2017 Meeting and Speaker Schedule

January 10, 2017 – Executive Session

February 10 & 11 2017 – Retreat

March 7, 2017 - Bill Hawfield, “Visual Planning”

April – Vistage Executive Summit

May 2, 2017 – Executive Session

June 6, 2017 – Jay Rifenbary, “No Excuses!”

July 11, 2017 – Executive Session

August 1, 2017 – Mike Pierce, :Leading at 90 Below Zero”

September 5, 2017 – Executive Session

October 3, 2017 – Gustavo Grodnitzky, “Motivating the Millennial Generation”

November 7, 2017 – Jaynie Smith, “Competitive Advantage”

December 5, 2017 – Ryan Avery, “Leading Through Storytelling”

2018 Meeting & Speaker Schedule

January 19-20, 2018: Retreat! (Friday 5pm – Saturday 5 pm)
                                   Speaker and location TBA

February 21, 2018: Patrick Ungaschik, “Dance in the Endzone” 

March 21, 2018: Brandon Miller, “Leading with Strengths” 

April 11, 2018: Vistage Summit @ La Cantera (7:30 am to 2 pm)

April 18th, 2018:  Executive Session (Half day)

May 16, 2018: Executive Session 

June 20, 2018 – Tom Foster, “Management Myths and Time Span” 

July 18, 2018: Brett Pyle, “Your Extraordinary Why” (Half Day)

August 22, 2018:  Executive Session 

September 19, 2018: Executive Session 

October 17, 2018:  Executive Session 

November 14, 2018: Ark Rosental, “Internet Strategy for Extraordinary Results” 

December 19, 2018: Randy Nelson, “The Second Decision – The Qualified Entrepreneur” 

Speaker Program Overview and Bios

Bill Hawfield, “Visual Planning”

Program Description

This highly interactive presentation introduces the storyboarding technique of organizing and expanding our thought processes. Pioneered by Walt Disney, storyboarding is taught to Fortune 500 management as a thinking process that clarifies how we think, expands creativity and insures a wide scope of possible solutions to complex business problems. Key topics covered are:

·       The Franklin process

·       Six thinking hats

·       Brainstorming

·       Business process models

·       Strategic thinking

·       Personal role planning

Value to Members: This process yields significant dividends in a member's personal life. As part of this talk, members will create their own storyboards of the roles they play in their lives. They will present them to the group. The personal learning about roles, goals, organized thinking and personal change are enlightening, fun and lead to greater self understanding. For some, the storyboarding process for thinking through problems, priorities, schedules and goals becomes a permanent part of their lives.

Biography: Bill Hawfield is a CEO turned consultant, who has been a resource for more than ten years. After earning his MBA, he ran companies for General Mills and competed with small and large companies. As the founder of a small company, Penguin's Frozen Yogurt, he competed with giants. He eventually sold his company to a giant and lived to tell about it


Jay Rifenbary, “"No Excuse!" Incorporating Core Values, Accountability, and Balance into Your Life and Career”

Program Description

If you are sick and tired of people whining, this program will be one worth investing in. "No Excuse!" validates for many of us that certain principles, and skills still matter when it comes to the success of both our personal and professional lives. "No Excuse!" is built on a solid foundation of core values, self-responsibility, organizational accountability, integrity, and purpose. Principles such as self-control, personal respect, forgiveness, passion, and attitude are just a sampling of other ideas that will be presented. Having a greater understanding of the importance of consistency in behavior, decisiveness, and personal honesty will only enhance an individual's productivity and efficiency in the work place. Ultimately this contributes to the overall atmosphere and productivity of the organization. "No Excuse!" will contribute to an individual's ability to lead, manage, sell, and most importantly set a positive and professional example for themselves and others. It will establish for each participant a greater level of personal understanding leading to a more satisfying, fulfilling, and productive career. Attendees will learn to: Establish and implement a standard set of personal and professional core values, providing greater accountability within the organization, and as an individual. Incorporate a universal understanding of integrity, and personal honesty within the work place. Motivate employees and others by creating an environment where individuals feel valued as people, not just personnel. Discover their personal leadership characteristics to influence others and create a higher level of performance. Why do people follow you? Institute forgiveness and a higher level of professionalism, i.e. emotional patience, to generate greater communication, efficiency, productivity, leading to increased trust, and eventual profitability within the organization. Understand acceptance versus expectation and its impact on both management effectiveness and decision-making. No Excuse! will provide attendees: A comprehensive, take home, blue print of integrated principles and action steps needed to enhance their personal and professional well-being. A tool bag of personal leadership applications to influence others and excel the level of productivity, professionalism, and customer service within the organization.

