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Kansas City 2023

Hosted in Overland Park Thursday, October 12, 2023 7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CDT

Event Overview

Experience the entrepreneurial energy of thought leaders all in one room.

The Vistage Executive Summit has been crafted to inspire your leadership, equip you with latest findings in research, future-proof your business with economic insights, and most importantly, build connection with the powerful leaders in your community.

  • ITR Economics brings the economic landscape into view and helps leaders navigate the uncertainties ahead.
  • Vistage Research shares findings from the CEO Confidence Index to help leaders make better decisions quicker.
  • Leadership keynote will wrap up the day on an inspiring and thoughtful note. More details coming soon.
  • Thought leaders present breakout sessions on top-of-mind topics with fresh perspectives.

As a Vistage member, enjoy world-class leadership content and the opportunity to meet new faces in your community. Your insight and impact will make the day even more valuable!

The Member Excellence Awards program will celebrate incredible member stories in your community. Winners and finalists will be showcased at the Executive Summit. Learn more and nominate a member today!

Get ready for the day by downloading the My Vistage app and logging in. Expect to access speaker materials and more resources through the app on the day of the event.

Available for Vistage members only.

Event Speakers

Connor Lokar

Speaker and Senior Forecaster, ITR Economics

A Changing Landscape

The economic landscape will be changing in 2023, especially later in the year. Aggressive action by the Federal Reserve Board has also changed our outlook for 2024. We will discuss which segments will be impacted and others that will be more immune to interest rate and other pressures. We will also discuss how attendees can best prepare for the challenges and ongoing uncertainties, and we will offer business strategies and tactics that will allow for maximum profit potential given the economic landscape. We will also:

  • Analyze the Federal Reserve Board’s actions and impact on the economy.
  • Talk through key areas of disinflation and deflation.
  • Discuss varying opportunities in key markets.
  • Cover global trends and their impact on member businesses and on the US economy.
  • Analyze labor market conditions over the next several years.
  • Present an overview of the economic landscape through the rest of the decade.
  • And more!

Mike Maddock

Founder, Maddock Douglas, Inc.

Questions Disruptors Ask Themselves

Bruce Lee once said, “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” Business Disruptors are often celebrated for their courage and vision, but Mike Maddock thinks that much of their success is rooted in the questions they ask themselves; questions that reveal new opportunities that the rest of us often miss. This keynote presentation is based on Mike’s best-selling book Plan D. It is a highly entertaining talk that focuses on the unexpected, replicable and generative questions enlightened leaders learn to ask themselves and their teams.

Anne Petrik

Vice President of Research, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Decision Factors 2023: Unleashing Workforce Productivity

CEOs are facing a dynamic set of rapidly evolving factors that will influence their decisions as the post pandemic reality comes into focus. Once an emerging trend, remote work and the demands of an empowered workforce are challenging CEOs to attract and retain high performers. Throughout the day, as emcee, Anne will weave perspectives on how to adapt the workplace to unleash workforce productivity with the latest data and insights from Vistage Research.


Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center

7:15 a.m.
Registration opens

Check-in and pick up your badge. Breakfast buffet served in the Marketplace.

7:45 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions with industry experts
  • Your Results-Guaranteed B2B Marketing Plan
  • Growth Without Pain:  A Smarter Way to Scale Operations
  • Sale or No Sale: Planning & Protecting You & Your Business—in Several Key Ways

8:45 a.m.

Visit sponsors and the wider Vistage community in the Marketplace.

9:00 a.m.
Connor Lokar, ITR Economics

A deep dive into the economic issues facing your market.

10:35 a.m.

Visit sponsors and the wider Vistage community in the Marketplace.

11:05 a.m.
Vistage Research & Connection Activity

Meet Vistage peers in a structured networking activity.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch Sessions with industry experts

  • CEO's Candid Guide to Right People, Right Job, Right Fit To Scale the Business
  • The Nine Steps To a Much Longer Life with Robust Health
  • Transforming Your Business Through Intelligent Process Automation

1:40 p.m.
Mike Maddock

Learn about the questions disruptors ask themselves.

3:15 p.m.
Community Reception

Celebrate your community's Vistage Member Excellence Award winners and finalists and connect with fellow peers. Refreshments to be served in the Marketplace.

Breakout sessions

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Your Results-Guaranteed B2B Marketing Plan

Presenter: Jee Vahn Knight, Vice President of Growth, RedRover Sales and Marketing Strategy


In this workshop, learn the proven process for developing a measurable B2B marketing plan with predictable returns, driving sustainable growth for your business. By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the six building blocks of a results-guaranteed marketing plan.

  • Identify the existing gaps in your current strategy development process, and

  • Use the GO RISE framework to vet your own plans

Topic: Sales & Marketing

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Growth Without Pain: A Smarter Way to Scale Operations

Presenter: Greg Deitch, CEO & Jeremy Stephens, Vice President, Fluent Consultants


This session is for executives who find that with growth their processes don't work as well as they once did. In this session attendees will learn:

  • Common challenges faced by growing businesses

  • 5 Keys to sustaining growth: Productivity, Insights, Speed, Scalability and Differentiation

  • Techniques for using technology to drive business strategy

  • How to know if you have a true technology leader

Topic: Business Operations - Technology

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Sale or No Sale: Planning & Protecting You & Your Business—in Several Key Ways

Presenter: Steven Taber, Accredited Estate Planner, Navon Wealth Advisors


While your focus is primarily on planning for your business & its growth, too often planning to protect you & your business might get ignored. Learn the key things the experts recommend that you need to do to protect yourself, your business & your other assets. Whether you plan to sell your business or not, personal estate planning must still be implemented to protect you, your family & your business. Most owners don’t even know that their assets are exposed. Join this session to learn:

  • Best practices to protect what is most important to you

  • Plans to retain & reward your best people

  • Best practices to protect your business and you

Topic: Exit & Succession Planning

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

CEO's Candid Guide to Right People, Right Job, Right Fit To Scale the Business

Presenter: John Conger & Bob Zarse, Executive Advisors from Culture Index


Join the Culture Index team to reveal the true fit of your 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? Not getting the top and bottom line growth by not hiring and obtaining the right team? In this session, you will be prepped 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.


Topic: Communication & Alignment

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Nine Steps To a Much Longer Life with Robust Health

Presenter: John Asher, CEO, Asher Longevity Institute


A happy, healthy and highly motivated team will contribute directly to robust business growth. In this session, participants will learn:

  • An integration of all current information about health, wellness and longevity.

  • The significant possibility of living to 112 with great health by following current guidelines from longevity experts integrated into a “longevity pyramid”

  • The average lifespan of US adults is 77 years, and the average health span is only 63 years. This presentation shows how to gain 23 years of lifespan and 23 years of health span.

  • Taking care of your team today contributes to greater success tomorrow.

Topic: Wellness

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Transforming Your Business Through Intelligent Process Automation

Presenter: Mark Shivers, Founder & CEO, Ignite IPA


Are you worried about hiring/retaining staff? Are you nervous about inflation or a potential recession/depression? Are you looking to grow your business but are concerned about the increased costs? Leveraging automation can help companies of all sizes support their corporate strategy and achieve high ROI by reducing expenses, avoiding costs, accelerating revenue, and creating more efficient business processes. In this session you will learn about intelligent process automation technologies, and how other companies have leveraged them to achieve higher margins. Opt-in-participants will receive a complimentary opportunity identification assessment focused on creating a quantifiable pipeline of value-based automation opportunities.


Topic: Technology