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GNEX 2014 Conference Announces Captain Richard Phillips as Keynote Speaker

October 30, 2013 MICE No Comments Email Email

The GNEX 2014 Timeshare Leaders Conference adds exciting Keynote Speaker to its upcoming 4th annual conference.

Captain Richard Phillips is the real life inspiration for the new movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks that opened across the United States last week, and author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

gI_80792_captainphillips600For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips of the MV Maersk Alabama, became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years.

GNEX 2014 Conference attendees will meet this “hero of the high seas” as he delivers a keynote session at the upcoming event. Captain Phillips will not only share his compelling story – presented in his warm, highly personal style, but as a “floating CEO” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and the crew he managed, he will also draw lessons from those dramatic events that can help organizations survive and thrive, even in these times when hope and support seem to be in very short supply. He will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team, as seen through the eyes of an unassuming hero who conquered an extraordinary challenge.

“We are delighted to have secured Captain Phillips who is in such high demand, to be our keynote speaker for our next GNEX Conference. As our audience is primarily senior level executives from successful companies around the globe, we are sure that he will connect with our attendees and delivery real ‘take-away’ value,” said Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO, Perspective Group who organizes the annual event.

Dubbed the “Global Meeting of Minds”, this timeshare, travel and hospitality conference attracts industry leaders from more than 100 companies spanning six continents. Attendees gather to network, find new business opportunities and participate in interactive panel sessions that debate pertinent issues and trending topics within the vacation ownership industry, comprising more than 30 guest speakers.

GNEX 2014 is being held at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota, Florida, USA from 9-12 February 2014. This event follows previous year on year successes in Beverly Hills, California; Cancun, Mexico; and Paradise Island, Bahamas.

For more information on this can’t miss event and to register to attend visit

Sponsors and supporters of GNEX 2014 to date include:
Dial An Exchange, Holiday Systems International, INTUITION by Perspective Group, Oombaga, Travel To Go, Brand Tango, TrackResults Software, CustomerCount, The Association of Timeshare Recyclers, Alliance iTeam, Absolute World Group, Resort Travel & Xchange, CapitalOne, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia-Pacific, Shawbrook Bank, Merlin Software and Christel House International as Charity of Choice.

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