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RealTime Miami: Speakers

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Each year, RealTime brings the pages of FAST COMPANY to life. In Miami, RealTime's themes of leadership, innovation, and competition are paving the way for us to develop main-stage speakers, panels, and breakout sessions that will enlighten, enrich, and enable you to take you and your company to the next level of success.

Marc R. Benioff
Chairman & CEO,

Marc R. Benioff founded in the spring of 1999 with the intention to create information utilities that would make traditional enterprise software obsolete. A veteran of 20 years in the software industry, Benioff pioneered the concept of "The End Of Software," demonstrating how Web Services would replace large-scale corporate applications through the use of the Internet.

Benioff has been honored for his successes in both the business world and the community. In 2002, he was chosen as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the members of the World Economic Forum, awarded a Computerworld Honors Laureate for his visionary use of information technology to produce positive social change, and named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' by SunBridge, the leading incubator of IT startups in Japan. In addition, Benioff has been recognized by Network World magazine as one of its elite 25 Most Powerful Vendor Executives, received the "Promise of Peace" award from the former Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and been given the "Bridge Award" from the non-profit organization HEAVEN (Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer, and Empower via the Net).

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Bruce Bildsten
Creative Director, Fallon

When BMW of North America wanted to launch a bold new campaign to advertise to its high-end consumer market, it turned to Bruce Bildsten and his team at Fallon. And the group did not disappoint; its Internet short film, "The Hire," has garnered several prestigious awards, including "Best of Show" honors at the Cannes film festival, and subsequent BMW films have been seen by more than 30 million people worldwide. But most importantly, Bildsten's work has helped propel BMW to the position of No. 1 luxury car brand in America in the last year, and has dramatically transformed BMW brand perceptions. For his success, Bildsten was named to Adweek's All-Star Creative Team.

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Susan Clampitt
Executive Director & General Manager,WAMU 88.5 FM

Since joining Washington D.C.'s WAMU in 2000, Susan Clampitt has taken the station to the number one spot for capital-area news radio, and has increased its audience by 34 percent. She has been crucial in creating the Public Radio Consortium of leading public radio stations, which produced and shared a week-long series of documentaries and news stories on life one year after 9/11. Among its offerings was a record-breaking call-in show co-produced with the BBC, Living with Terror, that allowed citizens from all over the world to talk together for two hours. Clampitt previously served as Director of Women's Appointments and Arts and Humanities Appointments in the Clinton administration.

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Amy Curtis-McIntyre
VP, Marketing, JetBlue

At a time when most airlines are struggling just to survive, New York-based JetBlue is reporting record passenger traffic and even ordering new planes. The company's secret? By combining low fares with high-end amenities - such as roomy leather seats and satellite television for each passenger - it has successfully lured both business and leisure travelers away from its competitors. As vice president of marketing, Amy Curtis-McIntyre has been crucial to the airline's success - doing everything from coming up with the name "JetBlue" to developing its corporate identity, Web site, advertising, and in-flight and airport product. For her efforts, she was named 2002 Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age.

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Melinda Davis
author, The Culture of Desire , Founder & CEO, The Next Group

With retail spending down, and supply clearly outpacing demand, today's consumers are being overwhelmed by advertising, and find themselves facing a dizzying array of choices in the marketplace. So how can marketers best cut through the clutter and connect with what customers really want? To answer that question, many high-profile companies are turning to Melinda Davis. Davis, founder and CEO of The Next Group, works with everyone from students and research engineers to screenwriters and high-tech wizards to get a line on what's next, and then reports on it to such clients as AT&T, Corning, L'Oreal, and Viacom.

She is also the author of The New Culture of Desire , a summary of the new logic of customer demand and the future of marketing.

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Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Founder & Chairman, easyGroup

The man known throughout Europe as Stelios has always had one goal in mind; whether he's dealing with air travel, rental cars, Internet cafés, or even movie theaters, he wants it to be easy. And so far his formula has paid off; easyJet, his low-cost, no-frills airline, took off in 1995 and continues to grow, and even acquired its biggest competitor last year. On the heels of the success of easyJet, Stelios has continued to forge into new industries, launching easyInternetCafé, easyCar, easyValue (an online shopping guide), (a Web-based e-mail service), and easyMoney (an online financial service), all within the past five years. The secret to his success? Slash costs, maximize publicity, and, as Stelios himself puts it, "sweat the assets."

