Midland, MI-based AIM Wins Awards, Continues Leadership at SLA Annual Conference

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Competitive intelligence firm AIM maintains longstanding relationship with SLA through conference presentations and organizing; partnership recognized through awards.

“We have cultivated incredible relationships through SLA, and we’re pleased to bring our own expertise to help Michigan stay at the forefront of competitive intelligence.

Allis Information Management (AIM), a Midland, MI-based competitive intelligence firm, underscored its strong relationship with the Special Libraries Association (SLA) at the 2013 SLA Annual Conference, held June 9-11 in San Diego. Not only was AIM once again an integral part of a unique panel discussion for competitive intelligence (CI) practitioners, AIM employees won two awards for their work and support of the conference and SLA as an organization.

At the conference, AIM Vice President Anne Herron was one of the panelists at the “Best CI Techniques in Legal, Science and Finance” panel discussion. This experienced and diverse panel reviewed a blend of advanced methodologies, case studies and best practices to demonstrate the continuing relevance of CI across industrial sectors. Herron and fellow CI professional Barbara Wilson presented on the strong relevance of CI to the scientific world – an area of great expertise for AIM, which is located in the hometown of The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation. Other CI professionals on the panel included Alex Ilg and John Jackson.

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to co-present on this panel, and I think it was a great opportunity to show how important CI is to corporate success,” Herron said. “In this business, we see every day the direct impact good intelligence has on business decisions, and we’re excited to help the profession grow through this kind of discussion and networking.”

The conference also saw two AIM staff members receive awards for their leading role in shaping the experience for attendees. AIM researcher/analyst Chad Groenhout served as the 2013 Conference Chair for the Competitive Intelligence Division (CID) portion of the conference, with primary responsibility for all CID programming. In addition, AIM Director of Strategic Intelligence Matt O’Connor served as CID’s 2012-2013 Professional Development Chair, responsible for CID’s mentoring program, outreach and promotion, and cross-division communications. At the conference, Groenhout won the Outstanding Advisory Board Chair Award and O’Connor won the Outstanding New Leader Award – two of the three awards presented by the CI Division.

According to AIM President Sue LaBonville, these awards and AIM’s continuing leadership and presentations at SLA conferences are evidence of AIM’s strong relationship with the organization. “SLA has been a wonderful partner to us for our 30-plus years of business,” she said. “We have cultivated incredible relationships with colleagues, clients, and partners through SLA and other industry groups, and we’re pleased to bring our own expertise and leadership to the table to help Michigan stay at the forefront of competitive intelligence innovation and execution.”

For more information on these and other AIM opportunities, please contact Matthew O’Connor, Director of Strategic Intelligence at AIM, at moconnor(at)allisinfo(dot)com or (989) 835-5811.

AIM provides customized strategic intelligence research and analysis on a global scale. We are a highly respected and leading intelligence firm with a broad range of experience in competitive intelligence, market research and media/issues analysis. For over 30 years, our ability to collect, synthesize, analyze, and communicate critical information has helped clients anticipate threats, capitalize on opportunities, and most importantly, make informed and accurate decisions. For more information, please visit http://www.allisinfo.com.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives, serving more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession. For more information, visit http://www.sla.org.

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