Speaker Biography
Jay Rifenbary is president of the Rifenbary Training & Development Center, and author of the international best-seller, "No Excuse! - Incorporating Core Values, Accountability and Balance into Your Life and Career," awarded "Book of the Year" by the North American Book Dealers Exchange. His most recent book is "Return to Your Core - Principles for a Purposeful and Respected Life." For the past 17 years, Rifenbary has provided his expertise in the areas of personal development, leadership, and communication training to Fortune 500 companies, associations and schools across North America.


Mike Pierce, “Leading at 90 Below Zero: Keeping Great Employees Focused, Fired Up and Engaged”

Program Description

In August of 1914, Ernest Shackleton led a group of 27 men on the greatest journey ever undertaken by mankind when he launched the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Their mission was to cross the entire Antarctic continent on foot, a feat no one had ever dared or done. They became stranded, shipwrecked and fought for their lives in the middle of the harshest conditions on earth; amazingly, all 27 men returned home safely, due in part to Schackleton's great leadership.

"Antarctic Mike" Pierce's program, "Leading at 90 Below Zero," will showcase the principles and drivers that enabled Shackleton and his men to not only survive, but thrive under terrible conditions of adversity, sudden and unexpected change and many other factors that threatened their success.

In today's world, businesses and professional organizations face similar conditions as those in the Antarctic 100 years ago such as:

·       Dealing with obstacles beyond your control

·       Sudden and unexpected change

·       Creating teams and cultures that work well under pressure

·       Leading and engaging people while facing difficult and challenging assignments

Value to Members: Here are some examples of what you can implement in your organization immediately:

·       Engage employees in higher levels of work and productivity

·       Resolve conflict in a healthy manner

·       Strengthen employees self confidence and sense of discipline

·       Enable people to leverage their talents to their full potential in their respective roles in the organization

·       Build and maintain a strong sales force     

Biography: Mike Pierce is an avid polar history fan and has traveled to Antarctica twice, setting multiple records in marathon running. His story of how he trained and prepared for Antarctica in a commercial freezer was seen around the world on news outlets such as CNN, Fox, ABC, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, ESPN, "The CBS Early Show" and many more. He holds his B.A. in marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Gustavo Grodnitzky, “Ready or Not, Here They Come! Understanding and Motivating the Millennial Generation”

Program Description

For the first time in the history of mankind, there are four generations in the workforce. There are 35 million Traditionalists and 84 million Baby Boomers, the largest numbers of which began to retire in 2011. There are 68 million Generation Xers and 79 million Millennials, or Generation Y. There will be no escaping the demographic reality that in the very near future, there will be 84 million retiring Baby Boomers, followed by 68 million Gen Xers to replace them. This will create an employee vacuum in the workforce that only the 79 million Gen Yers can fill, increasing demand and competition for Generation Y employees, in addition to increasing the ongoing challenge of working with a multigenerational workforce.

In this highly thought-provoking and participant-driven program, Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky, well known as Dr. Gustavo, will provide participants with actionable information regarding:

·       Generational differences

·       Gen Y challenges

·       Gen Y strengths

·       Recruiting and Retaining Gen Y: Implementing five "magnet factors" that attract and keep the best of Gen Y in your workforce

·       Strategies and tactical Steps to better manage Gen Y: An six-factor action list

Dr. Gustavo will identify for each participant his/her own organizational "magnet factor" strengths and challenges as well as identify immediate tactical steps s/he can take to overcome those "magnet factor" challenges. Given the reality of the demographics, every industry will be competing for the same people. Understanding and managing these factors will ensure success for the Vistage participants' businesses.

Value to Members: Member will leave with specific action plans outlining what steps are required, strategically and tactically, to implement their "magnet factors" as well as individual steps to maximize Gen Y performance. These steps will be outlined for each member in a readily accessible format where participants can refer to their plan on a daily and weekly basis.

Biography: Gustavo Grodnitzky has a Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology and has extensive experience in interpersonal communications, strategic planning, change management and development of organizational culture. He has been a consultant for corporations and individual executives, working with management and staff to increase their effectiveness and success at numerous Fortune 500, mid-sized and smaller companies. He has presented at a variety of national and international professional conferences, has written numerous manuscripts for publication and is often called on to review books and manuscripts prior to publication.

