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2017 Kentucky Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Louisville Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 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

Connor Lokar2017

Program Economist, ITR Economics

Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

Make the right decisions, at the right time. This engaging, informative presentation will provide ITR's views of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business-to-business activity, tax reform, trade, inflation, interest rates and more.

Learn a method by which your company can take advantage of its own data, to make better-informed decisions based on the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, find out how to identify where you are in your business cycle, and which key leading indicators should guide your business strategy. Leave with:

  • Clear, practical, actionable advice based on the current economic environment.
  • Understanding of the impact of government policy on the economy.
  • Inflation and interest rate expectations.

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.


Churchill Downs

7:45 - 9:30 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Network Breakfast Breakouts Manufacturing | Family Business

9:30 - 10:00 AM
Welcome Remarks

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Connor Lokar Ahead of the curve

10:45 – 11:15 AM
Break | Marketplace

11:15 - 11:45 AM
Connor Lokar Ahead of the curve

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

12:45 - 2:00 PM
Breakouts Strothman and Company | Oasis Solutions Group | Office Resources Inc

2:00 - 2:30 PM
Break | Marketplace

2:30 - 3:45 PM
Roy Spence The power of purpose in business and life

3:45 - 4:00 PM
Closing Remarks

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Networking Reception

Breakout sessions

12:45 - 2:00 PM | Stakes - Tavern

Breakout | Top Ten Ways to Maximize Your Business Value

Presenter: Ray Strothman, Founder and Chairman, Strothman and Company, Vistage Member

With over 35 years in the industry of helping entrepreneurial businesses grow, Ray Strothman, a Vistage member and entrepreneur, will speak on the latest in how to maximize the value of your business, look for potential buyers, and share successful exit strategy stories. He will facilitate a discussion focused on the top drivers that potential buyers are looking for in acquiring a business and some of the unique challenges to succession planning.

12:45 - 2:00 PM | Stakes - Parlor

Breakout | Avoiding the Software Implementation Nightmare

Presenter: Annette Manias, President, Oasis Solutions Group

There are many reasons a company might need to implement new business management software. If a company chooses the wrong software or the wrong company to help them implement, it can mean a massive headache for your company to work through. Proper implementation is essential to future success. The most important piece to consider when implementing a new business management software is WHO will be on your implementation team. You should find the best implementation partner and the internal team to take on the project. There are three important steps that should be followed to manage the change within a company. Attend Oasis Solutions session to find out how your company can avoid this nightmare!

12:45 - 2:00 PM | Stakes - Veranda

Breakout | Blur the Edges

Presenter: Brad Doan, Vice President, Global Brand Communications

We are excited to share with you our new State of Work conversation, Blur the Edges. It is a 60 minute conversation that incorporates the ever-changing needs of people, technology and place, and it is designed to share our unique perspective on the greatest impacts today on work and the workplace with clients and influencers. For organizations to continue to drive growth, we believe the workplace matters more than ever, which is why we need to blur the edges of what the workplace means.



Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave
Louisville, KY
Optimize the decisions you face and the processes that you use to make them.