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2018 Birmingham/Huntsville Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Birmingham Monday, November 12, 2018 7:30 a.m. - 1:35 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

Joe Galvin

CEO Projections for 2018

SMB CEO: Decisions, investments and priorities for 2019

While strong economic tailwinds continue to push the economy forward, there is growing concern the “good old days” might just be ending. In this presentation we’ll share the thoughts of more than 1500 Vistage CEOs. We’ll review their economic confidence for the year ahead, explore their key decisions and understand their top investments for 2019. We’ll look at their priorities and identify the key takeaways. Join Joe Galvin, chief research officer, as he shares the ongoing work of Vistage Research into the issues, topics and decisions of business optimization and leadership enhancement.

Mike Maddock

CEO and founder partner, Maddock Douglas

The shadows of disrupters

    What do the greatest disrupters in the world have in common? This presentation from Mike Maddock — proven expert on empowering an agile culture of continuous innovation — will outline the five shadows that drive disrupters to behave, lead and see things differently. Based on the findings of his upcoming book, “Plan D: Why Disrupters Will Change the World and How to Stay Four Steps Ahead,” Mike will provide simple practices you can put into play to yourself have the impact of a disrupter.


Doubletree by Hilton Birmingham

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

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Morning Program Sessions
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Avoid becoming the next business statistic

9:00 - 9:25 AM
Welcome and networking discussion

9:25 - 10:05 AM
Joe Galvin CEO Projections for 2018

10:05 - 10:25 AM
Member Awards Panel

10:25 - 10:55 AM
Break | Marketplace

10:55 - 12:10 PM
Mike Maddock The shadows of disrupters

12:10 - 12:20 PM
Summary Remarks

12:20 - 1:35 PM
Lunch Program Sessions
  • Practical Ideas for the Modern Day Business Owner. We are better when we are connected.
  • Transcendent hiring
  • How a great economy kills good management. Are you maximizing revenue and growth…really?

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Program Session | 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.

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Program Session | 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

Breakfast Program Session | Avoid becoming the next business statistic

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

Not all accounting departments are created equal—and companies can fail or thrive as a direct result of their accounting department’s performance and capabilities. Make sure your resources are aligned and in working order by leveraging expertise specifically created to support your unique accounting needs.

12:30 -1:45 PM

Lunch Program Session | Practical ideas for the modern day business owner. We are better when we are connected.

Presenter: Executives from Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and U.S. Trust: Chad Richey, Allison Mulgrew, Brent Josey, John Lacey, John Stewart

Your business represents years of sweat and sacrifice. Not only does the business provide the financial resources to support your own family but it also supports your employees, their families and contributes to the stability and growth of your community. How do you negotiate with the bank to get the best financing possible? How do you transition your business to family? What can you do to prepare to sell to a third party? What can you do to minimize taxes on the transition? 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 to avoid potential pitfalls
  • Hear examples of how other business owners have dealt with these issues

12:30 -1:45 PM

Lunch Program Session | Transcendent hiring

Presenter: Cindy Lynch, Principal, Six20 Partners

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 | How a great economy kills good management. Are you maximizing revenue and growth…really?

Presenter: Lisa Nausley, Owner/CEO, and Dan Nausley, President, Sandler Training

It is easier to follow good management practices when times are tough, but being a good manager when business is on a “Roll” (Pardon the Bama pun) requires intention and commitment. Uncover blind spots that harm your results. Capitalize on every opportunity to grow people and revenue; manage your way to Organizational Excellence. In this session we will explore:
  • The ABC’s of great management – Always Be Cultivating…what?
  • How to get the highest performance from each individual on your sales team.
  • Making the most of this hot economy – are you getting your share and more?



Doubletree by Hilton Birmingham
808 20th St S.
Birmingham, AL
Executives are in the business of making decisions.