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Futurist and Innovation Expert Jim Carroll to Keynote CTW 2017

CHICAGO – August 30, 2017 – NAMA announced today that Jim Carroll, futurist and innovation expert will kick off CTW 2017 as the keynote speaker at the Opening Session, Monday, November 6 at 12:45pm.

Jim Carroll inspires organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change. He is a worldwide authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business model disruption in a period of economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast-paced innovation.

Carroll offers deep insight into the cutting edge trends of our time including:

  • Autonomous vehicle technology
  • Sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • 3D printing
  • Virtual reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Block chain and virtual cash
  • Machine learning and robotics
  • Crowd-thinking
  • Next generation R&D

“Jim’s keynote address will help CTW attendees understand the impact of innovation and disruption on their businesses and explore the possibilities the Internet of Things brings for growth,” said Rori Ferensic, NAMA’s Director of Education. “Audience members will gain the tools required to stay relevant in today’s changing business landscape. We’re delighted to welcome Jim to CTW.”

Carroll is also an author, with books including Surviving the Information Age; The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast; Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation.

Register today at to save big with early bird rates and special group rates for operators. Early Bird rates end October 2. Attendees can also register for the WIN Boot Camp as part of their initial event registration.

About CTW
NAMA’s Coffee Tea and Water Show is the largest event dedicated to the $4.25 billion U.S. coffee services industry.

NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play.

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