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2019 Utah Vistage Executive Summit

Hosted in Salt Lake City Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. CST

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

Connor Lokar2017

Program Economist, 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.

Elizabeth Lombardo

Ph.D., Speaker & Concierge Coach

Leadership from the inside out

Every action you take (or don’t take) is the result of your thoughts — what you say to yourself. Based on her bestselling book, “Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love,” Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo will take you through a formula to mastering mindset and corresponding actions so you can become a better leader in your personal and professional life. By mastering the “3 P’s" (Passion, Purpose and People), you can rewire your brain to boost your leadership performance. Dr. E provides concrete tools to cultivate optimal skills that can be successfully and immediately implemented, even during stressful times.

Anne Petrik

Sr. Director of Research, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

CEO decision factors: 2019 and beyond

Growing concerns of a slowing economy, compounded by unstable trade and tariff policies, have caused more small and midsize businesses to scale back investment and hiring plans. Yet the latest research conducted by Vistage of nearly 1,500 CEOs also reveals that expectations for business prospects remain strong; 64% of CEOs expect increased revenues and 54% expect increased profits in the year ahead. Join Anne Petrik, Sr. Director of Research for Vistage in this session that explores the seven factors SMB CEOs must consider when making critical decisions in a volatile business climate.


Salt Lake City Marriott City Center

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

7:45 – 8:45 AM
Morning Sessions
  • General Vistage Networks
  • Understanding employee engagement best practices

  • 8:45 – 9:15 AM

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

    9:45 – 10:15 AM
    Anne Petrik CEO decision factors: 2019 and beyond

    10:15 – 10:35 AM
    Member Awards Spotlight

    10:35 – 11:05 AM

    11:05 – 12:05 PM
    Connor Lokar Navigating the crest: Acute insights for improved decision-making

    12:05 – 1:35 PM
    Lunch | Afternoon Sessions
  • How to maximize the sale of your business

  • 1:35 – 2:35 PM
    Elizabeth Lombardo Leadership from the inside out

    2:35 – 2:45 PM
    Summary Remarks

    2:45 – 3:45 PM

    Breakout sessions

    7:45 - 8:45 AM

    Morning Session | Networking 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. Breakfast provided. All attendees welcome.

    Start the conversation now: Join the Networks.

    7:45 - 8:45 AM

    Morning Session | Understanding employee engagement best practices

    Presenter: Mary Browning, Sr. Account Executive, 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.

    12:05 - 1:35 PM

    Afternoon Session | How to maximize the sale of your business

    Presenter: Robert Hild, Chairman and CEO, ACT Capital Advisors

    You are in control of your business and its ultimate success. Success can be measured in a number of ways, not all of them are financial. In the end, every owner wants to maximize their exit. Bob Hild, Chairman and CEO of ACT Capital Advisors, a national M&A advisory firm, will present what today’s buyers are looking for in an acquisition target. In this Session, Bob will cover the following – and more:

    • What creates value from the buyer’s perspective.
    • How a properly run M&A process can add value.
    • Different deal structures that can maximize your exit.
    • Non-financial considerations can be more important.



    Salt Lake City Marriott City Center
    220 S. State St.
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Get on the fast track to better decisions, quicker results and increased success.