2013 Minnesota Business Owner Conference

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The 2013 Minnesota Business Owner Conference features some of Minnesota’s best business speakers, offering best in class thinking for company leaders.

As a business owner or CEO, you understand the need to occasionally step back from daily operations and refocus on what matters to you and your company.

Hosted and co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas, this is one morning of exceptional insights and concepts to help business owners and CEOs successfully operate and grow their companies.

You have no time for halfcocked business theories or seminars trying to sell to you. Instead, you will be engaged by practical, relevant messages that help you keep your eye on strategies to stabilize and grow your company.

The event will be located in Schulze Hall at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus on the morning of Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Keynote Presentation

Mike Paton

As a business author and coach to CEOs, Mike Paton is a leadership expert known for helping companies achieve success through a scientific approach to entrepreneurship and company leadership. Mike co-authored Get A Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable with Gino Wickman, author of the popular book, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business.

Mike Paton will be presenting an interactive, value-packed presentation to help CEOs and business owners get a grip on their businesses. Mike engages and empowers participants with his dynamic style, real-world insight and EOS – a complete set of timeless concepts and simple, practical tools that have helped hundreds of entrepreneurial leadership teams clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision.

Mike is an award-winning speaker who has been delighting audiences for more than twenty years. Surrounded by entrepreneurs throughout his life, he has extensive experience leading growth-oriented companies and helping entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses. Mike discovered EOS while running a successful company and quickly began devoting himself to helping others master this simple, effective “way of operating” that reduces frustrations, improves results, and helps business owners and leaders get their lives back.

Thought Leadership & Insights

Some of Minnesota’s best business thought leaders will each give a short presentation. You will enjoy a fast-paced morning with “Ted Talks” styled speed sessions presenting practical, relevant, best in class practices and tips for CEOs:

Rethink Business Transformation and Leadership

What do you do when the marketplace shifts, customer expectations change, and your proven way of operating no longer creates the same results? Go deep.

Jean Taylor
President, Life is Now, Inc.
Board Chair, eTouchMenu
Former President and CEO, Taylor Corporation
Former Director, Piper Jaffray Companies
Trustee, Science Museum of Minnesota


Dominate Your Market by Redefining It

Attempting to be the best at everything produces mediocrity because market domination requires tradeoffs. How can you dominate your market? Eliminate.

Aaron Hall
CEO and Founder, Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley


Grow Your Business During Tragedy

Most CEOs learn to manage tragedies the hard way. Personal disasters can kill your business. However, this strategy resulted in 600% growth in our company.

Stephanie Laitala
CEO and Founder, Owl Bookkeeping and CFO Services
President, Saint Paul Athletic Club


Adapt Your Leadership Style

As a CEO, learn how to change your leadership and management approach based on the needs of the company, employees, customers, and the economic condition.

John Palen
CEO and Founder, Allied Executives


‘Why’ is More Important than ‘What’

Learn the value of knowing your “Why” when facing gut-check decisions at the intersection of business and personal milestones.

Darin Lynch
Founder and Chief Liberation Officer, Irish Titan



8:00-noon, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
  • 8:30 a.m. Presentations


Schulze Hall (11th St. and Harmon Place)
University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Parking is located at 11th Street and Harmon Place


You can also buy your tickets here.

2013 Sponsors


Owl Bookkeeping

TCF Bank

Insperity Logo

Kenefick Wealth Management

Highland Bank

DMG Financial




Is this for small businesses or large companies?
This conference is for business owners and CEOs of privately owned companies, not CEOs of publicly held companies. Messages are geared towards those responsible for the strategic operations and growth, not employees.

  • CEOs of publicly held companies: No
  • Business owners and CEOs of privately owned companies: Yes
  • Solo entrepreneurs, sales representatives, or employees: No

What are my parking options?
Street meters and public parking lots are available next to the campus. Do not park in private campus lots.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Katie Grenell: kgrenell@jux.law – 612-466-0010

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. The attendee should bring either (1) the ticket or (2) proof of purchase when the attendee arrives at the event registration table.

Is my registration/ticket refundable?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but you will have to check-in at the event.

Who will be attending?
Full seating capacity is 324; similar prior events have sold out. The primary audience is CEOs and owners of companies (A) leading 25-500 employees and (B) located within 30 miles of Minneapolis. Presumably, owners of smaller companies and professional service providers will also attend.


Registration or attendance at this event does not create an attorney-client relationship. Your event registration fee is not a fee for legal services.

By registering for this event, you consent to having your registration information provided to the event sponsors. It will not be sold or passed on to any third party without your written consent. To opt out, simply register for the event and then send an email to kgrenell@jux.law stating you wish to opt out.

Event sponsors may take photographs and videos at the event. By registering for the event, you consent to use of your image in photographs or videos of the event.