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Leading Authorities, Inc. Launches Chicago Office

Washington, DC, October 3, 2007—

Leading Authorities, Inc., one of North America's most prominent lecture agencies, has opened a new office in Chicago and named Ned Jovanovich Vice President of Midwest Operations.

Ned brings more than 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry to Leading Authorities, Inc. As Vice President he will be responsible for leading sales and marketing, including heading all events that will take place in the Midwest.

Leading Authorities offers clients full-service event management, video production, logistics, entertainment procurement and marketing communications services. From pre-event promotion to the actual staging of events, Leading Authorities provides innovative solutions for maximum effect.

"Leading Authorities is very excited about the opening of our new Chicago office, and about bringing Ned Jovanovich onto our team, said Mark French, President of Leading Authorities. "The demand for our services continues to grow. Chicago is an ideal market for us, and Ned will help fortify our existing client base and create new relationships with new clients."

Ned began his work in the hotel industry with the Hilton corporation, having served as a corporate account executive and convention sales manager. He finished his tenure in the hospitality business at the Marriott corporation in Chicago. Among his accomplishments are achieving nearly 30% capital growth totaling almost $20 million, improving the Courtyard Chicago hotel ranking from fifth to second, and formulating and executing strategies that enhanced production through all Marriott sales engines.

For more than 15 years, Leading Authorities has worked with organizations and professionals worldwide to produce dynamic events featuring internationally recognized figures in politics, business, and contemporary life. Leading Authorities represents both renowned speakers and celebrated entertainers, and offers award-winning production services to inspire and engage audiences around the globe.

For more information about Leading Authorities, Inc., please call 202-783-0300 or visit www.leadingauthorities.com.

About Leading Authorities International

Leading Authorities, Inc. is a progressive event company with more than 20 years experience bringing the world’s leading speakers to top meeting venues, companies, and organizations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has offices throughout the United States and internationally in Singapore and London.

For more information about Leading Authorities, contact Matt Jones at +1 202-783-0300 in Washington, DC, or Steve Bagshaw at +44 207 849 6892 or steve@lauthorities.com in England. 

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