourcing strategies, innovative solutions and revenue opportunities. She is the former chief information officer for the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, which owns and manages McCormick Place, Navy Pier and the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel. She also served as first deputy CIO for the City of Chicago and worked with the Chicago Police Department in numerous successful IT and strategic planning activities. She holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MBA in Quantitative Methods and Computers from Loyola University. She is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award presented by WITI (Women in Technology, International) Chicago Chapter.