IMBC names 2015 keynote speaker

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Professional speaker and author Jim Hunter will present the keynote address at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, which will take place Jan. 28-30 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

Hunter's session, "The Power of Servant Leadership," will be held Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. The IMBC is produced by the Association of Marina Industries.

During his presentation Hunter will discuss the rapidly emerging phenomenon known as servant leadership, a values- and relational-based approach to leadership that seeks to create a high-trust office culture by turning "bosses" into "coaches" and "head honchos" into "mentors." He will discuss developing leaders of character who guide with authority (influence) rather than simply relying upon power (coercion) and how conferees can bring those lessons back to their facilities.

"Our attendees are interested in ways to strengthen their businesses,” AMI chairman Jeff Rose said in a statement. "This session will show them that by building trust across your organization and nurturing a corporate culture that invests in its employees, you can see stronger team engagement, performance and loyalty, which will lead to business success."

Hunter is the author of two internationally bestselling books, “The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership,” and “The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader.”

His books are used in many MBA and other higher education curricula around the world, are translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.

Hunter speaks on leadership to audiences around the world and assists organizations in building leaders and high-performing teams. His clients include organizations such as American Express, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Hunter will follow the morning keynote with an afternoon roundtable in which participants will break into groups and dive deeper into the concept of servant leadership.