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2021 Buffalo/Rochester

Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. EST

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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 Buffalo/Rochester 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.


Event Speakers

Sean McDermott

Head Coach, Buffalo Bills

Culture and teamwork: An open dialogue

A team doesn’t achieve its best regular-season record in almost 20 years by accident. Whether on the field or in the (virtual) boardroom, a team’s success is rooted in strong leadership. This unscripted interview with Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott, conducted by local Master Chair, Alan Weinstein, will offer insights and inspiration that far transcend Bills Stadium.

Anne Petrik

Sr. Director of Research, 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 Lokar20202020

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 - 8:45 a.m.
CONTENT | Anne Petrik, Climb to recovery for CEOs

8:45 - 9:55 a.m.
CONNECTION | Targeted Learning Breakout

  • COVID-19 Impact: Navigating the challenges of M&A in a pandemic environment

9:55 - 10:05 a.m.

10:05 – 11:10 a.m.
CONTENT | Connor Lokar, The journey forward

11:10 - 12:05 p.m.
CONVERSATION | Guided Discussion Groups

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • General Business

12:05 - 12:55 p.m.
CONTENT | Coach Sean McDermott, Culture & Teamwork: An open dialogue

12:55 - 1:45 p.m.
CONVERSATION | Networking: Social hour

Breakout sessions

8:45 - 9:50 a.m.

COVID-19 Impact: Navigating the challenges of M&A in a pandemic environment

Presenter: Russell D'Alba, President & Managing Director, Paramax Corporation

  • Overview of the M&A Market
  • What has changed since the inception of COVID?
  • What does the M&A environment look like today?
  • Observations from the field: How did COVID impact valuations?

11:15 - 12:05 pm

Guided Discussion Groups

As a Vistage member, you’re never climbing alone, and Guided Discussion Groups are an added means of connecting with peers who share your zeal for success. Anticipate thought-provoking prompts related to the keynote presentation to spark conversation, centered on industry/topic-specific education and idea sharing. Who in your local community might further support you, challenge you and encourage you to persevere? Discussion Groups:
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • General Business