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NOVEMBER 1 - 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 2

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception at SALT: Glass Room at The Wentworth by the Sea

Join your peers for cocktails and networking in the critically acclaimed SALT Glass Room

6:30  – 7:30 p.m. Wine Tasting Competition in The Wine Room at SALT

Please join us as we welcome Carla Cole, a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and recipient of Advanced Certification with merit from Wine & Spirit Education Trust. She has taken the Bordeaux Educators Certification and also studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Australia where she earned both culinary and Sommeliers Certifications. Carla is the Author of Wine & Dine with New Hampshire, bringing you a closer look at New Hampshire’s award-winning wines, ciders, and meads and the pioneer companies who create them. Her experience in the wine industry also includes twenty years of restaurant experience across the United States at establishments such as the Pebble Beach Resort, Monterey Hilton and W Hotel in San Francisco.  

7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner in The Glass Room at SALT

Thursday, November 3

7:15–8:00 a.m. CEO Practice to Strengthen Mind, Body, & Soul as a Path to Greatness

Yogi: Chuck Raffoni

8:00–8:15 a.m. Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

Settle in for a day of stimulating content and conversation as we introduce our agenda and review objectives for the Retreat

Speaker: Melissa Raffoni, Founder and CEO, The Raffoni Group

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Round Table Introductions

Introduce yourselves and your companies to your peers.  

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. How Great CEOs and Companies Engage Employees and as a Result, Strengthen Company Performance and Enterprise Value.

Employee engagement, when done well, can positively impact culture, talent development, customer satisfaction and overall business performance. Matt Norquist will share relevant research and case examples as well as what works and what doesn’t work.

Speaker: Matthew Norquist, CEO of Linkage, Inc.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. CEO Panel: Insights from CEOs and Key Executives

The CEOs and Key Executives in The Raffoni Group come with deep experience and sophistication.  We have hand picked several that have direct knowledge with respect to positive culture and employee engagement as it relates to business execution.

Our Panelists

Chuck Cohen, CEO of Benco Dental

Mark Kasdorf, CEO of Intrepid Pursuits

Matt Bridges, COO of Intrepid Pursuits

Ann Webster, President of Aquent

Matt Norquist, CEO of Linkage

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break with Snack

10:45 – 11:15a.m. Innovation as a Means to Top Line Growth and Increased Enterprise Value

We can acquire and stimulate growth through innovation.  We can learn from examples of disruptive innovations.  Marc Sedam has an extensive background in asset management, licensing and start-up formation and is joining us to share his knowledge.  

Speaker: Marc Sedam, Managing Director of UNHInnovation and

Associate Vice Provost of Innovation and New Ventures

University of New Hampshire

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. CEO Panel: Insights from CEOs

Hear from CEOs who evolve and innovate constantly, how they innovate today as well as their thinking for the future.  


Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden

Mike Dreese, CEO of Newbury Comics

Jon Abbott, CEO of WGBH

Gordie Spater, CEO of Kurgo

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Networking, Lunch, CEO of the Year Awards and Group Photo

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Digital Marketing

Please join us as we welcome Larry Weber back to discuss what CEOs should be thinking about as they navigate and adapt to a customer centric era.  A true expert with decades of relevant experience, our distinguished speaker will share techniques and tips on how smart digital marketing can provide a platform for companies to better engage with their customers in meaningful, profitable, and mutually beneficial ways.  Not only will Larry provide CEOs with practical applications that can be quickly  implemented, but his stimulating and noted visionary talk will undoubtedly inspire CEOs to be creative and bold in new ways that can help them to differentiate their companies in today's competitive landscape.

Speaker: Larry Weber, Chairman and CEO of Racepoint Global

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Digital Marketing Q & A/Discussion

Facilitator: Melissa Raffoni, Founder and CEO, The Raffoni Group

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Networking Break

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Vision Boarding Activity

Nick Mirabello will guide us in learning an unconventional technique to facilitate individual personal growth, employee engagement, and/or community enrichment. Be prepared for some creative fun.

Speaker: Nick Mirabello, Chief Inspiration Officer, MassPay

2:45 – 3:05 p.m. Networking Break

3:05 – 3:30 p.m. Getting Personal: Fish Bowl

We will look in the “fishbowl” while our selected CEOs discuss how they stay inspired, balance life/work, manage mental and physical health, think about money for the future and increase their productivity and HAPPINESS.

Our “Fish”:

Kevin Quinn, CEO of Dacon

Peter Bransfield, CEO of RYPOS

Dave MacKeen, CEO of Eliassen

Ken Lazarus, CEO of Scout

3:30 – 4:05 p.m. CEO Challenge - Winning CIC talks TBD

4:05 – 5:00 p.m. Check Out - Closing Remarks & Evaluations/Partner Input

CEO attendees will end the day with a quick check out on the retreat, insights they gained, action items they will implement, and who they want to connect with in the network, post retreat. We will collect your feedback on how we can continue to make our Annual CEO Retreat the best investment of your time.