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2021 Atlanta

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT

Event Overview

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Your journey to get here has been extraordinary.

Equip yourself with learnings, data and connections to further your leadership climb. Register now for the Atlanta Vistage Executive Summit, a virtual event designed to help you chart the course upward.

The Vistage Executive Summit is a day to tune in and know your peers are right there with you. Without ever leaving your home, find an edge with insider’s access to market-specific insights from ITR Economics and Vistage Research, targeted learning breakout sessions, and networking with members from our greater Vistage community.

The only way forward is up. How you get there — it’s up to you.


Why Attend

Check out the special invites from our Summit speakers - you'll find detailed presentation descriptions below!

Event Speakers

Joe Galvin

Chief Research Officer, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Decision factors 2021: Thriving on disruption

While leaders of small and midsize businesses have been focused on capitalizing on the wave of economic growth, they also must manage the continuing disruptions created by the pandemic to thrive. In this briefing from Vistage research, CEOs will gain perspectives on the five key decision factors they need to consider to successfully lead their business through the end of the year as well as create effective plans for 2022.

Connor Lokar

Program Economist, ITR Economics

The journey forward

2020 was quite a year. ITR Economics will explore all of the changes that occurred in the economy and break down what they mean to your business in 2021. One thing that will not change, is that successful businesses will have to constantly adapt to a sea of shifting circumstances. ITR will examine consumer, manufacturing, and construction industry trends that drive Vistage member company performance and present a regional perspective to highlight the factors most important to your local economy. More specifically ITR will:

  • Assess economic performance and business demand in 2021 and into 2022.
  • Evaluate the latest regional data, highlighting issues important to your local economy.
  • Look at a system of key leading indicators proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy and vertical markets.
  • Present clear, actionable Management Objectives™ that are right for the coming years as we adapt to the “new reality.”


Virtual event

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

8:30 - 9:10 a.m.
CONTENT | Joe Galvin, Decision factors 2021: Thriving on disruption

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.
CONTENT | Targeted Learning Breakouts
  • Should I grow my business or sell it?
  • CEO’s candid guide to right people, right job, right fit to scale the business
  • How to hire better

10:10 - 10:25 a.m.
Break | Resource Center

10:25 – 11:50 a.m.
CONTENT | Connor Lokar, The journey forward

11:50 - 12:15 p.m.

*agenda subject to change

Breakout sessions

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

Should I grow my business or sell it?

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

Many owners treat their business as if it is how they earn a living, or as their passion, or profession. The business itself is an investment, a financial asset. Wise investors know financial assets need to either be grown or be sold. Often owners don’t know how to grow a business INTENTIONALLY vs. OPPORTUNISTICALLY. When it comes to value, we always have an idea what our home and our stocks are worth but many owners have the wrong idea about the value of their business. During this session attendees will learn how a business is actually valued by buyers and what forces drive value up or down. We will also discuss the CORRECT way to grow a business INTENTIONALLY so that the return justifies the risk of owning a privately-held business.

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

CEO’s candid guide to right people, right job, right fit to scale the business

Presenter: Nathan Hightower, Executive Advisor, Culture Index

Join the Culture Index - Atlanta team to reveal the true fit of your entire executive team and leaders – who is in the right seat and who is not? Do you have the right team in place to scale your business? Sick and tired of not getting the top and bottom line growth by not hiring and obtaining the right team? In this session, you will be prepped with tools to utilize data to make more objective human decisions in securing the right talent in order to drive sustainable growth. Walk away with new insights, tips, and practices to implement into your business and better align your people along the way.

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

How to hire better

Presenter: Amy Ancira, Managing Director, HireBetter

Hiring is the #1 issue CEOs are facing today. Our world has changed, and what it takes to recruit, hire and retain top talent is no exception. With retention declining at breakneck speeds and the competition for talent at an all-time high, it's more important than ever for employers to evaluate and adapt their hiring processes to recruit and retain the right talent for their organization. In this session, you'll learn how to hire better by:
  • Recognizing the challenges of recruiting in today's candidate-driven market
  • Understanding and evaluating each stage in the search process
  • Aligning your talent strategy with your business strategy
  • Implementing hiring best practices post-2020
  • Identifying where and how to recruit the right talent for your business
  • Utilizing assessments and reference checks
  • Inspiring your team and selling the dream