2014 Thought Leader Series

Jim Collins, Author of Good To Great

Tickets sold out for the Fort Collins Area Chamber Thought Leader Speaker Series Featuring Jim Collins, best-selling author of Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice, who spoke on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St.

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies.  Having invested nearly a quarter of a century of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co-authored six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide.  They include: the classic BUILT TO LAST, a fixture on the Business Week best seller list for more than six years; the international bestseller GOOD TO GREAT, translated into 35 languages; and HOW THE MIGHTY FALL, a New York Times bestseller that examines how great companies can self-destruct.

His most recent book is GREAT BY CHOICE: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, coauthored with Morten Hansen.  Based on nine years of research, it answers the question: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?  Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Jim’s prior books by its focus not just on performance, but also on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

Collins returns to Fort Collins for a second presentation and joins previous Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Thought Leader speakers Dr. John Maxwell, author of more than 30 leadership books; Dan Heath, the author of Made to Stick; and Marcus Buckingham, author of Now, Discover Your Strengths.

A big thanks to our sponsors:

Overall Sponsor:  OtterBox

Platinum Sponsors:  Bohemian Companies, CSU School of Business, Everitt Companies and Woodward

Silver Sponsors:  BBVA Compass, City of Fort Collins, RC Heath and UCHealth

Bronze Sponsors:  Advanced Energy, Allergy and Asthma Center , Banner Health, Brinkman Partners, Brock & Company, CPAs, Chrisland Commercial, EKS&H, Flood & Peterson, Foothills and High Country Beverage

Supporting Sponsors:  Advance Tank, Community Banks of Colorado, CSU Bookstore, Larimer County, Maxey Manufacturing, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Poudre River Library District, PSD and Wolf Robotics


Mark Lautman, Author of When Boomers Bail

The Fort Collins Area Chamber was proud to present Mark Latuman, author of When Boomers Bail, on April 28 at the Fort Collins Marriott. Mark Lautman is a founding director of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank that innovates new approaches to economic development to work in a labor and capital constrained economy. His consulting business, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC, works with community leaders to transform community economies and elevate the professional practice of economic and workforce development. Mark had a monthly column for the New Mexico Business Weekly, and is the author of a new book, When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economics Survival Guide, available on Amazon.com.

Mark has three decades of experience as a professional economic developer, and has designed and managed four economic development programs having procured more than 80 corporate locations, accounting for more than 15,000 new jobs, 6 million square feet of industrial space and $11 billion dollars in new investment. Most recently, Mark was Vice President of Economic Development at Mesa del Sol where his business unit was responsible for recruiting Albuquerque Studios, Schott Solar, Fidelity Investments and several others. Mark’s previous New Mexico economic development assignments included Santa Teresa, Rio Rancho and Grants. Mark’s recent consulting projects include: Spaceport America, Live Work New Mexico, Artesia Chamber of Commerce, San Juan County, Cibola County, Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, WorkKeys Based Labor Market Model, New Mexico EB5 Regional Center, OKC Land Inventory Analysis, and Ft. Bayard masterplan.

Mark’s recent conference speaking engagements include: Summit on the Business of Aging, NAIOP, TEDx, National Rural Economic Development Association, International Economic Development Council, UNM Speaker Series, ULI Emerging Trends Conference, National Association of Workforce Boards, EDA, National Brownfield Association, IGNITE and Business Expansion Retention International.

Mark is a 1971 graduate of The University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Mark and his wife, Mary Anne live in Albuquerque. They have three children, two having graduated from UNM and one from NMSU, as well as four grandchildren.

Sponsored by: 

High Country Beverage

See Lautman’s Comments Here:  http://vzaar.com/videos/1595584