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2017 St. Louis Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Chesterfield

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:15 am - 6:00 pm


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 :

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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.[/su_column]

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis – Chesterfield

Event Speakers

Breakout sessions

Deal Network Breakout

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

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.

Construction and Manufacturing Networks Breakout

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Presenter: Kathleen Quinn Votaw, Vistage member, author, and CEO of TalenTrust

Find, keep, and grow great people Great people = great competitive advantage in the manufacturing industry. Join Vistage construction and manufacturing peers for networking, discussion, and exchange of best practices on the most pressing people-related topics. Led by Vistage member Kathleen Quinn Votaw, CEO of TalenTrust, leave with actionable tips for:
  • Cultivating your company culture.
  • Sourcing the most qualified candidates.
  • Strengthening your current team.
  • Maximizing an aging workforce.
Networks breakout sessions are open to all Vistage members and guests. Register now to secure your spot! Hosted by the Construction and Manufacturing Networks—virtual My Vistage communities where members, Chairs, and speakers in the construction and manufacturing industries access expert resources and get their most pressing questions answered by trusted peers—and strategic partner, TalenTrust. Start the conversation early: Join the Manufacturing Network today. Join the Construction Network today.

“The White Elephant Syndrome”

Location/Time: | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Presenter: Panelists: Jim Maher: Moderator, CEO Archford Capital Strategies Chuck Brueggemann: Certified Life Coach Steve Sullivan: Entrepreneur, Former Ameren Executive, Archford Consulting Kelly and Casey Sonnenberg: Family members not directly involved in Family Business

Family business owners are often dismayed to find that the considerable time and money expended crafting succession and estate plans for the security and enjoyment of their families have produced outcomes that spouses and children either don’t understand or don’t want! Better communication of shared goals and concerns before documents are drafted can go a long way towards happier families. Jim Maher, CEO of Archford Capital Strategies leads a panel discussion of experts on this topic. You’ll leave with an overview of the most important and often overlooked communication issues regarding family business succession and estate planning which, if identified early, can help assure long term harmony among those you care about the most.


Build a Winning Employee Engagement Strategy

Location/Time: | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

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.

How to Use Next Generation Competitive Analysis to Improve Your Business

Location/Time: | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Presenter: Cliff John, Director of Partnerships, Blue Corona

This workshop 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. Cliff 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.

Brain Based Leadership

Location/Time: | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Presenter: Ed Chaffin, President – IMPACT Group

What can a former hostage negotiator teach you about leadership? Quite a bit according to Ed Chaffin, President of the Impact Group. Mr Chaffin will present an executive summary of a brain based framework for understanding ourselves and others based on the work of Dr. George Kohlriser who in addition to being a former hostage negotiator and professor at internationally ranked business school IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland is the father of the Secure Base Leader Concept. This concept offers leaders the opportunity to quickly assess themselves in nine key areas of leadership. Mr. Chaffin will share how combining the Secure Base Leader concept and recent advancements in neuroscience can create a powerful leadership advantage for you and your team.

Foundations: Not Just for the Super Wealthy Anymore

Location/Time: | 2:10 - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Amelia Bond - President, St. Louis Community Foundation Jim Maher - CEO Archford Capital Strategies

Most of us have heard of charitable foundations established by the Ford, Rockefeller and other extremely wealthy families. But now, you can establish a charitable foundation too! Our panel will share exciting new opportunities for middle market business owners to achieve their charitable and estate goals through Donor Advised Funds and other vehicles in ways that are cost effective, easy to manage and provide flexible options for your philanthropic objectives.

Seven Legal Traps You’re Stumbling Toward

Location/Time: | 2:10 - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Bob Guest, Partner, Affinity Law Group Ira Potter, Partner, Affinity Law Group Kathleen Bilderback, Partner, Affinity Law Group Brad Crandall, Partner, Affinity Law Group

Mark Twain allegedly remarked, “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so!” Many C-Level people are often surprised to find out what they knew for sure about the law that “just ain’t so!” and are even more surprised at what that ignorance costs to fix. The partners of Affinity Law Group LLC will share with you the seven ( and maybe more!) most common business legal traps they encounter in their practice that need not have cost the client time and money….and what you need to know to avoid stumbling into them. What you don’t know Will hurt you! Bet on it!

Fostering a purpose-driven organization

Location/Time: | 2:10 - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Missouri Employers Mutual

More than millennials care about working for an organization that leads with purpose. Learn about the successes and challenges of fostering a vision-driven organization from the Safety Fanatics at Missouri Employers Mutual. We’ll talk about the importance of passion, and share wins and works-in-progress connecting a higher-level purpose to everyday efforts to drive profitable growth, shape and maintain corporate image, and influence talent acquisition and retention.

Tools for the Talent: The Experience Based Workplace

Location/Time: | 2:10 - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Claire Erker, Principal – CI Select

Most workplaces evolve over time instead of being planned. Many inspire wonder that any productive work is ever accomplished in them. Is yours one of them. Knoll, Inc., one of world’s best known office furniture and fixture designers and manufacturers, has underwritten extensive research to better understand the rapidly evolving nature of work and the challenges in creating an effective workplace.2 Join us for an executive summary of the major trends uncovered in Knoll’s research and how they are transforming the workplace. You’ll leave with a clearer picture of how people are working today and the factors that influence the workers’ experience and productivity. Most importantly, you’ll have new options for reimagining the spaces and elements required to support and sustain the nature work in your enterprise.…and to attract the talent your company must have. Life, be it business or personal, is a first impression business. Is your workplace giving the giving the right one?







DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis – Chesterfield
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd
Chesterfield, MO
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