2019 Meeting & Speaker Schedule

January 10, 2019: Speaker with speaker Tom Muciollo

February 7, 2019: Retreat! with speaker Ken Stibler

March 7, 2019:   Executive Session with speaker Kathleen Votaw

April 11, 2019: Half day Executive Session (8 am to 130 pm)

April 18, 2019:   Vistage Executive Summit at Sonterra Conference Center

May 9, 2019:   Executive Session with speaker Greg Bustin

June 6, 2019: Executive Session

No meeting in July  

August 8, 2019:   Executive Session with speaker Brandon Miller

September 12, 2019:  Executive Session with Dave Nelsen

October 3, 2019:   Executive Session

November 7, 2019:    Executive Session with speaker Eric Keiles

December 5, 2019:    Executive Session

Speaker Programs and Bios

January 10, 2019: Executive Session with speaker Tom Mucciolo on “Electrifying Presentations”

Program Description

When you present information you need to tell a convincing story, enhanced with clear visual support and delivered in a manner that is least distracting to the audience.

In this entertaining and highly informative session, Tom Mucciolo covers the basic principles behind presentation skills by concentrating on the message, the media and the mechanics needed to make your events memorable. In addition, Tom shares key research findings on audience preferences for characteristics of effective speakers, including an interactive assessment tool that instantly measures 80 elements across 21 skill categories, for immediate self-improvement.

You will learn:

  • Targeted skills for addressing specific audience types

  • Methods for increasing self-confidence while eliminating nervousness

  • Ways to create immediacy, openness, and an approachable style

  • Techniques for body language, hand gestures and voice control

  • Interactive practices that encourage audience participation

  • Strategies for presenting to small groups or one-to-one situations

We have moved from the age of information to the age of explanation. We can get data on our phones, but we need experts who go beyond narration of the obvious and tell us how to make sense of everything. Presentation skills are the new differentiator between parity products and services.

Research indicates that audiences have "preferences" for the manner in which presenters deliver content. Some studies suggest that 93 percent of the message is in the physical delivery and 7 percent is in the actual content. This does not mean that content is unimportant; no, it just means that the message must be clear, simple and to the point. It has to be the right content, delivered in the right manner, for it to seem just right to listeners.

This session focuses on sharpening your already existing skills, evident in your own style, by highlighting body language, vocal tones, interaction, and expertise, so you can bring information to life and create a lasting impression.

Value to membersMembers will leave this session rethinking the way information is presented, not only visually, but interactively. They will experience a globally tested assessment tool that can examine the presentation skills of their most visible representatives (usually salespeople) and offer means for improvement, assuring those skills are effective in a competitive environment. Members will challenge themselves and others around them to develop a consistent method for creating and delivering high quality presentations.

Speaker Biography

Tom Mucciolo, president of MediaNet, is a recognized industry expert regarding visual communications and business presentations. He has served as a presentation skills consultant and keynote speaker for major corporations since 1985, concentrating on the script, visuals and delivery associated with presentations, especially electronics events. High-profile communicators, including corporate leaders, politicians, media personalities, as well as those at any organizational level, demand his coaching expertise. Tom is co-author of a number of books and media, including Purpose, Movement, Color, and a four-book series, Special Edition: Using PowerPoint 2000, 2002, 2003, & 2007.

In 2005, Tom became an adjunct faculty at New York University where he and his colleague, Dr. Leila Jahangiri conducted an extensive research study, resulting in published assessment tools for measuring presentation effectiveness, and culminating in the recently published book A Guide to Better Teaching, which helps speakers develop proficiency in 21 independent skill categories.

February 7, 2019: Retreat with speaker Ken Stibler on “Intentional Change:  How to Create a Tactical Plan to Engage the Millennial Workforce”

Program Description:

Intentional Change is an interactive, hands on, skill-building workshop. Members are challenged to create a strategic plan for their organizations in order to become high performing teams. Three key areas are discussed in depth and include: Change, Framework for High Performing Teams and the Strategic Roadmap.

Audience is taken on a Journey to discover the Four phase of Change and how to make it work in their companies.

