Presidents' Forum Focused Breakfast Series

Upcoming Breakfast Events:

  • Chicago, Wednesday, March 8 @ 7:30am | Register
  • Boston, Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30am | Register
  • Houston, Thursday, May 18 @ 7:30am | Register


Chicago Breakfast

The New World of Employee Engagement

The days of the “career employee” are numbered especially where Millennials are concerned. Today’s employment value proposition has drastically changed and there are many diverse opportunities available to the current workforce. Employees are not going to stay with their organization if they are not treated well. Companies should keep up with the expectations of the modern workforce if they want to keep their employees engaged.

In this interactive Breakfast session, you will discuss strategies for creating and maintaining an organizational culture that can attract and retain top talent.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  • Location: Wintrust Commercial Banking (9700 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018)
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25


  • Catherine Cummings, CEO, SparkWorks Talent Strategies


  • Cody Anderson, Partner, Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC
  • Brian Kastle, Vice President Business Banking, MB Financial   
  • Carl Kutsmode, Partner, TalentRISE
  • Darla Kruse, Talent Acquisition Manager, Wintrust Commercial Banking
  • Arlen Lasinsky, Director, Marcum LLP 


Boston Breakfast


  • Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Location: Eagle Investment Systems LLC ( 45 William Street, 2nd Floor, Wellesley, MA 02481) hosted by BNY Mellon
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25


Houston Breakfast

Proven Sales and Growth Strategies to Accelerate Business

  • Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Location: BoyarMiller (2925 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098)
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25


  • Rusty Smith, Executive Director, The Center for Growth


  • Jonathan Fisher, Chairman, BrandExtract
  • Art Saxby, CEO, Chief Outsiders
  • Clay Spitz, Managing Partner, Chief Outsiders
  • Dave Stump, Vice President of Business Development, Pierpont Communications
  • Jim Tomforde, Regional Officer, Marsh & McLennan


Recent/Past Breakfast Events:

Columbus Breakfast

Supplementing Organic Growth with Strategic Acquisition

As the economy slowly revs up, companies are again experiencing growth and looking at different strategies to become more profitable and maximize value. Whether expanding through M&A or organically, companies are looking ahead to see what they can do to stay in GROWTH mode. How can your company take advantage of key opportunities for building value?

Through a panel discussion with business owners and experienced professional advisors, TEI will offer key insights into the best opportunities for growth, share successful strategies for organic growth and discuss the pros and cons of growing profits through acquisitions. From investment priorities to what worries business owners the most, the panelists will review what has worked well in the past and likely to work well in today’s competitive environment.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • Location: Scioto Country Club (2196 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43221)
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $25


  • Joe Boeckman, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • David Cain, Principal, Rea & Associates, Inc.   
  • Andy Hays, Partner and C0-Founder, Copper Run Capital LLC
  • Andy Olsen, Vice President, U.S. Bank
  • Joe Wagner, Director, P&M Corporate Finance 


  • Mike Smith, Partner, Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP


Cleveland Breakfast

Attracting and Retaining Talent through an Engaged Workforce

From the Harvard Business Review to internet HR chat rooms, professionals agree that engaged employees give more discretionary effort to your organization and tend to stay with your company longer.  They exceed goals, enjoy challenges and contribute more to your bottom line.   The problem?  Those same dream employees tend to get the least amount of focus and attention from management, in part because they’re doing what they need to do and don’t require immediate attention. In this session we will discuss best practices for improving employee engagement across a generationally diverse culture and building a more strategic and energized workforce to drive revenue and build your company.

  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Location: Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Time: 7:30 - 9:30am
  • Cost: $25


  • Dave Clifford, President, Avantegrity LLC
  • Jay Mellon, CEO, AtNetPlus
  • Todd Palmer, Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • LaToya Smith, Talent Acquisition Manager,  Fifth Third


  • Dustin Klein, COO & Publisher, Smart Business
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