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Summits to feature luncheon guest speaker

Who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done? But how often do you publicly recognize an employee for outstanding results?
Not often enough, according to Chester Elton, co-author of the popular book The Carrot Principle. He will be the luncheon speaker at the 2008 Commercial Construction Show’s three executive summit programs, which are scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, as part of Retail Construction Expo, Healthcare Building Expo and Hospitality Construction Expo. The day-long programs bring together industry executives for an in-depth program on a critical industry topic.
According to event producers, each executive summit will be held in separate rooms, but the attendees will come together for this special luncheon program.
The 2008 Commercial Construction Show will be held June 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The event brings together design, construction and facilities maintenance executives for three days of educational programs, networking opportunities and an exhibition hall of nearly 300 product and service providers. The event is owned and produced by D&D Communications Group LLC.
Elton’s interactive luncheon presentation will highlight the Tuesday, June 3, program. Elton is a popular speaker/consultant for Fortune 500 firms as well as a regular guest on CNN and National Public Radio. He has also co-authored other books, including The 24-Carrot Manager.
All summit attendees will receive a complementary copy of The Carrot Principle. The book, co-authored with Adrian Gostick, is based on the research from a 10-year study of 200,000 managers and employees on how the best managers use recognition to engage their people, retain talent and accelerate performance.
As a motivation expert, Elton has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Fast Company magazine and has been profiled in The New York Times. He has been a guest on NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Business Unusual and on National Public Radio. Elton is vice president of performance recognition with the O.C. Tanner Recognition Co.
Elton’s luncheon presentation will focus on how to build a stronger, more loyal workforce and more profitable company by developing a program that regularly rewards your employees.
“Since our magazines and expos focus on the critical relationships to complete successful projects, we thought it would be attractive to our participants to bring in a speaker who can present a stimulating and important part of the equation,” said Dave Doucette, vice president of D&D Communications Group LLC.
“Elton’s book is a great motivator and his lunch presentation should encourage all of us to improve this part of the management process,” Doucette said.
Elton will discuss the reasons why employee recognition is important, as well as outline ways to build recognition into the corporate DNA. And it’s more than a box of donuts on Friday.
“Be sure to make the distinction between gifts and awards,” Elton told Incentive magazine in an interview. “People don’t remember what their spouse gave them last year for their birthday, but they remember every award they won in high school.
“What’s the difference? The award was presented to them.”
For more information on the executive summits and the Commercial Construction Show, visit