The concept of Frameworks for High Performing Teams is discussed in-depth. Activities and discovery around Behaviors and Employee Engagement are used to determine Gaps for each individual participant.

Strategies and Tactics are discussed and Best Practices by Deloitte and Gallup are reviewed and shared for use in Creating Individual Strategic & Tactical Roadmaps for each member company.

Value to members

Value to Members:

Members will leave with measurable, specific strategic plans for employee engagement and high performing teams. They will learn what changes are needed in their organization and how to effectively implement change. They will also learn and develop a tactical plan for their organization leading to high performing teams. They will be exposed to a framework, skills and tools that will allow them to evolve from running their organizations to leading them. Members will learn 5 behavioral areas of high performing teams and 10 tactical areas for employee engagement including specific ideas as it relates to a millennial workforce.

Sample of Tools and handouts provided;

  • Strategic Roadmap

  • Plan on a Page

  • Change Curve

  • Engagement Map

  • Irresistible Organization

  • Master Schedule

  • Meeting Agendas

  • Decision Tree

  • Gallup Survey

  • Words that Work

  • 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

Speaker Biography

Ken Stibler is an organizational development consultant, leadership coach and Vistage Chair and speaker. He is currently President of Strategic Integration in Dallas, Texas and an award winning speaker on DiSC assessments. Ken specializes in leadership development, strategic & tactical planning, and creating change in organizational culture. Ken has worked with a broad range of organizations that include international engagements. His client list has included Shell Oil, American Airlines, Comerica Bank, IBM, National Motor Club, NXP Semiconductors and CAE Business Aviation. He has been the CEO & President of public and private companies over a 30-year career. Ken began his career as a college basketball coach working for George Mason University and the College of Charleston. While in Charleston, South Carolina, his team won the 1982 NAIA National Championship.

March 7, 2019:   Executive Session with speaker Kathleen Quinn Votaw on “Solve the People Puzzle:  Create Your Talent/ Human Capital Strategy”

Program Description
Solve the People Puzzle

Recruiting and retaining top talent will be increasingly difficult in 2019 and beyond, based on research from Vistage and the National Center for the Middle Market.
And, in survey after survey, executives list attracting and retaining top talent as their #1 issue. Most CEOs agree that people are their most valuable business asset. People are critical for growth and success. Yet many executives struggle to find, keep and grow the best. They lack an overall strategy as it relates to their people.
Kathleen’s workshop features key ideas from her book, Solve the People Puzzle. Participants receive a copy of the book, powerful insight, and actionable advice. She works in concert with Vistage Chairs to provide content and delivery that is customized for each group. Here are examples of recent workshops:
Theme: Culture by Design, not Default
Takeaway: Tools to build a positive, dynamic culture that promotes success company wide.
Theme: Recruitment as a Sales Process
Takeaway: Steps for a recruiting process that boost awareness, improve offer acceptance rates, increase retention, enhance employee engagement, create a competitive edge, and improve the bottom line.
Theme: Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing
Takeaway: Interview skills to make much more effective hiring decisions.
Theme: Check Your Ego. Shoot for the Moon
Takeaway: Perspective, inspiration and motivation from a successful business leader who understands the daily challenges executives must face.

Value to members
As detailed in the Vistage eBrief, SMB CEO Projections for 2018, a tight labor market, coupled with expectations for increased hiring, means that recruiting and retaining top talent will be increasingly difficult in 2018.

“While adding headcount is essential to growth, retaining, developing and engaging existing talent is critical,” says Joe Galvin, Chief Research Officer for Vistage Research. “It forms a foundation for adding new people. Just as you are looking for the best talent, so is everyone else — and they are looking at your people, too.”

These findings from Vistage are echoed the National Center for the Middle Market, which just released its Middle Market Indicator Data from fourth quarter of 2017. Middle market companies report accelerated revenue growth, moderate employment growth and peak levels of confidence. Tom Stewart, the Center’s Executive Director, states that finding, developing, and keeping talent has become the middle market’s biggest challenge.

