Noted Futurist and Management Consultant Peter G. Balbus to Speak on "Ownable Distinction" at M.I.T. Enterprise Forum

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M.I.T. panel discussion will focus on creating "ownable distinction" Â? a compelling new strategic concept for achieving and sustaining business growth.

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Ownable Distinction: The Key to Driving Sustained Growth.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 7, 2005 – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum Chicago Chapter announced today that Peter G. Balbus will speak at its next symposium entitled "Ownable Distinction: The Key to Driving Sustained Growth." The event will be held on April 20 at the Chicago offices of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. Registration and networking begins at 5pm; the program starts at 6pm.

Ownable Distinction is a compelling new business concept that is helping companies achieve sustained growth from their intellectual property, product and service lines, tangible assets and strategic alliances. It directly addresses the question "How can executives prevent their businesses from becoming commoditized?"

Mr. Balbus is a recognized futurist and management consultant who assists Fortune 1000 executives in creating ownable distinction for their companies. He is the founder and managing director of Pragmaxis LLC, a consulting group that helps clients define and execute profitable growth strategies. Prior to founding Pragmaxis, Mr. Balbus held senior practitioner and practice management positions with Booz Allen & Hamilton, CSC Index and KPMG Strategic Services. Mr. Balbus was also the on-air host of "The Information Age," an FNN cable-TV program focusing on the business implications of emerging technologies.

Other members of the panel include:

Darren S. Cahr – Partner with the Chicago office of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP, specializing in helping clients to identify, protect and exploit their full range of intellectual capital.

Michael M. Geoffrey – Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for USG Corporation, responsible for intellectual property matters of the corporation and its subsidiaries worldwide.

Darcy Evon, Executive Director, Corporate Relations & Interprofessional Business Development at Illinois Institute of Technology, will serve as moderator for the event.

About Pragmaxis

Pragmaxis LLC provides high-impact management consulting and advisory services to executives responsible for driving business growth – especially through the pragmatic development and execution of technology- and intellectual property-driven business strategies.

The firm’s concentration areas include creating ownable distinction, integrated business & technology strategy, indirect sales strategy and marketing automation, and technology commercialization.

About The MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit organization that promotes the formation and growth of innovative and technologically oriented companies through a series of specialized executive education programs. Through these programs, the Forum provides networking, leadership opportunities, and provocative new ideas to senior business leaders while showcasing MIT's role in entrepreneurship in communities around the world. The Enterprise Forum was formed in 1978 and has 25 chapter organizations worldwide. Participation and membership is open to the general public.

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