The Tiburon CEO Summit comes at you in waves punctuated by lulls. But when a Big Barrel rises up, there are plenty of minds agile enough to see it for what it is and hang five on it.

This fall’s version of Chip Roame’s semiannual event at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco — an exquisite but airless chamber with killer Bay scape views inaccessible to dutiful conference session goers — teetered between the banal, prosaic, oxygen-starved and the lofty, future transcending and inspiring.

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