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It is more
than thirty years ago now, since a group of senior executives in
Southern California decided that sitting through a carefully
orchestrated sales presentation did not really serve their needs to
learn very much about anything. So we created The Business Forum
and reversed the accepted system of providing information as it was at
the time. We created a situation where vendors of products,
services or new ideas would be invited to take five minutes to say "what
they offered", and then agree to open the conversation, allowing our
guests to question them under the control of a moderator who would
maintain a civil and meaningful discussion. If nothing else we
would learn what our peers were concerned about, which would allow us to
then return to our organizations and investigate whether or not we
should be concerned about it also. What has happened since
1982 has been absolutely amazing.
have organized meetings in a variety of
for more than three decades that have brought senior decision makers together to
share lunch and discuss any subject that a sponsor wishes to bring to the table.
We also publish White Papers from Corporate, Academic and Government
organizations and other experts. We also have a
web site that provides unbiased and uncensored information on every country
in the world (including several that have not yet been recognized by the
United Nation) for anyone who
truly values freedom of speech and open access to factual uncensored information for
building knowledge, global cooperation and individual success.
Some of the
Testimonials we have received from our Sponsors
We are familiar with the work you have accomplished in sponsoring events that lead toward the strengthening of our economy and we support the efforts that you are undertaking to encourage the transfer of technology to American businesses.
The Western States currently face the challenge of sustaining a competitive advantage. The development and commercialization of leading edge technologies is a key driving force.
To sustain our quality of life, our goals, strategies and our pursuits must be redirected toward safeguarding our economic and technological strength.
Robert Stark, Director,
NASA - Far West Region Technology Transfer Center
Just a quick word
of thanks for the success of the recent business forums. It has been a
great opportunity for Cisco to discuss issues with customers on a
face-to-face basis outside of the normal sales process. We've been using it
as a focus group without the one-way mirror. It lets us get frank feedback
and opinions from some very hard to reach executives. So, thanks
again. I am looking forward to the next luncheon.
Senior Manager, Security Technology
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Forum provides a compelling setting for sharing the latest pragmatic ideas
and best practices for improving business operations and performance through
Information Technology. The emphasis on discussion and debate leads to
very real insights for everyone involved.
Security Business Unit,
The Business Forum gives
professionals a way to network with their peers, exchange views on current
trends, manage risk and identify opportunities to lower cost and improve the
John Radford, State
State of Oregon
President: National Association of State Auditors, Controllers &Treasurers
The Business Forum is clearly well
recognized in the West Coast business community ... (and) ... senior
business people value the process.
Alan S. Reiher,
The State of
familiar with what you have accomplished sponsoring events that lead towards
strengthening our economy. We support your efforts.
Robert Stark, Director,
Using The Business Forum to make the
arrangements for them, anyone in the world can fly into town and set up a
system of networking right away.
The Business Forum is unique for its
ability to assemble a representative sample of the right people and engage
them in commercial dialogue . . . with
the added fillip of a neutral moderator and raconteur.
William H. Spuck, Program Director for Industry Affairs.
Forum has the perfect vehicle for sourcing Business Information; ~
a concept with a 19th Century sophistication and charm, a 20th Century
acceptance and trust by the business community and 21st Century answers
I commend The Business Forum for
once again providing this important opportunity for the exchange of
ideas and information.
Senator Barbara Boxer,
Forum delivers very lively debates on key topics of interest for the
Information Technology community across a wide spectrum of industries.
These discussions have provided us with critical understanding of important
issues as well as how technology can be employed in real world settings.
Just as important, the attendees benefit greatly from the ideas and
concerns that are shared amongst their peers in the business community as
well as by providing direction for future systems and technologies that will
directly benefit their companies.
System Technology Laboratories,
our program any reputable organization can sponsor a Business Forum meeting,
where we are able to assemble either a group of recognized experts, or a group
of potential clients, to be a sounding board for any changes, new products or
services the organization wants to gain input on; prior to making an investment
of time and capital. We have also helped many then unknown who are today very
well known organizations gain acceptance and sales that we never imagined we
might ever be able to accomplish back in 1982, to the point that some of the
start-ups we helped to launch are today multi-national corporations known
throughout the world. We have also put together forums for some of the
best known entities and organizations in the world. That is no empty boast
- you merely have to look at the partial list of the corporations, governments
and other organizations that have sponsored our meetings over the years in the
right hand column of this page.
