Microsoft COO Kevin Turner to Deliver Keynote Address at EPC Connection Conference and Exhibition

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EPCglobal North America and RFID Journal announced today that Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, will deliver a keynote address at EPC Connection, Oct. 2-4, at the Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

RFID Journal, the world's leading media and events company covering radio frequency identification (RFID), and EPCglobal North America, a not-for-profit member organization supporting the adoption of EPC technology, today announced that Microsoft Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, will present a keynote address at EPC Connection 2007, being held Oct. 2-4 at the Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

In his roles as Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Corporation and formerly as Chief Information Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Kevin Turner has developed a unique perspective on the business impact of RFID technologies and how companies can use sensor based technologies to transform their organizations. In his keynote address session, Kevin will share his views on why the right time for RFID is now and how companies can unleash the potential of EPC information with a new class of solutions that leverage the power of physical world data to drive real-time competitive advantage.

"RFID is emerging as a very significant technology for companies in all industries, and EPC Connection has emerged as a great event for companies seeking to take advantage of Electronic Product Code standards," said Turner. "Microsoft is pleased to be the Cornerstone sponsor for this year's event, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to discuss the importance of this innovative technology with business leaders who understand the significant role it plays in today's technology solutions."

As Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing and services organization. Turner also oversees corporate operations and internal information technology that support the work of Microsoft's more than 70,000 employees around the world. Along with Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and five other senior executives, Turner serves on the Senior Leadership Team that sets the overall strategy and direction for Microsoft.

Prior to Microsoft, Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he started as a cashier while going to college. Upon graduating from college, he held various leadership positions within Wal-Mart, including most recently as president and chief executive officer of Sam's Club, with over 46 million members and over $37.1 billion in annual sales. Before this role, Turner worked 13 years in the IT department, where he achieved the level of executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart, overseeing all information systems and IT operations for the company worldwide.

In 1995, at the age of 29, Turner became the youngest corporate officer ever named at Wal-Mart, and in 1997, while having worldwide responsibility for all Application Development and Support at Wal-Mart, Turner became the recipient of the first "Sam M. Walton - Entrepreneur Of The Year" Award, which is the highest honor given at Wal-Mart and is voted by the Walton Family. Turner has also received various honors from Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Business 2.0 and CIO Magazine.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Kevin Turner's knowledge and experience presenting at EPC Connection," said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal. "Kevin was actually CIO at Wal-Mart when the retailer began to seriously explore RFID's potential, so he understands both the business imperatives of the technology and the technological requirements needed to achieve RFID's benefits."

EPC Connection features four educational tracks -- Supply Chain/Inventory Management, IT/Infrastructure, Manufacturing ad Distribution/Logistics. It will also feature three preconference seminars: EPC Essentials, RFID in Packaging and the sixth RFID Academic Convocation, highlighting the latest research on RFID applications.

The event will also feature new case studies and objective end user presentations from companies, including:

Amerisource Bergen
Dow Chemical
Dow Corning
Lockheed Martin
Northrup Grumman
Rolls Royce
Schiff Nutrition
Shaw Industries
Wilson Sporting Goods

"RFID Journal has always been committed to providing the highest quality information about radio frequency identification and helping companies understand the benefits of EPC technologies is a big part of that," said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal. "This event will feature the same high-quality presentations that RFID Journal's other events are well-known for."

Companies interested in attending EPC Connection can register online by going to

Attendees registering before August 17 can save up to $200.

About RFID Journal:
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information about radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision-makers worldwide -- in print, online and at face-to-face events.

About EPCglobal NA:
EPCglobal North America is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development and implementation of EPC technology in the United States and Canada. To learn more, please visit

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