NIRI Annual Conference 2008 - Day 1+

Like an early-American pioneer, I made my way West from New York to San Diego yesterday... slowly. All was well until I got to Dallas...

Like an early-American pioneer, I made my way West from New York to San Diego yesterday... slowly. All was well until I got to Dallas when, about 10 minutes before take-off, the pilot announced that a problem with the brakes would keep us grounded for a few minutes. Yikes. About an hour and a half later we took off, and 13 hours from when I stepped foot in a cab in Harlem, I was stepping out of one in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. (Total aside, a fellow passenger on American Airlines reminded me that travelers only have until the 15th to take advantage of free baggage check. Make your reservations now!)

My experience began with celebrity lookalike sightings on the exhibition floor - Marilyn Monroe, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Austin Powers at a booth. More importantly, within 20 minutes at the welcome reception, two people mentioned the ongoing confluence of IR and PR, something I'll want to hear more about. If you have any thoughts on this topic, share a comment.

This morning, we heard from Jerre (pronounced Jerry) Stead, chairman and CEO of IHS, a company that provides information about a variety of industries, including energy and the environment, and Bob Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Both touched on how important the IRO function is, and both emphasized the globalizaton of the IRO's job and the landscape in which they are functioning. More to come...

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