Monday, January 20, 2020

VACEOs Retreat 2020 Keynote Lineup

(Update March 25, 2020: This event has become a virtual event due to COVID-19. Visit for up-to-date information.)


We are pleased to announce that “Bowtie Economist” Elliot Eisenberg and member-favorite Marcus Sheridan will be the featured speakers at this year’s Retreat held at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, April 29-May 1, 2020.

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally-acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant, and educational.

Marcus Sheridan is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker known for his unique ability to excite, engage, and motivate audiences. In 2017 Forbes named Marcus 1 of 20 “Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss.”

(Update March 17, 2020: This event has been canceled due to COVID-19)

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(This event is for VA Council of CEOs Members and Sponsors only.)
About Retreat 2020.







“Economics 20/20: Growing But Slowing”
Keynote by “Bowtie Economist” Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg

“Hello VA Council of CEOs Members! Am very much looking forward to sharing my economic knowledge with you. In particular, I hope to help you better understand where we are in the business cycle, how good GDP growth will be over the 12 to 18 months, and how much longer we have until the next recession hits.” – Elliot Eisenberg

About Elliot’s Presentation
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. After listening to his talk you will be better able to plan for the near future by making better business decisions and as a result be a more confident leader in 2020.

About Elliot Eisenberg
Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, as a keynote speaker on topics including: economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding, tourism, consequences of government regulation, and other current economic issues. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk, and public radio. Learn more about Elliott Eisenberg.


“The Visual Sale: How to Embrace the Visual Revolution and Create a Culture of Video in Your Organization”


“The Digital Consumer: How Today’s Buyer Has Changed and What Your Business Must Do About It”

Keynote and Presentation by Marcus Sheridan

“We’re going to have a tremendous time together at the VA Council of CEOs Retreat. Together, we’ll challenge many assumptions and push the envelope of what’s possible with digital sales and marketing. Our entire conversation will be based on immediate takeaways and action items. No fluff. No theory. I’ll see you there!” – Marcus Sheridan

About Marcus’ Visual Sale Presentation

Studies have shown that by the year 2019, 80% of all content consumed online will be video-based content. With such a dramatic trend, what is your business or organization doing to not only meet the demands of today’s buyer but to also stay ahead of the marketplace and be prepared for what is next?

In this action-packed keynote, Marcus Sheridan will show powerful stories of how B2B and B2C companies are using video to not only build their brand but significantly drive sales and marketing revenue in the process. Sheridan will also discuss exactly how any organization, regardless of size, can develop its own culture of video and experience incredible results. In this talk you will:

  • See what type of video content does and does not move the needle in terms of sales and revenue.
  • Discover how to integrate video into the sales process to improve closing rates while decreasing sales cycles.
  • Learn how to set up an in-house “media company” and engage your team in the process, AND much, much more!


About Marcus’ Digital Consumer Presentation
More than any other time in the last 100 years, the buyer of today has made a dramatic shift in the way they make purchasing decisions. Unfortunately, many companies haven’t adapted to this shift and are not prepared for the continual evolution of this “digital consumer.”

In this talk, Marcus Sheridan brings clarity to the way buyers have changed and exactly what companies must do to, not only align themselves with this shift in buyer patterns but take advantage of the digital age as well. In this talk, you will:

  • Learn the shift that has happened with today’s buyer and what that means for sales and marketing departments going forward.
  • Discover exactly what types of content and messaging move the sales needle and truly get results.
  • Find out how video and visual learning is impacting the buying process and what organizations must do to be seen as a “media” company.

About Marcus Sheridan
Marcus is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker known for his unique ability to excite, engage and motivate audiences. In 2017 Forbes named Marcus 1 of 20 “Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss.” He has been dubbed a “Web Marketing Guru” by the New York Times and featured in Inc., The Globe and Mail, Forbes, and more.

As founder and president of The Sales Lion, which recently merged with IMPACT in 2018, Marcus has established one of the most successful digital sales and marketing agencies in the country. Within his speaking company, Marcus Sheridan International, Inc., he gives over 70 global keynotes annually where he inspires audiences in the areas of sales, marketing, leadership, and communication. Mashable rated his book, “They Ask, You Answer,” the “#1 Marketing Book” to read in 2017. Forbes listed it as one of “11 Marketing Books Every CMO Should Read.” Learn more about Marcus.

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