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Our presenters will inspire, inform and collaborate with you to address the most pressing and promising challenges and opportunities.
Eric Garland is Founder and Managing Director of Competitive Futures. He has been working in the area of strategic analysis for corporations and government agencies for almost twenty years. He is the author of two books on organizational foresight: Future, Inc: HowBusinesses Can Anticipate and Profit from What’s NEXT (AMACOM, 2007) and How to Predict the Future… and WIN (Wallingford, 2011). His books are available in multiple languages and he has trained thousands of executives on four continents in the methods detailed in his work. His clients include a broad range of global organizations: AT&T, 3M, General Motors, Siemens, Eli Lilly, The Coca-Cola Company, the National Lottery of France, and many more. In the economic development space his clients include the Principality of Monaco, the state of
South Dakota, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and other. He holds a Masters of International Affairs, Technology Policy from The George Washington University. www.ericgarland.co.
Seth A. Goodall was appointed by President Obama to serve as SBA’s New England Regional Administrator on July 10, 2013. As Regional Administrator, Goodall oversees SBA’s six New England district offices and is responsible for the delivery of the agency’s financial and technical assistance and government contracting activities throughout New England.As an entrepreneur, public servant and attorney, Seth has a long history of working with and on behalf of small businesses in New England. He formerly worked as an attorney at Dyer Goodall, P.A., where he represented small businesses, individuals and municipalities in a variety of matters. In 2008, while practicing law, Seth was elected to the Maine Legislature as State Senator representing Sagadahoc County and the town of Dresden in Lincoln County. Seth was re-elected in 2010 and 2012, at which point he began serving as the Senate Majority Leader. Goodall worked on and sponsored legislation on economic development and small business matters in the Legislature, co-chairing the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future and serving as a member on the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform and Fairness. Prior to the Legislature in 2007, Seth was elected to the Selectboard in his hometown of Richmond, Maine, serving one year as Chair of the Board. (more…)