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2018 Seattle Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Renton Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. PST

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 Seattle. 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.

Rick Smith

Serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, TED speaker

Leadership in disruption

How can you position your organization to navigate change to its greatest benefit? Drawing from his bestselling book, “The Great Disruption,” Rick Smith will provide a compelling framework to explain predictable patterns of technology disruption impacting every industry, exploring the dramatic shifts required to stay competitive. From static to dynamic decision environments. Assets to information advantages. Management hierarchy to the network’s edge. Rick will reveal what leaders should be doing — right now — to turn disruption into strategic advantage.


Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport

7:00 AM
Registration | Breakfast

7:15 - 8:15 AM
Breakfast Breakouts Manufacturing | Technology | Leap | Meridian Capital | Bradley-Morris

8:45 - 9:15 AM
General Session Begins

9:15 - 9:45 AM
Member Awards Panel

9:45 – 10:35 AM
Rick Smith Leadership in disruption

10:35 - 11:05 AM
Break | Networking

11:05 AM - 12:20 PM
Alex Chausovsky Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

12:20 - 12:30 PM
Summary Remarks

12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch Breakouts Berntson Porter | US Trust | Performance PI | Emplify

12:30 - 1:45 PM
Experience Vistage

Breakout sessions

7:15 - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Manufacturing Network

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.

7:15 - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Breakout | Technology Network

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.

7:15 - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Breakout | The Real Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs

Presenter: Tim Riley, LEAP Leadership Acceleration Program

In Walter Isaacson’s HBR article and biography he asked Steve Jobs what his most important creation was. Steve didn’t cite the iPhone, or the Mac, or any other product. He named Apple itself – making an enduring company, he said, was both harder and more important than making a great product. In this workshop you will:
  • Learn Steve Job’s 14 keys to success that every CEO can emulate.
  • Discuss critical questions related to your business with fellow Vistage members.
  • Identify ONE thing you will put into practice to make your organization stronger.

7:15 - 8:15 AM

Breakfast Breakout | When is the right time to sell your business?

Presenter: Brian Murphy, President and Managing Director, Meridian Capital LLC

Deciding to sell your company or bring in an outside investor can be a stressful process. Most entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses have little experience with the M&A process. Brian Murphy’s presentation will guide business owners through some of the key factors in understanding and preparing for a potential transaction. Do you know what your business is worth or how it will be valued? Do you know when it is the right time to sell? What can you do to maximize valuation and achieve the goals you have set out for you and your family? Brian will address these questions that help business owners achieve the best possible outcome.

7:15 - 8:15 AM

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

Presenter: Craig Griffin, CBDO, Bradley-Morris & RecruitMilitary

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.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | Transcendent Hiring

Presenter: Executive from Performance PI

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 | 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 | How to Outperform Under Tax Reform

Presenter: Members of Berntson Porter’s Federal and Estate Tax Team

In the closing days of 2017, Congress passed the most sweeping tax reform our country has seen in three decades. Are you and your business ready? Join us for this informative session where Berntson Porter federal and estate tax experts will discuss key changes for businesses, individuals and estates and trusts – and help you avoid the pitfall of bad information. While new legislation brings about significant changes, there are opportunities; this session will help you learn how you can maximize your potential in 2018 and beyond.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Breakout | Build and Retain Engaged Teams: the key to unlocking maximum productivity

Presenter: Adam Weber, Co-founder, Emplify

According to the Vistage Confidence Index, talent management is a top concern for members this year. Retaining your top talent is paramount for growing your organization and reaching those yearly targets. Join Emplify Co-founder, Adam Weber, to:
  • Learn proven methods and best practices for retaining team members.
  • Understand what actually motivates your employees and how to foster that within your culture.
  • Learn the simple, actionable process you can immediately implement in your organization for optimum employee engagement.
  • Hear real-life examples and success stories from Vistage companies implementing these strategies for unprecedented business results.



Executives are in the business of making decisions.