impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for
In the words of our Guests . . .
From a public sector perspective, the most important value of the Business Forum is the exposure to private sector industry representatives with the engagement that follows on shared values and solutions to common challenges. Contrary to public perception, we all share the same goal of providing goods and services as efficiently and effectively as we can. Learning from mistakes and opportunities is always a good thing.
Radford, State Controller
I really enjoyed the Business Forum Luncheon. The topic of Social Networking and e-Commerce is a very timely one for many companies and state agencies. The discussion allowed for an open and frank exchange of ideas on topics that all the participants are facing. In particular, it made us recognize that, not only is technology changing, but also the way our customers expect to receive information is changing too.
Jeffrey M. Marecic, Information Services Division Administrator
Oregon Public Employees Retirement System
I enjoyed the luncheon. The meeting provided a great opportunity
to network and converse with a diverse group of business colleagues,
about topics that will continually enhance our business process and
Good meeting, indeed. Nice to see you back in the City of Roses. In the space of over an hour, this timely meeting in Portland covered key issues in Social Media ranging from the more effective marketing of recreational opportunities in the Oregon State Park system to the intergenerational challenges of social media in the workplace. Social media is a rapidly evolving phenomenon, and the attendees at this lunch would all agree that we should all stay strapped in as the ride is going to be most interesting.
Director of Operations
The Business forum is a
wonderful experience and gives a significant amount of good leadership and
integrity. The forum must continue to enhance its' capability of supporting
the technology forum. There must always be a voice and a segment that will
define the understanding of what the computer and technology industry
is all about. There is much value that can be contributed by bringing
sponsorship and quality intellectuals together in one room. I might add the
forum allows cultivated professionals to exchange ideas and intermingle on
numerous great possibilities. I wish you continued success.
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 first class lunch!
Matthew Gonzales, National Facilities Director
The Business Forum
provides a very positive service as a lubricant in the vendor/consumer
I just wanted to thank you for the Forum at the Biltmore Hotel last week. What can I say - that you could get Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, SSP, SolSoft & SafeNet to participate at the same table is unequalled, the only other organization I know of that could put those seven companies in 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‚Äôs and CISO‚Äôs in Los Angeles County! Absolutely brilliant - and the food and service were 5 star to say the least. Anyone who has the opportunity to attend one of the forums in this series and does not do so would be an idiot!
Dr. Paul Rosenthal Professor of Information Systems
"Thanks for the wonderful meeting at the Westin last week. The information was good for me to hear and I appreciate being invited to the meeting. Till next time..."
"This is probably the most informative forum I attend. It is the only one that receives priority in my schedule."
John Stenbeck, Information Systems Director
Great idea. Very pleasing learning environment. The mixture of people and industries was excellent!
David Marlowe, Operations Manager
Since this was my first meeting, I didn't know what to expect. I found it [to be] very informative and hope to attend more in the future.
Gail Schettkoe, Administrative Manager
This was one of the best meetings I have attended... a lot of good information, and the way it was presented was great.
Gerry W. Cline, General Manager
It was without a doubt the most efficient and effective luncheon meeting that I have ever attended.
Diane Stumph, Controller
Outstanding. I thought I had the subject matter under control - now I know I have to fix a problem!!
William A. Timmerman, Chief Financial Officer
Small group setting was a very good way to encourage participation.
Linda Thompson, Human Resources Services Coordinator
Enjoyed the luncheon, it was very informative and gave me a new outlook on the subject. Thank you.
Frank Picetti, Production Manager
Excellent meeting! Provided both resources and a place to share all our concerns. Very good source of information.
Stephen Worth, Director of Electronics
...great meeting, very helpful...
Leah Prieto, Employment Coordinator
I was very impressed. I am looking forward to more. Very stimulating. It was a pleasure meeting some peers.
Gordon Jones, IS Manager
This was my first [meeting], I was impressed.
James Breshears, Manager Quality Video Production
Well worth my time. A good informal information exchange that stimulated thought and evaluation of current work methods.
Robert Moisoff, Project Consultant
Good interaction with all the participants, enhanced by timely remarks through the moderator. This meeting could not have been any more timely or current to business needs. Thanks again.
