PARK CITY, Utah, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thin Air Innovation Festival, a think-tank conference which launched April, 2016, attracting business leaders from around the Western U.S., returns for a second season April 5, 6 and 7. "We were thrilled at the response generated by last year's Innovation Festival," notes Bill Malone, CEO of Park City Chamber of Commerce. "Bringing a diverse set of business leaders together to share best practices in a creative environment breaks down the every-day routine and opens inspiring channels that challenge norms," he continues. Following two days of breakout sessions with more than 40 business leaders discussing high-performance leadership strategies, the festival concludes on Friday, April 7th with an outdoor concert on Park City's Main Street, presented by Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort. Headlining the concert, which is open to the public free of charge, is the band Magic!, famous for their 2014 hit 'Rude,' along with the popular Portland-based circus-themed band, March Fourth.
Kicking off Thin Air 2017 is an Opening Night event on Wednesday, April 5th at the Dejoria Center. The event explores performance leadership – how it is attained by the cultures we develop, the data we utilize, the customers we attract and the products we create. The event, presented by Zion's Bank, will be moderated by David Pottruck, Chairman of HighTower Advisors wealth management group and former CEO of Charles Schwab Corp. The Opening Night event will include panel discussions with Marc Harrison, CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, Chris Fischer, founder of world-renowned shark research organization Ocearch and Michelle MacLaren, Emmy-winning television director and producer. Interviews and presentations by Olympians and other special guests will round out the event.
The festival continues on April 6th with Breakout Sessions from 12 noon to 2:30 PM and 3 PM to 5:30 PM at Santy Auditorium and O.P. Rockwell venues. The first two sessions are titled 'Building a Path of Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom' and 'Performing When It's All on the Line.' Later that afternoon attendees will select between a session about 'Creating a Culture that Builds and Sustains High Performance Organizations' and a session about 'Precision Delivery Systems.' The evening will continue with a film experience 'Death by Design,' an expose on systems and products that are designed to have a short life span.
On Friday, April 7th, breakout sessions from the previous day will be repeated along with two new presentation topics – 'Customers and Products – who leads whom?' and 'Idea to Exit…What does it really take?' The day also provides attendees with an opportunity to ride with several of Park City's leading road cyclists along with executives from Stava as they discuss what is next for the athletic activity tracking platform. Thin Air 2017 comes to its conclusion as Main Street is closed for the outdoor music concert presented by Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.
"Thin Air is one part educational summit, one part networking opportunity. It is the very best way to put an exclamation mark on the end of another successful ski season in Park City with live music and a chance to take in the last runs of the year before the Thin Air live concert finale on the town's historic Main Street," continues Davy Ratchford, Senior Director of Marketing, Park City Mountain Resort, which is sponsoring the finale concert. "We are here to celebrate our town and its progressive culture," shares Coleen Reardon, brand director for Deer Valley Resort, which also presents the finale concert on Main Street. "Thin Air represents innovation in thought. Having business leaders here discussing ways to move our society forward and to have the town help us share in that celebration with a free, outdoor concert to close out the ski season is what Park City is all about," she continues.
Bruce Kasanoff of Forbes Magazine reflected, "This is how you bring out talent in people: Stimulate their creativity, pump up their energy and bring them to an inspiring setting." He also noted that the proximity of Park City to Salt Lake City International Airport makes the 2017 Thin Air Festival accessible to companies across the U.S., from Seattle, Portland and Boise, to the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York, all of which are served by nonstop flights from SLC. Kasanoff used a prize-fighting analogy to describe the value of the conference: "When it comes to conferences, small companies can fight above their weight class. If you only have 30 people in your organization, you don't have to settle for a mediocre speaker and the same 30 people you see every day. Instead, you can have it all… the excitement of a big event, the power and energy of a live music performance, and still have the intimacy and focus of bringing your core team together way outside of the office."
Tickets to the 2017 Thin Air Festival are available at www.thinairparkcity.com. The All-In pass provides access to the entire festival, including the Opening Event, all breakout sessions and admission to the Thin Air Lounge and is priced at $500. Tickets to the Opening Night event only are priced at $125 and Thin Air Lounge day-passes are priced at $85 per day. The finale concert on Main Street is free to the public, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.
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