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TLA July 28th Meeting Announcement

TLA July 28th Meeting Announcement

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) ( was established to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the career management field.

This month, Kellogg “Ked” Fairbank will discuss why career planning is important for success and balance and what the most important elements of any plan should be. He will then present some practical job search suggestions based on his experience in executive search and as a senior executive in several companies.

Date: Friday, July 28th
Where: Acxiom, located at 3333 Finley Road in Downers Grove
Cost: No charge

Special thanks to TLA member and Acxiom employee Paul Koziel for hosting us this month.

For reservations, please reply to with your name and telephone number.
For location information: Contact Jim Anfield at

Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, July 27th with the first 80 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

Acxiom is located near the intersection of I-355 and I-88 in Downers Grove. Get off the Butterfield Road exit of I-355 and go east to Finley Road. Go south on Finley Road for about a half-mile and Acxiom is located on the east side of Finley. Go to the main entrance of the eight-story building for check-in. Do not go to the other four-story Acxiom building. Parking is available just west of the eight-story building in the parking lot.

7:00am – 7:15am Check-in and coffee
7:15am – 8:30am Structured networking – two table rounds
8:30am – 8:40am Announcements
8:40am – 9:30am Ked Fairbank
9:30am Adjourn

Structured Networking
Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches. During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives. It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.
Please bring business cards, handbills (career overview) or resumes (plain paper is fine) to pass around if you have them. Figure on about 20 copies of the resumes/handbills and 50 business cards.
We will run our networking, dividing the room into small tables of a maximum of 8 people and doing 2 table rotations before our speaker begins. At each rotation, you will have 90 seconds for your pitch and about 90 seconds for Q&A. Spend no more than 1/3 summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume), then spend about 1/3 on what you are looking for and 1/3 on what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.

Speaker Background
Ked Fairbanks career includes work in banking, publishing, training, defense, agribusiness, chemicals, consulting, software, education, waste management, M&A and executive recruiting. His corporate experience ranges from Fortune 200 companies to entrepreneurial ventures. Ked currently is working on several entrepreneurial ventures and M&A deals. He previously worked with Boyden Global Executive Search with a focus on service, energy, IT and waste/water industries. Prior to joining Boyden, he was President and CEO of Limitless, Inc., a start-up company developing sophisticated software solutions for managing K-12 schools and districts in the US and India. At BFI (Europe), he served as Senior Vice President - Business development with responsibility for marketing and acquisitions throughout Europe. Based in the Netherlands, he completed 57 M&A deals during a ten year period. At FMC Corporation, Ked served as the Asia/Pacific Region Manager for the Industrial Chemical Group, President of FMC Saudi Arabia, and Global Logistics Support Manager in the Defense Group. He was formerly a board director of First National Bank & Trust of Illinois and of GSES mbH. Ked served on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Netherlands. His article, 'Internationalize Business Savvy', was published in the Chicago Tribune and another, 'European Perspectives on Waste Management', was published in the European Business Review. Ked received his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Date of Event: 
07/28/2005 - 7:00pm - 07/28/2006 - 9:30pm