Follow the Leaders
Welcome to the first annual VACEOs Fall Leaders Conference! Here are the speakers who will be presenting at this year’s event.
September 20, 2021
Keynote: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Closing address: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Dr Margie Warrell is an expert on human potential, helping leaders bring out the best & bravest in themselves, their teams and organizations.
Margie has learned a lot about courage, adapting to change and ‘bouncing forward’ from setbacks since growing up on a small dairy farm in rural Australia. Her work today draws on her diverse experience in business, psychology and coaching coupled with global perspectives from living around the world while raising her four children.
A member of the board of Forbes Business School, leadership advisor (working with bold leaders such as Bill Marriott and Richard Branson), Margie is also the bestselling author of five books and trusted by forward leaning organizations such as Salesforce, NASA, Dell, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Google and Johnson & Johnson to deliver transformative programs that nurture ‘cultures of courage’, fuel growth and improve bottom line outcomes.
Margie recently returned to live in Old Town Alexandria Virginia after nine years in Asia. More at www.margiewarrell.com.
September 20, 2021
Keynote: 11:15 – 12:00 pm
Workshop: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Author and Speaker, Rapid Cycle Learning
Former Fortune 500 Subsidiary CEO
Entrepreneur | Investor | Board Member
Craig Lemasters, former CEO of a $5B Fortune 500 subsidiary, is an author, entrepreneur, investor, and board member with more than two decades of success in executive leadership positions, now dedicated to helping senior leaders get unstuck on the major growth challenges to their businesses.
When Craig took over Atlanta-based Assurant Solutions in 2005, it was a $2 billion purely domestic business focused almost entirely on a dying industry: Credit Insurance. Today, Assurant is a dynamic, high growth, digitally astute global provider of protection products and other innovative digitally-focused risk management solutions.
Craig’s insistence on candid conversations about knowledge gaps, leading by doing, and output-based strategies, reinvigorated the culture while laying the foundation for growth. During his tenure, Assurant Solutions expanded from a solely domestic B2B organization to include B2C offerings and a presence in 25 new markets around the world.
Craig continues to build on his leadership philosophy as CEO of GXG, an advisory firm that helps organizations de-risk and accelerate critical growth initiatives by connecting them with the right combination of external knowledge and experience. Craig speaks for a wide variety of industry and leadership audiences around the world with a focus on helping organizations more effectively navigate the journey from strategy to execution. Learn more at www.craiglemasters.com.
Launched in 2021, the Fall Leaders Conference is a scaled down version of the VACEOs Annual Retreat. This new event is designed for leaders who want to immerse themselves in one night of connecting and one full day of learning.
This event is for VACEOs Members and Sponsors only.
The VA Council of CEOs Annual Spring Retreat includes internationally-acclaimed keynote speakers and workshops tackling the challenges that are most on the minds of the CEO of today.
Added to this year’s event lineup are two days of “10-10” presentations by VACEOs Members and Sponsors. These presentations are quick, 10-minute informational sessions followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. This format is designed to spark your imagination! Here’s the lineup.
April 20, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
When Indeed and LinkedIn are Not Enough – Finding the Talent You Need When You Need It
Sponsor, Sara Shelton with Fahrenheit Advisors
Job seekers are out there, but do you know how to find them? This quick presentation will illuminate a method outside of the traditional LinkedIn and Indeed approach.
Member, Henry Clifford, Founder & CEO of Livewire
We all reach a point where we start using the rear view mirror more than the windshield in our lives. It could be anything; music tastes, instincts for business decisions or what to eat for dinner. As CEOs, calcification is a cancer we must actively work to avoid. Doing what we’ve always done will get us where we’ve always gotten. Only by intentionally working each day to break out of our ruts can we instill a culture of “always learning in all things” for ourselves.
Rewarding Employees with Equity
Sponsor, Gary Wallace with Keiter
Think outside the box. Consider rewarding your employees with equity. Here’s the why and how.
