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The Center for Business Excellence

7th Annual Executive Conference: April 19-20, 2012, Oxford, Ohio

Excellence in Integrity, Leadership and Transparency — “Navigating Decisions in a Perfect Storm” It is my pleasure to invite your organization to the 7th Annual Executive Conference sponsored by Cardinal Health, Duke Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Western & Southern Financial Group. This year’s Conference “Navigating Decisions in a Perfect Storm,” will be a Roger Jenkins, Dean scenarios-based examination Mitchell P. Rales Chair in of making effective decisions Business Leadership in a Perfect Storm of Farmer School of Business economic, socio-political and environmental pressures. The Conference will feature a diverse stakeholder panel to explore aspects of the problem and solution alternatives. Thursday evening’s Keynote Speaker features Bill Isaac, Fifth Third Bank Board of Directors Chairman and former Chairman of the FDIC.

Conference Panels: Lisa Ellram, Rees Professor of Distribution, Miami University Puneet Kapoor, ERM Director, Walgreens Mike Oxley, Baker Hostetler LLP and U.S. Congress (ret.) Don Sinko, Chief Integrity Officer, Cleveland Clinic Mike Wallace, USA Director, Global Reporting Initiative LaVaughn Henry, Regional Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

As a friend of the Farmer School of Business, your organization is among a select group of organizations being invited to attend the Conference. Registrants will have ample opportunities for informal exchange of information and experiences. We encourage you to register one or more executive officers (or senior managers) who are interested in strategy, risk management, governance, stakeholder engagement, or sustainability activities and reporting. This annual Executive Conference is a key initiative of the Center for Business Excellence and each year draws rave reviews from attendees. Registrants will benefit from sharing ideas with each other and a select group of top Farmer students and faculty. Because space is limited, we encourage your representatives to register as soon as possible. Participation options include an Early Registration package for $2,500, which provides 5 seats to all Conference activities, or $600 for a single seat. Conference registrants are eligible for CPE credit. We look forward to having your organization participate in the 7th Annual Executive Conference.


Program of Activities:

Keynote Speaker

Thursday – April 19, Marcum Conference Center Exploring all Aspects of the Problem 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•P  anel Discussion - Discussing the Scenario and Pressure that Impact Alternatives

•B  reakout Sessions - Identifying Business Decision Alternatives for Consideration

•R  eception 6 p.m. •D  inner and Keynote Address - Bill Isaac 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday – April 20, Marcum Conference Center Exploring Solution Alternatives 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

•B  reakfast •D  iscussing Likely Intended and Unintended Consequences of Business Decision Alternatives

• B  reakout Sessions - Arriving at the Optimal Decision Alternative

•O  ptional Lunch 12 to 1 p.m.

“Well done! This is a very thoughtful conference, and it is appropriate and meaningful for senior management, BOD members and student participation.” — Eileen Mallesch Director, Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

Conference Registration For more information or to register for the conference, please visit our website at All Conference activities, occurring on Thursday evening (April 19, 2012) and Friday (April 20, 2012), will take place at Miami University’s Marcum Conference Center. Joining the executive participants for the Conference will be Masters of Accountancy & Honors students. The registration fee for the 2012 Executive Conference is $600 per attendee. An early registration package is available for $2,500, which provides five (5) seats to the Conference. The registration fee covers all conference materials and food and beverages, including dinner on Thursday evening and breakfast, lunch and snacks on Friday. If you have any questions or comments regarding the 2012 Executive Conference specifically or the Center for Business Excellence generally, please do not hesitate to contact any of the CBE Directors: Dr. Brian Ballou (513-529-6213;, Dr. Dan Heitger (513-529-6208; or James Katerakis (513-529-6202;

Bill Isaac

Chairman, Fifth Third Bancorp Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Bill Isaac, holds a key leadership position in the firm. Prior to his position at FTI, Mr. Isaac was Chairman of LECG Financial Services, a leading consulting firm providing regulatory counseling, risk management services, strategic studies, expert testimony, and management consulting for financial institutions, law firms, and governments. LECG acquired the Secura Group which Bill founded, in 2007. Prior to forming Secura, Mr. Isaac headed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during the banking crisis of the 1980s, serving under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1978 through 1985. Mr. Isaac possesses an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a law degree from Ohio State University. Mr. Isaac is involved extensively in thought leadership relating to the financial services industry and policy makers worldwide. He is the author of “Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America,” published by Wiley & Sons, with a Foreword by Paul Volcker. Senseless Panic provides an inside account of the banking and S&L crises of the 1980s, compares that period to the financial crisis of 2008, and recommends sweeping reforms to prevent future crises. Mr. Isaac’s articles are published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, American Banker, Forbes and other leading publications. He also appears regularly on leading television and radio programs in the US and abroad, is a contributor to CNBC, testifies before Congress and is a frequent speaker before banking and other audiences throughout the world. To learn more about Mr. Isaac, please see

The Farmer School of Business The Farmer School of Business has maintained an excellent reputation for many years. For example, Business Week recently ranked the Farmer School of Business as the 6th best undergraduate program among the nation’s public colleges and universities in the United States. Also, its Department of Accountancy has long been ranked among the top 20 of all undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. The school resides in a state-of-the-art building; develops specialized programs like the Center for Business Excellence; enhances its educational programs through innovative curriculum and pedagogy; attracts topnotch faculty members; increases diversity; and attracts the brightest students. These goals will be attained only with the strong support of Miami’s many alumni and friends.

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