Celebrating Our Innovations
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I can honestly say I had no idea of the many details that were involved when I first became immersed in planning the Annual Technology Symposiums over 10 years ago, which transitioned into the Annual Growth Conference in 2010. Yet I quickly came to realize that this prestigious company event was a sensational opportunity for our employees to collaborate and celebrate our most distinguished community of inventors.
Air Products can boast an astounding number of patents and trade secrets issued in the history of our company, and the fact that a few employees have been awarded upwards of 75 patents during their careers is incredible. So it was certainly justifiable to devote nearly six months of planning a recognition event that was fitting for such a distinguished group of Air Products colleagues.
The months leading up to the former Technology Symposiums were arduous for the inventors and event planners . . . finely tuned abstract submittals, committee selections, rehearsals, presentations, inventor plaques, and banquet preparations including invitations, programs, venue details, guest speakers, dress codes, transportation, and much more.
The birth of the Growth Conference introduced heightened complexities . . . abstracts, presentations, poster sessions, collaboration meetings, internal and external speakers, video contests, trophies, luncheons, and evening recognition events which included teambuilding activities, video productions, presentations, keynotes, acceptance speeches, and countless last-minute changes.
Kudos to our inventors, who were the reason for all of this merited attention and celebration! And thanks to our senior leaders and dedicated planning team members who led and represented the special committees, as well as our in-house resources--all who joined forces to produce a top-notch conference year after year.
As we transition through changing forums for celebration, one constant is the enduring respect and value we have for all those who continue to drive innovation and growth at Air Products.