CEO Forum – 01.16.20 CEO Next

CEO Forum – January 2020   Leadership & Business Growth Series   Speaker:     Michael Faulise Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Michael Faulise Michael Faulise is the founder and Managing Partner at tap|QA, LLC, an IT Services organization that specializes in quality solutions for businesses. His current focus as an Executive Leader for tap|QA includes Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Innovation & Solutions. Michael has 25+ years in Consulting Services with his focus on Client Engagements including working with the NASDAQ, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, HBO, and several other Fortune 500 clients. Michael has specialized in partnering with clients in the areas of software development, quality assurance and testing, technology, process training, and process improvement. He has spoken at several national conferences including SQE Agile Development, IIST, Quest, WEDI, HIMSS, StarWest/East, Better Software Agile, DevOPS conferences. Michael continues his passion for driving innovative ideas as software development evolves and adapts to those changes.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call 612-348-9812 or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us....

Vision for a New Decade

Vision for a new decade We have all heard the phrase “new year, new you”. Well this year, we’re also embarking on a new decade. There’s no time like the present to level set your business and personal plans. Will the 20s be roaring? Is your vision for your business prepared for the year and the decade ahead? Are you keeping an eye on the inevitable succession issues facing you and your business? At CEO Nexus we encourage our members to establish an operational framework to better manage growth and value creation in their business. Absent an existing framework, we encourage members to consider the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) because it has proven successful in helping other members accelerate business growth. One of the key elements of EOS is the Vision / Traction Organizer, or V/TO™, which simplifies the process by which business leaders define and organize their goals. Marketing Guru Seth Godin encouraged his tribe to have 2020 vision. I couldn’t agree more. If you have not done so already, January 2020 is the perfect time to write down or update goals for the next few years as well as the decade ahead. Real goals with real numbers attached. Goal setting is more than an exercise to make yourself feel good. Goals are meant to add discipline and milestones to your business so you can drive enterprise value. EOS™ recommends breaking your goals down into a one-year plan, a three-year picture and a 10-year vision. Don’t stop with just business goals. Write down your personal goals such as where you want to be and what you aspire to...

CEO Forum – 12.19.19 CEO Next

CEO Forum – December 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Preparing for a Successful Exit     or Succession Event: Lessons Learned   Speakers:     Jeanne Voigt, Patrick Donohue Thursday, December 19, 2019 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Jeanne Voigt Jeanne Voigt is the founder and past CEO of MindWare. She sold her majority interest in 2003, and the company was sold again in 2013 to Berkshire Hathaway.   Patrick Donohue Patrick Donohue is the CEO of Hill Capital Corporation. Patrick’s expertise is in finance. He has over twenty years of capital markets experience including investing, corporate development, financial modeling, investment research publication and investment banking. Patrick grew up in St. Paul and currently lives in Eden Prairie with his wife Anne and three children.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call 612-348-9812 or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us....

CEO Forum Recap – 12.11.19

Event Photos click on an image to view larger Jason Eichenholz has the vision to save lives Every day, the equivalent of a plane full of passengers on a 747 die on America’s roads. Unfortunately, the death march caused by automobile accidents often goes unnoticed. Jason Eichenholz, co-founder and chief technology officer for Luminar Technologies, knows we can do better. He recently spoke to a group of C-level executives at the CEO Forum in December. His talk came just days before he was the commencement speaker at UCF. Luminar, an Orlando-based autonomous vehicle firm, is working diligently to keep roads safe. The company is creating industry-leading automation systems that will give cars the vision to drive safely. Its revolutionary advancements include providing automobiles with 360 vision and the ability to see clearly several football fields down the road. Currently, Luminar is working with 12 of the top 15 automakers. Although technology is sprinting forward faster than ever before, Eichenholz said it could be 25 years before self-driving is safer than manned vehicles. This means there is still work to be done. “We must to do better,” said Eichenholz, who one day sees a world where mobility is a service. Already, people are cutting down from two cars to one because it’s more economical and easier to use Uber and other rideshare services. Superior safety is not a luxury; it’s something we must all work toward. Humans drive safely more than 99 percent of the time. Luminar’s mission is to solve the remaining one percent. After a quarter century as a serial entrepreneur and a pioneer in laser and photonics...

CEO Forum – 12.11.19 Central FL

The CEO Forum – Central Florida Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Alfond Inn 300 E. New England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 Featured Presenter: Jason Eichenholz, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Luminar Technologies Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser and photonics product development and commercialization. Over the past twenty-five years, he led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of new photonics and photonic-enabled products. At Luminar he is responsible for R&D and Engineering of new products and bringing Luminar’s technology to market. Eichenholz is a fellow of SPIE and OSA and holds more than thirty-five patents on lasers and photonic devices. Eichenholz has an M.S. and Ph.D. from CREOL at the University of Central Florida and a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Click here for more information and to...

CEO Forum – 11.21.19 CEO Next

CEO Forum – November 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Leveraging Leadership and Culture     for Greater Success   Speakers:     Richard Nazarian and Peter Bonfe Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by Insperity)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Richard Nazarian Richard Nazarian, CEO and chairman of the board of Minnetronix, co-founded the medical technology company in 1996 with three employees and one project. While providing both business and technical leadership to the company, he served as company president until April of 2017. He is the principal inventor on 15 patents and is the chief author of numerous papers on medical device development. Rich has led his company in the development of new and innovative medical devices such as implantable artificial heart electronic systems, cardiopulmonary bypass systems, laser imaging systems and ventricular assist devices and nerve growth stimulators.   Peter Bonfe Peter Bonfe is a second generation owner and president of Bonfe. The company was founded in 1993 by his father Wally Bonfe as a one-person operation. A family owned and operated business specializing in residential plumbing, heating, cooling, drain cleaning, electrical, indoor air quality, and appliance repair services, Bonfe has dramatically scaled its operations to serve the entire region in many different service lines. Bonfe bases its growth and success on core values which include trust-based relationships, high ethical standards, and superior customer service.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call...