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2017 Atlanta Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Atlanta Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. EDT

Driving Dynamic Decisions

Executives are in the business of making decisions.ves2017-supportcircles-4 Difficult decisions. Big decisions.
Decisions no one else can make.

Many times, there are no clear-cut answers. But there ARE make-or-break consequences.

This is the world you live in. Own it.
Don’t just make a decision. Optimize it.

What is the Vistage Executive Summit?
Helmed by event speakers who walk the talk, the Vistage Executive Summit is not for everyone. It is for you. Executive. Leader. Chief Problem-Solver. This event will provide you with the insights to make better decisions, helping you refine your instincts, improve your judgment, and expand your perspectives.

Every leader can define their tenure by a handful of decisions they made. This event has been re-engineered to enhance your leadership effectiveness, in these key areas:

Business optimization

Fortify your foundation with trusted perspectives, and original approaches to decision-making. 

Leadership enhancement

Sharpen your focus. Bolster your confidence. Define your style. Master the art of execution, to lead fearlessly.


Be empowered to lead with innovation and creativity. Speakers and peers push the conversation forward, helping you grow personally and professionally.


Immediately start making better decisions for your unique business. Leave equipped with actionable recommendations to translate inspiration into progress.

Why Attend

Leadership is the art of execution.

The Vistage Executive Summit will provide tangible tools to help you adeptly conquer challenges large, small, or seemingly incomprehensible (we have all been there) and make the decisions that get results. Watch and learn more about why your peers find value in attending Vistage Executive Summits.

Event Speakers

Roy Spence

Co-founder and Chairman, GSD&M

The power of purpose in business and life

Roy will share key insights and lessons from legendary, purpose-inspired leaders he’s worked up close and personal with over the years. He will present actionable ideas to inform making decisions that support your Core Purpose. Decisions that build a business—and a life—of success. Decisions that bring deeper meaning to being a leader.The winners in business, now and in the future, will be driven by purpose. Learn how to determine which Core Values define your Core Purpose. Examine how this decision impacts the difference your organization makes locally, nationally, globally.

Brian Parsley

Behavior analyst and human capital strategist

Psychology of sales

After in-depth interviews with top-producing sales professionals across industries, Brian Parsley uncovered common traits to their sales success. In his presentation he will share these traits and, more importantly, how you can transfer the concepts back to your team. Learn how meaningful stories create a winning edge; common fears sales teams share and how to overcome them; how to anticipate and control the sales process from outset to close; what top producers do to engage objections with confidence; and how to deal with self-doubt and take personal responsibility with clients.

Daniel Sieberg

Senior marketing manager, Google

Building your future technology strategy: What you need to be aware of and what you should make you afraid

In the world of tech trends there’s an old adage: never trust an expert who claims to know the future. Google’s Daniel Sieberg, whose experience includes two decades reporting on tech for networks like CNN, ABC, CBS and the BBC — is an exception to the rule. Daniel’s insights use the past as prologue for what’s next, demonstrating how our immersion in connectedness affects our humanity. Daniel’s presentation will utilize informed, inspired analysis to provide information critical to gaining a leadership edge. From mobility, to the Internet of Things, to VR. Learn how robotics are increasingly becoming a part of our lives, and how our initial forays provide a glimpse into where we are going.


The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

8:45 - 10:30 AM

9:00 - 10:00 AM
Network Breakfast Breakouts: Deal | Women in Leadership | Construction

10:30 - 11:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

11:00 - 12:15 PM
Roy Spence The power of purpose in business and life

12:15 - 1:45 PM

12:15 - 1:45 PM
Lunch Breakouts Emplify | EOS | The Predictive Index | Woodbridge International

12:15 - 1:45 PM
Experience Vistage

1:45 - 3:00 PM
Brian Parsley Influencing your team to drive profits

3:00 - 3:30 PM
PM Break

3:30 - 5:00 PM
Daniel Sieberg

Building your future technology strategy: What you need to be aware of and what you should make you afraid

5:00 - 5:15 PM
Closing Comments

5:15 - 6:15 PM
Networking Reception

Breakout sessions

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Network Breakout Breakfast | Deal

Join us for breakfast and an interactive conversation with experts from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. The Owner’s Journey: Lessons learned before, during and after the sale of a business Giving up company ownership can be the largest and most important step in a business owner's career and many successful owners are not well prepared to take this step.
  • Gain insights and strategies that address the challenges business owners can face when deciding what the next step is for their business
  • Better understand how a business owner might prepare for a sale, along with potential pitfalls.
  • Learn about various personal planning techniques business owners should consider when embarking on a sale.
Everyone is welcome at this interactive session. Hosted by the Deal Network.

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Network Breakout Breakfast | Women in Leadership

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current challenges, roadblocks and opportunities facing today's women business leaders. Members will have the chance to meet other regional female members and address questions such as:
  • What are the most significant things we as women leaders need to be thinking, being and doing to guide our companies through the coming years?
  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you've ever received, and how did it impact you as a leader?
  • How have you overcome any gender-related roadblocks in your career?
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Women in Leadership Network.

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Network Breakout Breakfast | Construction

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current construction challenges, roadblocks and opportunities. Members will have the chance to meet other construction industry members and address issues such as:
  • How are you finding, recruiting, and retaining quality personnel?
  • What other industry trends have you noticed over the past two years?
  • What software systems are you using, and what do you recommend?
Members are encouraged to bring their own construction challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Construction Network.

Chastain | 12:15 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Build a Winning Employee Engagement Strategy

Presenter: Santiago Jaramillo, Founder & CEO, Emplify

According to The Muse, 90% of leaders think an engagement strategy has an impact on business success—but barely 25% have a documented strategy. Creating a written engagement strategy to align your executive team is paramount to achieving your people goals. Join Santiago Jaramillo, CEO & Founder of Emplify and Amazon best-selling author to:
    1. Create a documented employee engagement strategy rooted in real data to overcome your workforce challenges.
    2. Learn how to plan for an engaged multi-generational workforce.
    3. Get real-world examples of businesses engagement insights to create strategies to increase employee engagement.

Tuxedo | 12:15 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | Why you're losing great employees: Decoding the engagement challenge

Presenter: Brett Unzicker, VP of Business Development at The Predictive Index

When engagement is strong, a company will flourish. But the costs of getting engagement wrong are extreme. Disengaged managers alone account for somewhere between $77 billion and $96 billion in costs annually and it is estimated that $11 billion is lost annually due to employee turnover which is often the direct result of low engagement. And around every corner is another company who has a survey and a promise to make it all better. With so much help available, why is it such a challenge?

Buckhead I | 12:15 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | “Get a Grip on Your Business” Are You Running Your Business or Is It Running You?

Presenter: EOS Implementers: Tom Bouwer, Rick Drumm, Wayne Kurzen, Lynda Martin and Brent Sprinkle

If you’d like to be in more control of your organization, you’re not alone. As thousands of business leaders have discovered, the key to faster growth, bigger profits, more loyal customers and fewer frustrations is EOS®. EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) is a comprehensive business system with real, simple, practical tools. This presentation helps participants learn to implement a simple "way of operating" that helps leadership teams clarify, simplify and achieve their vision. Attendee Value and Takeaways:
  • Review the Six Key Components of top companies: Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process, and Traction
  • Learn a powerful tool to clarify and achieve your vision
  • Work with two simple tools that will get the right people in the right seats



The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
3391 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
Optimize the decisions you face and the processes that you use to make them.