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2018 Austin Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Austin Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. CST

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

Alex Chausovsky

Senior Analyst, ITR Economics

Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

Alex Chausovsky’s fast-paced, information-filled presentation takes decision-making to three tiers of next level. 1. Respond effectively to the economic trends shaping Austin. 2. Get informed to problem-solve proactively as changes loom for the United States. 3. Feel confident to make leadership decisions as a player on the global stage. Learn what you should be doing now, to plan for good and bad economic times to come, as you leverage dynamic decision-making to be better equipped to lead your business into 2020 and beyond.


Dr. David Cook

Performance psychology coach

The mindset of a champion

Where are you heading? How badly do you want to get there? Are you prepared for hardship along the way? These are the non-negotiable questions of a champion. Calm waters aren’t where championships are won. The mark of true success is reaching your potential amidst adversity and the unpredictable interference of today's business arena. Dr. David Cook will guide you on a performance-altering journey, backed by decades of coaching the elite in business, sport and life. Using the pillars of focus, passion and mental toughness, David will equip you to perform your best when it means the most.


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

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

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast Breakouts Women in Leadership | Technology | AccountingDepartment.com

9:00 - 9:30 AM
General Session

9:30 - 10:30 AM
David Cook The mindset of a champion

10:30 - 11:00 AM
Break | Marketplace

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Alex Chausovsky Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

12:15 - 12:30 PM
Summary Remarks

12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch Breakouts US Trust | Kinsey Management, LLC | Generational Group | Tunstall Consulting

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Outsourced Accounting Departments: No Longer “Alternative”

Presenter: Bill Gerber, AccountingDepartment.com, Co-Founder

Now is the time to stop thinking of outsourced accounting departments as an “alternative option”. As mainstream as internal departments, outsourced accounting departments are so much more than their historical stereotypes—and businesses that are moving to this model routinely find they are more competitive, strategic and agile. Learn why outsourcing isn’t “alternative” and how your company can leverage this knowledge to stay ahead of the competition.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakfast Breakout | Technology

Has there ever been a more exciting time to work in tech? Things are changing every day — and it’s critical to have a finger on the pulse. Join us to meet and connect with other regional tech leaders. Forge new relationships and share perspectives and experiences around what’s now and what’s next. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Technology Network.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Network Breakfast Breakout | Women in Leadership

Now more than ever, there is tremendous value in bringing female leaders together. Join us for a morning session to network and forge new relationships with local women to draw strength, inspiration and fresh perspectives around your business. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Women in Leadership Network.

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 | Transcendent Hiring

Presenter: Executive from Kinsey Management

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 | Exit Strategies and How to Value a Business in Today’s Market

Presenter: Dave Heymann, Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor with Generational Group

When is the right time to begin an exit strategy? What is the value of my business? Should I sell or seek a strategic partner? How do I get paid for my intangible assets? These are all important questions that business owners need to consider. Dave Heymann, Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor with Generational Group will answer these questions and more:
  • How you can attract the optimal strategic partner
  • How value is REALLY determined in a business
  • How to enhance the value of your company before exiting

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | How to Finance Growth

Presenter: Natalie Callahan, Director, Tunstall Consulting

Natalie Callahan, Director with Tunstall Consulting, establishes a concept of corporate financial planning based on growing the company to its full potential without capital restraints. Then she validates the concept with examples of Tunstall's own clients' financial experiences. Subject matter includes:
  • Non-bank forms of financing for growth companies with no personal guarantee
  • Public offering examples and "how to" information that shows small companies using public offering proceeds how to grow exponentially
Value to Attendees: Attendees will understand that their companies' growth should not be limited to their existing capital. There are other forms of capital which can help them grow to their full potential.



Executives are in the business of making decisions.