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2018 Chicago Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Chicago

Thursday, September 13, 2018

7:15 am - 4:45 pm


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.



Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Event Speakers

Breakout sessions

Breakfast Breakout | Tapping into the Veteran market to solve skilled worker shortages (and how to pay for it!)

Location/Time: | 7:15 - 8:15 AM

Trouble finding enough qualified workers? Thousands of companies are hiring Veterans to help solve their hiring deficiencies. This presentation will discuss the makeup and qualifications of the Veteran talent pool and where those candidates typically fit into industry once they’ve separated from military service. Focus on how to identify talent for your organization, how to build a winning recruitment strategy and how to pay for it!
  • Reasons to hire Veterans and Demographics of the Veteran candidate market.
  • Veteran skillsets and roles within industry where Veterans are great fits.
  • Discussion of approaches in hiring Veterans.
  • Discussion of WOTC (work opportunity tax credit) program and how to take advantage of these credits to help pay for veteran recruiting efforts.

Breakfast Breakout | People: your biggest investment and best competitive strategy

Location/Time: | 7:15 - 8:15 AM

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

Talent. Growth. Hiring. You’re not alone, if these issues are keeping you up at night. Through this workshop, you’ll understand the latest trends and get the insight and advice to make talent a strategic focus for growing a successful, competitive business. Specifically, Kathleen will explain how to:
  • Develop workplace culture by design, vs. by default.
  • Establish an ongoing, strategic, and proactive recruitment process that includes identifying current and future skills gaps.
  • Welcome new employees and then offer extensive, ongoing training and development.
  • Boost employee engagement to improve your company’s productivity, creativity, profitability, and growth.

Breakfast Breakout | The Gig Economy: Access the human cloud and embrace the transformation of today's workforce

Location/Time: | 7:15 - 8:15 AM

Presenter: Ted Catino, Founder & Co-CEO GigSmart, 25+ Year Vistage Member

Across industries, today’s labor market is challenging. YOY companies are finding it difficult to source talent and remain fully staffed.
  • More American workers are choosing independent work over traditional employee positions.
  • Businesses are also increasingly interested in a “just-in-time” labor process that allows access to specialized labor, as well as, extra headcount when business needs increase.
  • Labor experts make a very strong argument that the Industrial Revolution moved much of the workforce from self-employment to structured payroll jobs. Now the digital revolution may be creating a shift in the opposite direction.
Learn how to embrace these trends to maximize your staffing strategy.

Breakfast Breakout | Creating a transferable business

Location/Time: | 7:15 - 8:15 AM

Presenter: Adam Stock, The Next Level Planning Group, Vistage Member (Group 585)

At some point, you ARE going to leave your business. The question is: when and on what terms? Whether you are looking to stay and grow your business or are ready to sell, our 6-step process will help you:
  • Establish and refine your exit goals.
  • Identify which of the 5 exit paths makes most sense for you and which of the 13 transfer methods to aim for.
  • Measure your company’s Owner Dependence Index—and learn how to lower it.
  • Understand the Value Drivers that can help your company make more money and look better to a potential buyer.

Lunch Breakout | Transcendent hiring

Location/Time: | 11:55 AM - 1:10 PM

Presenter: A representative from the Predictive Index

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.

Lunch Breakout | Think M&A doesn’t involve you? Get real. The pending good, bad, and ugly as seen from an investment banker’s perspective

Location/Time: | 11:55 AM - 1:10 PM

Presenter: Kevin Lindsey, Founder & Managing Partner, The DVS Group, Vistage Member since 2011

The Transition Tidal Wave. The Silver Tsunami. Private Equity overhang. The end of the bull market. Change is coming. In fact, 68% of all private businesses will change ownership in the next 15 years. Will you eat or be eaten? In this workshop for owners and Blue-Chip managers, Kevin will arm attendees with an understanding of the changing economic landscape and what that means for them as individuals. He will walk through the recurring conversations he’s having around the table at his Vistage meetings with:
  • Owners contemplating growing or getting out in the next business cycle
  • Blue-Chip managers deciding what to do about their future
  • Service providers/advisors wanting to help their clients see what’s coming
With actionable insight, this session will give you an understanding of what it means to “wave the magic wand” and proactively face the change that’s on its way.







Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL
Executives are in the business of making decisions.

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