Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 VACEOs Retreat: Frequently Asked Questions


We are really excited about this year’s Retreat held at the historic Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia! Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we often get about our Retreat. Not finding what you need? Contact today.




Q: Who will be the speakers this year?

A:  We have an incredible lineup! This year’s presenters are business growth experts and award-winning authors who will help you learn how to up your game and so much more. Take a look at this lineup.


Q: Do I need to book a room?

A:  Yes. As soon as possible! We have a block of rooms reserved through April 4. Use the special group link here to make your reservation.

Q: Should I bring my spouse or significant other?

A:  The Retreat program is designed just for members and sponsors. We recommend that you immerse yourself. After all, this is a “retreat!” We will have guest tickets for our two evening social events. Some folks have their spouse join them on Friday afternoon for an extra night or two of R&R. We have a reception Friday night just for the “lingerers.”


Q: Is there a dress code?

A: Not really. Let’s call it business casual or resort casual. Relax and be comfortable. There may be stricter dress codes in the Homestead dining room.


Q: What do I register for? The Registration page has a lot of stuff on it!

A: Start with CEO Retreat Registration. That is your main ticket to the Retreat, covering meals and program from Wednesday dinner to Friday at noon. We suggest that you come in on Wednesday – most participants do – for the Opening Reception & Dinner. And, to maximize your time making connections, you can choose one of the group activities on Wednesday – Golf, Ziplining, or the Cascade Gorge Hike. Or enjoy the many resort activities available to you.


Q: What if I have to cancel?

A: Let us know ASAP. Call and cancel your room at The Homestead. If you have registered for an activity or a guest ticket there are no refunds offered after March 27.

Posted by Staff at 4:49 pm
Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 VACEOs Retreat Speaker Lineup

Registration is now open for the VACEOs Annual CEO Retreat! This year’s speaker lineup are award-winning authors who will help you learn how to:

  • learn how to increase your personal performance 5x,
  • spot traditional boundaries that can limit your customer reach and restrict your growth aspirations,
  • integrate emotional intelligence into your sales and leadership processes,
  • and much more!

2018 speaker lineup

Bo BurlinghamBO Burlingham to MC 2018 VACEOs Retreat

Bo Burlingham has been writing about business for 34 years. He was editor-at-large of Inc. magazine and the author of five books, the most recent being Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top (Portfolio/Penguin, 2014). A previous book, Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big (Portfolio/Penguin, 2006), was one of five finalists for the 2006 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award.

Burlingham joined Inc. in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later. As executive editor, he was involved in much of the magazine’s early coverage of innovative companies that have since emerged as leaders of the so-called New Economy.



Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder/director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance. He is the author of eight bestsellers, including Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Tomorrowland, Bold, Abundance, West of Jesus, A Small Furry Prayer and The Angle Quickest for Flight.

This keynote, based on Kotler’s New York Times bestseller Bold, examines how companies can level up their game like never before. His keynote will help you:
• Understand exponential change and harness its power
• Create a culture of innovation and moonshot thinking
• Unlock flow and accelerate organizational performance
• Learn how to think at scale and perform at speed
• Extend your reach and impact with crowd-powered tools


Katrina LingKatrina Ling

From London, Ontario to London, England, and as far north as the Arctic Circle to Bangalore, India in the south, Katrina has carried the message of blue ocean shift to business leaders around the world. As a senior global speaker, trainer, and consultant, Katrina will deliver an interactive keynote that speaks to what every business leader needs to know about creating high growth and profits.

Learn how to spot traditional boundaries that can limit your customer reach and restrict your growth aspirations. There is a proven path to create new value to draw in new revenues while lowering your costs to increase profits. Yes, you can do it all – there’s one caveat: you can’t get to the blue ocean of uncontested market space by competing more in the red.


Colleen StanleyColleen Stanley

Colleen Stanley is president and founder of SalesLeadership, Inc., a sales development firm and the author of two books, Emotional Intelligence For Sales Success and Growing Great Sales Teams.

Named one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers, Top 10 Women in Sales Experts to Follow and Top 30 Global Gurus, her goal is to shake up the way you think about your sales organization. It’s time for a new perspective and time to integrate emotional intelligence into your sales and leadership processes.



