TechLink is a conference designed by business leaders for business leaders and any others whose positions give them a stake in the growth of their companies and organizations.
How did TechLink begin?
TechLink started as an idea by PTG CEO Reed Wilson, who wanted to present a new version of a business conference for many years. This year, the right partners and pieces came together to allow TechLink to become a reality. While new ideas and the addition of big sponsors like Microsoft and Dell have added new elements to TechLink's original outline--its goal remains the same: to inspire and educate the leaders who are driving the Upstate's business growth.
"I started PTG 12 years ago to translate and align technology into business value for our customers, and now with the TechLink Conference we are expanding on that mission to provide proven business practices to business leaders who have made the Greenville-metro their company headquarters," Wilson says.
The name "TechLink" refers to two of the conferences major components, the leveraging of technology to bring business value, and the linking of successful business leaders who can network and grow together in a peer-driven environment.
When and where is TechLink this year?
TechLink is being held on November 7th from 8 am till 5 pm at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Verdae Golf and Conference Center, located at 670 Verdae Blvd in Greenville.
This location will allow convenient travel to the conference from downtown Greenville, the busy East Greenville quarter, and even business leaders who want to come from surrounding Spartanburg and the Clemson area.
There is also ample free parking and an attentive hospitality staff on site.
Who is TechLink for?
Because of its dynamic and versatile programming, TechLink will have something to offer both eutrepeneurs who are looking to start businesses in the Upstate and executives who have worked for businesses and nonprofits in this metro for many years.
A few of this year's highlights include keynotes from Brent Combest, General Manager of One Commercial Partner at Microsoft, who is in the perfect position to give small to mid-size businesses a road map to future growth.
Cybersecurity also plans to feature at the conference with the afternoon presentation from Tom Utley, a Senior Pre-sales Engineer from Arctic Wolf Networks, a company that is quickly becoming the "best-in-class" for offering security as a service to all size organizations.
While TechLink is focused on consulting and informing the C-suite, anyone who wants to demo new technology from Dell--including a virtual reality for education kit, and learn from experts in human resources, insurance, financial management, productivity, and sales training should attend.
What makes TechLink different from every other conference?
Tech conferences and business events have ballooned in size with increased popularity. While multi-day conferences that fill entire convention centers will always have their place, TechLink aims to be a more exclusive experience.
The one-day schedule has been carefully designed in order for every attendee to be able to see every presentation. Networking time has also been added, so that attendees can discuss what's holding their business back with industry leaders who can offer solutions. Most of the breakout session speakers live and work in the Greenville metro area. They are proven strategists in their areas of expertise and represent local businesses like Propel HR, Advisors Insurance, OnPoint CFO, and Sandler Sales Training. The organizers of TechLink believe this peer-driven approach will be the conference's strength.
Attendees will not be given sales pitches on why they should use a particular company--they will be presented with proven solutions to common business blind spots and can take whatever steps they wish with that valuable info.
"We're having a business leaders Q & A panel right before lunch because we don't want anyone who comes to TechLink to leave without getting answers to issues they've been dealing with," says Brendan Blowers, Marketing Director of PTG and one of the event organizers.
While out-of-state attendees are welcome, the goal of the conference is to unite and improve the quality of Upstate South Carolina businesses first.
For more information, visit the conference website.
Attendance will be capped to give each attendee maximum attention, so register now to reserve your spot.
Tickets to this year's TechLink conference can currently be purchased for the low early-registration rate of $85.