Loading Events

2017 Columbus Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Gahanna Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:15 a.m. - 2:00 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 judgement, 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

Kindra Hall

Speaker, author, consultant

The irresistible power of strategic storytelling

In an increasingly connected and competitive economy, leaders must not only be dynamic decision makers, they must communicate their decisions in dynamic ways. Strategic storytelling — when properly executed — is an approach that gets results. In her presentation, Kindra Hall will demonstrate how strategic storytelling makes leaders more compelling and influential. Learn how to utilize storytelling to motivate your team, align your messages, and build a loyal following. Leave with a blueprint for strategic storytelling you can implement into every presentation, and actionable tips for finding the strategic story in every leadership scenario.

Paul Voss

President, Ethikos

That Michelangelo moment: Sustained excellence amid chaos and uncertainty

Michelangelo always considered himself a sculptor, yet in 1508 was forced to pick up a brush and palette to complete the magnificent ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. This remarkable adaptability would prove pervasive throughout his celebrated career. In his presentation, Dr. Paul Voss will share how Michelangelo provides a compelling example of intellectual agility applicable to the business world. At every juncture, Michelangelo retained his integrity, work ethic, artistic vision and total commitment. Today’s organizations and leaders must likewise evolve in order to thrive. Leaders will continue to face “Michelangelo moments.” How you respond, will determine if you succeed or fail.


Creekside Conference & Event Center

7:15- 8:45 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Networks Breakouts Marketing & Media | Technology

9:00 - 9:20 AM
Welcome Remarks/Table Exercise Rob Knauer

9:20 - 10:20 AM
Kindra Hall The irresistible power of strategic storytelling

10:20 - 10:45 AM
Break | Marketplace

10:45 - 11:45 PM
Paul Voss That Michelangelo moment: Sustained excellence amid chaos and uncertainty

11:45 - 12:00 AM
Closing Comments/Presentation

12:00 - 1:15 PM

12:00 - 1:15 PM
Lunch Breakouts Emplify | Predictive Synergistics | U.S. Trust

1:15 - 2:00 PM
Networking Reception

Breakout sessions

Salon B | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakfast Breakout | How to accelerate growth by developing a marketing and sales growth engine

Presenter: David Vroom, Managing Partner, Chief Outsiders

Join Vistage peers for networking, discussion, and exchange of best practices for today’s key marketing, sales and business development strategies and tools. Led by 30-year accomplished business executive and Vistage speaker, David Vroom, Managing Partner for Chief Outsiders, you’ll leave with actionable ways to: as:
  • Create a more systematic growth engine for any company
  • Grow every year, versus "event” growth every few years
  • Explore best practices from Fortune 5000 Fastest Growing Companies
  • • Adopt specific tools and resources to help your business grow
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Marketing and Media Network.

Salon C | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakfast Breakout | Technology

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current technology challenges, roadblocks and opportunities. Members will have the chance to meet other technology industry members and address issues such as:
  • How has your company dealt with hiring and maintaining top talent in the competitive tech market?
  • What are your thoughts about diversity in the tech industry?
  • Do you have a current cybersecurity challenge?
Members are encouraged to bring their own challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Technology Network.

Salon B | 11:50 AM - 1:05 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Attract, Hire, and Keep the Best!

Presenter: Eric Guy, Senior Partner, Predictive Synergistic Systems, Vistage Member/Speaker

Hiring the right people can make or break your business. Whether you are hiring sales people to bring in more business, operations people to make your company run smoothly, or leaders to bring it all together, hiring right is critical. We know these decisions take time, but we also know that talent management is the key to success! Key Items Covered:
  • What/ Who Defines Best
  • Importance of Defining Job Requirements
  • Attracting the Best
  • Gap Interviewing
  • Boosting Employee Engagement Levels
  • Performance Management and Coaching

Salon C | 11:50 AM - 1:05 PM

Lunch Breakout | Unlocking Capital to Support Your Growth Strategies

Presenter: Raju Patel, Market Executive Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Growth is the holy grail for businesses today. Pursuing organic vs. inorganic growth requires different strategies. During this session, experts share views on how to navigate expansion through acquisition, strategies to fund organic growth by unlocking your capital and smart alternatives to traditional financing.

Salon D | 11:50 AM - 1:05 PM

Lunch Breakout | Build a Winning Employee Engagement Strategy

Presenter: Santiago Jaramillo, Founder & CEO, Emplify

According to the Vistage Confidence Index, talent management and leadership development are two concerns for members this year. Crafting a documented employee engagement strategy for your executive team is paramount for meeting and exceeding these objectives. Join Santiago Jaramillo, CEO & Founder of Emplify and Amazon best-selling author to:
  • Create your own personal engagement action summary to help you build your own strategy to align your executive team.
  • Get best practices and real-life examples of how Vistage companies have put engagement strategies into action and achieved unprecedented business results.
  • Learn how millennials play a part in the future of the workforce and how to engage a multi-generational workforce.



Optimize the decisions you face and the processes that you use to make them.