General Colin Powell (RET.) Will Be the Keynote Speaker at the 2011 PACK EXPO Las Vegas Show

Former Secretary of State and retired General Colin L. Powell will be the keynote speaker at PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture during the 2011 PACK EXPO Las Vegas. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. General Powell’s address is titled “Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values.” (Come to think of it, those are also key elements of any multi-stakeholder reusable pallet or container program.)

“When we were considering who we wanted to invite to speak at our PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture, Colin Powell was the first name on our list,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO of PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows. “He has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills through his public service and now in private life. His insights and global perspective are especially pertinent to our audience, who are industry leaders that also compete in a global market.”

General Powell is a retired four-star general and previously served as National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed General Powell to be Secretary of State. He held that position until 2005. For the past decade, General Powell has been committed to improving the lives of America’s youth. He is the founding Chairman of America’s Promise Alliance—an organization that works with over 400 partner organizations to provide resources that build better lives for America’s youth.

General Powell has defied racial barriers as the first African-American Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has received several distinguished military and civilian honors including two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the Soldier’s Medal. General Powell also founded the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at his alma mater, the City College of New York and has served on the boards of various non-profits.

“Colin Powell has made a tremendous impact on the landscape of the global climate, both politically and socially,” Yuska added. “Now, we are fortunate that he continues to share his insights and lessons of leadership even in his private life.”

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