Kathleen offers relevant data, expert perspective, engaging stories, and actionable advice on the topics of talent and culture.

Speaker Biography
Kathleen Quinn Votaw is a long-time Vistage Member and Founder and CEO of TalenTrust, a consulting firm that is revolutionizing how companies across the U.S. recruit, retain, and engage employees. Kathleen’s passion and expertise allow her to connect business leaders with the right people and ideas to drive faster growth. After nearly two decades of earning accolades in the staffing industry, Kathleen determined that traditional models don’t always serve the best interest of clients—especially rapidly growing companies. She launched TalenTrust in 2003 and her firm now serves clients across the U.S.; employs a team of 25+ people; and has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for high-growth companies. Kathleen leverages this expertise in her book, Solve the People Puzzle: How High-Growth Companies Attract and Retain Top Talent, which is a must-read guide for C-level executives. She is a compelling thought leader who helps executives find and keep the best talent for their growing companies. Kathleen offers expert perspective on addressing immediate hiring needs; finding and keeping Millennials; dealing with turnover; understanding and improving your company’s reputation; and determining your overall talent strategy. Here's more on Kathleen as a speaker: Executive Speaker | Talent Management | Kathleen Quinn Votaw and CEO: TalenTrust | Human Capital Consulting.

May 9, 2019:   Executive Session with speaker Greg Bustin on “Accountability:  The Key to Driving a High Performance Culture”

Program Description

Accountability is one of the biggest challenges business leaders face. A six-year study by Greg Bustin of more than 5,000 CEOs and key executives worldwide confirms that "lack of accountability" is the single greatest barrier to achieving consistently high levels of organizational performance. To help Vistage members gain fresh insight into building, nurturing and sustaining a culture where accountability drives high performance, Greg interviewed senior leaders at some of the world's most respected companies in manufacturing (Nucor and Herman Miller), technology (Sony), distribution (Southwest Airlines), retail (The Container Store) and professional services (Marriott and Ernst & Young). He also interviewed 12 Vistage-member CEOs in the United States, Canada and the UK. Greg discovered how these companies succeed in good times and bad, and he developed a new way to think about accountability. His insights form the basis of this workshop and his groundbreaking book on accountability. Dan Pink, bestselling author of Drive, says of Greg's book, "If you're looking for new ways to drive accountability and improve individual and organizational performance, read this book." Greg’s video interviews with leaders of these high-performing companies anchor a compelling workshop that explores The Seven Pillars of Accountability. Each workshop is tailored to address the areas of most impact to each group based on an online 10-minute accountability assessment each member completes in advance of the meeting.

Value to members

Members will take away:

·  A new way to think about and approach accountability

·  Insights into their organization’s overall performance strengths and weaknesses

·  A counter-intuitive approach for addressing accountability with an under-performer

Speaker Biography

Greg is a Vistage Chair in Dallas with two CEO groups and a Key Executive group, earning the distinction of Master Chair. He’s delivered more than 500 presentations on five continents. Greg led the turnaround of the Dallas office of Edelman Worldwide, achieving record success. He founded his own marketing management consultancy in 1994 so he’s made plenty of tough decisions. He’s worked with leadership teams at multi-national companies, including Burger King, Fujitsu, PepsiCo, Phillips Petroleum Company, Prudential, Nucor, Quaker, Sony, Verizon and Trammell Crow Company and he’s led more than 200 strategic planning sessions. Greg has dedicated his career to working with CEOs and their teams. His fresh approach to conflict resolution and passionate probing of difficult issues has led to insights that have helped these leaders achieve immediate, tangible and sustainable performance improvement. Greg’s views about leadership have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, Leader to Leader, Texas CEO and other major publications. He’s written five books, and Accountability: The Key to Driving A High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) has been selected by Soundview as a Best Business Book. Greg’s newest book on the leadership lessons of the 52 most significant decisions in history will be published by Simple Truths in early 2019.

