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April 14, 2017 | Salt Lake City, UT
The 10th Anniversary of the Governor's Utah Economic Summit
Started in 2006 under Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the governor-hosted Utah Economic Summit has been a celebration of economic success, a gathering for learning, and, most importantly, a driver of collaboration. In the last 10 years, Utah has come through an economic recession and out on top. Forbes’ Best State for Business and Careers five out of the last six years. Pollina Corporate’s No. 1 Pro-Business State four years running. We have much to be proud of. Thank you for joining the celebration.
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Governor Gary R. Herbert
State of Utah
Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
President and CEO, Zions Bank
2016 Economic Summit Speakers
GOVERNOR'S UTAH ECONOMIC SUMMIT
Friday, April 15, 2016
M&A in Today's Markets: How to Prepare Your Company to Be Acquired
Google. Dell. IBM. Wall Street. These M&A experts are hardly strangers to the biggest deals, both national and international. A fair mix of business and law, this session covers the intricacies of mergers and acquisitions for a variety of company sizes and industries. Sometimes the best move is to sell—learn how to best prepare your company for optimal growth.
Workforce Culture: Building a Team
Companies thrive when every employee has caught the vision. Building the right team isn’t just about picking the right teammates—it’s about creating company culture. MaritzCX president and CEO Carine Clark has led more than one company to remarkable growth. Learn from her expertise on building a professional environment of empowerment, of happiness and of fun to achieve employee and company success.
How Technology-based Business Models Drive Market Valuations
William J. (Bill) Ribaudo is a frequent author and speaker on digital business model innovation and its link to market valuation. It’s clear in recent years that investors are measuring and rewarding differently. Corporate value is shifting in favor of those business models that use less physical assets and leverage technology “as” the business. Understand how technology-based business models increase market valuation. Learn how the ubiquity of technology is making traditional industry classification less relevant. Gain insights about “The Great Race” and what it will take to win in the physical and virtual worlds.
Main Street: Backbone of the Economy
Not everyone can build a Facebook, Apple, Google or eBay. But anyone with passion, tenacity, and a sound concept can build a successful main street business. Learn the keys to success from local entrepreneurs who have built thriving companies in Utah.
The Evolution of Entertainment
Join Film Commissioner Virginia Pearce and leaders from Utah’s digital entertainment industry as they explore the future of this fast-growing sector. With the worlds of film, game design and technology increasingly overlapping, discover how local companies are combining strategic thinking with innovative content creation to make serious waves in the industry across the globe. Utah Digital Entertainment Network’s Jon Dean, Clark Stacey of WildWorks, ChAIR Entertainment’s Donald Mustard and Ken Bretschneider of The Void join forces to share secrets to their success and discuss the wider industry’s evolution.
Venture Capital in Utah
Utah punches well above its weight in venture capital, now rivaling the Silicon Valley in deal amounts, for example. Given the state’s long tradition of entrepreneurship, it’s not surprising we’re building the funds to match. Learn about Utah’s venture capital scene across multiple industries and Utah’s footing on the national venture capital scale.
Hiring with a Future Focus: High Performance HR Strategies
A fast-paced business world requires a sharp eye for the best employees. Human resources management is not only about recruiting right in the first place, but also about growing talent effectively. Learn tips, tricks and rules of the trade from HR experts influencing some of Utah’s fastest growing tech companies.
An Automated Life: The Internet of Things
Jabil is the third-largest electronics manufacturing service provider in the world, supplying the likes of Cisco and Tesla. Supporting industries from IT, automotive and healthcare, the company is well acquainted with the growing trend of “Internet of Things” — meaning automated living with various “smart” technologies. Imagine starting your washer and turning the oven on before you head home. Perhaps you already monitor your health with wearable tech. These simple examples only scratch the surface of possibilities.
The Exponential Sale: Moving From the $1 Million to the $100 Million Deal
The fundamentals of any sale are the same regardless of the dollar amount. But to move up and to the right, your sales technique must shift from technical to aspirational. “What does the product do?” changes to a deeper understanding of the customer’s hopes and needs. Building a strong relationship with the customer is the key driver. From American Express, GE Capital and Paypal, Robert Clarkson brings decades of experience in closing multi-million dollar deals and retaining long-term customer relationships. You know the science. Now learn the art of the sale.
Smart Transportation: What the Future Looks Like
The future of highway transportation—at least for Utah—is extremely bright. With workable infrastructure and active development and testing already underway, Utah is ahead of the game. Think high-speed driverless cars, convoying robotic trucks, or things you haven’t even considered. The future is nearly now.
How to Prepare Your Company For Venture Capital Investment
Money makes the (business) world go round. You know Utah has entrepreneurs—Utah has investors too. Learn from top local and national experts about how you can best prepare your business for the funding it needs to move to the next level.
Secrets to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Learn crowdfunding from Utah’s successful crowdfunders. They brought us the Nokē Padlock and U-lock, Peeq Qball, and Ravean Heated Jacket. How did they put together their campaigns? How did they build up support? How did they source materials? How did they recruit others to help? Learn these secrets and more.
Swimming with Sharks: Utah Shark Tank Companies
There’s a lot of risk involved in starting a business. Imagine presenting that risk on national television. These Shark Tank winners certainly have a unique experience to share, but each of these serious entrepreneurs has gone on to build a successful business. Some said yes to the funding, some went elsewhere. Learn about their stories and apply their best tips for success.