We are able, thanks
to our personal contacts built up over more than a quarter of a Century of
operation, to draw our guests from a
wide diversity of organizations, governments and professions. The result
being that at the
we organize, our guests
can enjoy the
opportunity to discuss new ideas,
technologies and services with qualified experts and
and their peers and they can also voice their concerns and share their experiences with their peers. In
this manner we
are able to
help each other find solutions to
current problems and thereby help to engineer change and advancement.
That The Business Forum Concept works, is proven by the list of sponsors shown on
this page who have worked with us over the years; their testimonials and the
comments of the decision makers who have attended
our forums as guests; and the fact that we have grown as we have, without sales
effort, public relations or advertising of any form.
The Business Forum also
events", where we invite small groups of experts with very specialized
expertise and experience, that we are able to select from a wide variety of professions,
disciplines or businesses, who are then able to come together to
share their personal knowledge in the development of new products,
services, ideas, opportunities, international expansion or alliances.
decision maker can
with us to be informed of new white papers as they are published
or upcoming events we plan to hold
absolutely no cost and with no obligation whatsoever; and
apply to attend our meetings should they be
qualified to do so. If they do so they will discover that The Business Forum
guests the opportunity to
enjoy a gourmet luncheon with their peers in a world class hotel and take part in a
focused moderated discussion with
world recognized experts. Our
discussions and all the material that is published on our web site, has
been chosen with the singular intention of helping our members, sponsors and supporters
around the world to
be more effective, efficient and enduring in their endeavours in the global economy.
We have been
very fortunate to have gained the support of
believe in our concept and understand
that only by debate and discussion with their clients, potential clients and
their alliance partners
and suppliers will they be able to hone their products and services to where they
meet the needs of the
market place. Most
importantly though we have been supported
by people from all over the world with their small donations
for without them we could not continue.
They obviously believe that what we are
doing can help the world to be a better place. We are of course also grateful to our
both individuals and organizations who believe as we do that
access to unbiased information and civilized and honest debate is the epitome of free speech, skills
enhancement and the only fuel for a successful and prosperous society.
Today, with our members, supporters and sponsors located all around the
world, this web site has
been developed to allow decision makers in other countries to
benefit from our
programs, even if
they will rarely have the opportunity to actually attend one of our luncheons or meetings
Business Forum Lunch held in 1982 at
the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
Some of the
other Testimonials we have received from our Sponsors
The fact that you were able to arrange to have senior members of the Federal Bureau of Information, world class Internet and forensic experts and a cross section of leading Information Technology vendors together for five hours and openly and interactively address the issues affecting corporate managers, in a non-attribution environment, is
What is even more impressive, is that you replicated this program across half a dozen cities in four states over three months. We will be following up the contacts we developed through The Business Forum for months to come. Your program works!
Woolley, Vice President
Memco Software Inc.
Where else can I have access to so many people in the business community,
network with my peers, hear world-class experts on subjects I need to keep
up with and get a completely free first class lunch with absolutely no
obligation afterwards . . .
National Facilities Director
Nevada officials were amazed at the quality and level of contacts we gained from luncheons with The Business Forum.
Robert Schriver, Executive Director.
State of Nevada Commission on Economic Development
I was impressed by the quality of services offered by John
and his team. He has created a tremendous network, dominated by key decision
makers, visionaries and executives from a variety of industries. The topics are relevant, the audience is relevant, everything makes sense. Our organization will benefit immediately from our most recent participation.
Brett Nalder - SMB Leader Western Region
IBM Rational Software
The Business Forum is exactly
the type of open environment where a free exchange of dialogue and ideas
that are universally applicable can be discussed without bias. This
allows for real-world examples to be used, real ideas to be vetted, real
people to be honest, real learning to take place. I was impressed at
the comfort level of the attendees and the level of participation. It
is clear to me that The Business Forum serves its clients well and that
the participants trust the Forum and each other, and that kind of
established trust is invaluable.
Coley Moore - Corporate
We believe The Business Forum participation and 'can do' attitude has bridged the gap of transferring space applications to commercial users.
Dean A. Farmer, Technology Transfer Program Manager.
Rockwell International Aerospace Corporation
As you may recall, when Deloitte & Touché was first invited to participate in The Business Forum activities, I was quite
sceptical as to whether you could get the audiences we need and whether it would result in an expansion of out consulting practice.