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Gary Hamel
Founding Director & Chairman, Strategos

As the creator of such ground-breaking concepts as "strategic intent," "core competence" and "industry revolution," Hamel has helped dozens of the world's leading companies reinvent their strategies and management practices. His landmark book, Competing for the Future, has become the best-selling book ever on business strategy, and in his latest work, Leading the Revolution, he provides a detailed blueprint for building resilient organizations where innovation is an everywhere, all-the-time capability. Hamel is visiting professor of strategic and international management at the London Business School, chairman of Strategos, a company dedicated to helping companies build high performance innovation systems, and director of the Woodside Institute, a non-profit research organization dedicated to the cause of increasing organizational resilience around the world.

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Colonel Jyuji D. Hewitt
Commander, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant

It may seem unimaginable that the small town of McAlester in southeastern Oklahoma could be playing one of the biggest roles in the current conflict in Iraq. However, when you consider that it is home to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, which manufactures nearly every non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, its importance becomes much more clear. Colonel Jyuji D. Hewitt, commander of the plant, has spent his career in the U.S. army, with stints in Korea and Japan, and holds degrees in chemistry, systems management, and nuclear physics.

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Jeff Hicks
President/Partner, Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Since Jeff Hicks joined Crispin Porter + Bogusky as its president in 1997, the agency has grown 400%, has twice been named "Agency of the Year" by Creativity Magazine , and has been Adweek's "Agency of the Year" for the Southeast for three of the past four years. The agency is best known as the creator of the "truth" anti-tobacco youth campaigns and for the launch of the new BMW MINI in the U.S. Other clients include IKEA, Molson Beer, Sirius Satellite Radio, Compass Bank, Telluride Resort, Giro Sport Design, and Bell Helmets. Prior to joining CP+B, Jeff was with Leo Burnett for 10 years, where his primary responsibility was the worldwide branding of Kellogg's.

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Andrew Keller
VP/ Associate Creative Director, Crispin Porter + Bogusky

As associate creative director for CP+B, Andrew Keller has worked on a wide variety of accounts for the Miami-based ad firm, including Planetoutdoors, Telluride, Compass Bank, Molson, and Truth. For the past two years, he has won accolades as group creative director for the BMW MINI account.

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Arkadi Kuhlmann
Chairman, President, and CEO, ING DIRECT USA

When one thinks of a typical banker, the image of a Harley-riding painter and poet doesn't typically come to mind. But Arkadi Kuhlmann is not a traditional banker, and ING DIRECT is not a traditional bank. With branches that sell coffee and mountain bikes in addition to checking accounts and mortgages, and a company-wide emphasis on encouraging its customers to save by offering them simple, inexpensive financial products, ING has attracted more than one million depositors and $12 billion in assets since its launch in September, 2000. Kuhlmann, who joined ING DIRECT USA after the successful launch of ING Direct Canada, describes himself as an anti-banker's banker. "When the rest of the banking industry decides to zig, I zag," he says.

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Richard Leider
Founding Partner, Inventure Group

As an author, speaker, and counselor for the past three decades, Leider helps individuals, leaders, and teams discover the power of purpose. At the heart of his approach to counseling is a belief that each person is born with a reason for being and that life is a quest to discover that purpose. Leider's clients include AT&T, Caterpillar, General Motors, Motorola, and 3M, where he coaches executives and teaches in executive programs. Leider also is the author of two books and publishes On Purpose, "a journal about taking charge of your work/life.

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Roger Nierenberg
Creator & Conductor, The Music Paradigm

Does a symphony orchestra have anything at all in common with a large corporation? Roger Nierenberg thinks so, and such companies as Verizon, Cushman & Wakefield, and Sears, Roebuck and Company have looked to his Music Paradigm to help its employees better understand business strategies and boost overall teamwork. Nierenberg, who is also music director of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, started the program in 1995, and since then has teamed more than 50 orchestras with more than 40 corporations to help his clients deal with the challenges and changes present in today's business world.

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Anne Pasternak
Executive Director, Creative Time, Inc.

Since the fall of 1994, Anne Pasternak has been the executive director of Creative Time, Inc., a non-profit public arts organization dedicated to commissioning and presenting adventurous and innovative public art projects of all disciplines that enliven and foster an appreciation its urban landscape. From exhibitions and performances in the historical Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage and new sculptures in Grand Central Station to video projections in Columbus Circle and twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site, Pasternak has been committed to initiating cultural projects that celebrate New York life and reflect on contemporary urban experience.

