Executive Expo | 1.24.2018

2nd Annual Business Kick-Off

Executive Expo 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  |  11:00am – 8:00pm
Avalon Events Center  |  2525 9th Avenue South  |  Fargo, ND

1 day fully devoted to the business leaders of Fargo-Moorhead
60 local business vendors | 4 conference rooms | 12 breakout sessions
powerful keynotes | CEOs Roundtable Lounge | happy hour


$100/person all-day admission inc. lunch + 1 Happy Hour drink!
$50/person Social Only (5-8pm)

11:00 Networking Hour

12:00 Buffet Lunch

12:30 Opening Keynotes

2:00 Breakout Sessions

3:00 Breakout Sessions

4:00 Breakout Sessions

5:00 Happy Hour

6:00 Evening Keynote

7:00 Social Hour

+ CEO’s Lounge open all-day

Watch for this promo in the January Fargo Inc! Business Magazine and look for these posters all around town! Contact Kurt to display one in your business: (701) 541-1073 or kurt@the100.work

11:00  Doors Open

12:00 Buffet Lunch in the Mezzanine Ballroom

12:30 Opening Keynote Speeches



Charley Johnson,

President and CEO

FM Convention and Visitors Bureau 


Business and the Arts

Dayna Del Val,

President and CEO

The Arts Partnership 



Ciara Stockeland,


Off Price Exchange

Founder of MODE



Dr. James Carlson,

President and CEO

Algorithme Pharma USA LLC 

Founder of Pracs Institute

2:00 Breakout Sessions | Round 1

Succession Planning

David Dietz,

President and CEO

Preference Employment Solutions


Sheyenne Ballroom

Tech Security

Wes Henry,

CIO and Partner

True IT


Dakota Ballroom

about David's session (soon)

12.1.2017 session description coming soon

about Wes's session (soon)

12.1.2017 session description coming soon

Find Your Hidden Profits®

Neil Blanchard,

President and Founder

Profit Pros


Prairie Rose Ballroom

Trust = $…and 9 more really good reasons why/how to put ethics into your business plan

Heather Aal,

Business Development Coordinator

Better Business Bureau of MN/ND


The Loft at Millenium Ballroom

about Neil's session (soon)

12.1.2017 session description coming soon

about Heather's session (soon)

Description to be added

3:00 Breakout Sessions | Round 2

The Employee Value Proposition

Heather Ostrowski,

Client Relations Manager

Preference Employment Solutions


Sheyenne Ballroom

Franchising 101

Barry Maring,


Sonmar Companies


Dakota Ballroom

about Heather's session

Tell Your Story to Attract, Engage and Retain the Right Talent

The competition for talent is fierce out there. Do you know how to answer the question, “Tell me why I would want to work for your company?”

The employee value proposition by definition is the balance of the rewards and benefits that are received by employees in return for their performance at the workplace. Organizations generally develop an EVP to provide a consistent platform for employer brand communication and experience management.

What will you learn?

  • Why the EVP is crucial in attracting today’s top talent.
  • How to create your own.
  • What to do with it after it is created.

Come ready for a great discussion, insights and tools to start creating your own EVP.

Heather Ostrowski, client relations manager, joined the Preference team in 2016, although her relationship with the team began in 2014 when she was a performance consultant for Dale Carnegie Training. Her ability to partner with Preference Employment Solutions and add insight into their culture, team and areas for development made her a natural fit for the newly created position involving client relations. In this role, she continues to foster client relationships and uncover additional ways our team can be a resource in staffing solutions.

about Barry's session

Have you always wondered if a franchise is right for you?

Let me run you through my 20 years of franchising experience to help with that question. I will explain the pros and cons of signing a franchise agreement, and how it is similar to a marriage, which can be good or bad at times.

Join me, and let’s have an active discussion of this popular business arrangement.

Barry Maring, Owner

Right at Home

Fulfilling the Dream: Understanding the Business Owners’ Total Compensation

Judy Gartner,

C.L.U., Ch.F.C.

Gartner Financial Network


Prairie Rose Ballroom

Facilitating Change: what we know about change and how to make it happen

Andrea Hochhalter,


Beyond Facilitation


The Loft at Millenium

about Judy's session

During this 30-minute presentation, Judy will share tips for business owners (or for those considering making the move) on how to enhance the “circle of life” by being a small business owner.

Learn how the mindset and the financial tools can enhance the quality of, not only your life, but those around you.

Learn little-known deductions (like long-term care) and commonly-used ones (like phone, travel etc.)

Learn how to best employ your spouse and/or kids to help pay for college or retirement.

Learn how to make a balanced life for yourself, your family and our community, with the financial tools available for business owners.

15 minute Q/A will follow the presentation.

about Andrea's session

Facilitating Change: what we know about change and how to make it happen
Brief Description
Research suggests 70% of change efforts fail and trends tell us the pace of change is growing. Business environments are not stabilizing, rather the pressures for organizations to transform themselves is expanding. The only rational change solution is to learn what creates successful change; the process and leadership behind it.
If your organization is looking to implement change, try facilitating change vs. managing it. This session will introduce you to a change process, participative methods, deepen your understanding of what leads to change stalling, and what you need to know to successfully facilitate change.

4:00 Breakout Sessions | Round 3

Leaders as Coaches

Mike Meagher,




Sheyenne Ballroom

Leasing Strategies

Todd Fisher,


FF Fisher Leasing Corporation


Dakota Ballroom

about Mike's session

Leaders as Coaches

The research is clear: A leader’s ability to engage and coach employees is the single greatest factor in realizing a team’s potential. Coaching, at its core, is about helping others perform at a higher level. It can contribute to correcting underperformance, improving existing skills, or developing entirely new skills.

Effective leaders at all levels recognize the need to develop the employees they supervise. By helping others expand their capabilities and improve their performance, leaders drive bottom-line contributions to their departments and organizations. This is why coaching is one of the most critical leadership competencies. Leaders who coach significantly increase commitment, engagement, and performance. 

Join Mike for a conversation about leveraging coaching to help your team win bigger and more often.

about Todd's session (soon)

12.1.2017 session description coming soon

Start-up Financing for Entrepreneurs

Steve Dusek,

President and CEO

Dakota CDC


Prairie Rose Ballroom

Lifestyle (tbd)

Tracy Green,


Green Team Realty


The Loft at Millenium

about Steve's session (soon)

12.1.2017 session description coming soon

about Tracy's session (soon)

12.1.2017 session description coming soon

5:00 Happy Hour!

tickets include 1 complimentary drink

6:00 Evening Keynote with Teresa Lewis

Teresa Lewis

7:00 Social Hour





11:00 to 8:00 CEOs Roundtable Lounge

Speakers include

Brady Nash, CEO | BNG Team

Ron Fuhrman, President | Liberty Business Systems

Rachael Boyer, CEO | Coatings Authority

Matt Lachowitzer, Founder | Matt’s Automotive Service

+ many more tba


CEOs Lounge conversation facilitated by 

Harlan Goerger, President | CEO Solutions

CEOs Lounge sponsored by

Custom Cinema and Sound | Jon Kungel, President



Vendor Booths are still available. Contact Kurt McSparron for information: kurt@the100.work or 701.541.1073