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2018 Columbus Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Columbus

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


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.



COSI (Center for Science & Industry)

Event Speakers

Breakout sessions

Morning Program Session | Networking discussion hosted by the Vistage Construction Network

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

From evolving technology to workforce and staffing resources, there are many exciting developments impacting today’s construction industry. Join us for a morning networking discussion to connect with other local construction leaders. Forge valuable connections and share insights with peers who speak your language.

Breakfast is provided. Everyone is welcome. Join the Construction Network.

Morning Program Session | Networking discussion hosted by the Vistage Manufacturing Network

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

Staffing. Sourcing. Trade agreements. There are many exciting changes impacting today’s manufacturing industry. Join us for a morning networking discussion to connect with other local manufacturing leaders. Forge valuable connections and share insights with peers who speak your language.

Breakfast is provided. Everyone is welcome. Join the Manufacturing Network.

Morning Program Session | The gig economy: 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.

Morning Program Session | Avoid becoming the next business statistic

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

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.

Lunch Program Session | Transcendent hiring

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:45 PM

Presenter: John F. Broer, Curator of Epic Stuff, IN2GREAT

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 Program Session | The Envelope: Bringing it all together: Strategy, succession and you

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:45 PM

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 well will your company operate as you exit the company, whether it is planned or unplanned?  What information will your management team and family need to successfully transition leadership of the company? In this session you will:
  • Prioritize business and family goals to provide clarity and direction for decisions you may make.
  • Gain insights to the information your management team and family need to successfully lead the company, and steps you can take now to start gathering information.
  • Hear examples of how other business owners have dealt with these issues.

Lunch Program Session | Get a grip on your business

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:45 PM

Presenter: Alex Freytag, Certified EOS Implementer, ProfitWorks LLC

What is EOS®? It’s a comprehensive business system that uses real, practical tools to accomplish three key things in your organization:
  • Vision: Getting your team on the same page with who you are, where you are going, and how you will get there.
  • Traction: Helping your team become disciplined and accountable, executing well to help you achieve your vision.
  • Healthy: Becoming a healthy, functional team. Because as goes your team, so goes the rest of your organization.
Reaching a point where everyone is engaged, disciplined, accountable, and executing as a cohesive team towards a shared common vision – that is Traction.

Lunch Program Session | Build a healthy culture and attract top-performers

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:45 PM

Presenter: Alec Broadfoot, Managing Partner, VisionSpark

Culture is everything. According to Peter Drucker “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” In today’s competitive market place for talent, top-performers are looking for more than just a high-paying position. In this workshop you will learn ways to improve culture and your bottom line.   Our proven strategy and practical tools will equip you to:
  • Attract top-performers who share your core values
  • Implement a proven cultural-based interview system for max performance
  • Determine who your current top-performers are and how to replicate them
  • Identify your poor performers and which ones to exit







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