Harold Bringman, Manager of Environmental Compliance
I found the discussions stimulating, the people interesting and regret that I had not previously attended these luncheons.
Rudolf C. Wolf, Vice President & General Manager
Excellent! Due to the diversity of attendees the moderator made it very easy for us all to understand the issues, questions and answers.
Barbara Ostrovsky, Personnel & Benefits Administrator
As with all meetings I attended, excellent!
Kerry Sarutzki, Engineer
A very informative meeting. Covered a lot of material without losing focus or time.
Donna McGrue, Data Processing Manager
Excellent! Hope to attend again.
Teri Olsen, Manager IS
The moderator was professional and personable. An interesting approach and unique method of presentation with all the group interacting.
Larry Tiffan, President
Professional and informative.
John Charles Harrington, Vice President
Very interesting. I would like to attend future meetings.
Ruth Tucker, Director of Human Resources
Lunch was very tasty. Speakers enlightening. Audience participation contributed to the quality of the event.
Kate Griffith, Deputy Director of Defense
Excellent as always. I continue to be impressed with both The Business Forum and the various meetings I have attended.
Neil Drucker, Environmental Supervisor
Good mix of people. Discussion was interesting.
Robert Lum, Parking Systems Coordinator
Very professional, warm and friendly. Excellent format for networking with other business executives.
Jimmy Price, Parking Enforcement Manager
Very helpful since the subject is one we've been looking at rather closely
Cathy Novak, Senior Management Analyst
Very informative. I did not want the time to end. I could use the experience and sage advice on a weekly basis.
Selena Burgess, Senior Project Coordinator
Very good (forum) as usual. The smaller sized group makes participation easier and you get more in depth information.
Rula Adranly, Director Human Resources
Excellent! Meets the needs I am, or have been struggling with.
Katherine Jenno, Information Systems Director
Chuck Bailey, Director of Personnel
The forum was very informative, offering possible solutions to [problems] corporations are currently facing.
Eric Harakuni, Tax Manager
This meeting was timely, the speaker well prepared and knowledgeable. There was a strong representation from the business community.
Christy Crandall, Vice President of Operations
Topics are very relevant.
Gary Mofield, Manager Internal Audit Department
Those (meetings) that I have attended always provide good information.
Forrest Doolittle, President
Concept is excellent. Please continue.
Bill Leigh, President
Useful information, thought provoking, new perspectives raised new prerogatives. Thank you.
Bradley L. Jacobs, Assessor of Orange County
Allows business professionals opportunity to get together and discuss problem and solutions.
Daniel Tappen, Industrial Hygiene Supervisor
Excellent as always. A great chance to meet with other professionals.
Jennifer Howard, Systems Administrator
...helpful, demonstrated others' perspectives, well-paced...
Steven Votaw, T.I.S. Director
To the point. Full of substance. Worth the time spent.
Hamid Daudani, Vice President of Finance
I enjoyed the discussion and feel other topics often covered are relevant to our concerns in today's business environment.
Cheryl Berman, Loss Prevention Manager
Valuable information. It was thoroughly enjoyable, because the moderator kept the discussion on target and avoided digressions from the subject.
John Dennis, Vice President, Facilities Management
I want to thank you for allowing me to participate. I found the meeting informative.
Donald K. Gansheimer, Chief Financial Officer
Informative and productive, conducted on a timely basis.
Jerry Hochheiser, Vice President Manufacturing
...good interaction in the group...
Bob Cimino, Director of Human Resources
Excellent group of attendees.
Glenda Dick, Vice President
Forums continue to be very informative on significant issues.
Karen Reilly, Senior PC Analyst
Received better idea of happenings in L.A. area industry.
Douglas R. Miles, Data Security Administrator
My first time in attendance. . . the information exchange made it time well spent. I hope I can attend another.
Stanley Ito, Systems Programmer
The presentation was a unique approach...
Dwight Doerr, Director of Marketing
Excellent! Thought provoking and stimulating.
Lawrence McNeil, Senior Vice President
Most worthwhile. It opened my eyes to current developments in the management information field. ...it's always good to get a current outside look at the situation.
