David A. Smith Chief Executive Global Futures and Foresight David challenges, informs and entertains his audiences on many of the key  issues of the near future, in order to stimulate ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to help  organizations generate new visions, strategies, products and services.   A futurologist, and Chief Executive of Global Futures and Foresight (GFF) - a  strategic futures research organization, David’s 30 year diverse business career  has made him recognisable as one of the world's leading futurists. GFF prepares views of the future on many topics including the Middle East Travel and Tourism  industry, the world Insurance markets and visions of the future for the food, real  estate, information technology, IT, and communications industries. Since founding GFF, David has worked with many of the world’s largest organisations as well as academic  institutions and industry associations. Their insights have led many organizations to embrace change and  prepare innovative strategies to renew themselves and generate new growth. In his 30 year business career he has held senior management positions in large and small organizations. He  has been involved in public sector, commercial and financial markets and has held sales, marketing and general management positions in companies such as the UK based DRG group and The US Unisys corporation. Whilst  at Unisys he held the position of Strategic Marketing Director for their $2bn global financial services business. He has advised the UK and EU governments on strategic research investment decisions. GFF has developed proprietary methods to help their clients prepare themselves for the future and by so doing reduce their risk and better enable them to adapt to our fast changing world. Their clients number some of the  largest and most prestigious firms around the world and David is a regular international conference speaker and writer and a passionate believer that we are not victims of what the future might hold if we prepare ourselves in  advance. David is married with four sons and is a keen week-end sailor and photographer. He has spoken on UK BBC, Middle East TV, UK, German and South African radio and appeared on the UK ITN News channel discussing topical futures issues. His experience has shown him the powerful impact that  glimpses of the future afford business and government alike as they seek to achieve their strategic goals. David has addressed over 140 conferences and events in 23 countries on 5 continents. David uses views of the future developed within Global Futures and Foresight by their in-house research team and by surveying their worldwide network of over 9,000 future thinkers and business leaders. His purpose is to inspire his audience to embrace change and by so doing better prepare for the future. Opening the conference will be Nevada Insurance Commissioner Scott Kipper. Scott Kipper was reappointed Nevada Commissioner of Insurance on October 24, 2011.  He previously  served as Nevada’s Insurance Commissioner from December 2008 to June 2010.  After  leaving Nevada in 2010, he served as the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Office of  Health Insurance for the Louisiana Department of Insurance and as CEO of the State of  Louisiana Office of Group Benefits.   He previously served as the Oregon Insurance  Administrator from December 2007 to 2008.  Prior to going to Oregon, Kipper served as the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Office of Health Insurance for the Louisiana  Department of Insurance for over two years, where he led the development and  implementation of emergency rules following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Kipper worked  as the senior regional director for the Health Insurance Association of America and  America’s Health Insurance Plans from January 2001 through August 2005, where he  directed legislative and regulatory efforts in a number of states, including Oregon,  California, Texas, and Colorado. Join us for David’s Keynote Speaker presentation, and Scott Kipper’s brief welcome introduction at 9:00 AM on Monday, March 19th, 2012 at Paris Las Vegas. 2012 Keynote Speaker
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