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2019 Kentucky Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Louisville Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT

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.

Scott Klososky

Founder, TriCorps Technologies

The technology integration of humanity

The impact of technology over the next 50 years will be staggering. Technology is systematically integrating more and more into our lives, and as this happens, the HUMALOGY® balance is shifting. This presentation will examine how different the economy will be when implantable devices, autonomous robotics, the Internet of Things, and massive rivers of data come together to reshape daily life. The technology integration of man will have both positive and negative effects. There will be winners and losers. This presentation will help you expand your thinking to position your organization for success.

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.


Churchill Downs

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

7:45 - 8:45 AM
Morning Sessions
  • Family Business Network
  • Manufacturing Network

  • 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
  • 10 steps to uncover the hidden value and maximize return when exiting your business
  • Millennial entitlement: Creating the workplace that attracts and retains
  • Understanding employee engagement best practices

  • 1:35 - 2:35 PM
    Scott Klososky The technology integration of humanity

    2:35 - 2:45 PM
    Summary Remarks

    2:45 - 3:45 PM

    Breakout sessions

    7:45-8:45 AM

    Morning Session | Networking discussion hosted by the Vistage Family Business Network

    Family businesses are incredibly gratifying — and challenging. Join like-minded family business leaders from around the region who understand the ins and outs of family businesses. Make valuable new connections and share insights. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome.

    Start the conversation now: Join the Family Business Network.

    7:45 - 8:45 AM

    Morning Session | Manufacturing with Logistics, Distribution, and Transportation

    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.

    12:05 - 1:35 PM

    Afternoon Session | 10 steps to uncover the hidden value and maximize return when exiting your business

    Presenter: Ray Strothman & Matthew Saltzman, Strothman and Co

    Building a business can take a lifetime, selling a business can take months. The opportunity to transition, exit, or pass along your business to the next generation is a one-time event. We will discuss the potential pitfalls, uncovering the hidden value and maximizing the return.

    • Am I ready?
    • Is this the right time – is the business ready for sale?
    • How do I avoid taxes?
    • What is my business worth?
    • How do I find a buyer?

    This is a must attend session for anyone that owns a business and is thinking about, or ready for, an exit strategy.

    12:05 - 1:35 PM

    Afternoon Session | Millennial entitlement: Creating the workplace that attracts and retains

    Presenter: Chris Allen, Senior Business Consulting Advisor, Ronald Blue Trust

    Is it possible that what the next generation is demanding could actually make our organizations healthier and more valuable? Companies must still create value for their shareholders, but is it possible that the best way to do this is by creating workplaces valued by the next generation? Please join us as Chris Allen, a Ronald Blue Trust Senior Business Consulting Advisor, facilitates this session and shares:

    • Proven methods to intentionally build a culture that attracts and retains people.
    • Actionable steps to implement within your organization to increase employee engagement.
    • Real-life success stories of executing these strategies to increase the value of the organization.

    12:05 - 1:35 PM

    Afternoon Session | Understanding employee engagement best practices

    Presenter: Ryan Sever, Account Executive, Emplify & Michael Vasey, Client Delivery Director, Emplify

    We know having a clear employee engagement strategy is paramount to achieving your business goals for the year. Yet, of the 90% of leaders who think an engagement strategy has an impact on business success, barely 25% of them feel confident it's working. Join Emplify to learn the 5 competencies required to cultivate a healthy employee engagement ecosystem and hear real-life examples from Vistage companies implementing these best practices for unprecedented business results.



    Churchill Downs
    700 Central Ave
    Louisville, KY
    Get on the fast track to better decisions, quicker results and increased success.