J. W. Fenner, Risk Management
I find the meetings informative and a good place to find out what my peers are experiencing.
Eva Sorin, Director Information Systems
I was invited to attend one of your luncheons and found it to be very stimulating and informative.
Charles C. Ivie, Attorney at Law
It was interesting to hear the concerns of both large and small employers.
Mitch Golden, Vice President
...very good and informative...
Chuck Weissman, Workers' Compensation Administrator
Very good meeting! As usual. I made some good contacts for the future.
Ron Chase, Director of Operations
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Darrell Holmquist, IT Engineer
Excellent - general information but gained more knowledge from other attendees...[Moderator] really did a very good job in getting the most from the speakers, sponsors and attendees...great way of addressing issues and networking at the same time. I was impressed!
Peggy Oakey, Facilities Supervisor
...the whole meeting was very good and worthwhile...
Leiv H. Blad, Chief Executive Officer
I always enjoy the meetings - informative, great atmosphere, they are always an education.
Carrie Childers, Compensation & Benefits Manager
Very helpful forum. I am looking forward to many more exciting meetings.
Anthony Serraima, Vice President of Finance
A very interesting format which is both helpful and informative. Also an interesting speaker. It was obviously beneficial for all the attendees.
Dennis Klahn, Controller
Four years ago I met Michael Wald, MD at a Business Forum luncheon. It took us two years to figure out what to do. Last year we put together a revolutionary group health program for the employees of International Rectifier. We have saved over $1.5 million in the first year of its application. As you know, this program was written up by the Wall Street Journal as a truly innovative effort. Thanks to the Business Forum for getting us together.
Bob Anderson, Vice President Human Resources
Highest possible marks! A forum like this is as necessary to business as air is to breathing. Please keep up the great work!
Burt Tschache, IS Director
I have found the Forums helpful, informative, and to the point.
Karl Kasai, Associate Health Safety & Environmental Coordinator
Excellent source of Information. I am looking forward to the next time.
Dana Arnett, Information Systems Director
I was so impressed with the quality of the setting, the flowers were beautiful, one of the best desserts I have ever eaten - very worthy of my time.
Alice R. Gerntson, HR Administrator
Richard Barrett, President
Provides an excellent opportunity to gain perspectives on issues and resolutions to problems raised by such issues.
Patrick Voon, Information Security Manager
Very informative. Subject matter was interesting.
Kenneth Woo, Director Procurement Engineering
The speakers knew their business well and were very interesting. Overall, and in one word - superb.
George Kaiser, Vice President
I was impressed with the amount of information and ideas that were brought forth in the time frame allowed.
Ed Fitch, Vice President
Please continue to offer members closed sessions of this caliber - it is important to be out front! First rate meeting!
Ed Maduli, Director Fiscal Administration
Good information - well presented with adequate time and access for questions.
Paul Linder, Manager of Systems
Very informational, brings back the focus on fundamentals. The meeting should have continued for another hour.
Louis Bollag, General Manager
Thank you for inviting me. I learned three valuable tips that I have already implemented which will save money in my organization.
Donald Ledbetter, Director Human Resources
This was my first luncheon and I was very favorably impressed. I would be interested in attending future events... thank you for inviting me.
Susan Norris, Human Resources Administrator
Very professional and informative. Results oriented!
Sumiko Nagamine, Business Support & Coordination Mgr
I found The Business Forum to be better than all other meetings of it's type and was able to gain some very valuable information.
Dominic Masut, Managing Partner
They are great and invaluable to me!
Cheryl Brown, Human Resources Director
Thank you for an informative and stimulating Business Forum luncheon. I heard answers to many of my concerns.
Steve Pinello, Facility Manager Space Station
Very good overall - good information given...
R. V. Bell, Human Resources Supervisor
Excellent meeting - In the true spirit of the 'business forum' good exchange of information.
Christine Connelly, Environmental Quality Manager
The speakers were knowledgeable and articulate. The moderator was humorous. It was a good discussion with practical solutions.
James Gates, Director of Taxation
This was the best meeting that I have attended. It addressed the issues faced by more senior executives.
