Spycatcher Eric O’Neill to Deliver Address at Book Manufacturers’ Institute Annual Conference

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The Theme of Emerging Trends in the Book Manufacturing Industry to Be Explored by Notable Speaker Lineup

Ormond Beach, Fla. – The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), has announced that former FBI Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Operative Eric O’Neill will deliver the keynote address at their Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. The three-day event, from November 4 to 6, 2018, offers high-level learning and networking opportunities for leadership and executives in the book manufacturing industry.

The talk Eric O’Neill will present, “A Spy Story: Achieving Your Goals through Courage, Confidence & Determination” is expected to lean heavily on his successful career as a security expert, entrepreneur, and spy hunter. Among many professional accomplishments, he is known for helping to capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. O’Neill was the subject of the blockbuster movie Breach, where actor Ryan Phillippe portrayed O’Neill in the thriller about his life.

Executive Director of BMI Matt Baehr said, “We’re incredibly lucky to have Eric O’Neill join us at our annual conference this year. He’s an extraordinarily dynamic and engaging speaker—and he’ll surely inspire great ideas about building upon already successful businesses.”

O’Neill’s presentation will cover essential strategic insights, such as:

  • How setting up and knocking down small goals can lead to big accomplishments.
  • The notion that achieving your goals requires active participation; not just reaction.
  • Evidence that the best decisions rely on rapid observation, the swift processing of information and orienting to action.

Other notable speakers at the 2018 BMI Annual Conference include: technology evangelist Dr. Mark Bohan, who will discuss AI and automation in print manufacturing; Mark Wilde (Bank of Montreal), talking about the current paper market; Rodrigo Suarez (American Trucking Association) will present trends in trucking and logistics; Patrick Henderson (Quad/Graphics) will explain the potential impact of midterm elections as well as current tariff issues; David R. Heidel Jr. (Northern Trust), who spoke at BMI’s 2017 conference, will offer his economic outlook moving forward; and Angela Bole (Independent Book Publishers Association) and Karla Olson (Patagonia Books) round out the programming with a discussion of what book manufacturers need to know about working with small publishers.


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