We are pleased to report that we are very satisfied with the visibility we have received and the leads we are pursuing as a result.
Consequently, we plan to continue our sponsorship of The Business Forum's luncheons as part of our marketing plan to expand the visibility of our consulting services throughout California. John, thank you for your personal efforts. Your participation in the luncheons is one of the reasons we believe they are successful. We look forward to a continuing relationship.
David R. Lewis, Jr., Partner
Deloitte & Touché
I just wanted to
thank you for yesterday's Forum at The Biltmore in Los Angeles. What can I say? That you
can get Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, SSP, SolSoft and SafeNet to participate
at the same table is unequalled. The only other organization I know of that
could put those eight companies into the room to be asked questions, is the Justice
Department, and they could only do it by legal means. Then you pack in 36 of the
top CIO's and CISO's in Los Angeles County! Absolutely brilliant - and the food
and the service were 5 stars to say the least!
California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. Paul Rosenthal,
Professor of Information Systems
The Business Forum
delivers very lively debates on key topics of interest for the
Information Technology community across a wide spectrum of industries. These
discussions have provided us with a critical understanding of important
issues as well as how technology can be employed in real world settings.
Ken Salzberg -
System Technology Laboratories
The Business Forum has put us in a very good strategic position: Talking to the right people at the right organizations about the
right solutions that we provide.
Michael Andrews, Western Region Marketing
Watson Wyatt Worldwide
In my current
position as National Sales Manager for the TeamWARE Division of Fujitsu Software Corporation, I am constantly on the lookout for productive and intelligent venues to reach informed decision makers with our products and technologies. To this end The Business Forum has proven to be an invaluable resource and business development partner.
Your forums put us in front of the right people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Fujitsu will continue to participate in your program and
I look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.
Jason M. Rose, National Sales Manager
Fujitsu TeamWARE Division
I would like to thank you and your staff for holding the various meetings and luncheons on Composites.
We made a significant number of contacts and helped enlighten our view of opportunities in this market. Your adeptness at facilitating the meetings was a key factor in their success.
James A. Koshak, Vice President, General Manager
I wanted to
let you know that you have delivered exactly what you promised with The Business
Forum. First, you provided us with a forum for delivering a message that simply cannot be delivered by any other means. Second, you did a great job of bringing together the right people at the right level to listen to that message. Third, and most importantly, the result has been that the IT executives we were trying to reach are now not only aware of the information security problems they face, but they are now interested in solving these problems. An added bonus from our participation has been the creation of new strategic partnerships that we would not have considered prior to our participation. With what we have learned through this engagement, we have repositioned our offering and are consequently able to handle the greater volume of business that The Business Forum is bringing to us.
Cygnus Support Systems Inc.
Michael Tiemann, Director of Business Development
that The Business Forum provides a unique and very effective marketing vehicle to deliver a message to a well targeted audience. I have recommended that Data General continue to utilize this forum. It is an ideal method to interface with decision makers.
Data General Corporation
Michael O'Neill, Marketing Director
While it is not yet possible to accurately evaluate the full impact these meetings have had in new business for Norris Environmental Services, I must admit that the revenue growth we have experienced since we started hosting The Business Forum meetings has been impressive. In the eight weeks since adding your services to our tactical marketing mix, we have experienced a growth of gross revenue of over 27%!!
Richard A. Henninger, Director Sales & Marketing
Norris Environmental Services
The Business Forum provides an excellent opportunity to discuss product and industry issues with both customers and competitors.
Tim Shumate, Director of Marketing
BP Chemicals (Hitco) Inc.
I wanted to take a minute to comment on the program you developed to address the issues affecting corporations in their quest to protect and secure their information resources. Over the years, I have participated in a number of events designed to address the various issues affecting business leaders and their use of information technology. In all those years, I have rarely found a program or an event that actually delivers all that it proposed. The program, vendor participants and business leaders you brought together for The Business Forum sessions we took part in, in my experience, are unmatched. Our return on our marketing investment dollar was far greater than we anticipated. When, we consider the associated costs of participating in an industry trade event, hosting a seminar series or participating in an exhibition, I must weigh the resources required to build, staff, execute and follow-up, face-time with the participants or prospects and what I expect the number of qualified leads the event or program will generate. It is clear, that my marketing dollar was well invested when we participated in your program. What was most impressive was the number of senior level attendees The Business Forum attracted and the open interaction generated with industry leaders. This was well beyond my level of expectation!
