CEO Forum – 04.18.19 HCARS

   CEO Forum – April 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Speaker:  Kjell Bergh, chairman and CEO, Borton Volvo and Borton Overseas Thursday, April 18, 20197:30 to 9:00 am Sunrise Banks Headquarters2525 Wabash Avenue                NEW LOCATION!St. Paul, MN 55114 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 Kjell Bergh Kjell Bergh, chairman and CEO, Borton Volvo and Borton Overseas, began Borton Volvo in 1967 and purchased it three years later. The enterprise grew to include four auto dealerships in Minnesota and Florida. Borton Overseas is a tour operator which encompasses a limousine service and lodges in Tanzania. Bergh has served on the boards of Gillette Children’s Hospital, the American International Automobile Dealers Association, the World Press Institute, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He is a trustee emeritus and member of the executive and audit committees at Macalester College. He also serves as regent emeritus at Augsburg College. He is the recipient of many international awards and honors.   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 – 03.21.19 HCARS

   CEO Forum – March 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Speaker:  Bill Dierberger, president and CEO of Skyline Exhibits Thursday, March 21, 20197:30 to 9:00 am St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, 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 Bill Dierberger Bill Dierberger is president and CEO of Skyline Exhibits, headquartered in Eagan, MN. With over 120 offices around the world, Skyline is a recognized brand in the trade show industry and is a leader in the portable and custom modular segments for that business segment. After graduating from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Bill played professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox. He began his business career at 3M and spent most of his career in global marketing and distribution roles, including a three-year assignment to develop 3M’s business in Asia. Bill came to Skyline in 1999 and developed its dealer network. He oversaw marketing, sales, customer service, design, and training, and was named president of the company in 2010. During his time as president, he led the company through challenging times, including the death of the company’s founder, a new board of directors, and the sale of the company to a private equity firm. During his tenure Skyline’s sales tripled, and he migrated the company and its culture from a manufacturing and engineering driven company to a marketing, design, and service driven organization that continues to manufacture at high degrees of accuracy and efficiency. Skyline has won every major award in the tradeshow...

CEO Forum – 03.13.19 Central FL

The CEO Forum: Central Florida Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Winter Park, FL Featured Presenter: Barbara Stankowski AMTIS, Inc. Ms. Barbara Stankowski completed a distinguished 28-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1998. After her retirement from the Navy, she worked for several women-owned small businesses as a training and education consultant and facilitator supporting government and industry clients. From 2007 to 2018, she was the owner and President/Chief Executive Officer of AMTIS, Inc., an SDVOSB and woman- owned small business providing services to commercial, federal, and state agencies. AMTIS, Inc. was selected by GrowFL as one of the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch, honored with multiple awards and was recognized from 2013 to 2018 by Inc.500/5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. AMTIS, Inc. is celebrating 11 years in business. Barbara and her team have grown AMTIS into a multimillion-dollar company serving several government agencies. Barbara sold AMTIS, Inc. in December of 2018 and now serves clients as an independent consultant. Barbara is a strong supporter of second stage small businesses through the GrowFL Advisory Board and Chairman’s Council. She is also a member of the Veteran Small Business Coalition, NDIA, Women in Defense (WID), and on the Board of Directors for Tech Sassy Girlz (TSG). Barbara holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She continues to facilitate Senior Executive development and leadership workshops as well as strategic planning and change management sessions for a variety of federal, state, and...

CEO Forum – 02.21.19 HCARS

   CEO Forum – February 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Technical Services Designed Specifically for Entrepreneurs Speakers:  Becky Siekmeier, Pat Dillon, Sarah Swenty Thursday, February 21, 20197:30 to 9:00 am St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, 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 Becky SiekmeierMinnesota High Tech Association “SciTechsperience STEM Internship Program” Pat DillonMinnesota High Tech Association “SBIR/STTR Program” Sarah SwentyU.S. Small Business Administration “SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program” 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 – 01.17.19 HCARS

   CEO Forum – January 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Speaker:  Paul J. Wagner, Chairman and CEO of Minnesota Wire Thursday, January 17, 20197:30 to 9:00 am St. Louis Park City Hall – 3rd floor Council Chambers5005 Minnetonka Blvd.St. Louis Park, 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 Paul Wagner Paul Wagner is chairman and chief executive officer of Minnesota Wire. He has been with the St. Paul based custom development and manufacturing firm since 1985, when he joined the sales department. Before coming to Minnesota Wire, Mr. Wagner worked for Northstar Financial Corporation and the Metropolitan Sports Center. He became president of Minnesota Wire in 1992 and was named CEO in 2000. During that time, Mr. Wagner greatly expanded the company’s market exposure which now includes the medical, defense, industrial, and commercial sectors; and he has provided strategic direction to evolve the business into a high technology development house, primarily through federal research and development grants. The company has a greater than 80 percent capture rate on federal grant applications (compared with a 10 percent national average) and won the prestigious Tibbetts Award in 2007 for excellence in Small Business Innovation Research. Mr. Wagner developed Minnesota Wire’s subsidiary Minnesota Med-Equip, the Minnesota Defense division, a joint venture with Primordial, Inc., and was a founding member of the state’s Manufacturers Alliance and Leaders Alliance. In 2004, he founded Defense Alliance, the region’s defense and homeland security industry network that is the first of its kind nationally. The organization serves to network businesses, organizations,...

CEO Forum – 12.20.18 HCARS

   CEO Forum – December 2018   Leadership & Business Growth Series Thursday, December 20, 20187:30 to 9:00 amWIPFLi – Conference Room7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 330Edina, MN 55435 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 Rhoda Olsen Rhoda Olsen began consulting with Great Clips, Inc., in 1984, only two years after this Minnesota-based brand opened its first location. During her time as a consultant, Olsen helped develop the brand’s inaugural franchisee orientation program and operations manual. She joined the corporate team as vice-president for human resources and training in 1987, at which time she also became an owner. Over the years, she assumed additional responsibility for several other functional areas including marketing, communications, operations, facilities, and purchasing. She was named president in 1998 and transitioned to CEO in 2011. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Olsen transitioned from CEO to the role of vice-chairperson on the board of directors. Great Clips grew from 1,000 salons in 1998 to more than 4,100 salons across the United States and Canada in 2016. During that time, Great Clips also grew system revenues four-fold, increasing from $200 million to well over a billion dollars. Today, Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand with locations in more than 180 markets across North America.   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...