Miami Presents: Dave Knox '03, Author of Predicting the Turn

Presented on: Friday, February 25th at 12:00 PM EST

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Virtual Winter College features alumni and faculty authors, as well as the return of our popular Winter College cooking class. All programs are free and can be enjoyed from the cozy comfort of your home.

Join us for a conversation with Dave Knox, a global thought leader in digital transformation, an international public speaker, and an award-winning author with experience in the worlds of both Fortune 500 companies and startups. This conversation will be hosted by Dr. Gillian Oakenfull.

About Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game Of Business Between Startups And Blue Chips
The Fortune 500 was first published in 1955, and since that time, 89 percent of the list has completely turned over. When the S&P 500 was launched in 1958, the average company remained in the index for roughly 61 years. Today, an S&P 500 company is being replaced about once every two weeks. It is no wonder that disruption and innovation are at the top of every executive agenda for the world's largest companies. These leaders are trying to determine how to compete with a new breed of competitors that are playing the game by entirely different set of rules. In Predicting The Turn, Dave Knox discusses the high-stakes game of business between disruptive startups and Blue Chip companies, teaching readers how to foresee the future of their industry.

Dave Knox is a consultant, speaker, executive coach, podcast host and author recognized throughout the industry as an innovator that bridges the worlds between brand marketing, digital and entrepreneurship. Dave brings a blend of classical marketing acumen along with entrepreneurial instinct to navigate a changing business landscape. As Chief Marketing Officer of Rockfish, Dave helped the company become one of the fastest-growing agencies in the country, going from $8 million in 2010 to $70+ million in revenue in 2016. Simultaneously, Dave co-founded The Brandery, one of the top 10 startup accelerators in the United States. Combining these two worlds, Dave authored the bestselling book, Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips which was recognized as the Grand Prix winner in the 2017 Atticus Awards. Dave is co-founder and managing partner of Vine Street Ventures, a seed venture capital fund and he also serves as CEO of Nature’s Willow and he is the host of the "Predicting the Turn" podcast. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University.

Predicting the Turn at

Predicting the Turn at Paramount Books  

Gillian Oakenfull is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Farmer School of Business. She serves as the Director of Experiential Learning, leading the department's commitment to engaging its students in client-based learning opportunities. She teaches both Strategy Works and Highwire Brand Studio undergraduate senior capstones and recently developed and taught an online version of Principles of Marketing, the Farmer School of Business's first online offering. She teaches the Globalization and Marketing Strategy course within the MBA program.

Her research focuses on two areas of expertise (i) the Gay and Lesbian Consumer market and (ii) measuring brand meaning and brand management. Her research on both topics has been published in academic journals in both business and the social sciences including the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Business Research, Psychology & Marketing, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of Brand Management.

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