The fact that you were able to arrange to have senior members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), world class Internet and forensic experts and a cross section of leading Information Technology vendors together for five hours and openly and interactively address the issues affecting corporate managers, in a non-attribution environment, is unequaled. What is even more impressive, is that you replicated this program across half a dozen cities in four states over three months. We will be following up the contacts we developed through The Business Forum for months to come.
Daniel T. Woolley, VP Business Development
Memco Software Inc.
like to take a moment to express our gratitude for the work that you
do, as well as for the relationships that have been fostered for us by The Business
Forum. In the space of three 90 minute lunch meetings, Panda has
created a great first impression with over 50 large corporations. We
have already entered software evaluations at five companies, including a 5,600
employee hospital and a global law firm.
Gael - Enterprise Solutions Group
Panda Software, USA, Inc.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for what The Business Forum has been able to achieve for us. Using the round table luncheon format, your organization was able to provide a highly interactive setting for Axiom to share observations and insights with a targeted audience. This interaction has been extremely useful in helping us temper our market messages and enhance our prospect database. Furthermore, The Business Forum was able to accomplish this for approximately fifty (50%) percent less than it currently costs Axiom to promote and conduct this type of event on our own.
Brian Bouren, Executive Vice President
The luncheon program organized by The Business Forum on our behalf
was very successful for the Royal Danish Government Consulate General.
We especially believe that the meetings related to the environmental sector have found the right format, thus proving to be very productive for the participants, the guests, and this Consulate General.
Lasse Reimann, Consul General
Government of Denmark
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During the 1960’s he was the lead singer with The Tribe, and later with The
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commercial Interior Designers in the United Kingdom, and worked on projects for many multi-national corporations, restaurants and
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President for several multi-national corporations in the United
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moved to the United States in 1979; and in
1982 founded The Business Forum in Beverly Hills, California. At the
time of establishing The Business Forum, he was recognized as an
Tactician on four continents. During
his career John has been elected a Fellow of the British Society of
Commerce, the Institute of Buyers, the British Institute of
Directors, the British Institute of Administrative Accountants and the
Institute of Purchasing and Supply; he was also elected to be a member
of the British Institute of Marketing, the British Institute of
Management, and the British Institute of Journalists
John has also written books on Marketing, including: "Tactics" (Nerthus
Publications), and "How to Promote Your Business" and "How to
Organize Your Marketing" (Asigan International Inc.) and "Fast Track Marketing in a Global Economy" (Van
Nostrum Reinhold) He has published many articles in
Europe and America and he has lectured on four Continents (Europe,
North America, Asia and Africa) at Universities and to professional
audiences on subjects ranging from business development to
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401(k) Advisors, inc.
AAI/ACL Technologies inc.
Aaron Brothers Inc.
acer America inc.
ADA Compliance Services
ADOBE SYSTEMS, INC.
Aerospace Aluminum inc.
AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT BOARD L.A.
Alburger Basso De grosz
Alder, Green & Hanson
Alliance Integration, Inc.
Allied Financial Software
Alydaar Software inc.
American Arbitration Association
American Contracting Services
American Export Trading COMPANY
American Honda motor company
American Medical Associates
American Psych Management
Arcus Data Security inc.
Arizona Public Service
array networks inc.
Arthur Andersen & Co.
Associates Insurance Concepts
Baker Thomsen Associates
Bank Julius Baer
bank of America
Baton Rouge International
Bekins moving & storage company
Benefits Planning inc.
Blue Cross of California
blue lance, inc.
BP Chemicals/hitco corporation
BPS reprographics inc.
BTA Advisory Group
California department of insurance
California mfg technology center
California export office
California - OFFICE OF strategic technology
Cambio Networks inc.
Cambridge management consultants
Cambridge Technology Partners
Canoga Perkins corporation
Cap Gemini (America) inc.
Capistrano hospital by the sea
Capp Care inc.
Casparie Resources inc.
Cassidy Employee Services
Cast Management consultants
Century Properties inc.
CH2M Hill corporation
Chaix & Johnson Inc.
Chemical Waste Management
cigna emploYee benefits
Cigna Health Plans inc.
Cisco systems, Inc.
Commerce One Inc.
community care network
Computer Dynamics inc.
computer sales international inc.
COMPUTER SCIENCES CORPORATION
Concept Engineering Group
Coopers & Lybrand LLP
Corroon & black llp
Cotkin & Collins llp
creative business solutions llc
CTR Business Systems, inc.
