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Nationally known 'Productivity Pro' to be guest of IAAP

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By Lance Coleman
Senior reporter
Blount Today

If you need to make the most of your time, make time for a meeting on April 23. A Productivity Pro is coming to town.

Laura Stack, "The Productivity Pro," will be speaking April 23 at the Airport Hilton and at Maryville College. The events are being hosted by the Maryville chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Stack is president of Productivity Pro, an international consulting firm that specializes in productivity improvement in high stress industries. Author of "Leave the Office Earlier," Stack is known as an expert on employee productivity and workplace issues.

Marsha Wynn, president of the IAAP Maryville chapter, was one of the Maryville chapter members who heard Stack speak at their national convention in Reno in August. "She was just as dynamic at 3 in the afternoon as she was at 8 in the morning," Wynn said.

According to Wynn, the knowledge Stack will share will be something anyone can use. "It’s something that can be used from the administrative assistant through management," she said. Wynn said the Knox County chapter of IAAP has hosted internationally known speakers in the past, but this is a first for the Maryville chapter. "We haven’t done anything like this before," said Wynn. "We’re real excited because she is as well-known as she is."

Pat James, executive administrative assistant for the Blount County Mayor’s Office, assisted in organizing the event. Wynn is a sought-after speaker, James said. "She normally charges $10,000 and gets it," she said.

There are 32 members in the Maryville chapter, and they made contact with Stack through one of her friends in Kingsport. Stack’s friend asked if the time-management expert could give the small Maryville chapter a discount on her speaking fee, and Stack dropped the fee to $6,000, James said.

James said Stack will speak on time management at the annual IAAP luncheon on April 23 at the Airport Hilton, and then will do a seminar at Maryville College.

Lunch at the Hilton is $25, and the seminar at Maryville College is $25. Combined admission to both is $40, James said.

Members of the Maryville chapter are in the process of arranging corporate sponsors to help off-set the costs. Blount Memorial Hospital, Clayton Homes and Maryville College are three of the sponsors for the event and Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County governments are splitting a sponsorship, James said.

"It’s a feather in our cap that such a small chapter like Maryville can do this," James said. "We couldn’t do it without our corporate sponsors."

Wynn said sponsors are helping stepping up to underwrite the event. "We’ve done really well with corporate sponsorships," Wynn said. "Now we are trying to get the public involved to utilize her while we have her here."

Sponsors to date include:
Clayton Homes, Maryville College, Blount Memorial Hospital, Akins-Crisp Public Strategies, Maryville City Government, Blount County Government, Alcoa City Government, First Tennessee Bank, Pro2Serve, PCS Ed Waldrop, Image Matters and UT-Battelle.

Wynn said there are four levels of sponsorships for the event: $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,000. For information on the event or to help sponsor, call 865-981-8204 or 865-273-3350.

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