Jaynie Smith, “Competitive Advantage: Is Yours a Hit or a Myth? Arm Your Sales People For Stronger Profitability”

Program Description

In this workshop style presentation, Jaynie Smith clearly defines what is and is not a competitive advantage. She will quickly show members that 95% of all companies do not even know their competitive advantages much less are able to communicate a compelling reason to choose a product or a service. How can a salesperson compete without this information? This presentation will: spell out the importance of a clearly defined and communicated competitive advantage as a fundamental to the marketing and sales functions produce some serious “myth busting” about the role of differentiation in companies participants will become aware that all strategic planning and leadership functions begin with this “stepchild” of business planning (it is the foundation for successful sales) show how sales people must be armed with that which distinguishes a company in a competitive environment demonstrate that effective advertising and marketing campaigns depend on clearly defined competitive advantages, not just company strengths -- operational decisions depend on this exercise yet most companies never even consider it Members are asked to help each other uncover what they think differentiates them in their marketplace. The number one ingredient that Warren Buffet looks for in companies he invests in is “sustainable competitive advantage.” Most middle market companies are unarmed in this area.

Value to members

Participants will walk away with the backbone of a new “sales and marketing campaign.” They will also learn new ways to uncover competitive advantage opportunities being able to return to their companies and make substantive business decisions. Members will understand new areas and ways to communicate what they discover. Members will also realize the value of measurements and implement new metrics which can help “sell” the company products/services.

Speaker Biography

Jaynie L. Smith is president of Smart Advantage, Inc., a marketing/management consultancy whose clients range from mid-sized companies to Fortune 500 companies. She is the author of the best-selling business book, "Creating Competitive Advantage," published by Doubleday. "Creating Competitive Advantage" is now in its sixth re-print and consistently ranks in the top 1% of all books sold on Barnes and Noble.com. She has been a featured guest on ABC World News This Morning, Bloomberg News, and CNN. She's also been featured in Entrepreneur, Industry Week, Investors Business Daily, and Business Strategies magazines. With more than 25,000 hours of direct coaching experience with CEOs, Jaynie has received 15 Top Performer Awards for CEO coaching.

Ryan Avery, “Leading Through Storytelling”

Program Description

In 10 years, the success of your business will be dependent on the buying power of the Millennial Generation. Are you skilled to communicate to them in a way that gets them to buy, invest or share your company’s message? Let Ryan Avery, the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history share:

·       The do’s and don’ts of storytelling in a professional setting

·        How to capture and keep the attention of any generation 

·        Formulas for touching the basic emotions, creating humor and best practices for demonstrating technology or  software in your presentations 

·        Ways to capitalize on the Millennial Generation’s buying power by utilizing the power of story

Ryan will teach you presentation secrets, strategies and insights from the world's best speakers and storytellers! After his presentation, CEOs leave knowing how to:

·                  Easily and quickly implement proven formulas for successful presentations that engage multiple generations and get them to take action

·                 Avoid the biggest mistakes leaders make today when delivering presentations to your future customers

·                 Illustrate why your ideas matter and present with confidence every time you get on stage, enter a room and present one-on-one

·                 Persuade, connect and engage any audience with any message

Value to members

Members will learn to sell through storytelling. They will develop speaking and storytelling strategies to keep their audience and consumers engaged and take action! 

Speaker Biography

Ryan is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 title. Ryan delivers nearly 100+ presentations a year around the globe and is the #1 best-selling author of his latest book, Speaker Leader Champion: Succeed at Work through The Power of Public Speaking; now translated into three languages. He is an Emmy Award winning journalist and Managing Partner at How to Be a Speaker, LLC. From Rhode Island to Russia, from the Bahamas to Boston, Ryan Avery trains high-level executives how to prepare for high-stakes presentations. 

A Look Back

Meeting and Speaker Schedule for 2016

January 12, 2016 – Executive Session

February 9, 2016 – Al Killeen, “The 8 Critical Steps for Overcoming your Business Problems”

March 1, 2016 – Executive Session

April 6, 2016 – Vistage Executive Summit (Austin)

April 15, 16 – Retreat  and Speaker, Abe Wagner, "Breaking the Communication Barrier at Work and Home"

June 7, 2016 – Bob Gibson, "Effective Executive Negotiation"

July 12, 2016 – Mitch Gooze, “Effective Marketing: How to Get It Or Tell If You Already Have It”

August 2, 2016 – Harvin Moore, “Integrity in Your Pursuit of Profit”

September 13, 2016 – Executive Session

October 4, 2016 – Michael Allosso, “Best Performance by an Executive in a Leading Role (You on Your Best Day)

November 1, 2016 – Bob Anderson, “Harnessing the Power of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership”

December 6, 2016 – Executive Session