Cummins & White llp
Cygnus Solutions, Inc.
Data General corporation
Dawco Products, inc.
Decision Management Company
Deloitte & Touche llp
Dow Chemical company
DP Specialists inc.
Drug Prevention Strategies
dumonde solutions, inc.
earth technology corporation
ebi Solutions llc
Economic Research Institute
enhanced solutions corporation
Ernst & Young llp
execufit health programs
federal Bureau of Investigation
First Financial corporation
first union securities inc.
Frozen Leopard Inc.
Fujitsu (America) corporation
Game Trackers Limited
Garland & Associates
Gensler & Associates
Geraghty & Miller
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher llp
Guidance Software Inc.
Government computer systems inc.
government of canada
government of denmark
government of mexico
Government of Victoria, AUSTralia
Graham & James llp
Grancell Lebovitz llp
greg Stebbins consulting
Grumman Systems Corporation
Haight, Brown & Bonesteel llp
HCL technologies America inc.
Health Net inc.
heller Ehrman llp
Higgins, Marcus & Lovett llp
Hill Brothers Chemical Company
Hitachi computer products inc.
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel llp
Holman Professional inc.
holmes & narver inc.
HR Technology Inc.
IBM - Tivoli Group
IBM - Rational
icl International Computers LTD.
Industrial Relations inc.
Innovative Resources inc.
Insight Consulting Group
Interface Flooring Systems inc.
Internal Affairs Inc.
International Rectifier corporation
Internet O.M.N. corporation
Investment Tax Strategies
it CRISIS SERVICES, INC.
J. Frank Consulting
Jayco interface technology inc.
Jennings Engstrand & henrikson
Jet Propulsion laboratories
T Lynch Company
Johnson & Higgins
Kamer CONSULTING GROUP
Kansas City development council
KCI Computering, inc.
Kinsella Boesch Fujikawa llp
KMpG peat marwick llp
Kraim International inc.
Latham & Watkins llp
lee hecht harrison
Lek/Alcar Consulting Group
Liebert Associates inc.
logicon information corporation
Logicon Ultra Systems inc.
Los angeles police department
M1 Software inc.
McDonnell Douglas info systems
MCI communications corporation
mci systemhouse, inc.
Memco Software inc.
mercer Meidinger Hansen
Millington & Associates
Mindatlas pty. ltd.
mirage networks, inc.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius llp
Motek systems inc.
Nevada Development Commission
NI Industries Inc.
Norman Kreiger Inc.
Norris Environmental services inc.
Northrop grumman Corporation
northrop grumman data systems
One Community, Inc.
pacific architects & engineers
Pacific Partners Inc.
Pacific States Casualty INS. co.
Palko Advertising inc.
panda software (Usa) inc.
parker Milliken Clark llp
PC Dynamics inc.
pcc consultants inc.
Peoples Associates inc.
pettit & Martin
Physical Optics corporation
Pinnacle Strategy Group
plancorp project management
Platinum Software Corporation
Preferred Health Network
Price Waterhouse llp
Progressive Business Systems
prolific consulting inc.
Rackspace Enterprise Hosting INC.
RAINBOW TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Red Brick Systems Inc.
rICOH eLECTRONICS, iNC.
Rockwell Aerospace corporation
Rollins Hudig Hall
Roy F. Weston Inc.
Royal Danish Consulate
Science Applications International
SCS Engineers inc.
sequent computers corporation
Service Intelligence Corporation
San francisco police department
Sidley & Austin llp
Sierra Monitor Corporation
sierra systems inc.
Solarchem Environmental ltd.
Solutions Plus inc.
southern California gas company
SSP litronic, INC.
state of Arizona
State of California
state of Oregon
State of Nevada
Sterling Software corporation
Stradling Yocca Carlson llp
sullivan curtis monroe llp
sygate technologies, inc.
SYSTEM CENTRIX INC..
teamone employment services
THE SEGAL COMPANY
Townsend & Townsend llp
unicare healthcare inc.
URS environmental Inc.
Vision Consulting USA, Inc.
Waldowski stunkel & arendt
watson wyatt worldwide
Whittaker Controls inc.
Wiggins & Co.
William M. Mercer & co.
Wilson Technologies Inc.
Zeus Technology, Inc.
Zobrist Consulting Group
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