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2018 Arizona Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Phoenix Tuesday, April 17, 2018 7:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. PDT

Driving Dynamic Decisions

Executives are in the business of making decisions. Game-changing decisions. Make-or-break decisions. Decisions no one else can make.


You can’t see into the future. But you can improve your ability to make more effective decisions.

What is the Vistage Executive Summit?

A powerful event designed entirely for executives. Dynamic expert speakers leave you with insights to expand your perspectives, refine your instincts and improve your judgment – all of which will help you make better decisions. Peer-to-peer interactive breakout sessions will explore how to approach current challenges to uncover opportunities.

Attend the Vistage Executive Summit to:

  • Optimize your business. Uncover new opportunities using fresh perspectives from trusted experts.
  • Enhance your leadership. Sharpen your focus on the areas of greatest opportunity.
  • Lead with innovation. Bring a higher level of creativity and problem solving skills to your organization.


Event Speakers

John Rossman

Managing partner, Rossman Partners

Building your digital business strategy - The Amazon way

Drawing from his book, “The Amazon Way: 10 Lessons Every Leader Should Learn from Amazon’s IoT Strategy,” former Amazon executive John Rossman will unpack how to think through your IoT strategy. In his presentation, John will explore how connected devices will revolutionize business and change the marketplace. Leave with a blueprint for how to leverage connected devices for the future of your business.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix Downtown

7:30 - 9:30 AM
Registration | Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast Breakouts Construction | Manufacturing | Emplify | TalenTrust | TB Consulting

9:30 - 10:00 AM
General Session begins

10:00 - 10:40 AM
Joe Galvin CEO projections for 2018

10:40 – 11:10 AM

11:10 AM - 12:20 PM
John Rossman Building your digital business strategy - The Amazon way

12:20 - 12:30 PM
Summary Remarks

12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch Breakouts Blue Corona | Emplify | MindWire | U.S. Trust

12:30 - 1:45 PM
Experience Vistage

Breakout sessions

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Construction

No one understands your industry better than a peer who is also in it. Join us for an interactive morning networking session to meet other leaders in the local construction industry. Make new, strategic connections and share insights about what impacts your business. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Construction Network.

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Manufacturing

From hiring and sourcing to augmented reality, there are a lot of exciting changes that are impacting today’s manufacturing industry. Join us for a morning networking session to connect with other local manufacturing leaders. Forge valuable connections and share insights with peers who speak your language. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Manufacturing Network.

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Debunking the Millennial Mystery: How to Retain and Engage Your Millennial Workforce

Presenter: Santiago Jaramillo, Founder & CEO, Emplify, Vistage Member

Millennials now make up almost half of the U.S. workforce. This growing generation has posed new challenges for employers, like an average tenure of just 18 months per position. So why should employers work to keep Millennials around? Highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave, and research shows that millennials are more engaged at organizations with high levels of purpose and meaning. Join the "Millennial whisperer," Santiago Jaramillo, as he breaks down the myths surrounding this generation, shares best practices for fostering purpose, and provides insights for engaging and retaining your Millennial workforce.

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Win the War for Talent: 6 Key Trends for 2018

Presenter: Kathleen Quinn Votaw, TalenTrust, CEO, Vistage Member

A tight labor market, coupled with expectations for increased hiring, means that both recruiting and retaining top talent will be increasingly difficult in 2018. What can you offer great talent if—like the majority of CEOs—you are focused on finding and keeping the best employees in 2018 and beyond? Kathleen Quinn Votaw will outline the top six factors to address in the year ahead.

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Digital Transformation and IT Operations

Presenter: Executive from TB Consulting

The road to digital transformation runs through IT Operations. Where are you on your IT journey? If IT is critical to your business, you want to ensure that the two are strategically aligned. In this session we will discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of IT needs and why you might not be addressing the strategic initiatives that are critical to the sustainability of your business. This session will help you assess where your organization is from a maturity perspective, help you determine where you want to go, and how to take the next steps. Attendees will leave with actionable items and insight into the strategic direction of IT in their organization.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | Transcendent Hiring

Presenter: Executive from MindWire

As a leader, the single most important job you have is getting the right people into the right roles. Yet according to research, 46% of all new hires fail in the first 18 months. In this session, we unpack some of the reasons why we’re so bad at hiring. But more importantly, we’ll give you new ways to think about hiring and actionable ways to drastically improve your game when it comes to finding, assessing and closing the candidates that will allow your business to thrive.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | The Envelope: Bringing it all together: strategy, succession and you

Presenter: Executives from U.S. Trust

Your business represents years of sweat and sacrifice. Not only does the business provide the financial resources to support your family, but also, it supports your employees and their families, and it contributes to the stability and growth of your community. How would your company continue to operate if a personal health issue or untimely accident occurs and prevents you from leading the company? What actions would your management team and family need to take to successfully transition leadership of the company? In this session you will:
  • Learn actions you can take to address the issue of a possible leadership gap which also represent strong business practices to help your company always be prepared for a transition.
  • Discover focus areas to consider as you develop a plan and avoid potential pitfalls.
  • Hear examples of how other business owners have dealt with these issues.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Build a Winning Employee Engagement Strategy

Presenter: Santiago Jaramillo, Founder & CEO, Emplify, Vistage Member

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.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

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

Presenter: Cliff John, Director of Partnerships, Blue Corona

This workshop, presented by Cliff John, Director of Partnerships 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. 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.



Hyatt Regency Phoenix Downtown
122 N 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ
Executives are in the business of making decisions.