CEO Forum – 06.20.19 HCARS

 CEO Forum – June 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Preparing for a Successful Exit     or Succession Event: Lessons Learned   Panel Members:  Jeff Wright, Dave Perrill, Jeanne Voigt Thursday, June 20, 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   Jeff Wright Jeff Wright, managing director and principal, Corporate Finance Associates, brings more than 35 years of entrepreneurial management experience to work advising company owners as an investment banker. He works with owners of private companies to execute high value exits through a tightly managed, competitive process.   Dave Perrill Dave Perrill is CEO of Compute North, a company focused on developing and managing high performance computing centers. Prior to joining Compute North, he founded and sold SecureConnect. Jeff Wright was the lead investment banker for that transaction.   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.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER For more information, please visit Hennepin.us/BusinessAssistance and click on the Economic Gardening section, call 612-348-9812, or email Mary.Matze@hennepin.us...

CEO Forum – 05.16.19 HCARS

   CEO Forum – May 2019   Leadership & Business Growth Series Speaker:  Björn Stansvik, founder and CEO of MentorMate Thursday, May 16, 20197:30 to 9:00 am Sunrise Banks Headquarters2525 Wabash AvenueSt. 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 Björn Stansvik Björn Stansvik, founder and CEO of MentorMate, a global software development firm, has steered the company’s vision from inception to over 400 full-time employees, accelerating digital ideas with end-to-end technology services since 2001. He is the guiding force for the company, constantly challenging the team to explore the boundaries of new technologies like AI and cloud computing and to pioneer digital innovation in healthcare. Under his leadership, MentorMate has grown its technical capabilities across industries. MentorMate was named a 2016 Top ICT Employer in Bulgaria, and in 2017 the Star Tribune included the company on its Top 150 Workplaces list. The newest of its seven offices opened in AstraZeneca’s BioVentureHub in Göteborg, Sweden in 2016. As a recognized technology innovator, Stansvik has won the following distinctions: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Titans of Technology (2014), Minnesota Business Magazine’s Real Power 50 (2014), and EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program finalist (2015, 2016).   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 – 04.18.19 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...