CEO Forum – 06.14.17 Orlando

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:00PM to 8:00PM Registration/Networking 6:00PM-6:45PMProgram/Q&A 6:45PM-8:00PM Alfond Inn, Conservatory300 E New England Ave Winter Park, FL 32789 Map and Parking Directions Complimentary parking available in Suntrust Parking Garage(valet available at Alfond Inn for a fee) Waymon Armstrong ECS Waymon Armstrong is founder and chief Executive officer of Engineering & Computer Simulations Inc. (ECS) – an Orlando-based firm that defines innovation in the leading-edge field of modeling, simulation and training. Armstrong’s company specializes in advanced training solutions that improve the performance of military personnel, first responders and corporate employees. So he spends much of his day thinking about simulating disasters that will make emergency response teams better and faster, or ensure soldiers have medical skills that save lives on the battlefield. 20 years ago, Armstrong started ECS with a vision, a lot of passion and his personal life savings. After three years, the company was not generating enough revenue to pay him even a small salary. Armstrong had remortgaged his home, invested the last of the life savings, and incurred $300,000 in credit card debt. His accountant encouraged filing for bankruptcy, but Armstrong continued and ultimately landed ECS’s first large assignment for the U.S. military. Today Armstrong has more than 100 employees and the company has expansion into private health care, transportation, energy, and other industries which triggered the opening of new markets for the greater MS&T industry, contributing to its overall growth. Armstrong was selected CEO of the Year in 2014 (Orlando Business Journal), Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 (I4 Business) and National and State Small Business Person of the Year in 2010 (national...

Orlando, Inc. RT Launch 06.01.17

The Orlando, Inc. roundtable program, provided in conjunction with CEO Nexus, utilizes the PeerSpectives® roundtable process developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. This process brings groups of up to 15 qualified entrepreneurs together eight times a year for collaborative sessions that address important business issues. Owners, CEOs, and presidents share their management challenges and problem-solving ideas through structured roundtable discussions led by a trained facilitator. Roundtable members discuss ways to overcome obstacles to growth in areas such as finance, employee relations, legal compliance, marketing, and sales. “The roundtable sessions always generated positive takeaways. It is a great process for CEO accountability.” – Glenn Williams – CEO, Bell Performance and CW Products “When I found the opportunity to learn from my peers in a structured setting, I knew it was exactly what I needed. I now have a renewed energy, confidence, clarity and vision for the future of my company. My only mistake was not doing it sooner.” – Ken Croston – President, World Class Installations, Inc.; Board Member, Orlando, Inc. Orlando, Inc. Roundtable Launch Session: June 1, 2017 8am – 12pm $1,000 for Orlando, Inc. members $1,500 for non-members Click to Register Email info@ceonexus.com to coordinate payment once registered. Location: Canvs 101 South Garland Avenue Orlando, FL 32801 Co-Hosted by: Click Here to view the roundtable program...

CEO Forum – 05.18.17 HCARS

Event Photos click on an image to view larger    How to Lead Your Business:Strategy in a Digital Age PLEASE NOTE DAY/LOCATION: This event is held on a Thursday at the Veritas location. (details below) Thursday, May 18, 20177:30 to 9:00 am Veritas, V’Café2815 Cleveland AvenueRoseville, MN 55113Map It 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Jim Wolford Atomic Data Jim Wolford took a somewhat unusual path to his position as owner and CEO of Atomic Data. With a degree in history from St John’s University, Wolford began his professional career in sales and risk management. While working at Visii as chief strategist and director of sales, he discovered a passion for information technology and began his own business in 2001 by hiring a talented team to provide IT services in the Twin Cities. Wolford’s goal to help business owners take total control of their IT infrastructure has brought Atomic Data to the number one position in Minnesota for business class managed services. Today Atomic Data provides data centers in 42 states and over 15 countries. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...

CEO Forum – 04.21.17 HCARS

Event Photos click on an image to view larger    How to Keep your Business Fit with Leadership Skills Speaker:Chuck Runyon, co-founder of AnyTime Fitness Friday, April 21, 20177:30 to 9:00 am WSB Associates – 2nd Floor Conference Room701 Xenia Ave S., Suite 200Golden Valley, MN 55416 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Chuck Runyon AnyTime Fitness With more than 20 years experience managing, owning, and franchising health clubs, Chuck Runyon revolutionized the fitness industry when he and Dave Mortensen co-founded Anytime Fitness, an alternative to big-box gyms. Anytime Fitness offers smaller, neighborhood gyms featuring convenience, affordability, quality equipment, and personal service with 24/7 access to members. Anytime Fitness was named Top Global Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world, according to Business Insider. Runyon’s mother was the manager of a McDonald’s, so he learned about the franchise business model from her while working there as a teenager. While in college, he worked as a part-time salesperson for a fitness club and quit school to start a fitness marketing company. He and partner Dave Mortensen focus on people rather than money. Runyon likens a great business to being a great host. “Make sure everyone else is taken care of and, in the end, you’ll get what you want too, ” he says. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...

Lessons from the Top and the Edge

Jeff O’Dell Advisory Team, Inc. (ATI) click on an image to view larger As co-founder of August Technology, a global manufacturer in the semiconductor industry, Jeff O’Dell and his team built the company and led it through a strategic merger and successful exit. The lessons he shared at the March Economic Gardening Forum event, regarding this journey, were compelling and inspiring. In particular, he emphasized the need to cultivate a culture of calculated risk, a tolerance for failure necessary to fuel innovation, and a commitment to develop talent and optimize teamwork in the face of inevitable change. These lessons, refined over time as a leader and coach, continue to serve him well in his current role as president of ATI. For details on these and other insights related to Jeff’s extraordinary journey, click the adjacent link to listen to an audio clip of Jeff sharing his story. View Media Archive (media archive available only to roundtable members) Jeff O’Dell holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and robotics from the University of Minnesota-Twin...

CEO Forum – 03.17.17 HCARS

   How Leadership and Strategy Build a Path to Success Speaker:Jeff O’Dell, president of Advisory Team, Inc. (ATI) Friday, March 17, 20177:30 to 9:00 am WSB Associates – 2nd Floor Conference Room701 Xenia Ave S., Suite 200Golden Valley, MN 55416 7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Jeff O’Dell Advisory Team, Inc. (ATI) As president of Advisory Team, Inc., Jeff O’Dell is a passionate builder of businesses who complements his strategic planning skills with strong visionary abilities. Working with a group of proven business leaders, ATI provides management consulting for small technology companies in need of funding or experienced business leadership. In 1992, he co-founded August Technology, a global manufacturer in the semiconductor industry, built the company, and led it through a strategic merger with Rudolph Technologies in 2006. Using his experience in business and his background in engineering, O’Dell also co-founded FamilyBox, Picket Fence, Café’ Inc., and Be Your Own Sports—online services/tools for individuals or businesses. O’Dell holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and robotics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visitwww.Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-4191, or email...