CEO & Business Owner Summit

Minnesota CEO Summit

Minnesota CEO & Business Owner Summit

As CEO, you understand the need to occasionally step back from daily operations and refocus on what matters to you and your company. This is one morning of exceptional insights and concepts to help you elevate your company.

You have no time for halfcocked business theories or seminars trying to sell to you. Instead, you will be engaged by practical, relevant topics helping you keep your eye on strategies to strengthen and grow your company. The morning features some of Minnesota’s best business speakers, offering best in class thinking for company leaders.

Breakthrough Performance: Using the Goal Achievement Process to Achieve Record Setting Results

Trying to break through to the next level of success? Frustrated by coming up short? There’s more to goal achievement than just setting a goal. Successful executives, athletes and top performers know and use a five step goal achievement process to produce record-breaking results. This one hour presentation will give you the skills to improve performance in any area of life.

Attendees will walk away:

  1. Knowing the difference between a goal and dream.
  2. Knowing how to improve the odds of success by identifying and focusing on key activities.
  3. Understanding how to increase the level of commitment to a goal by using the “Acid Test” question.

About Chuck Wachendorfer:

With a two-decade track record of developing leaders, high achievers and cohesive teams, Chuck has helped organizations build and improve market share, increase client and employee retention, and improve the corporate bottom line. Chuck spent 17 years at American Express and built 10 divisional offices in seven states, working with over 1,000 advisors and staff. At every level and location, performance and results were in the top 5% nationally under his leadership. As a partner with Think2Perform, Chuck has continued to build on an impressive track record. He has provided leadership and direction for Fortune 500 clients in the areas of financial services, real estate, technology, banking and other service businesses. Organizations have hired Chuck to further develop their executive leaders, maximize their top line results and increase sales and marketing efforts.

Chuck Wachendorfer,
Partner and President of Distribution for Think2Perform

Formal Systems to Manage Informal Behavior

As companies grow, there is a need to coordinate: more people, more departments, more tasks, more production, more resources. Coordination results in leadership creating formal systems, like rules, processes, policies, procedures, and standards. On the other hand you have people working together who may not necessarily act out those rules and standards the way you want them to. There is a behavioral tendency to establish informal systems that use “unofficial” rules, procedures, and expectations. We call this the Shadow Organization. It is the inter-relationship between these two systems that creates your culture. Why are some organizations loosely structured, spontaneous and flexible while others require a formal system just to produce the goods and keep the peace? As managers and leaders we all struggle with that balance between informal behavior and structure. Do you have a shadow organization running your business? Is your structure helping or hindering your success?

Terri Wilcox
Co-Founder and Business Advisor, Resultants for Business

Meaning Wins: Building Your Authentic Brand

“No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.” – Calvin Coolidge

This enduring principle of commerce seems to have been forgotten by many today—consumer trust in business is at an all time low, technology is commoditizing everything, and customer loyalty is fleeting as real relationship is traded for rewards. CEO Krista Carroll will make the case that performance can greatly improve when a business builds its brand upon a core belief and lives by it authentically.

Krista Carroll
Co-Founder & CEO, Latitude


Bill Mills is CEO and owner of Executive Group, an organization that helps business owners dominate their niche market by becoming indispensable to their customers. Executive Group’s methodologies integrate market busting strategies that create enduring success. Executive Group is comprised of local presidents, CEO’s and business owners.

As a consultant, Bill has helped organizations with needs ranging from strategic planning, leadership development, executive coaching, and culture initiatives. People find Bill’s practical and good-humored approach to the challenges of corporate life nicely sets the stage for breaking down barriers and moving companies forward. Bill is the award winning author of Breakthrough: The Power of Conscious Conversation.

Bill Mills
CEO, Executive Group


Thursday, May 14, 2015

8:00 a.m. – Registration & Networking
8:30 a.m. – Presentations
Noon – Conclusion & Networking


Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Katkov
20th Floor of AT&T Tower
901 Marquette Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402



Is this for small businesses or large companies?
This conference is for business owners and CEOs of midsize entrepreneurial companies, not small startups nor large, publicly held companies. Messages are geared towards those responsible for leading strategic direction, operations, and growth.

Who will be attending?
Full seating capacity is 150; similar prior events have sold out. The primary audience is CEOs and owners of companies (A) leading 50-400 employees and (B) located within 30 miles of Minneapolis. Some owners of smaller companies and professional service providers may also attend.

What are my parking options?
Street meters and public parking lots are available on this block and adjacent to it.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email or call 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.



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