Workshops on a variety of topics will take place on Thursday afternoon, giving you a chance to mix it up with other participants and experts.



Posted by Staff at 4:44 pm
Friday, November 3, 2017

2018 Annual VACEOs Retreat


Join us again at the Omni Homestead Resort for top-notch speakers and unmatched learning and networking opportunities found only at our Annual Retreat. Make time Wednesday and Friday for activities such as golf, zip line, skeet shooting, The Cascades Gorge Hike and more. Below is a great summary of what you can expect. Want more detail? Visit our 2018 Registration page or our Retreat FAQ page today!


April 25-27, 2018

Omni Homestead Resort
Hot Springs, Virginia

Wednesday, April 25
Noon – 6:00 pm: Recreational Activities
6:00 pm –  9:00 pm: Speed Networking and Dinner
9:00 pm – 1:00 am: Late Night Hospitality

Thursday, April 26
8:30 am – 9:30 am: Registration
10:00 am – 4:15 pm: Sessions and Workshops
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Party at the Gun Club (Western Theme)

Friday, April 26
7:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am – 11:45 am Closing Session
Afternoon: More Recreational Options
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Lingerers Reception

Bo Burlingham announced as our first speaker. Bo has presented at a VACEOs Retreat before, and will return to MC our conference and share learnings from Finish Big! Review our Speaker Lineup.

Book now! Reserve your room by April 4, 2018, through this link: or call 800-838-1766.


Posted by Staff at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sights and Sounds from the 2017 VACEOs Annual Retreat


While the 2017 VACEOs Retreat at the Homestead is over, we’ve got a few memories we’ll take with us. Here’s a few of our favorite moments.

Related article: 2017 VACEOs Retreat: Here’s Our To-Do List >



Posted by Staff at 10:06 am
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 VACEOs Retreat: Here’s Our To-Do List


Annnnd that’s a wrap! Another great VACEOs Retreat is under our belts. We took a pause from work, enjoyed ourselves, connected and learned. Our tranquil setting this year – the luxurious Homestead Resort in Hot Springs – gently eased us into two days of self-reflection and study as each speaker, in their own way, invited us to take a look inward and then take action.

JoelS-twoOur opening speaker, Marshall Goldsmith, asked us to take a hard look at ourselves and our behavior. He shared great leadership coaching tactics and concluded his lecture with this personal coaching advice:

1. Be happy now.
2. Life is short, so have fun now!
3. Help people.
4. Have a dream and go for it!

Joel Salatin challenged us to aspire to NOBLE goals – not those of the traditional business sort. We won’t soon forget his lesson on “10 Ethics-Based, Contrarian Business Ideas,” focusing on a world in which sales targets and trademarks don’t exist, the local ecology is honored, and the phenotypical uniqueness of life – including seasons, cycles, ebbs and flows – is respected.

And like Goldsmith, Salatin reminded us to enjoy NOW: “The times of our lives will always trump the paychecks of our lives.”

Related article: Sights and Sounds from VACEOs Annual Retreat (Video) >

We were in awe of – and inspired by – the life of Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour. The Marine combat pilot and inspirational speaker reminded us that our actions affect many. She challenged us to make gutsy moves, to ENGAGE with our employees and partners, and to “squeeze the juice out of life.”

connor-recapAnd while our last speaker, Connor Lokar, Economist at ITR Economics, spoke about business indicators and wage and consumer growth indexes, his ultimate message was relatively simple: To thrive during what he expects to be a year of growth and acceleration, the first step is to look inward; more specifically, to understand what business cycle you’re in and where you’re going. Essentially, “Carpe diem!” Seize the day and act accordingly, because a potentially injurious economic tidal wave is a’comin’.

Here’s our checklist from the Retreat. What’s on yours?

VACEOs Post-Retreat Checklist
3 Things To Do

  1. Determine what business cycle I’m in and how to react to important market indicators.
  2. Determine one thing I can do to make a positive difference for myself and the world, and then tell someone to make me accountable.
  3. Make a gutsy move to live an amazing, adventurous, epic, juicy life!
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