Steven Shaw, Senior Vice President
Topic was timely and variety of attendees was appropriate.
Joan Anderson, Director of Human Resources
Excellent as usual. The information presented was useful and timely. A wonderfully entertaining and effective moderator.
Gary Harrell, Systems Manager
Good working atmosphere - I heard valuable ideas that I can use.
Vladimir Volovik, Deputy Administrator
Excellent opportunity to meet with peers that have the same or common interests. . .
J. J. Singh, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Great line-up of speakers and an equally impressive group of attendees. It was a very informative and worthwhile meeting.
Jeff Mirich, Y2K Preparation Officer
Very enjoyable, relaxed and clearly focused on the purpose of the forum. I was very pleased with the experience.
Vint Vastine, Facility Engineering Manager
It maintained my interest. I learned a great deal and was very impressed with the networking opportunity.
Timothy Fuller, Site Manager
The speaker was very knowledgeable and willing to help with individual problems. A very informative session.
Donald Markert, Safety Director
Very informative and organized and professional also.
Eunice T. Lowe, Human Resources Manager
I was pleasantly surprised to find truly informative and engaging conversations. I am eagerly looking forward to attending more.
Mary Armstrong, Ethics Program Manager
Experience was better than anticipated; informative & non-threatening.
Catherine A. Rubery, Director of Sales
The Business Forum has provided the first meeting that was thoroughly organized and covered all the material within a set time.
Mary Vail, National Automation Mgr.
There is no doubt in my mind that The Business Forum can only help HR professionals do their job better, for the more information one has, the easier it is to make the right decision.
Chip Moore, Personnel Director
Informative, relevant, good pace.
David Peterson, Vice President Finance
It was great! We learned a lot in a short time. Much of the information will be of great value.
JoEllen Myers, Associate Administrator
...very favorably impressed...
James Murray, Treasurer
The Business Forum is outstanding! Serves a great need directly to those in need. Thank you.
Lloyd McCausland, General Manager
I found your session on Executive Stress Management to be extremely interesting and informative.
Larry Manly, Vice President Operations
Great idea. I found it well worthwhile, prevents re-inventing solutions. I liked the 'no sales pitch' rule.
Ian Cannon, Elimination Environmental Technology
The subject was very interesting. Especially as we have used some very similar technology for some special applications. A very well run meeting.
Arie Passchier, Instrument Materials Manager
This being my first forum, I wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed it!
Warren Stocker, Property Loss Control Manager
Excellent! The speakers were very knowledgeable and candid. One of the best ways of sharing information I have encountered.
Dan Van Antwerp, Chief of Security
The information I brought back to the company created great interest.
Robert Easley, Loss Control Manager
(The Forums) have always been very informative and enlightening. A great help when there is so much we must keep abreast of today.
Shirley Lane-Smith, Personnel Manager
The moderator was very friendly and humorous. The meeting was very informative. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this one a 10.
Karen Vu, HR Administrator
...very well presented...
Parvez Erani, Technical Manager
This is a good way to get several industries together for discussions that have synergistic results.
Joseph Wojno, Development Engineer
The Business Forum has the perfect vehicle, a concept with 19th Century sophistication and charm, 20th Century acceptance and trust in the business community and 21st Century answers and solutions. A real class act!
Henry Guttentag, President
Excellent format with industry professionals sharing ideas and problems in a `non-sales' atmosphere. Moderator did an excellent job of summarizing guests questions and speakers responses. Terrific Concept. Valuable service.
Deborah Freeman, Corporate Benefits Manager
The [forums] I have attended have been on interactive subjects and done very well.
Peter Gioe, Director Administration & Personnel
The meeting was very informative, and the moderator really did a good job. He kept the meeting under control.
Erlinda Gauyan, Controller
The forums are always good, timely subjects, good mix of attendees, great settings and great cuisine.
Sandy Ends, Human Resources Director
My first meeting and I am definitely interested in attending again!
Annette Baumgartner, Gen Mgr.Corp HR & Admin
Valuable exchange of information. Good opportunity to meet others with same issues.
Rick Roller, Manager Computer Disaster Preparedness
The Business Forum is a class act!
