SPESA 2017 Executive Conference

August 8, 2017

SPESA’s 2017 Executive Conference will be held November 7-9 at the Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

How Suppliers and Manufacturers Can Seize the New Opportunities


Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world aren’t the best coders or sales people, but instead, just really good at seizing great opportunities. The best opportunities are when you can truly help solve another’s problem.

Below are a collection of quotes that emphasize the importance of seizing the moment for greatness.

 • “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” Tom Peters

•  “In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”  Mark Zuckerberg

•  “As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big.”  Donald Trump

•  “It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path.”  Michael Dell

•  “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”  Warren Buffett

•  “Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.”   Guy Kawasaki

Meet SPESA’s 2017 Executive Conference Keynoter Mary Kelly

“Key Insights into the World of Leadership and Productivity”

Born in Texas, Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has Master’s degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics.

With over 20 years combined teaching experience at the Naval Academy, Hawaii Pacific University, and the Air Force Academy, she taught economics, finance, history and management. She has experience in academic development, human resources, finance and organizational management. Mary has a track record of success as a leadership expert.

​Through her work in college teaching and in the military, Mary discovered the need to make the principles of leadership and communication available to all types of businesses. Her book, Master Your World became a bestseller and launched her career as an author and speaker.