2018 St. Louis Vistage Executive Summit
Hosted in Chesterfield Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 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.
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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.
Brian Beaulieu2018CEO, ITR Economics
Winds of change
What are the leading indicators saying about the economy for the rest of 2018? What is the outlook for 2019? Brian Beaulieu, CEO of ITR Economics, will decipher business cycle changes reshaping the future, sharing which actions will have an impact, for better or worse. The consumer drove the economy to where it is today. Find out why the consumer could be in a weakened position for 2019 — hint — it’s tied to the stock market and to savings and interest rates. Leave with a clearer vision for the future, and an understanding of policy influences on the economy.
Joe Galvin 2018CRO, 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.
- Manufacturing Network
- Golf and Travel, Food and Wine Networks
- Women in Leadership Network
- Top 5 cybersecurity risks every business leader needs to know: Inside the mind of a hacker
- The Envelope: Bringing it all together: strategy, succession and you
- Build and retain engaged teams: The key to unlocking maximum productivity
- Rewarding key contributors - executive incentive plans
- Hitting the ceiling: 5 leadership abilities to break through!
- Company valuation: Why it matters and how to influence it
- Return on safety: Impact of workplace safety on your business KPIs
- The ten things you’ll overpay an attorney for
7:15 - 8:15 AM
Breakfast Session | 2018 Hiring Trends in Manufacturing
Presenter: Kathleen Quinn Votaw , Vistage member, author, and CEO of TalenTrustWhat can you offer great talent, if your manufacturing firm is focused on finding and keeping the best employees? Using the 2018 Hiring Guide, Kathleen Quinn Votaw will outline the six things great talent wants from you. Although there are many factors that influence candidates in deciding whether or not to accept a job offer, including values, these six factors will be particularly important to address in 2018:
- Organization structure
- Recruiting imperatives
- Role of HR
- Millennials (Gen Y) and Gen Z
7:15 - 8:15 AM
Breakfast Session | An Open Dialogue in Diversity. Hosted by the Vistage Women in Leadership NetworkHow can you create a culture where all feel included and empowered to do their best? Now more than ever, this question is at the forefront of your decisions as a leader. Join your Vistage peers for a valuable morning session to speak candidly on issues of diversity. Share your hard-earned wisdom, and leave with new insights. Forge new relationships to draw strength, inspiration and fresh perspectives around your business. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Women in Leadership Network.
7:15 - 8:15 AM
Breakfast Session | Outside the Office. Hosted by the Vistage Golf and Travel, Food & Wine NetworksExtracurricular activities are more than fun — they create opportunities for new business and strengthening relationships. Whether your hobby is golf, travel, dining, hunting, fishing, aviation or sports, join your Vistage peers for a valuable morning session to discuss your favorite pastime and how it plays into (and benefits!) your professional life. Share your wisdom, and leave with new insights. Forge new relationships for inspiration and fresh perspectives around your business. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Travel, Food and Wine and Golf Networks.
12:55 - 1:55 PM
Afternoon Session | Rewarding key contributors – executive incentive plans
Presenter: Peter A. Racen, Director, Estate and Business Planning, Northwestern MutualTalented employees may be a successful business’ most important asset. Losing them could be its biggest liability. The ultimate goal of a strategic business plan is to develop a valuable, profitable entity. Most successful businesses recognize that their key employees are a critical factor in reaching their goals. What if you could find a way to offer extra benefits to those individuals you are most interested in keeping at your company? What if you could tailor those benefits to meet your key employees’ personal needs while benefiting your company. In this workshop you will learn about
- Plan design options to attract and retain key people
- How to fund the plan
- Advantages to the company and advantages to the key employee
12:55 - 1:55 PM
Afternoon Session | Top 5 cybersecurity risks every business leader needs to know: Inside the mind of a hacker
Presenter: Tami Spellman, Director, Strategy and Information Security and Michael Ludgate, Cybersecurity Sr. Account Manager, TechGuard SecurityBy 2021, cybercrimes are predicted to cost $6 trillion annually world-wide – making it more profitable than the illegal drug trade and one of your greatest threats! Thankfully, you do not have to be an expert in cybersecurity to protect your business. Develop a deeper understanding of cybersecurity, how it applies to everyone (especially executive leadership), and how small changes have a big impact. In this session you will
- Learn about the top 5 current cybersecurity risks.
- Hear about real-world breaches and the measures that could have prevented them.
- Walk away with simple, actionable measures you can implement NOW to protect your business.
12:55 - 1:55 PM
Afternoon Session | The Envelope: Bringing it all together: strategy, succession and you
Presenter: Executives from U.S. TrustYour 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.
12:55 - 1:55 PM
Afternoon Session | Build and retain engaged teams: The key to unlocking maximum productivity
Presenter: Adam Weber, Co-founder, EmplifyAccording 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
- 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.
2:15 - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Session | Hitting the ceiling: 5 leadership abilities to break through!
Presenter: Jeanet Wade, Certified EOS Implementer, Business Alchemist, Vistage Member and Trusted AdvisorThe goal of this talk is to simplify the way you run your business utilizing 5 Leadership Abilities that will help you to scale and break through to the next level. Covered in this presentation will be the common frustrations of a business leader, high level review of the 5 Leadership Abilities and how they solve the majority of issues in business, and a summary of how business leaders and owners are getting a grip on their company by using simple, practical tools to get immediate Traction®.
2:15 - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Session | Company valuation: Why it matters and how to influence it
Presenter: Patrick Nolan, President, Nolan & AssociatesThere are several ways to accurately calculate the value of a business you intend to sell or buy. This presentation will:
- Cover real scenarios — on and off the balance sheet — that can negatively or positively affect valuation
- Explain the key metrics that are used to determine the valuation range for a business
- Provide specific takeaways you can immediately implement to increase valuation while also reducing risk
2:15 - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Session | Return on safety: Impact of workplace safety on your business KPIs
Presenter: Jim Owen, President & CEO, Missouri Employers Mutual and Sheila Schmidt, Supervisor of Safety and Risk Services, Missouri Employers MutualAs a business owner, you have a vested interested in protecting your people and bottom line. Keeping employees safe is the right thing to do, but does following safety best practices also have a return on investment? Safety programs are often looked at as expenses that don’t directly contribute to profitability. However, financial professionals and we know that when looked at closely, it is easy to see the correlation between workplace safety and key performance indicators (KPIs). The presentation will cover hard and soft costs of workplace injuries, best practices in safety measurement, and using leading indicators to reduce safety costs.
2:15 - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Session | The ten things you’ll overpay an attorney for
Presenter: Bob Guest, Ira Potter, Kathleen Bilderback, & Brad Crandall, Affinity Law GroupIf we care for our health early in life, we’ll incur far less medical expenses later. The same is true of the law. Many executives create significant legal expenses for themselves that a little forethought and planning might have greatly reduced or even eliminated. The lawyers of Affinity Law Group, LLC will share ten opportunities that, pursued today, can save time aggravation and quite often, considerable legal fees tomorrow. Bonus Section: The War for Talent: Unemployment is at record lows. Employers must take every possible action to protect their talent and recruit more. The Affinity team will share proven legal tactics to help prevent your team members from being pirated, and the legal aspects of prying talent from your competitors.
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