Educational Forum | 5.3.18 | 7:30 – 11:45 a.m. | TechSolve
Building the Resilient Business
Every business faces threats – from a cyberattack to a warehouse flood, from losing a key employee (or your most important customer) to your biggest competitor. You simply cannot insulate your business from risk or loss.
But if you build a resilient business, and equip your team to respond in the moment, you can manage your risk, mitigate your loss and prepare for the unthinkable.
Throughout the day, participants will “score” their risks so that they can prioritize their next steps. Then, they will draft an action plan that includes short-term and long-term steps that will build resiliency into their business.
Who Is This For?
Designed for the business owner and their spouse or key decision-makers in the business. Encouraged for more than one business associate to attend and ideal for both leadership generations in family business.
This highly interactive half day session is part workshop, part panel discussion. Participants will use a mobile polling devise to gauge concerns and spur dialogue.
Business owners and leadership will:
- Explore the main pillars of contingency planning and the impact each has on their business’ many stakeholders
- Gain insight into the role leadership and family plays in a business’ ability to be resilient
- Understand operational contingency planning and how to prepare for the great unknowns
- Explore the steps to take to protect the business should the leader unexpectedly leave or should the company experience a disruption in operations.
- Understand the four components that impact how your business will respond in a time of crisis and find out if you’re ready
- Hear real life stories from businesses that have experienced a risk and bounced back. Hear what contingencies they had in place to help get them through a difficult situation.
Meet Our Presenters
Mike A. Hirschfeld, Lawyer, Graydon Expand
Mike enjoys helping businesses and their owners prosper and achieve their goals. Mike has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy Business Magazine since 2005, and recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2004. Mike has been included in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003, in which clients have referred to him as “inventive, flexible and reasonable,” "a business-minded problem solver who manages a strong practice representing small businesses in corporate matters," and “a joy to work with.”
Mike is active in community, civic and charitable organizations, including serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and receiving the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board's Community Friend of Mental Health Award and the Goering Center for Family and Private Business’s special service award.
Bill Mills, COO, Best Upon Request Expand
Bill joined the Best Upon Request team in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and has led several award-winning operations. He began his career at Hitachi Automotive Products where he spent 13 years developing as a leader, manager, continuous improvement practitioner and executive. In 2003, he became CEO of Christian Appalachian Project, a top-15 human services charity, where he led programming, volunteerism and revenue development to historically high levels. In 2009, he became director of operations for a 14-restaurant McDonald’s franchise, overseeing a restaurant management team and workforce of more than 700 people.
Bill has served on several boards of directors for social service non-profits including The State of Kentucky Agency for Substance Policy and The University of Kentucky: Non-profit Leadership Initiative. He is also a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Class 38.
Meet Our Panel
Paul Dorger, VP of Finance, Clippard Instrument Laboratory Expand
Paul is a Cincinnati native. After graduating from St. Xavier High School he earned a BBA from the University of Cincinnati and a MAcc from Miami University. He started his career as a CPA and has held various senior financial positions with both public and privately owned manufacturing companies. Paul joined Clippard in 2012 and is currently the VP of Finance. Clippard Instrument Laboratory is a leader in designing and manufacturing miniature fluid control solutions.
Tom Hoge, Owner, Production Control Units, Inc. Expand
Tom is a first generation family business owner of Production Control Units, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caledonia Ventures. Tom is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry, skilled in Business Planning, Operations Management, Technical Sales, and Leadership Staff Development. He is a business professional with an MBA from Northeastern University - Graduate School of Business Administration, a BIE from Georgia Institute of Technology, and BA Economics from Denison University. Tom is focused on positioning the businesses for long term sustained success through extensive work on Strategy / Structure / Staff / Skills implementation for Operational Succession. In addition, the family is being intentional in sustaining Family Harmony with the establishment of a Family Council and on-going development of a Family Charter for multi-generational communication and guidance.
Arden Steffen, President, Steffen’s Rental Expand
Steffen’s Rental is an equipment and party rental company with two locations in Northern Kentucky. In 2012, Arden assumed leadership of the business becoming the sixth generation of Steffen’s to helm a privately owned business in Northern Kentucky. A graduate of Xavier University with a Master’s in Nursing and a Clinical Nurse Leader, Arden was a practicing nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital when word came her father was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. She would have to immediately step into the business. She set about to modernize it, installing computer software, revamping showrooms and developing purchasing strategies all the while continuing to practice at Children’s Hospital until she resigned from there in the fall of 2014.
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When: Thursday May 3, 7:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Attire: Casual or Business Casual
Location: TechSolve, 6705 Steger Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Who Should Attend: Business owners and spouses, current and next generation leadership, management teams
Price: Members - $199 first person, $49 each additional person; Non-members - $299 first person, $99 each additional person
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