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2017 Omaha Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Omaha Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. CST

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

Ryan Avery

Co-founder, AveryToday, Inc.

Leading through storytelling: What you need to succeed when transforming to the leader in your industry

There’s a critical thing needed to be a leader — and that’s followers. Ryan Avery’s presentation is built from a powerful premise: no one will follow you if you don’t inspire with words and actions. Learn what it takes to develop and deliver stories that take you from being a leader to the leader in your industry. Ryan will present proven formulas to engage and motivate a multi-generational workforce that you can put into play immediately. Leave knowing the do’s and don’ts of storytelling in a professional setting, and the secret to capitalizing on millennials’ buying power. Rediscover your authenticity as a storyteller, and as a leader.

David Barrett

Founder, Centre of Excellence in Project Management

From strategy to execution: Bridging the gap

Strategic planning is vital to the success of any organization. Our ability to think and act strategically, and to make decisions consistent with our long-term goals and objectives, is critical. And yet, this is not always easy. David Barrett’s presentation will explore why plans fall flat, or never even achieve lift-off. He will address the lifecycle of strategic planning, from development to execution, to provide a framework applicable to your own planning process. Leave prepared to create a strategy execution culture that gives your plan a better chance of survival.


Omaha Marriott Capitol District

7:15 - 9:00 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast Breakouts Family Business | Purpose-Driven Business

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:50 AM
Ryan Avery Leading through storytelling: What you need to succeed when transforming to the leader in your industry

10:50 - 11:20 AM
AM Break

11:20 - 12:20 PM
David Barrett From strategy to execution: Bridging the gap

12:20 - 12:30 PM
Closing Remarks

12:30 - 1:45 PM

12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch Breakouts Culture Index | Sandler Training

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakout | Family Business

Join us for 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 Breakout | Purpose-Driven Business

Join us for breakfast and peer-to-peer conversations exploring your current conscious business challenges, roadblocks and opportunities. Members will have the chance to meet other regional members and address issues such as:

  • What is your organization’s purpose and why is this your focus?
  • How are you communicating your business’ purpose internally and externally?
  • Why did you start implementing conscious business practices? Why haven’t you?

Members are encouraged to bring their own questions and challenges to this interactive session. Everyone is welcome. Hosted by the Purpose-Driven Business Network

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | Demystifying and simplifying the hiring and management process

Presenter: Fred J. Matulka, Licensee/ Consultant, Culture Index

Hiring the best or hiring the “Right Person” is an extremely difficult responsibility. Most companies experience extreme difficulty in hiring the right people because of three common mistakes:

  • First: They hire people for what they know and fire them for who they are
  • Second: They hire too quickly and fire too slowly
  • Third: They base their hiring decision on previous experience

These are all easily resolved when you use the Culture Index Program, since it will show how the candidate will apply what they know. By attending this session you’ll learn how to put the right people in the right job and make managing people almost effortless.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | Making Sales the Strength of Your Company

Presenter: Karl Schaphorst, President, Sandler Training

The sales function of your business does not become great simply by hiring great salespeople and letting them loose to sell all they can. If sales is to excel, than leadership must proactively set the course. In this Vistage session, we will examine three core elements that need to be addressed by business leadership if high performance sales is to be achieved and how each can be systematized so that the sales process drives efficiency, effectiveness, pipeline predictability and growth. Your great salespeople will achieve more than they ever thought possible.



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