August 8, 2019:   Executive Session with speaker Brandon Miller on “Leading with Strengths”

Program Description

Gallup Certified StrengthsFinder Coach, Brandon Miller presents an energetic and informative workshop adapted from the bestselling book, Strengths Based Leadership. In this training, Miller provides a perfect blend of leadership development principles for today’s business leader as well as insights for how to be a more effective leader of individuals and teams. During the interactive presentation, Miller shares the three key findings from Gallup research on the qualities and practices of the most effective leaders. Key takeaways for participants include:

  1. Awareness of personal leadership Strengths.

  2. Application of Strengths as a leader of executives, managers and teams.

  3. Achievement of goals and objectives through a Strengths approach to business outcomes.

Value to members

Members will participate in the StrengthsFinder assessment and gain a deeper understanding of their personal talents and how to build and maintain strong partnerships and teams. The StrengthsFinder is an instrument designed to identify natural talents within people. Over 13 Million people have learned their strengths and 94% of the S and P 500 use the StrengthsFinder within their organizations.

Members are also given a lifetime voucher after the workshop and may take advantage of the following:

  1. Electronic copy of the handouts.

  2. Free one hour executive strengths coaching session.

Speaker Biography

Brandon Miller is the CEO of 34 Strong Inc, a company focused on Strengths Based Organizational Development. He utilizes the Clifton StrengthsFinder as an important tool in working with leaders to understand and invest in their personal strengths and the strengths of the people they lead. His expertise is in architecting an organizational foundation whose core is strengths focused. Since 2003, Brandon has coached 1000+ people through their StrengthsFinder results and facilitated trainings for hundreds of teams in 100+ organizations in government, corporate and non-profit organizations. Some recent clients Brandon has had the honor to work with include: Johnson and Johnson, Tesla Motors, Plum Organics, Vistage International, Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America, UC Davis and The FDA. Brandon is the author of the e-book: “Play Like a Team, Win Like a Team” which provides insight into working together as a team from a strengths perspective. He can be reached at: brandon_miller@34strong.com

September 12, 2019:  Executive Session with speaker Dave Nelsen on “Tech for Execs:  Doubling Productivity using Tablets, Apps, and Smartphones”

Program Description

The rate of change in the business world is accelerating exponentially. When Darwin observed that "It's not the strongest or most intelligent that survive, but those that adapt to a changing environment most quickly," few people could have appreciated how precisely this would describe the world of business … on a hyper-accelerated timescale.

It was just Christmas Day in 1990 when MIT computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee connected two computers together, for the first time EVER using a protocol called HTTP and addresses beginning with "www." Look at what's happened to us since then.

In this engaging and hands-on presentation, longtime CEO and Vistage Speaker of the Year Dave Nelsen shares with executives his personal tips and tricks for using technology effectively. Grab your iPads, smartphones, notebooks, or just the seat of your pants and learn how to take your performance to a whole new level.

Key topics include:

  • New brain science linking "executive function" with sleep and exercise

  • Working the right priorities (and a lot less e-mail) using Things or Wunderlist

  • Signing onto all of your accounts via LastPass

  • Eliminating clutter while providing instant access to everything from everywhere with Evernote (an amazing app, it will become "your second brain")

  • Countless other practical apps with clear, concise descriptions including TripIt, LogMeIn, FollowUpThen, DragonDictate, CardSnap, and even WinePicks

Value to Members: Participants will leave with practical takeaways on how to:

  • Improve memory, accelerate learning, and enhance mental stamina

  • Retake control of their email inbox

  • Select and apply a handful of new tools to save time and money, while getting more of the right things done

Leading a business today while ignoring the latest personal productivity apps and technologies is like running a farm using an ox and plow. It can be done but it can't be fun.

Biography: Dave Nelsen is president of Dialog Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm that has helped more than 50 organizations develop strategies to enhance the conversations with their most important internal and external customers using proven social networking, social media and mobile communication tools. Dave has more than 30 years of telecom experience and has been at the leading edge of the social media revolution since founding TalkShoe in early 2005. He's been recognized as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, as Tech Council CEO of the Year and as Vistage Speaker of the Year.

