Speaker: Howard Putnam
Date: September 1, 2015
Time: Doors open at 5:15 PM (Cash Bar Available)
Hayek Highlights at 6:15 PM
Dinner at 6:25 PM
Speaker at 7:10 PM
(Presentation followed by question and answer time)
Place: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 South Virginia Street ♦ Reno, NV 89502 ♦ Paradise A ♦ Second Floor
$35 per person with reservation. To make a reservation, go to www.hayekgroup.org. When you make a reservation at this website, you can either pay online for the reservation you make, or agree to pay for your reservation at the door. Reservations will be taken until noon, Tuesday, September 1. $40 per person at the door without a reservation.
Topic Description: Southwest Airlines changed the way the game is played in the airline industry, with a vision to democratize air travel, making it affordable to people who typically traveled by bus or automobile, or not at all. How did Southwest do it? Almost everyone knows the Southwest Airlines story —it’s an enduring case study of how a clear vision of “why” not “what” drives strategy and tactics, and in the process creates a culture that clearly differentiates an organization. The strategy resulted in a set of highly defined disciplines —influencing everything from the type of planes they flew to their boarding process to the type of people they hired — all with a specific purpose. In the process, they became the most consistently profitable and reliable airline in the world, posting profits even during the Great Recession, and always with excellent customer reviews. Every industry is going through cycles and change. We are in the era of “game” changing. Come here Howard Putnam’s take on this era.
Howard Putnam is the former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines. Later, when recruited to be the CEO of failing Braniff International, Howard Putnam was the 1st CEO to successfully restructure a major airline into, through, and out of Chapter 11. Earlier he spent over twenty years with United Airlines, his final position being Group VP of Marketing. He has been an entrepreneur and has served as a director of several startup technology companies. He is an author, speaker and advisor on business issues, change, leadership and ethics. Howard has an MBA in Marketing from the Univ. of Chicago and attended Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Howard and Krista have been residents of northern Nevada since 1994.