2020 Pre-Conference Summary

2020 CEO Nexus Conference & Retreat: Built By CEOs, for CEOs One of my favorite weeks of the year is here. Our annual member conference is this Thursday and Friday: the 2020 CEO Nexus Conference and Retreat at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey in the Hills, FL. I’m really looking forward to seeing CEO Nexus members from around the state and across the country. This conference is designed by CEOs, for CEOs! The presentations will highlight best practices and trends that coincide with our roundtable content model. The annual meeting is a celebration of sorts regarding how CEO peer groups provide the context and connectivity needed for better decision making. The conference will offer a deeper understanding on topics our members have identified as necessary to better manage and scale their businesses. Day 1   •  Thriving with the Mindset of Innovation!   •  5 Secrets to Scaling Your Business   •  Maximizing Your Multiple   •  Networking Exercise: Stop Selling and Start Building Relationships   •  Creating and Delivering a Story of Influence   •  Your Health is Your Wealth – A Strategic Plan for Optimal Health and Vitality Day 2   •  Cybersecurity: What Hackers Have Planned in 2020   •  Innovate or Evaporate   •  Financial Foundation Needed to Scale Your Business   •  Generational Differences in the Workplace: How to Build Your Talent Pool Across Three Generations   •  Trends: What’s Coming Our Way in 2020 and 2021… and What We Can All Do About It   •  Networking Exercise: Building Relationships That Help Scale Sales   •  Aligning Your Team to Maximize Brand Equity   •  HR 2020: An Up-to-the-Minute Briefing on HR Practices, Trends and Regulations...

Conference 02.28-02.29.20

2020 CEO Nexus Conference & Retreat Date 12:00 pm Thu., February 27, 2020 to 5:00 pm Fri., February 28, 2020 Location Mission Inn Resort & Club (map) Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737 (800) 874-9053 www.missioninnresort.com 10 Sessions plus Networking Cybersecurity, EOS best practices, Labor law, Leadership, Succession… Agenda Conference Fee Includes Meals Thursday lunch & dinner plus Friday breakfast & lunch Announcing the 2020 CEO Nexus Member Conference & Retreat! The event agenda includes a mix of member-driven presentations, panel discussions, best practices and networking exercises consistent with member feedback gathered following the 2019 member retreat. Topics to be addressed include leadership, cybersecurity, EOS best practices, HR best practices, succession planning, business valuation, and health and wellness for business owners. The program will emphasize group interaction and expanded networking opportunities. • All CEO Roundtable members are invited. Spouses and significant others are also welcome, but they may not attend retreat program presentations unless they are an active member of the ownership / leadership team and have day-to-day decision-making responsibility in the business. • Each CEO attendee will receive access to the conference-specific event app containing attendee contact information, speaker biographies and links to related assessments and tools presented at the event. Bonus – Saturday (2/29) Retreat Activities at Mission Inn: Retreat activities on Saturday are elective. A member golf event will be scheduled on Saturday (projected tee time, 830 am). To participate in this related but separate activity, send a message noting your desire to participate in the golf event to events@ceonexus.com. A member host will contact you to coordinate details. Hotel Accommodations: We have negotiated a group rate room discount...

CEO Forum – 02.20.20 CEO Next

CEO Forum – February 2020   Leadership & Business Growth Series   Speaker:     Joe Morris Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am7:30 am to 8:00 am – Registration and continental breakfast (sponsored by SURGE)8:00 am to 9:00 am – Speaker presentation and Q&A Brookview Golf Course – Community/Conference Room316 Brookview Pkwy SGolden Valley, MN 55426 Joe Morris Joe Morris is a highly accomplished, innovative, and results oriented business executive/entrepreneur with over 30 years of broad based and progressive experience at companies like 3M, GMAC, Super Valu, and Toro. Joe became a full-fledged entrepreneur in 1997 developing an Internet operating system in joint with Nortel Networks and Southwestern Bell. He is a decisive and insightful team builder/leader and effectively develops / motivates others. Joe is currently the Executive Vice President of Business Development at ImagoAI, Inc. ImagoAI utilizes hyper-spectral imaging combined with proprietary Artificial Intelligence to determine foreign materials and chemical composition of food products at production line speeds. Joe is formerly an Executive Vice President at A2Z Holdings Inc., a technology holding company that has investments in mobile application technologies, video conferencing, fantasy sports, and music streaming. Joe is an “eclectic entrepreneur” having owned businesses in the consumer packaging markets, Kids Product/Promotional Markets, Professional Music Business, and more. Joe is an angel investor and a member of Gopher Angels. In the small amount of spare time that Joe has in his schedule he thoroughly enjoys mentoring startup company executives and going to see his daughter Sarah Morris perform at local music venues.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit www.hennepin.us/ceonext. Or you may call 612-348-9812 or...

