Loading Events

2019 Dallas/Ft. Worth Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Irving

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 4:20 p.m.



Change is happening faster than ever.
Make sure you have every advantage.

In our fast-paced world of high-speed technology, few businesses can afford a lax approach to change. High-performing companies are quick, nimble and ready to pounce. They incorporate progressive practices, the latest resources and timely information. They can see around the curves and past their blind spots. They’re not the followers. They are the pacesetters.

And they do not get there on their own.

Join your greater Vistage family and peers to rev up the energy
and kick up your drive at this year’s Vistage Executive Summit.

What is the Vistage Executive Summit?

A powerful event that brings together our peers and Chairs from across your region for a day of learning, inspiration and connection. It’s a day designed to put you on the fast track to more effective leadership, increased performance and better results.

You can count on:


You’ll come away with keen insights, broadened perspectives, practical tips to implement immediately, and mind racing possibilities.


Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

Event Speakers

Breakout sessions

Morning Session | Talent Imperatives for 2019

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

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

Expect hiring to remain a critical business issue into 2019. The economy continues its expansion and unemployment rates remain at record lows. Talent shortages, employee turnover and low engagement are significant challenges that likely keep you up at night because these factors can limit your company’s ability to grow. This workshop outlines the key 2019 trends in employment, talent and culture. It also features the top strategies to implement in the coming year, so your company is poised to win the war for talent and achieve continued success.

Morning Session | How to Upgrade your Sales Force. Is your sales force capable of exceeding your sales goals?

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Presenter: Thomas R. Niesen, CEO, Acuity Systems, Inc / Sandler Sales

Companies try to build a high-performing sales team with little processes or procedures. The reality is that high-performing sales organizations are built on high-performing sales processes. Many well-known national companies are using Acuity’s proven sales methodology as a blueprint for building highly-profitable, sales-driven companies that consistently outperform the competition. You will discover:

  • Can your people execute your strategies?
  • Hidden problems affecting your selling success
  • Problems with your hiring criteria
  • The effectiveness of your sales managers.
  • The health of your sales opportunity pipeline
  • How to stop being held hostage by any person, market condition or competitor again.

Morning Session | Case Study – Insperity: Take Care of Your People

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Presenter: Tyler Pierson, Director, Sales Innovation, Insperity

“Take care of your people. Get that part of the business right and everything else will fall into place,” Paul Sarvadi. In 1986, Insperity started with two people, two desks and one phone. Today, Insperity has grown into a multibillion dollar company. For Paul Sarvadi, co-founder and CEO, he attributes that success to taking care of his people; when leaders get that right, success follows. The essence of Paul’s entrepreneurial journey was born out of his passion to help his heroes - you, fellow business owners and entrepreneurs. Hear Paul’s story and lessons learned through the lens of Tyler Pierson, who himself was a Vistage member in the greater Dallas metro area. Tyler has had the privilege of working under Paul’s tutelage over the last 24 years, witnessing the evolution from start-up to a publicly traded company as part of the S&P MidCap 400. Key takeaways:
  • The Power of Culture by Design
  • Insperity’s unique business challenges, unique results, and how they were overcome
  • Think more systematically and strategically
  • The CEO’s role is to paint the picture

Morning Session | Construction Network

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

No one understands your industry better than a peer who is also in it. Join us for an interactive morning networking session to meet other leaders in the local construction industry. Make new, strategic connections and share insights about what impacts your business. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome. Start the conversation now: Join the Construction Network.

Morning Session | Technology Network

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

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.

Morning Session | Women in Leadership Network

Location/Time: | 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Now more than ever, there is tremendous value in bringing female leaders together. Join us for a morning session to network and forge new relationships with local women 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.

Afternoon Session | Preparing today to exit your business in the future

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Dave Heymann, Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor, Generational Group

Years from now, most business owners will be dismayed to learn all of the things that they should have been doing to build value in their business. Far too often, business owners don’t prepare an exit strategy until they are ready to exit and that is too late to learn how to build value. What is the value of the business today and what should owners be doing to increase that value over time? Should I sell in the future or seek a strategic partner now to give me the resources to build the business in the future? Is the value in the future going to be in my P&L or my intangible assets? Dave Heymann, Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor with Generational Group will answer these questions and more:

  • What are the best options OTHER than selling
  • How value is REALLY determined in a business
  • How to enhance the value of your company LONG before exiting

Afternoon Session | Build and retain engaged teams: The key to unlocking maximum productivity

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:50 PM

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.

Afternoon Session | SOLD: Where Planning and Opportunity Meet

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Executives from U.S. Trust

Whether a change in ownership is planned, unplanned or a matter of chance, the time for you to prepare your company — and yourself — is now. Succession planning should be an ongoing part of running a business, not something that’s done only once the path forward has been chosen (or chosen for you). This session will provide tools you can take now to help be better prepared for when you finally decide to step away from your company:
  • A framework for recognizing the wide range of constituents who have a stake in the disposition of your company
  • Insights on the market for private businesses, exit options, and how each relate to your personal priorities
  • Actions to take today to help you prepare your company and yourself

Afternoon Session | Mind over money – How optimism connects to financial health

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Ericka Pullin, Senior Vice President-Research & Strategy, Frost Bank

Although there is no shortage of advice for how to manage money, many Americans continue to struggle with their finances. Frost, which has helped people manage their money for 150 years, dug deeper into the connection between mindset and financial well-being. Specifically, Frost:
  • Measured financial well-being and optimism
  • Identified connections between outlook, actions and attitudes
  • Confirmed that optimism is positively connected to financial health
In her session, Frost Senior Vice President Ericka Pullin will share the research results as well as Frost’s plan for communicating them to customers and prospects.

Afternoon Session | Talent Optimization: A New Discipline for Solving Your People Problems

Location/Time: | 12:30 - 1:50 PM

Presenter: Rich Sweeney, Founder and CEO, RH Sweeney Associates

If an organization isn’t achieving its desired business results, the “why” boils down to this: They have a people problem. Join RH Sweeney Associates Founder and CEO Rich Sweeney for a lively session about how to align business strategy and people strategy by leveraging psychometrics. You’ll be able to bring back these creative solutions to support your teams and help your businesses thrive.







Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W Las Colinas Blvd
Irving, TX
Get on the fast track to better decisions, quicker results and increased success.

Register Now

We will not share your personal information with third parties. See Vistage's Privacy Policy for details.

Privacy Policy Settings

  • Required Cookies
  • Performance Cookies
  • Functional Cookies
  • Advertising Cookies
Required Cookies These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Sites and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Sites and using Vistage’s Services. Since these cookies are essential to operate Vistage’s Sites and Services, there is no option to opt out of these cookies.
Performance Cookies These cookies collect information about how visitors our Sites, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Cookies used

Visual Web Optimizer
Functional Cookies These cookies remember information you have entered or choices you make (e.g. as your username, language, or your region), and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

Cookies used

Google Analytics
Gravity Forms
Advertising Cookies These cookies are used to make advertising more relevant to you and your interests. The cookies are usually placed by third party advertising networks. They remember the websites you visit and that information is shared with other parties such as advertisers. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.