April 29, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Be a Better Coach
Sponsor, Clay Eure, with Eure Consulting
Learn how to be a more effective coach in just 4 easy steps!
Listening with Optimism
Member, Sam Dibert, President of Dibert Valve and Fitting Company
This presentation will teach you how to get more out of conversations with others in only 10 minutes.
“How Leaders Can Change What to Say to Get Stronger Result“
Sponsor, Danessa Knaupp with Avenue 8
This presentation will be about how to communicate effectively to get results. Leaders often think they’re being crystal clear but are surprised when their teams fail to deliver. The real truth? Leaders aren’t making clear requests. Covered: barriers to communication, the components of clear speech, and a checklist leaders can use to ensure their teams hear them and move to action.
The VACEOS Annual CEO Spring Retreat features acclaimed keynote speakers and workshops tackling the challenges that are most on the minds of small and mid-sized business owners of today. The event also includes time for networking and making connections. CEO members often say the Retreat is “worth the price of membership.” The event is included in membership. Learn more about VACEOs Member benefits.
(VACEOs Members and Sponsors only. Guest tickets available for CEOs interested in the Council.)
What can you learn about leadership from a 13-year NBA veteran and World Champion coach? Turns out, a lot.
Before we said goodbye to 2017, we said hello to former Boston Celtics and LA Clippers coach Kevin Eastman at our last Quarterly Luncheon of the year. Like our membership, Kevin has a thirst for knowledge – becoming very agitated if he can’t find an entry for his WILT (What I Learned Today) notebook each day.
If you were lucky enough to be at the luncheon, you heard stories about winning championships, managing personalities and, most importantly, what it takes to lead teams to greatness. Simply put, Kevin Eastman’s life is truly a lesson in leadership.
One of the best messages he left us with? “If you fear the consequence of failure, please put equal fear in the consequence of never trying.”
Here are just a few other nuggets he shared with us during his presentation.
Do you have a thirst for knowledge that will help you grow your business? Or maybe you need inspiration to help you get “unstuck”? VACEOs can help you work ON your business – not just in it. Our members are regularly exposed to inspiring presentations by local and national thought leaders. Topics range from management techniques to trends in technology and marketing, and much more. Become a member today, or contact us about attending an event as a guest.
*Source: ““Leading in Today’s Competitive Environment,” VACEOs Quarterly Luncheon presentation by Kevin Eastman, former NBA coach and World Champion turned motivational speaker.
Each quarter the Virginia Council of CEOs (VACEOs) and University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business partner to take the pulse of top executives in the region through a comprehensive Economic Outlook Survey.
The fourth quarter 2017 CEO Economic Outlook survey finds that optimism among Virginia CEOs grew from the third quarter, notching increases in all categories.
The survey’s index, which measures executives’ views on projected hiring, capital spending and sales over the next six months, was the third-highest ever. 2017 was an optimistic year for CEOs, as the survey achieved three of its four highest marks ever, including an all-time high in Q1. The survey has been administered quarterly since 2010.
|Year||Quarter 1||Quarter 2||Quarter 3||Quarter 4|
|2020||-18.73 (historic low)|
|2017||108.97 (historic high)||103.63||99.17||106.3|
“Small business CEOs are enjoying the best business environment since the Great Recession. Those that have become adept at dealing with rapid change are thriving,” says Scot McRoberts, executive director of the Virginia Council of CEOs.
“After several years of dampened expectations, CEOs have become much more optimistic over the past year, due to both internal and exogenous factors,” said Randy Raggio, associate dean at the Robins School of Business. Raggio administers the survey and collects the responses each quarter. He adds, “One CEO’s comments reflect the general sentiment: ‘We have been investing in our business development and are about to see a return on the investment. Additionally for us the new tax cuts will allow us to hire more staff.’”
Of note: Nearly one third (20) of the 61 respondents mentioned the overall economy and tax cuts as reasons for their optimism.
