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Hosted in Amherst Wednesday, March 4, 2020 7:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

Event Overview

Lead the way together.

You are the pioneers of your time. Innovating. Riding the wave of disruption. Being the disruptors. When you think you’ve found a foothold, things change. And yet — you still lead fearlessly.

You are here, because the best is not enough. You know what you’re capable of, and your peers support you. You are leading the way — together. With an impact that resonates from business, to community, to the world.

Diverse perspectives. Collective wisdom. Shared experience.

Your Vistage Executive Summit is a day to gather with peers who uniquely understand your triumphs and challenges. From cutting-edge speakers, to hot-button breakout sessions. It’s an opportunity to step away from the minutiae of the day-to-day to work on your business, rather than just in it.

Think of it as a synergy of the resources you leverage all year.

Lend your voice to a conversation incomplete without your insights.

Maybe, you’re feeling overwhelmed. Or, you fear being left behind. Though it can feel lonely at the top, know this — you are not in it alone. Roll up your sleeves and gain actionable new ideas to bring back to your team.

Your leadership journey is unique to you. Join your peers on this day, and consider the mountains you’ll move tomorrow.

Event Speakers

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.

Connor Lokar2019

Program Economist, ITR Economics

Planning with optimism

The last two years have provided for many headlines. Did those headlines help — or hinder — your business? Presidential politics are fascinating. This presentation will explore their impact on the near-term economy, and what those politics will do to our forecast and your world. ITR Economics’ job is to determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy — you and your business. Join us to:

  • Discuss sectors of the economy that will provide the best opportunities in 2022 and into 2023.
  • Strategize for 3, 5 and 7-year planning.
  • Decipher and prepare for the 2020s.

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.


Buffalo Marriott Niagara

7:15 - 9:00 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Marketplace

7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast | Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Networks Breakout hosted by Chair MJ Caliendo

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Networking | Marketplace

9:00 - 9:15 AM
General Session | Welcome Remarks

9:15 - 10:30 AM
Scott Klososky, The technology integration of humanity

10:30 – 10:45 AM
Member Spotlight | Impact Award

10:45 - 11:15 AM

11:15 - 11:30 AM
Member Spotlight | Leadership Award

11:30 - 11:45 AM
General Session | Networking Activity

11:45 - 12:20 PM
Joe Galvin, Vistage Research perspective: Preparing for prosperity

12:20 - 1:50 PM
Lunch | Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Acquire, Sell, or Hold… in a rapidly changing world
  • Sustainable Innovation

1:50 - 2:05 PM
Member Spotlight | Lifetime Achievement Award

2:05 - 3:20 PM
Connor Lokar, Planning with optimism

3:20 - 3:30 PM
General Session | Closing Remarks

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Breakout sessions

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Morning Breakout | Networking Breakout hosted by Vistage Networks

Facilitated by: Chair MJ Caliendo

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: Join the Networks.

12:20 - 1:50 PM

Afternoon Breakout | Acquire, Sell, or Hold… In a Rapidly Changing World

Presenter: Nicholas Morreale, CPA Senior Vice President Paramax Corporation, Vistage Member

How does a business stay competitive in 2020 and beyond? Learn how today's top companies rose above their competitors by adapting to an aging population and advancements in technology. As a business owner, you want to critically think about the future of your business, and gain a higher level of confidence when considering major investments or contemplating a sale.

12:20 - 1:50 PM

Afternoon Breakout | Sustainable Innovation

What does it take to spark innovation inside of a company? How do you ensure innovation is not only sustainable but engages the entire organization? Hear from members of Tompkins Bank of Castile’s team discuss how their organization has purposefully focused on weaving innovation throughout the culture.


  • Learn about one approach to implement an innovation team to champion organization innovation
  • Understand best practices in building a diverse innovation team
  • Gain ideas around spreading innovative practices throughout the organization and engaging all employees
  • Discuss the importance of partnering innovation efforts with key stakeholders such as Product Development, Technology and Sales
  • Hear real-life examples and success stories from Vistage companies implementing these strategies for unprecedented business results.



Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway
Amherst, NY