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2019 Kansas City Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Overland Park Wednesday, October 9, 2019 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. CDT

Event Overview

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 your peers and Chairs from across the 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.

Event Speakers

Alex Chausovsky

Director of Speaking Services, ITR Economics

Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

Make the right decisions, at the right time. This engaging, informative presentation will provide ITR's views of what to expect from the economy in 2019 and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business-to-business activity, tax reform, trade, inflation, interest rates and more.

Learn a method by which your company can take advantage of its own data, to make better-informed decisions based on the economic environment. Using rate-of-change calculations, find out how to identify where you are in your business cycle, and which key leading indicators should guide your business strategy. Leave with:

  • Clear, practical, actionable advice based on the current economic environment.
  • Understanding of the impact of government policy on the economy.
  • Inflation and interest rate expectations.

Dr. David Cook

Performance Psychology Coach

The mindset of a champion

Where are you heading? How badly do you want to get there? Are you prepared for hardship along the way? These are the non-negotiable questions of a champion. Calm waters aren’t where championships are won. The mark of true success is reaching your potential amidst adversity and the unpredictable interference of today's business arena. Dr. David Cook will guide you on a performance-altering journey, backed by decades of coaching the elite in business, sport and life. Using the pillars of focus, passion and mental toughness, David will equip you to perform your best when it means the most.

Joe Galvin

Chief Research Officer, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Vistage Research perspective: Preparing for prosperity

As the economic slowdown moderates, now is the time for CEOs to prepare for the next wave of growth. Learn what the latest data from Vistage reveals about top-performing CEOs' big decisions, major investments and the critical decision factors that fuel growth and will prepare their organization to capitalize on the rising business cycle in the year ahead.


Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center

7:15 - 9:15 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

7:45 - 8:45 AM
Morning Sessions
  • Networking Within Networks - Breakout hosted by Vistage Networks
  • Think M&A doesn’t involve you? Get real. The pending good, bad, and ugly as seen from an investment banker’s perspective.

  • 8:45 - 9:15 AM

    9:15 - 9:45 AM
    General Session | Networking Activity

    9:45 - 10:15 AM
    Joe Galvin CEO decision factors: 2019 and beyond

    10:15 – 10:35 AM
    Member Award Winners Spotlight

    10:35 AM - 11:05 AM

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

    12:05 - 1:35 PM
    Lunch | Afternoon Sessions
  • SUCCESS – Where planning and opportunity meet
  • Captive Insurance Programs: Why your company is losing if you are not considering the change!

  • 1:35 - 2:35 PM
    David Cook The mindset of a champion

    2:35 - 2:45 PM
    Summary Remarks

    2:45 - 3:45 PM

    Breakout sessions

    7:45 - 8:45 AM

    Morning Session | Think M&A doesn’t involve you? Get real. The pending good, bad, and ugly as seen from an investment banker’s perspective.

    Presenter: Kevin Lindsey , Founder & Managing Partner, The DVS Group, Vistage Member since 2011

    The Transition Tidal Wave. The Silver Tsunami. Private Equity overhang. The end of the bull market. Change is coming. In fact, 68% of all private businesses will change ownership in the next 15 years. Will you eat or be eaten? In this workshop for owners and Blue-Chip managers, Kevin will arm attendees with an understanding of the changing economic landscape and what that means for them as individuals. He will walk through the recurring conversations he’s having around the table at his Vistage meetings with:

    • Owners contemplating growing or getting out in the next business cycle
    • Blue-Chip managers deciding what to do about their future
    • Service providers/advisors wanting to help their clients see what’s coming

    With actionable insight, this session will give you an understanding of what it means to “wave the magic wand” and proactively face the change that’s on its way.

    7:45 - 8:45 AM

    Morning Session | Networking Within Networks - Breakout hosted by Vistage Networks

    Start your morning creating valuable connections and gleaning insights from local business leaders. You’ll discuss a variety of pressing business topics in a fast-moving discussion with peers who speak your language. This is an opportunity to quickly solve challenges and expand your network, regardless of industry. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome.

    Start the conversation: Join the Networks.

    12:05 - 1:35 PM

    Afternoon Session | Captive Insurance Programs: Why your company is losing if you are not considering the change!

    Presenter: Sam Bowlby, Founding Partner, Cornerstone Companies

    Why are companies leaving the standard Insurance markets and joining captive insurance programs?

    • Am I large enough?
    • What Industries?
    • What does it take to join?

    12:05 - 1:35 PM

    Afternoon Session | SUCCESS – Where planning and opportunity meet

    Presenter: An executive from Bank of America Private Bank

    Whether the event is planned, unplanned or a matter of chance, the time to prepare your company, and yourself, for a change in ownership is now. Succession planning does not begin when you’ve chosen which path to forge; or when that path has been chosen for you. Rather, these activities should be an ongoing part of running your business. There are steps you can take now to be better prepared for when you decide to step away from your company. This session will provide:

    • 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 relates to your personal priorities
    • Actions you can take today to help prepare your company, and you, for that future event



    Get on the fast track to better decisions, quicker results and increased success.