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David Rockwell
President, Rockwell Group

David Rockwell has steered the 90-person firm, Rockwell Group, into one of Manhattan's most prominent architect firms. Respected for creating many celebrated restaurants such as Nobu, Rosa Mexicano, and Town, Rockwell has translated this success into a spectacular portfolio of hospitality projects that include Chambers, W New York, and W Union Square.

David's passion for new design challenges and creative collaborations has led to a broad range of innovative thinking in theaters (set designs for Cirque du Soleil, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hairspray), casinos (Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut), and stadiums (Turner Field, Atlanta; Heinz Field, Pittsburgh).

Recent and current projects include the Kodak Theatre, the new theatre for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; an expansion of the highly successful Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut; and the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx. In the Fall 2002, Rizzoli published a monograph of the firm's work.

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Libby Sartain
SVP Human Resources and Chief People Yahoo, Yahoo!

With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, including a stint as chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management, Sartain is responsible for leading Yahoo's global human resource efforts, and managing and developing the company's HR team. Specifically, she focuses on attracting, retaining, and developing employees who promote and strengthen the company's culture while representing the powerful Yahoo brand. Prior to joining Yahoo, Sartain was in charge of all human resource functions at Southwest Airlines, where she supervised a staff of 300.

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John Schappert
General Manager, Electronic Arts Canada

As general manager of Electronic Arts Canada, John Schappert is responsible for the management of EA's Canadian operations, which runs the largest interactive game studio in the world. His responsibilities includes overseeing programming, artwork, audio, research and development, quality assurance, and strategy for top EA SPORTS titles including NBA LIVE basketball, NHL Hockey, FIFA Soccer, Triple Play Baseball, and NCAA March Madness. In his gaming career, Schappert has overseen the creation of more than 36 games for Electronic Arts, including the best-selling Madden NFL Football franchise.

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Michael Schrage
author, Serious Play: How the World's Best Companies Simulate to Innovate

If all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, then Michael Schrage might argue that a little work and lots of "serious play" could make Jack a multimillionaire. Because in order to innovate, companies must place a strong emphasis on building models, prototypes, and simulations, argues the co-director of the MIT Media Lab's eMarkets Initiative. In his book Serious Play, Schrage explains how the real value in building models comes less from the help they offer with troubleshooting and problem solving than from the insights they reveal about the organization itself. And he illustrates with examples how such companies such as Disney, Microsoft, Boeing, and DaimlerChrysler have experienced great success by putting these principles into practice.

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Tony Schwartz
Senior Partner & Principal, LGE's Corporate Athlete Training System

Tony Schwartz is a best-selling author and a nationally recognized authority on performance, change, and growth. He is co-creator of the LGE's Corporate Athlete Training System, a program designed to identify and train the skills needed for high-stress situations, and co-authored the Harvard Business Review article "The Making of a Corporate Athlete" (January 2001). Schwartz has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek , New York magazine , and Esquire , and co-authored The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump and Work in Progress with Michael Eisner. He has lectured widely, leading keynotes and workshops for senior executives at companies including AT&T, Salomon Smith Barney, The Estee Lauder Companies, McDonald's, CSFB/First Boston and the Thomson Corporation.

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Glen Senk
President, Anthropologie

When Glen Senk joined Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters, Inc. in 1994, Anthropologie was a one-store prototype. Today, the retailer of apparel and home decor inspired by foreign cultures boasts 40 locations around the country, with sales approaching $200 million. Senk's secret to success? He and his colleagues aren't just selling clothes and furnishings; they're selling a sense of adventure and originality - and the promise of self-discovery. An NYU graduate, Senk has spent his life in retail, holding key management positions at Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Bloomingdales, and the London-based Habitat Group.

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Roy Spence Jr.
Founder and President, GSD&M

With such high-profile clients as Krispy Kreme, Wal-Mart, Fannie Mae, and Southwest Airlines on its roster, it would be easy to mistake GSD&M for a high-flying Madison Avenue advertising agency. But the staff at GSD&M, led by founder and president Roy M. Spence Jr., are proud that their business cards show their Austin, Texas roots. GSD&M breaks the advertising stereotype in other ways as well. Instead of hewing to traditional approaches to the business, it focuses on sharing the "spiritual business" of its clients with the rest of the world. Spence and his partners founded GSD&M in 1971.

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