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2018 Omaha Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Omaha Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

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

Chief research officer, Vistage Worldwide Inc.

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.

Rich Horwath

CEO of Strategic Thinking Institute
What is the No. 1 cause of business failure? Bad strategy. In his presentation, renowned strategy expert Rich Horwath will provide the 3A Strategic Thinking Framework to help you transform strategy from an annual dog-and-pony show to real-time insights on key business issues. Gain answers to questions like: 1. What is strategic thinking and how can my team apply it on a daily basis? 2. How can I create differentiated strategies that drive innovation? 3. What strategic trade-offs can we make to better focus our resources? Research shows just three of ten leaders are strong at strategic thinking. Master the art to succeed at the highest levels.


Omaha Marriott

7:00 - 8:45 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

8:45 AM
General Session begins

9:15 - 9:55 AM
Joe Galvin CEO Projections for 2018

9:55 - 10:15 AM
Member Awards Recognition

10:15 – 10:45 AM
Break | Marketplace

10:45 AM - 11:50 AM
Rich Horwath Be strategic or be gone: Sharpening your strategic thinking and planning skills

11:50 - 12:00 PM
Summary Remarks

12:15 - 1:30 PM
Lunch Program Sessions
  • The Envelope: Bringing it all together: strategy, succession and you
  • Demystifying and simplifying the hiring and management process

1:30 - 3:00 PM
Board Meetings and Experience Vistage

3:00 - 4:30 PM
Board Competition and Reception

Breakout sessions

12:15 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | Demystifying and simplifying the hiring and management process

Presenter: Fred J. Matulka, Licensee/Consultant, Culture Index

Hiring the best or hiring the “Right Person” is an extremely difficult responsibility. Most companies experience extreme difficulty in hiring the right people because of three common mistakes:

  • First: They hire people for what they know and fire them for who they are
  • Second: They hire too quickly and fire too slowly
  • Third: They base their hiring decision on previous experience

These are all easily resolved when you use the Culture Index Program, since it will show how the candidate will apply what they know. By attending this session you’ll learn how to put the right people in the right job and make managing people almost effortless.

12:15 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Breakout | The envelope: Bringing it all together: Strategy, succession and you

Presenter: Executives from Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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



Omaha Marriott
10220 Regency Circle
Omaha, NE
Executives are in the business of making decisions.