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“Prospering in the Era of Extraordinary Disruption™”

August 11, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


8:30 am – 9:00 am       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 11:30 am     Fireside Chat Discussion followed by Q & A

11:30 am – Noon          Meet the Speakers


Program Cost:

BIG Members free

Guests $50 in advance, $60 at the door

Students $20

Registration:    RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register at www.bigcouncil.com

Dress Attire:     Business casual


Presented by Plazabridge Group™


Business leaders are faced with disruptions like no other time in history: 

  • The Age of Urbanization
  • The Exponential Technology Convergence:  Accelerating technological change
  • Aging and Reducing Population
  • Greater Global Connections in Trade, Capital Investments, Finance and Business Relationships


Plazabridge Group’s recent CEO Interviews found common challenges in planning for 2016 and beyond. The above disruptions are daunting.  Some of the most common challenges include:

  • Reaching, selling and managing to a global market
  • Keeping up with the economic changes and dealing with uncertainty
  • Improving salesforce productivity and closing ratios when getting the customer’s attention and keeping it is increasingly difficult
  • Performing data driven marketing with a marketing team is not data driven knowledgable
  • Keeping up with Technology that effects our business growth practices
  • Redefining Innovation for the longer term (innovative product strategy, innovative processes, innovating branding strategies…etc.)


And a big concern:

  • Transformation of workforces: managing the gaps in a multi-generational workforce, mentorship and development of Millennials, the freelance, contracting floating world of talent vs. hiring


Do your challenges fall in these areas?  Are you facing a challenge and feel some critical outside thinking could help you breakthrough? 


PBG Shares insights on managing through and continuing to grow sales with key strategies to manage through the above challenges with our Open Forum Discussion.



  • Teresa Spangler, CEO of Plazabridge Group and President of the World Trade Association of NC, Invited member of the Science and Technology Committee for the NC Business Defense Association.
  • Richard Spangler, Chief Productization Officer, Plazabridge Group, and Director of Commercialization for the Science and Technology Committee for the NC Business Defense Association
  • Sean Witty, CEO, ADEX Machining Technologies
  • Rajeev Kulkarni, Chief Product Officer, VP at 3D Systems Corporation



  • Shared insights on converging technologies
  • Critical elements to achieve and maintain success in the near and longer term
  • Global state of competition and opportunities
  • Where are the opportunities today



August 11, 2015
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Teresa Spangler
(919) 473-6748