Charlie Michaels, Director of Disaster Recovery
Time well spent.
Rick Gundo, Director of Facilities Engineering
The meeting was well done.
Sheldon Chase, Partner
I enjoyed it very much. Both the speakers and the guests were able to contribute valuable information.
Donna Casey, Regional Personnel Manager
Very good - I usually come away with something useful.
Robert Bell, Corporate Data Security
Extremely valuable and delightful. I learned more in half a day than I learned from numerous in-house meetings.
Nairi Avakian, Environmental & Regulatory Manager
...interesting and informative...
Jim Rose, President
Informative...made good contacts.
Louis Barbarelli, Senior Vice President & Director Operations
The speakers did an excellent job, the moderator was excellent. Great organization - great results.
Leonardo Israeli, IRIE Instructor
The meeting was enjoyable and informative. An excellent lunch. Thank you for the invitation.
John W. Luke, Chairman and CEO
Well run, good subject matter, good representation from a mix of Bay Area companies and good follow-up from the speakers.
Susan M. Engle, Director HR Administration
A very interesting and informative meeting. Thank you.
Kathryn Valverde, Legal Counsel
... very useful to participants...
Fred Spiegl, Director Division of Extended Studies
...excellent setting, good group of professionals with similar backgrounds and business concerns, stimulating discussion...
Joe Krupansky, Vice President Finance
Very interesting and informative. Enjoyed the open exchange between all attendees.
John Shabro, Director of Operations
Conducted well within time allotted... informational... interesting... [the moderator] always controls the meetings well.
Barbara Wallner, Medical Management Nurse
A very good meeting! The people that attended found out that things were not so bad, or that they were in the same boat as everyone else.
Christopher D. Gehrke, Human Resources Director
I think the Forums are very worthwhile meetings to pass on information and experiences. I feel it is very necessary to have these forums in such a fast moving world of information.
Gary Slemaker, Vice President Information Systems
Charles Foster, International Sales Director
I enjoyed the meeting very much. It provided a terrific opportunity for expressing current and relevant business issues and receiving practical ideas for resolution.
Debra Richardson, Vice President Loan Production
The moderator created a relaxed and entertaining environment. I felt very comfortable.
Debra McGee, Security Site Supervisor
...informative and well moderated...
Gloria Young, Manager of Administration
On behalf of the Kirk Plastic Disaster Recovery Committee, I would like to thank you for having us at your Business Forum luncheon. The tour of the Honda Emergency Operation Center was also quite impressive. We all agreed that both were very enlightening and the information attained will surely be a source of guidance as we continue the task of developing a contingency plan of our own. Again, thank you very much. Having been a part of the forum was definitely time well spent.
Edita V. Pumaren, Vice President, Administration
Thank you for inviting me to the Business Forum meeting on disaster recovery. I am sure that the information gained will be most valuable. My hope is to not be required to utilize that information too soon. We would be most happy to participate in a marketing related event at some time in the future. Again, it was a pleasure meeting you at the last Business Forum meeting. I am looking forward to the October meeting.
Dave Hardbarger, President/General Manager
Structural Composites Industries is pleased to support your organization's efforts to bring a product development focus to the Business Forum. By gathering a small, talented group of people from companies doing business in the field of interest, a quick, effective tool for rapidly advancing a product's development cycle has be successfully achieved. I truly believe that your most recent sponsor, Digital Microwave Corp., received a wealth of valuable advice for the mere price of lunch. Seeking guidance from experts in the field cuts through the time consuming process of trial-and-error product development. It also avoids the costly mistake of missing an opportunity for real product innovation through new technology infusion. SCI supports your efforts to help companies tap into the extensive knowledge base that resides in southern California. Keep up the good work and please let me know if I can bring some good advice to another sponsor in the future.
R. Kevin Giesy, SCI Product Manager
Thank you for inviting me to the April 13th Business Forum which addressed "Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Planning". Lunch was very tasty, the speakers were enlightening, and audience participation contributed to the quality of the event. Handouts by two of the speakers provided usable products which will expedite the transmittal of information to businesses in my area. Again, I sincerely appreciate your invitation and your efforts to facilitate a forum within which business can advance its goals.
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