Joint Breakfast & Opening Session:
Pressure Cooker Confidence: How to Deliver Peak Performance in All Situations

Kevin Sweeney

Integrity, Commitment, Enthusiasm: They’re the attributes of great leaders, great team members and great humans. They’re also the attributes that make Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney a captivating storyteller and inspirational icon who shares a wealth of experiences and tools necessary for success.

Kevin’s experience in sales and operations will give you and your team unique experiences for your success. Kevin will teach you how to compete and how to put yourself and your team in position to differentiate yourselves from the competition and win in the market place. From his leadership experiences you will learn how to have confidence under pressure and how to demonstrate decisive and effective leadership.

Kevin’s real life story describes a combat mission during which the two engines on his left wing were totally ripped off in mid-air, in the darkness of night, while at maximum weight and on a combat mission. It is a compelling story illustrating how your team can overcome any obstacle facing them. He transforms the lessons his team learned into business examples for the benefit of your team.

The Joint Breakfast & Opening Session will take place at 8:00 am on Wednesday.

General Session and Business Session:
U.S. Ag Economy with Dr. James Mintert

A professor and extension economist at Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, Dr. Mintert has his finger on the pulse of farmer sentiment. He’ll examine the factors affecting farmers’ buying decisions and give us a sense of the agricultural economy’s health. Mintert spoke to the Association in the spring of 2018 and will be updating attendees on what farmers are thinking.

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer is a nationwide measure of the health of the U.S. agriculture economy. Each month, the group surveys 400 agriculture producers to find out about their plans for upcoming farm machinery purchases, expectation for future financial health of their farms, and confidence in current and future conditions among other questions. Quarterly, the index is accompanied by an in-depth survey of 100 agriculture and agribusiness thought leaders.

Jim acquired his interest in agriculture while working on his family’s farm in the Mississippi and Missouri river bottoms, just north of St. Louis, Missouri. Over the course of his career, Dr. Mintert has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Extension Program Awards from both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Western Agricultural Economics Association, in addition to the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Premier Forecaster Award for his livestock production and price forecasts. Jim is also the author of more than 200 publications focusing on the economics of the livestock industry.

Dr. Mintert will be speaking on Wednesday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Session sponsored by Pinion

General Session: Growing Engagement – How to Keep Your Top Talent and Best Customers from Becoming Theirs with Lisa Ryan, Grategy

The raging war for talent combined with a shrinking candidate pool makes is critical for organizational leaders to figure out how to keep their top employees from leaving. Creating a workplace culture that works means that implementing new ideas and effective ways of engaging with team members. With an engaged workforce, employees work harder, have fewer safety incidents, and are more loyal and profitable to their employer.

Discover the five contributing factors that lead to employee engagement. Drive the creation of productivity enhancing ideas by providing a safe environment for employees to fail. Identify the top three management actions that create an employee’s emotional connection to the organization. Explore the biggest drivers of job satisfaction and discuss strategies for implementation.

Don’t miss Lisa’s session on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Breakout Session: Employee Retention with Lincoln Capital

A business is only as good as it’s people. The Lincoln Capital team understands the many challenges facing employers in this very competitive job market. Please join us to learn about how we have partnered with our clients to design custom plan’s to attract and retain their key employees.

Christopher Stemler, CUNA Mutual Regional Vice President – Western Division; and Truman Faeh, Investment Advisor Representative, will be leading a Breakout Session on how to keep your best employees.

Chris Stemler is the regional vice president in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma for Cuna Mutual Group. In this role, he is responsible for assisting financial intermediaries in the sale of qualified plans in the territory. With more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry, his primary focus is consulting with small- to mid-sized companies in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to create customized retirement plan solutions.

Truman Faeh has been working in the investment field since 2012. He joined the Lincoln Capital team in 2017. Truman holds his Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses, and life and health insurance licenses in Nebraska.

Truman strives to run a practice that is deeply rooted in relationships and sustained by excellent communication, analytical ability, and service.

This session will take place Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Breakout Session: Dealer and Distributor Relationships with Trent Johnson

Trent M. Johnson is a litigator, business counselor, trial lawyer and co-chair of the firm’s Distribution & Franchise Practice. Trent focuses primarily on distribution and franchise litigation and counseling, which includes counseling on related antitrust issues. His presentation On Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. will focus on termination issues followed by an “AMA” – “ask me anything” related to terminations.

Trent has concentrated on product distribution law since the beginning of his career at Foley & Lardner LLP, and now devotes the vast majority of his practice to counseling manufacturers on many of the key facets of their resale relationships. Trent routinely advises his clients – from Fortune 100 companies to smaller private organizations – on issues involving channel structure (including multi-channel networks), drafting key contractual provisions, state and federal antitrust law compliance, contract administration and enforcement, e-commerce issues, distributor and dealer performance, negotiating relationship modifications (both individual and system-wide), transfers of control, product or territory withdrawals, product pricing, discount and rebate programs, product repurchase disputes, and other issues.

The Association’s Services Corporation has partnered with Foley & Lardner LLP to offer members of the Association, one hour of legal advice per dealer contract issue. Contact the Association office at (314) 878-2304 for more information.

Catch Trent’s session on Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Breakout Session: Election Overview and State Tax, and Budget Policy Update with Morgan Scarboro

Morgan Scarboro will provide an overview of the November elections, with a focus on how the partisan makeup of states may change, and what that means for upcoming state sessions. She will also provide an update on tax and budget policy in the states and what to expect in 2023.

Morgan serves as Senior Director, Tax Policy and Economist for MultiState. Morgan uses her expertise in state tax policy to advise clients on policy trends, manage state advocacy coalitions, and track corporate income tax legislation across the country.

Catch Morgan’s update on Thursday morning, October 27 at 10:30 a.m.