Annual Dinner/State of the County Event

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DCEDC Annual Dinner and State of the County Event– Keynote speaker, Jim Dugan, Executive Support Manger for the office of the Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., has agreed to speak about “The Caterpillar Way” of doing business.  Dugan is thrilled to come home for the presentation. He is a Sycamore native and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University

As a chief of staff to the CEO, Dugan is the primary point of contact and filter for access to the CEO.  Dugan is responsible for understanding what’s in the best strategic interest of the company in prioritizing and organizing the activities of the CEO.  He is a trusted advisor to the CEO and meets with the CEO regularly to set priorities and review and prepare for upcoming commitments.

Prior to his current position, Dugan served as Caterpillar’s chief corporate spokesperson for more than six years.  In that role, Dugan managed media relations for the company, leading a global team of media relations professionals.  Dugan was also the primary liaison for external media relations for Caterpillar operations around the world.

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. However, the company faced major challenges in the 1980’s.

Dugan worked closely with the authors Craig Bouchard and James Koch on their book, “The Caterpillar Way: Lessons in Leadership, Growth, and Shareholder Value ” (McGraw Hill, September, 2014). The book documents how CAT leadership addressed the challenges of the 1980’s to achieve its present success. The lessons that CAT learned can help all leaders improve the performance of their business.

The Annual Dinner/State of DeKalb County Event will be held on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:00 PM at Faranda’s Banquet Center in DeKalb, Illinois.  To secure a reservation for this event, please click here!