What makes small companies great? Find out during this year's keynote address by Bo Burlingham, author of five business books, including "Small Giants: Companies that Choose to Be Great Instead of Big" and "Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top."
Burlingham will give the keynote address at 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago as part of the Club Industry Show, which runs Oct. 12-14.
Immediately prior to the keynote, Club Industry will give its 14th annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Annbeth Eschbach, founder and CEO of Exhale Enterprises.
"Small Giants," which was published in 2006, was a finalist for the 2006 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs business book of the Year Award.
Burlingham worked with Forbes magazine in February to create its first-ever list of America's Best Small Companies. Gainesville Health & Fitness, Gainesville, Florida, made that list. The idea for the list grew out of the "Small Giants" book, Burlingham said.
Burlingham is also editor-at-large for Inc. magazine. He has covered many innovative companies since joining the staff as senior editor in 1983 and later moving into an editor-at-large role. He previously had written for Harper's, Esquire, Mother Jones, The Boston Globe and Boston magazine.
Burlingham also is co-author with Jack Stack of "The Great Game of Business," which was named one of "the 100 best business books of all time."
Burlingham has a bachelor's of arts degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University. He is a former Fullbright Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Prior to joining Inc., Burlingham worked for Fidelity Investments. He was a founding member of PAC/World, which is an organization of business leaders and observers.
When you register for the Club Industry Show before June 30, you receive early bird pricing for the conference program. Admission to the keynote address and Lifetime Achievement Award presentation are free with an exhibit hall registration or a conference registration.