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Ryan Patel Keynotes NACD Future Trends Event

Ryan epitomizes the kind of the future-focused thought leader who has become a hallmark of NACD events”
— Erin Essenmacher, NACD’s Chief Programming Officer.

AUSTIN, TX, USA, June 4, 2018 / -- Global business executive Ryan Patel will keynote the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) 2018 NACD Future Trends conference, to be held at The Fairmont in Austin, Texas, June 12–13. This two-day event will bring together directors and innovators to explore the best path for continued growth at their respective companies. In light of rapid and continuing technological innovation and shifting dynamics between domestic and global markets, directors and business leaders alike must remain adaptable in order to ensure the continued success of their enterprises.

Patel, the former vice president of global development for Pinkberry, will give his keynote on Day One of the conference.

"Ryan epitomizes the kind of the future-focused thought leader who has become a hallmark of NACD events,” said Erin Essenmacher, NACD’s chief programming officer. “He combines experience with global markets, disruption, and innovation at scale—issues that companies of all sizes are grappling with right now. Actionable insights like the ones Ryan will share are critical as boards evaluate strategy and risk in the context of long-term value creation."

Day One will be an exclusive, NACD Fellows-only, Capital Factory experience followed by Patel’s keynote. From 3:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., invited attendees will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Austin’s start-up incubator, Capital Factory, followed by a reception and Patel’s keynote.

“NACD is a tool in itself; they gather the right people, answer the right questions, and host the most relevant and useful events,” says Ryan Patel. “Future Trends, in particular, is important because it addresses the concept and necessity that, even as a director or a high-level executive, you need to be constantly challenging and improving yourself. You can never get too comfortable.”

Patel will speak next at NACD’s Entrepreneurial Board Forum, July 9, 2018, at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.

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About NACD
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About Ryan Patel
Ryan Patel is a global business executive, sought-after speaker, and entrepreneur. Before he served as the vice president of global development for Pinkberry, he worked for Wet Seal Retail Inc. (Arden B, WS), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants Inc., and Panda Express. He is the recipient of the 2015 Executive of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal and received Special US Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community. In 2017, Inc. magazine listed him as one of nine executives and innovators who serve as an inspiration for how all businesses can make a difference. Patel serves on the advisory boards for Communities for Cause Inc., GIVN Goods Inc., and American Red Cross–Los Angeles Region. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @RyanPatelGlobal.

Melissa Lee
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