More than 300 business professionals and community leaders attended the Great River Greening 2014 Business Forum, where Pentair Chairman and CEO Randall J. Hogan spoke about “Innovating at the Nexus of Food, Water and Energy.”
The breakfast event was held October 9, at McNamara Alumni Center, on the U M Minneapolis campus. Following Mr. Hogan’s presentation, acclaimed business journalist Chris Farrell moderated a Q & A.
Now in its seventh year, the forum has gained a reputation among professionals as an engaging event where colleagues converge on important environmental topics facing our community. This year’s subject addressed how the world’s changing demographics, including a growing global middle class, is putting tremendous stress on our most essential resources- food, water and energy. Guests were provided the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from the CEO of one of the world’s largest industrial companies speak about the ramifications these profound shifts in global trends have on business and society.
Great River Greening hosts the Business Forum to reinforce the connection between a healthy economy and a healthy environment. It has become a prominent Twin Cities event, having presented a number of CEOs of major Twin Cities-based corporations speaking on timely topics at the intersection of commerce and conservation. Attendees have included community leaders and executives from companies such as Land O’Lakes, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab.