It is with great pleasure that APMA announces Greg Schwem will serve as the opening session speaker for the APMA 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National), July 24–27, in Honolulu. Schwem will kick off the conference with a hilarious look at the current state of health care in America on Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 a.m. As always, attendees are invited to bring guests and family members to the event. [APMA gratefully acknowledges Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., sponsor of the opening session.]
Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st-century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central, and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Schwem is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, and award-winning greeting card writer. (Yes, you read that last one correctly!) He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Schwem never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Schwem hard, and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.
Schwem‘s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines, and Cisco Systems. What sets Schwem apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Schwem recently told a reporter.
For a taste of what to expect when Schwem takes the stage in Hawaii, read his personal introduction to conference attendees from the February issue of APMA News.