Agoura Hills’ One City, One Book Program Pays Tribute to Innovation With ‘Power’

Power: How JD Power Became the Auto Industry’s Advisor, Confessor, an Eye Witness to History

Power: How JD Power Became the Auto Industry’s Advisor, Confessor, an Eye Witness to History

The city of Agoura Hills announced that the One City, One Book 2014 community read is Power: How JD Power Became the Auto Industry’s Advisor, Confessor, an Eye Witness to History, by authors Sarah Morgans and Bill Thorness. The book is based on the story of James D. Power III (Dave Power) who has had a profound impact on consumer satisfaction and corporate operations with J.D. Power and Associates. He will be participating in the city’s One City, One Book program with public and educational speaking engagements.

“The goal of the One City, One Book program is to select books that provide a pleasurable read and a foundation for stimulating public discussions and activities based on contemporary life and culture,” said Mayor William Koehler. He selected Power for its inspirational theme, a book based on a true-life success story that outlines the importance of never giving up on one’s dreams. Adding significance to the selection is that Power, who created the landmark change in American consumerism through his hard work and determination, resides in the Conejo Valley.  
Power also delves into the personal story of how Power’s young family risked everything, remained focused and built a worldwide brand on the integrity of the data they produced. The achievement changed how corporate America did business, proving that consumer satisfaction was key to the company’s success. Power’s research spread across all industries and around the world, making J.D. Power and Associates the premier measuring stick of consumer satisfaction.
Agoura Hills’s One City, One Book Program will celebrate the qualities of innovation, individuality and invention that Dave Power and his family has demonstrated with the following programs:
A Day of Innovation
Saturday, April 26; 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
Speaker Dave Power at 1p.m.
A celebration of  innovation, the day will feature a car show, interactive children’s activities, demonstration by artist Anette Power, exhibits and food trucks, including kids-eat-free hot dogs. Following is a speaker presentation with Dave Power will discuss what inspired him to become an advocate for the consumer, how J.D. Power and Associates grew to become such an influential component of business and address overall motivation and the importance of quality in one’s work. Signed copies of Power will be available at City Hall, 29901 Ladyface Ct.in Agoura Hills.
Children’s Library Program “I’m Proud to Be Me Day!”
Tuesday, April 29; 4 p.m.
Children ages 3 to 12 years can explore their own unique talents during this special program featuring a book reading by the mayor and fun activities related to the inspiring Magical Lemonade Stand. There will also be origami games, a spinning wheel with prizes and free refreshments. The event takes place at the Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Ct.
“Power” Fireside Discussion
Wednesday, April 30;  6:30 p.m.
James Power of JD. Power and Associates will join a community discussion of Power led by librarian Nina Hull.  The event is free at the Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Ct. Call 818-889-2278 for more information.
Teen Inventors Workshop with Susan Casey
Saturday, May 3; 2-3 p.m.
Susan Casey, author of Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors and Women Invent!, will lead a hands-on workshop for ages 12 – 18, demonstrating the creations of famous young inventors and giving teens a comprehensive understanding of the invention process–from concept to creation at the Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Ct. Call 818-889-2278 for more information.
Agoura High School ROP Student Discussion with Dave Power
Date TBA
Often serving as a motivational speaker and an adjunct professor of marketing at California State University Northridge, Power will speak to students in Agoura High School’s ROP program (Regional Occupational Program) about the top ten things he has learned in business and will be delivering an inspiring message on reaching for dreams and becoming a creative spark for future success.
In conjunction with this year’s One City, One Book program, a special installation “Created Around the Kitchen Table” will be on display in the Fireside Room at the Agoura Hills Public Library. Photos, artifacts, descriptions and timelines on six local enterprises will exhibit how each was initially formed and their growth over time resulting in their successes today. The Acorn Newspaper, Screenwriter Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, Lorax, etc.), and the City of Agoura Hills are among the success stories that, like J.D. Power and Associates, started around a kitchen table. The exhibit will open in mid-April.
The national literary One City, One Book program is designed to stimulate reading through group book discussions and other related activities. Agoura Hills’ participation in the program is sponsored by the City of Agoura Hills, The Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council, and the Agoura Hills Public Library. For complete  information on all One City, One Book events, visit http://ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/.
— by Judi Uthus

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