The 2017 fourth quarter survey found that executives’ expectations for sales, capital spending, and employment rose from last quarter. To summarize, CEOs predictions over the next six months include:
The survey, adapted from a similar Business Roundtable national survey, provides a snap shot of the overall economic outlook index for various companies within the region. It also helps central Virginia companies anticipate business decisions and plan for growth. Randy Raggio, Associate Dean at the Robins School of Business, administers the survey and collects the responses each quarter.
Read Richmond Times-Dispatch coverage.
Read Robins School of Business press release.
The Council continues to expand the survey beyond its members, offering any area business owners whose companies gross at least $1 million in annual revenue the opportunity to participate. If enough businesses participate, the council will provide survey results by industry. Participation is free, and all participants will receive copies of the survey data.
Business owners and CEOs who would like to participate in the next survey should contact Scot McRoberts at email@example.com.
(12/29/17 Editor’s Note: Final membership count for 2017 is 221.)
The Virginia Council of CEOs has experienced an unprecedented year in 2017. Three very important milestones were reached early in the year, including a membership count of 200, a record number of sponsors to come on board, and an alliance with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
The year is also marked by another important development: more new members came on board in 2017 compared to previous years, bringing the final membership count to 218 at press time (December 13).
The Council has grown tremendously this year, thanks in part by our expansion into the Charlottesville market and the extremely high member retention rate we have, which hovers around 90 percent each year,” says Scot McRoberts, Virginia Council of CEOs executive director. He adds, “Our Roundtables and Forums are humming, and we have an incredible lineup of events and programs planned for 2018. Everyone is excited about bringing more entrepreneurs from Charlottesville into the fold.”
We would like to officially welcome the Virginia Council of CEOs Class of 2017 to the organization.
|Dottie Allen||The RiverCross Group LLC|
|Dave Auman||The Capstone Contracting Company|
|Chip Buehler||Integrity Landscaping Solutions|
|Ron Cathers||Arcus Consultants Solutions|
|Cabell Childress||Cabell Childress Group|
|Jonathan Cotten||The Good Feet Store|
|Rich Crawford||ServiceMaster Clean|
|Jake Crocker||FWS Restaurant Group|
|Bob Crowell||2rw Consultants, Inc.|
|Sean Cusack||Service Partners, LLC|
|Jason Daniel||Tech Dynamism|
|Sam Daniel||Daniel & Company, Inc.|
|Corey Divine||Rent The Help|
|John Epley||River City Corp|
|Bill Foster||Village Bank|
|John Grace||Grace Auto Sales and Service, Inc.|
|Canon Hickman||Equity Concepts Carytown|
|Edwin Huertas||Shockoe.com, LLC|
|Doug Jackson||Bryant Contracting INC.|
|Dennis Kao||Proactive Information Management|
|Chris Leone||Web Strategies, Inc.|
|Chris Lewis||Conquest Graphics|
|Ian MacRae||E-N Computers|
|Tracee Mathes||Occasionally Made|
|Adam Monk||McClung Companies|
|Mark Morton||Morton Consulting|
|Greg Murphy||Landmark Intellectual Property Law, PLLC|
|Dan Rodenhaver||Forge Medical|
|Roger Scott||Eclipse Tools|
|Pete Sisti||Inova Solutions, Inc.|
|Mark Smith||Midas of Richmond|
|Stacey Strawn||Silver Gallery|
|Sean Taylor||Up To Par Management|
|Ray Tuck||Tuck Chiropractic Clinic|
|Brad Turner||TREAD Holdings|
|Tee Valentine||Mechums River Security Concepts|
|Scott Wagner||Custom View|
|Robert Watkins||Watkins Nurseries Inc.|
|Van Williams||Smart Resources, Inc.|
|David Williams||Colliers International|
|Lou Wolf||SMBW, PLLC|
|Jeff Wrobel||Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia|
|Donny Wyatt||Co-Construct, LLC|