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...

CEO Forum – 12.12.18 Central FL

The CEO Forum: Central Florida Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Winter Park, FL Featured Presenter: David J. Duda President and Chief Executive Officer A. Duda and Sons, Inc. David J. Duda was appointed President of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. in September 2009 and Chief Executive Officer in September 2010. He joined the company in 1987 as a Business & Systems Analyst and went on to hold a variety of positions in Finance & Accounting before being named Chief Financial Officer of the corporation in 2001. Prior to being appointed President, he most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Duda holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Resource Economics, both from the University of Florida. A native of Oviedo, Florida, Mr. Duda is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where he served as… Click here to view the flyer. Click here for more information about the...

CEO Forum – 11.29.18 HCARS

   CEO Forum – November 2018   Leadership & Business Growth Series Thursday, November 29, 20187:30 to 9:00 amWIPFLi – Training Room7601 France Avenue S #400Minneapolis, 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 Robert Warner Robert Warner, president of Warners’ Stellian, has worked for his family’s appliance company full-time since 1988. The company began as Stellian’s in St. Paul and was purchased in 1971 by Robert’s father, Jim Warner, who added his name (plural to include his wife and children) to the existing store name-thus Warners’ Stellian. Established on a solid foundation of the best products and exceptional service from sale to delivery, Warners’ Stellian is now owned by Jim Warner’s nine children. Four members of the Warner family actively operate the company, while nineteen third-generation Warner family members work full-time for the company in sales, merchandising, operations, and marketing. One of Robert Warner’s proudest accomplishments is the construction of the 150,000 square foot distribution center which incorporates energy-saving features such as photo lighting and a natural cooling system. Warner also initiated an aggressive recycling program, resulting in tons of appliance packaging being removed from the waste stream. Warners’ Stellian now has ten store locations in addition to the corporate headquarters and distribution center.   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...