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2017 Cincinnati Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Cincinnati Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:15 a.m. - 5:15 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

Jason Young

President of LeadSmart, Inc.

The Culturetopia Effect

Drawing from his successful tenure at Southwest Airlines—consistently voted No. 1 in customer service and employee satisfaction—and his experience as consultant to dozens of leading companies, Jason Young shares his innovative perspective on how to create and sustain the high-performance organizational culture he calls, “Culturetopia”. He presents a wide range of strategic factors that drive decisions of leaders who want to build this culture of care and accountability, where people can do their best work. Jason imparts practical, easy-to-implement guidance on the key determinants that make a healthy, productive, profitable culture in any team or organization. Leave with proven practices that will help you lead your team to its fullest potential.

Gerry O'Brion

Marketing and branding expert

Future prep your business during disruption: What to do now and next

Your 2020 playbook got thrown out the window. The companies who take this time to refocus on what matters will be the ones who thrive as the economy comes back online. The choices you make now related to people, culture, sales activities and branding will make or break what comes next. So, what to do now and next? There are some things you should be doing now, and some things you should NOT be doing. And when we emerge from this disruption you can be prepared to hit the ground running. Now is the time to plan and prepare your people for your future success.

Anthony Bourke

Leadership and teamwork expert

Leading at Mach 2

What is a fighter pilot’s secret weapon? Major Anthony “AB” Bourke shares this and more as he takes you through the critical tools U.S. fighter pilots employ to lead their wingmen in aerial combat. Learn how the best fighter squadrons—and the best businesses—hire future leaders, properly train them, and constantly promote a process of continuous improvement to stay one step ahead of the competition.


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7:15 - 8:55 AM

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Network Breakfast Breakouts Manufacturing | Women in Leadership | Family Business

8:55 - 9:15 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:30 AM
Anthony Bourke Leading at Mach 2

10:30 – 10:50 AM
AM Break

10:50 - 12:00 PM
Gerry O'Brion What Big Brands Know

12:00 - 1:30 PM

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Lunch Breakouts MCM CPA's & Advisors | Emplify | Blue Corona | Woodbridge International

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Experience Vistage

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Big Muse Moving Through Fear: Taking Decisive Action in an Imperfect World

2:30 - 2:50 PM
PM Break

3:00 - 4:00 PM
Jason Young The Culturetopia Effect

4:10 - 4:15 PM
Closing Comments

4:15 - 5:15 PM
Networking Reception

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakfast | Manufacturing

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current manufacturing challenges, roadblocks and opportunities. Members will have the chance to meet other manufacturing industry members and address issues such as:
  • What can you do to build a better pool of potential employees?
  • How can you combat high turnover on your factory floor?
  • What is the biggest challenge facing your business right now?
Members are encouraged to bring their own manufacturing challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Manufacturing Network.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakfast | Family Business

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current challenges, roadblocks and opportunities around your family-owned or operated business. Members will have the chance to meet other family business members and address issues such as:
  • What is the biggest challenge facing your family business right now?
  • Where are you with succession planning and how is it going?
  • What type of family governance do you have in place?
  • How do you become more relevant to the generations in the business so you don’t have ‘third gen failure?’
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Family Business Network.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network 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 issues such as:
  • Have you encountered any challenges managing men? If so, how have you dealt with them?
  • What is your favorite piece of advice you've ever received?
  • Do you think there is a double standard for women CEOs who stumble?
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Women in Leadership Network.

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | Planning For Success, a Business Owner’s Guide to Exit Planning

Planning is essential for business owners to achieve their personal and financial goals. Knowing what questions to ask and how to plan for the unknown make forecasting challenging. Our experts can guide you through the business exit planning process to determine where the company is and where it will be in the future by developing objectives and help owners achieve the outcomes they desire. This breakout session is designed to help you with:
    -Business value
    -Selling or transition the business

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Use Next Generation Competitive Analysis to Improve Your Business

This workshop, presented by Ben Landers, President and CEO of Blue Corona, a five-time Inc. 500|5000 digital marketing and analytics company, will highlight the evolving nature and importance of ongoing competitive analysis to accelerate business performance. Attendees will participate in an inclusion exercise where they perform a self-evaluation of their own competitive landscape. Ben will wrap up with an analysis of two local Vistage members and highlight insights from a larger, all member analysis. Attendees will leave with a new perspective on competitive analysis and takeaways that can be used to measurably improve business performance.

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | How did Joe Satin get 40 offers for his company?

Hear real world stories about what it takes to get top dollar for your company, including how a niche circuit breaker remanufacturer was able to generate offers from 40 buyers and successfully complete a sale. We’ll show you how to:
  • Reach 50 times more potential buyers
  • Generate multiple offers for your business
  • Showcase your company to make it a “Must Have” for buyers everywhere
  • Run a focused sale process to ensure an on-time close
There may be no better time than today to sell your business. This session will help you make it happen!

12:00 - 1:30 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.



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