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...

CEO Forum – 10.23.19 Central FL

The CEO Forum: Central Florida Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Winter Park, FL Featured Presenter: Andre Uribe, Executive Vice President Qualus Power Services, LLC (Co-Founder of Power Grid Engineering) Andre Uribe is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Qualus Power Services, (Co-Founder of Power Grid Engineering). Uribe is responsible for developing business strategies tailored to market needs, while proactively initiating new partnerships and aligning business goals with company objectives. Serving as a brand ambassador, Uribe’s vision is to lead the organization’s strategic growth and expansion of its services lines and empower his team to continue building and maintaining long-lasting partnerships to make a positive impact in the power industry. Uribe’s areas of expertise include business intelligence, strategic planning, account development and acquisition, sales and market analysis, corporate social responsibility and branding. Click here for more information about the...

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...