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Technology in Action Conference — Keynote Speaker and Breakout Session Announced

Our Technology in Action Conference is now only days away, and anticipation is building toward our three-day commercial retail optimization event. Like last year, the many interactive panel discussions and breakout sessions will provide a perfect format for attendees to interact with the industry’s most experienced end users, expert practitioners and equipment manufacturers. As we come together to discuss the most pressing topics in retail refrigeration today, we’re confident everyone in attendance will leave with new perspectives to better optimize their facilities and more effectively navigate the changing regulatory and refrigerant landscapes.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jim Donald

To kick off this this year’s event, Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks and Pathmark Supermarkets and current CEO of Extended Stay America Hotels, will deliver the conference’s keynote address. Donald’s distinguished career in retail includes being named one the “Top 25 CEOs in the World” by The Best Practice Institute and one of Business Travel News’ “25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives of 2013.” Donald’s reputation for turning around financially ailing companies prompted Extended Stay Hotels to seek him out after the company emerged from bankruptcy proceedings in 2010. Under Donald’s leadership, the company recently launched a successful $565 million IPO. In his keynote address, Donald will share his experiences as a leader focused on innovation, quality, service, strong relationships within the community, and risk-taking with the freedom to fail.

Breakout Sessions — Covering a Variety of Topics

With multiple breakout sessions to choose from, attendees are sure to find topics that address their specific concerns and provide opportunities to learn from the experiences of their peers. Are you getting the most from variable capacity air conditioning systems? One breakout session will introduce variable capacity HVAC equipment and explore key technologies that enable variable capacity control and part-load efficiency improvements. Do you think of refrigerants as an expense, not an asset? Treating refrigerants as an asset adds new value to your organization. This breakout session discusses approaches to protecting the asset and monetizing it. Other breakout session topics include:

  • Improving store operations through enhanced facility processes
  • CO2 system design considerations (two-part session)
  • Geothermal HVAC and refrigeration systems
  • Improving store operations through enhanced facility processes
  • The good, bad and ugly of transforming existing properties into new grocery stores

If you’ve made plans to attend the conference April 14–16, we will see you soon! If you can’t make it this year, be sure to follow our live updates from the event on Twitter by following the hashtag #EmersonTAC.

Reggie O’Donoghue
Product Management, Retail Solutions
Emerson Climate Technologies

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