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David MacKeen, Eliassen Group
Stu Benton, Bradford Soap Works
Peter Bransfield, Rypos
Dave Lancaster, ATCO
Retreat Agenda

Wednesday, October 10

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  - Cocktail Reception at Sheraton Harborside Two-Fifty Market

6:45 – 8:15 p.m.  - Dinner at The Library Restaurant in Historic Downtown Portsmouth

8:30 – 10:00 p.m.  - Dart Tournament and Billiards at Legends Billiards

Thursday, October 11

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  - Breakfast – All American Buffet
Served outside The Harborside Conference Room

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  - Opening Remarks: Harborside Conference Room

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

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  - CEO Stories: Exploring Paths to Growth and Increased Enterprise Value

Three distinguished CEOs will share their growth stories, including their trajectory, the path they followed, how they balanced growth while protecting the core, what led to the path they picked, as well as what worked, what challenged them, and where they are today. Whether your intent is to grow organically, by acquisition or by pivoting your business, our CEOs will provide relevant insight to help you make the right decision.
CEO Job application: Set direction, allocate resources, adjust to market shifts

CEO Speakers:

 Andrew Cornell, CEO of Cornell/Cookson

 Dave Mac Keen, CEO of Eliasson

 Chuck Cohen, CO-MD (CEO) of BENCO Dental

CEO Panel Participants:

 Peter Bransfield, CEO of Rypos

 Stu Benton, CEO of Bradford Soaps

Facilitator:  Melissa Raffoni

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.   -  Networking break with snack

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  -  The Current Economic Look: The Risks, the Opportunities and Which   Businesses are Poised for Success (or Not)

Our esteemed colleague, partner and friend Tom Fay, Regional President of BNY Mellon and former Chief Investment Officer at Citizens bank will return to provide insight on the future economic outlook, addressing questions: What do the economic indicators look like today? Where are they headed? How might the larger economy affect the strategies and decisions you make as CEO? Whether you are thinking about talent management, doing business globally, accessing capital, making big bet investments, and/or how to position vis a vis 800lb gorilla competitors, you will not want to miss this discussion. Presentation will be followed by an open Q&A.

CEO Job application: Set direction, allocate resources, adjust to market shifts

Speaker: Tom Fay, Regional President, BNY Melon

11:45 – 12:15 p.m.  - Future State Thinking and Storytelling: The Importance of Setting a Vision for Success and Telling a Compelling Narrative

To align your organization, it is always best to focus on building a great company, which includes fostering you team’s excitement around a consistent narrative and shared vision for success. Growing your company with a focus on exiting rarely results in a good outcome. Employees get distracted by chasing the ring, outcomes are hard to manage, personal agendas mesh with what should be the aligned goals of building a great company and delivering high quality products and services to customers. It’s imperative that CEOs set a direction that points the team towards an optimal, attainable, and inspiring future state. Simultaneously, CEOs need to make astute decisions that ensure that they are taking care of themselves and their families along the way. Keeping both in check is not always easy. This session will cover strategies and techniques to help with striking the balance.  

CEO Job application: Set direction, build a leadership team, enable a great culture

CEO Speakers:

Ted Nelson, CEO of Mechanica

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.  - Group Photo/Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  - Group Activity: Tell Your Story  

Building on the inspiration gained by earlier sessions, our Strategic Facilitator Mark Hatton will lead you through an activity where, using a storytelling tool, you will spend some time defining and articulating your future states, then compare and contrast your storytelling skills with your colleagues.

Facilitator:  Mark Hatton

1:30 – 2: 15 p.m.  - The Role of Data and Emerging Tech in Shaping Go-to Market Strategies: How to Better Understand and Build Loyalty with Your Best Customer Personas

An important panel-lead discussion on how corporations use data to their advantage.  Listen to Raffoni Group CEOs and C-Suite Executives talk about what every CEO should be aware of with respect to social media trends, capitalization of the power of data to thoughtfully grow your company from both the business development and  technical side of the house.

CEO Job application: Set direction, allocate resources,  adjust to market shifts

CEO & C-Level Panelists:  

 Glenn Gaudet, CEO of Gaggle AMP

 Peter Prodromou, former CEO of Racepoint Global

 Zac Hunter, CTO, Aquent

 Matt Bridges, CTO, Intrepid

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  - Networking Break

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  - CEO of the Year Awards

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  - Talent Management: Strategies to Create “Good Vibes” in Your Company Culture

Listen to these CEOs who are proud of their company cultures speak candidly about what makes them frustrated, what they have done in their organization to address the frustration and what they are most proud of as it relates to the people in their organization. Learn from hearing their biggest challenges in talent management and how they are overcoming them. Areas of focus include hiring, retaining, motivating, managing and compensating their key players.

CEO Job application: build a leadership team, enable a great culture

Facilitator: Brian O’Donnell

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.   - Summary/Check Out and Evaluations