November 7, 2019:    Executive Session with speaker Eric Keiles on “The 30 Minute Marketing Plan”

Program Description

This introduction to "Reality Marketing" will give you a new perspective on how to market your company in tough times. Your companies are not Fortune 500 companies, so they shouldn't advertise like one! This workshop will show you effective techniques for marketing your companies including unique discussions on "The Blue Red Test," "The Purple Cow," "The Scratch Out Drop In Test" and building a powerful "Marketing Machine." This might possibly be the most effective time you'll ever spend on marketing your business through experience, best practices, and many case studies and examples. Key objectives in the presentation include: Case studies on migration to Reality Marketing techniques Best practices of growing companies faced with recession Understanding how to build a low-cost marketing machine Positioning your company as "Remarkable" and get many more referrals Eliminating marketing tactics with low ROI

Value to members

Vistage members can expect to learn: Multiple ways to market to new prospects and clients Common marketing mistakes of small- to mid-size companies and how to avoid them How to build a robust prospect database How to use "low-risk" and "no-risk" offers How to slash your marketing budget How to build a "Marketing Machine"

Speaker Biography

Eric Keiles is a four-time entrepreneur and author of the book Reality Marketing Revolution. He has created four businesses during his career, and the latest, Square2 Marketing, helps business owners bring their sales and marketing to a level that they need in order to achieve their goals. He earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and MBA from Temple University.

A Look Back2018 Meeting & Speaker Schedule

January 11, 2018:  Pat Murray, The Essence of Leadership

February 8, 2018:  Executive Session (8-noon) & Retreat! @ Top Golf (with spouses noon – 8:30 pm) Speaker Dr. Bill Crawford, "Clarity, Confidence & Creativity: New Information On The Science Of Dealing With Stress, People, & Life"

March 8, 2018:  Scott Bornstein, The MemoryPower Competitive Advantage:  5 Tools that Generate Sales & Increase Profits

April 5, 2018:  Executive Session

April 11, 2018:  Vistage Executive Summit at La Cantera

May 10, 2018:  Executive Session

June 14, 2018:  Matthew Garrett, The Art & Science of Getting the Most Out of Your Money

August 9, 2018:  Ian Altman, Let Them Sell You to Grow Revenue

September 13, 2018:  Executive Session

October 11, 2018:  Executive Session

November 8, 2018:  Charles Scott, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

December 13, 2018:  Joe Hernandez, Cutting Edge, High Level Negotiating

Meeting and Speaker Schedule for 2017

January 12, 2017 – Executive Session

February 9, 2017 – Retreat

March 9, 2017 - Bill Hawfield, “Visual Planning”

April 13, 2017 – Vistage Executive Summit

May 4, 2017 – Executive Session

June 8, 2017 – Jay Rifenbary, “No Excuses!”

July 13, 2017 – Executive Session

August 3, 2017 – Mike Pierce, "Leading at 90 Below Zero”

September 7, 2017 – Executive Session

October 5, 2017 – Gustavo Grodnitzky, “Motivating the Millennial Generation”

November 9, 2017 – Jaynie Smith, “Competitive Advantage”

December 7, 2017 – Ryan Avery, “Leading Through Storytelling”

Meeting and Speaker Schedule for 2016

January 14, 2016 – Executive Session

February 11, 2016 – Al Killeen, “The 8 Critical Steps for Overcoming your Business Problems”

March 3, 2016 – Executive Session

April 6, 2016 – Vistage Executive Summit (Austin)

April 14 – Retreat  and Speaker, Abe Wagner, "Breaking the Communication Barrier at Work and Home"

June 9, 2016 – Craig Weber, "Piercing Conversations"

July 14, 2016 – Mitch Gooze, “Effective Marketing: How to Get It Or Tell If You Already Have It”

August 4, 2016 – Harvin Moore, “Integrity in Your Pursuit of Profit”

September 8, 2016 – Executive Session

October 6, 2016 – Michael Allosso, “Best Performance by an Executive in a Leading Role (You on Your Best Day)

November 3, 2016 – Bob Anderson, “Harnessing the Power of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership”

December 8, 2016 – Executive Session