For release: June 07, 2011
"Lessons from Thomas Watson, Sr. on the Occasion of IBM's Centennial" topic of University Forum
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton native Kevin Maney will discuss "Building a Hundred-Year Company: Lessons from Thomas Watson, Sr. on the Occasion of IBM's Centennial" at the Binghamton University Forum’s annual Black-tie Gala dinner, Saturday, June 11. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner immediately following at 7 p.m., on the Binghamton University campus.
In 2003, Maney authored The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson Sr. and the Making of IBM, a definitive study of the early days of IBM. Maney recently co-authored, Making the World Work Better, commissioned by IBM to celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. The book is slated for release on June 16.
His most recent book is Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On, and Others Don’t, which takes a look at the shifting power balance between high-quality, high fidelity products and their cheaper, easier, more convenient competitors.
Maney’s professional career includes spending 22 years with USA Today as senior technology reporter and technology columnist. He was also a contributing editor of the magazine Portfolio, and continues to contribute to several print and online publications including Fortune, The Atlantic and Fast Company.
Through his work, Maney has had the opportunity to interview some of the most visible and influential leaders in the digital world. His intimate understanding of their personalities and capabilities enables his to shed new light on the future direction of their organization and their industries. Recent interviewees include Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon; Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter; and Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision (makers of Guitar Hero).
A frequent keynote speaker, Maney has lectured at universities, business schools and in corporate settings Maney often appears on television and radio programs such as PBS, NPR and CNBC.
The Binghamton University Forum is a membership organization that serves business, professional and community leaders by bringing nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year. For more information, call the Forum office at (607) 777-4390.