AppleOne co-sponsors successful…

AppleOne co-sponsors successful workshop and networking event with CEO Nexus at Synapse Summit 2020 The sun was shining and the energy was palpable when more than 6,000 top tech entrepreneurs joined forces at the Synapse Summit 2020 in Tampa, Florida this past week. From fresh startups to second-stage companies to worldwide brands, representatives connected to swap the latest innovations, spark inspiration and strategize for future partnerships. Synapse Summit is in its third year and keeps growing. This year, the event was held in downtown Tampa and the Amalie Arena where more than 300 speakers took to seven stages with over 100 breakout sessions. CEO Nexus was in attendance and even had the opportunity to co-sponsor a workshop and an after-hours break-out session with AppleOne Employment Services where we transformed a private VIP area into the Lonely At The Top Lounge for CEOs. I’d like to extend special thanks to AppleOne’s Michael Logal and Nicole McMurray who help set up the sponsorship. McMurray is a member of our CEO Nexus network who takes part in our C-suite program. Her team did a wonderful job with this entire event. In our workshop session with business leaders, McMurray discussed human resource management – attracting and retaining talent in today’s hot market. Articulating your company culture is a cornerstone of an engaged workforce, Murray told those gathered. One common HR challenge many companies face, she said, is building a culture of communication as well as one that tells their unique company story. According to McMurray, hiring talent that meshes with your culture starts at the interview. When it comes to successful job interviews,...

Entrepreneurs come together…

Entrepreneurs come together to support investment-grade businessesEntrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando launches The new Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando is out to prove that Orlando and Central Florida are investment-grade. The Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando (EAO) launched Wednesday after three years of exploration and discussion. Founders say the group fills a gap in the ecosystem and shines a bright light on quality investment-grade businesses. The new organization will operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit led by successful entrepreneurs. The EAO will be a safe place for entrepreneurs to seek assistance and get help they need to become investment-grade businesses. Richard Milam, the executive chairman of the EAO, said, “We’re going to leverage the magic of the region to help entrepreneurs thrive, compressing the time needed to get to the next level.” Milam is an example of CEO who built an investment-grade company and successfully existed. His process automation firm EnableSoft was recently acquired by Nintex. Entrepreneurs and leaders from major universities, incubators and other business development groups came together this week to celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit that will focus on identifying, nurturing and propelling quality investment-grade businesses in Central Florida. Tom O’Neal, one of the original pioneers of the EAO, said the new alliance is a natural progression of the regional efforts to raise awareness for quality investment-grade companies. Central Florida needs entrepreneurs to come together, help each other and connect better than they’ve already been doing in the current ecosystem. “The region needs this, and entrepreneurs need this,” O’Neal said before the event, which took place at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. In the first year, the EAO...

CEO Social – CLF 01.23.20

Event Photos click on an image to view larger CEO Leadership Forums / CEO Nexus Winter Social Each year, we hold a special social event with great food and beverages to recognize those speakers for their contribution to our CEO Leadership Forums Event series as well as to deliver a special presentation to Valencia College, whose Baccalaureate degrees we financially support. We will have other guests who attended our events at Valencia College W. Campus as well as Valencia College dignitaries, who will share some of the things that are coming down the pike in our efforts with the College and its students. In addition, we will be presenting a significant financial contribution to Valencia as well as provide insights as to how you may benefit through direct access to Valencia College talent. View Event...