Progressive business owners looking for new ideas to boost profitability have a free opportunity to learn from a master business strategist – and from each other. “Top Five Strategies for Improving Profitability in 2012” will give business owners fresh insights on how to build their profits even in a recovering economy. The program features Tom Jackson, president of Renaissance Executive Forums in Charlotte. Jackson is a master business strategist with more than 30 years of experience in starting, running, purchasing, selling and valuing businesses. Participants will also have the chance to share ideas with their peers in a powerful roundtable discussion format. The free program, which includes breakfast, will take place on Friday, March 2, 8:30 to noon at The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road in Charlotte. Reservations are required at 704/367-0011 or email@example.com. Jackson advises small businesses on business strategy, business planning, market positioning, financial analysis, business modeling, and business financing. He has held senior-level positions with three Fortune 500 companies, including GTE Corporation and Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., where he was actively involved in strategic planning and corporate development; and First Union National Bank, where he served as director of mergers and acquisitions within the Investment Banking Group. Jackson also founded and managed his own independent merger and acquisition firm for many years, closing 125 business sale transactions and providing corporate finance advisory services to a wide range of Southeastern companies. Since 1995, Renaissance Executive Forums in Charlotte (www.executiveforumscharlotte.com) has brought together top executives from non-competing companies of similar size into advisory boards that meet each month. Participants talk candidly about their business challenges and get advice they can use immediately. They come from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, hospitality, insurance, and many others.