Global Economist Clyde Prestowitz to Address OIA Rendezvous

Economist Clyde Prestowitz will provide the keynote speech at the 13th annual Outdoor Industry Association® Rendezvous™, the industry's premier leadership conference.
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Economist Clyde Prestowitz will provide the keynote speech at the 13th annual Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) Rendezvous™, the industry's premier leadership conference.

Held at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts, September 30 through October 2, 2008, the Rendezvous conference will feature globally prominent speakers to engage attendees in dialogue and discovery – exploring new ideas, trends and business models to apply to their businesses. Topics include emerging markets and trends, sustainable business practices, global issues and economics, retail trends and models, management and CEO coaching, as well as aspirational presentations for the armchair adventurer. In addition to Clyde Prestowitz, featured speakers include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Joel Makower of Greener World Media; Ken Rudin of National Public Radio; futurist and trend spotter, Marian Salzman of JWT Worldwide; and adventurer and film maker, Jon Bowermaster.

Prestowitz, who has a reputation of predicting important trends long before they become apparent to others, will provide an unsettling look at America's and the world's economic future. Rendezvous attendees will learn from Prestowitz about the powerful yet barely visible trends that are threatening to end the six-hundred-year run of Western domination of the world. The trends include America's increasingly unsustainable trade deficits; the equally unsustainable (and dangerous) buildup of massive dollar reserves in places like Japan and China; the end of America's position as the world's premier center for invention and technological innovation; the sudden entrance of 2.5 billion people in India and China into the world's skilled job market; the role of the World Wide Web in permitting many formerly localized jobs to be done anywhere in the world; and the demographic meltdown of Europe, Japan, Russia and, in later decades, even China.

“It's a pleasure to have Clyde Prestowitz address Rendezvous. He has been influential in shaping public and trade policy in the United States and around the world,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of OIA.

Clyde Prestowitz is founder and president of the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI). His leadership has propelled ESI into an important role in the public policy process, influencing and often defining the terms of the debate in the areas of international trade policy, economic competitiveness and the effects of globalization. Mr. Prestowitz has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current U.S. trade policies toward Japan, China and Korea.

Prior to founding ESI, Mr. Prestowitz served as counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration. There, he led many U.S. trade and investment negotiations with Japan, China, Latin America and Europe. Before joining the Commerce Department, he was a senior businessman in the United States, Europe, Japan and throughout Asia and Latin America. He has served as vice chairman of the President's Committee on Trade and Investment in the Pacific and sits on the Intel Policy Advisory Board and the U.S. Export-Import Bank Advisory Board.

Clyde Prestowitz regularly writes for leading publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of the best-selling book on U.S.-Japan relations, Trading Places, and co-author and editor of several other books on international trade and business strategy including Asia After the Miracle, Powernomics, Bit by Bit, The New North American Trade Order and Rogue Nation. His latest book, Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East, deals with the economic rise of Asia and the upcoming rebalancing of the world economic order and their impact on the United States.

Mr. Prestowitz is scheduled to speak at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, at the Boston Park Plaza.

For complete Rendezvous program information or to register, please visit http://www.outdoorindustry.org.

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