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Technology, business to merge at Enersec Mississippi 2002

Companies coming together to reach common goal

JACKSON — There are already organizations such as CIT.ms, which promotes the clustering of technology companies, and the Mississippi Technology Alliance, which was formed to bring the state’s technology companies closer together.

But there has never been a link between business leaders and technology, according to Mindbender CEO Gary Hilton and Consultrix Technologies CEO Todd Gooden — until now.

Enersec Mississippi will provide that link, say Hilton and Gooden. An event Nov. 20-23 at Silver Star Casino in Philadelphia will kick off the new network. Hilton and Gooden say the event will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for business leaders from across the region to learn everything they need to know about workplace technology in the 21st century. Some of the topics to be covered are e-business, security, server-based computing, disaster recovery and new technologies.

A statement on the Enersec web site, www.enersec.net, says Enersec Mississippi 2002 “will answer the questions that wake decision-makers up in the middle of the night: What technology is available today? What technology is right for my business? How will this technology help my business? What does the next generation of tech products/services hold?”

Everyone from CEOs, CIOs, CFOs and other executives to middle management technology personnel from companies of all sizes across the Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana are expected to attend the conference.

“Our prime objective is to form a network that will allow people to form relationships that can help them out in their own profession,” said Hilton.

Gooden said he and Hilton got together some time ago and expressed to one another the lack of camaraderie between technical networking companies in Mississippi and other businesses.

“We decided to do something about that,” Gooden said.

Initially Enersec’s goal was to bring in technology leaders, not just from the tri-state area, but from all over the world, and give them a forum to get to know one another and share their experiences with different types of technology. But he and Hilton soon discovered that Enersec could provide much more than that.

“This is an opportunity for business leaders from the tri-state area to voice some of their concerns and for the technical leaders to hear those concerns,” Gooden said. “And they can share and continue relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Enersec Mississippi 2002 is the local venue where the Southeast’s business and technology leaders can see some of the hottest technology out today or that may be coming out in the next six to 12 months, said Gooden. And it will provide an opportunity for business leaders and others to ask questions about technology and how it affects their business.

“It’s an opportunity for business leaders to see this technology and how it can affect their bottom line and what the investment is,” Gooden said.

The conference provides such an opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere.

“We wanted to keep the subject matter entertaining,” Hilton said.

They’ve done that by offering social events between sessions, including golf, lunches and dinners and Cigars Under the Stars on Nov. 20.

“We’re really optimistic that people are going to hang out and stay after the event and chat,” Hilton said. “Over the two days we’re going to encourage people to ask questions. We don’t want this to be a ‘we’re teaching you what to do.’”

Gooden said it’s important for business leaders to have some face time with technology leaders from across the nation.

“This is not so much a technology event as it is an opportunity for business and technology leaders to network with each other,” Gooden said. “This is not a trade show. This is not an ‘I’ve got to be a network engineer’ to come to this thing. Really it’s going to be focused around the CEO, the business owner. They need to understand more about what technology can and can’t do. We are focused not on clustering but on relationships and bringing business leaders together. And they all use technology in everything they do.”

The entire event is costing Consultrix Technologies and Mindbender about $50,000 to $70,000 to put on, not to mention some sweat equity.

“This is a real grassroots effort,” Hilton said. “We’re not government subsidized. We were just sitting around here one day asking ourselves why people around didn’t talk. Hopefully we’ll start some camaraderie with this event.”

For more information about Enersec Mississippi 2002 go to www.enersec.net, or call (601) 932-0258. Sponsor and exhibitor inquiries are welcome.

Contact MBJ staff writer Elizabeth Kirkland at ekirkland@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1042.

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