2020 Virtual Conference Schedule

Day 1

Thursday, September 10

All times listed in CDT.

Each Breakout Option #1 speaker will be live, in person on the main stage at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls, SD.

9:00 am


Venky Venkatachalam, Dean - University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business
Stephanie Larscheid, Executive Director - PFBA

mike paton

9:15-10:10 am

Keynote: Mike Paton

Get A Grip on Your Business
Six Keys to Getting What You Want from your Family Business

10:30-11:15 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

mike paton

Option #1

Using EOS in a Crisis (or otherwise) - A Deep Dive Q&A Session

Q&A Session with Mike Paton
Featuring EOS Implementing Family Businesses
 - Weisser Distributing, Eric Weisser
 - Grand Prairie Foods, Valerie & Kurt Loudenback

Sara Stern

Option #2

You already run on EOS: Take a Deeper Dive into the EOS Toolbox

Sara B. Stern, Certified EOS Implementer and founder of The Sage Pages
 - Learn about the four unsung heroes of the EOS tool box that have proven to help family businesses

amy wirtz

Option #3

Who am I?: Helping Next Gen Find Their Place in the Family Enterprise

Amy Wirtz, The Family Business Consulting Group

11:30 am-12:15 pm

Family Business Success Stories

Stacey Site

Option #1

StratOp: Staying Relevant Through Times of Change

Stacey Pearson, Owner, Spinnaker Strategy, LLC
 - Former Director of Strategic Operations at OtterBox


Option #2

Values-Based Alignment – The TR Presidential Library and Walton Family Story

Presenters: Melani and Rob Walton, Co-Founders of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation

12:30-1:45 pm


Lunch, walk, stretch, move your body. Take a break or join these optional virtual lunch break sessions!

  • 12:45-1:00 pm

    Why EOS Works in Both Government and Business
     - Paul TenHaken, Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  • 1:00-1:20 pm

    Get to Know Other Families

  • 1:20-1:40 pm

    Q&A with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

1:45-2:30 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

andrew knutson

Option #1

Asset Protection Planning

Andrew Knutson, J.D., Thompson Law, PLLC

jason mckeever

Option #2

What should we do differently in 2021, based on what we know today?

Jason McKeever, Chief Learning Officer at Eide Bailly

amanda radke

Option #3

Family Dynamics: The Blessing and the Curse

Amanda Radke, Advocate for Agriculture and Family Business

2:50-3:35 pm

Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions

jared d. lock phd

Option #1

Creating and Living an Authentic and Deliberate Culture in your Family Business

Jared D. Lock, Ph.D., Founder & CEO at The JDL Group

abbey legacy logo

Option #2

Using Your Peer Network to Advance Your Business in Good Times & Bad

Sandra McNeely, Principal Consultant, Abbey Legacy
Michael Stec, Second Generation, Stec’s Advertising
Jarod Stec, Third Generation, Stec’s Advertising

Vicki TenHaken

Option #3

Lessons from Century Club Companies: Managing for Long-Term Success

Vicki TenHaken

j. lohr vineyards & wines logo

4:45-5:45 pm

Lohr Family Success Story: Virtual Winery Introduction & Wine Tasting

Jerry Lohr, Founder and CFO, and Lohr Second Generation Ownership – Steve, Cynthia and Lawrence. Moderated by Jay Bender, Falcon Plastics.

Since 1974, Jerry Lohr and the Lohr Family have been leaders in the California wine industry. Jerry was born and raised on a South Dakota farm and he credits his roots with forming him into the entrepreneur, family leader and visionary he is today. Jerry along with his three children, Cynthia, Steven and Lawrence, have built a reputation for innovation and quality while embracing their family business values. Jerry has given careful thought to the regions represented in the audience and has personally hand-selected the wines that will be sampled. The Lohr Family is proud to bring you the story behind their family vineyard and each selected wine.

6:00 pm

Evening Program and Dinner for In Person Attendees

Vicki Clarke Family Business of the Year Award
Heritage Award honoring a family that has been in business for 75 or more years

Day 2

Friday, September 11

All times listed in CDT.

Each Breakout Option #1 speaker will be live, in person on the main stage at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls, SD.

james johnson

9:00 a.m.

Keynote: Dr. James Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. - Demographer

Six Disruptive Demographics that will Change America Forever
A profound shift in our nation’s demography undergirds the Covid-19 pandemic, nationwide protests spawned by the recent spate of senseless police shootings of unarmed African Americans, adverse weather events, and other crises we currently are experiencing. Join us for an illuminating discussion of six disruptive demographics that are and will continue to transform all of our social, economic and political institutions, including the small business landscape in America.

10:15-11 am

Morning Breakout Sessions: Part 1

Dr. Adam Gallenberg

Option #2

Values-Centered Decision Making

David Plummer and Dr. Adam Gallenberg, JSA Advising

candace kane

Option #3

Help! My Brain is Afraid to Retire

Candace Kane, Executive Coach and Leadership Coach at Eide Bailly

11:15 am-12 pm

Morning Breakout Sessions: Part 2

agatha johnson

Option #1

Family Talent – Generational Interaction Can Shake Up Economic Uncertainty and Distraction

Agatha Johnson, CEO and Founder of Generations to Generations

Larry Hause, J.D.

Option #2

How a Board Can Add To Your Succession Plan

Larry Hause, J.D., Hause Family Business Transitions

Brad, Maggie & Ty Johnston

Option #3

How to put your family business in an attractive position for whatever lies ahead

Brad Johnston, Maggie Johnston, Ty Johnston, Creative Planning, formerly The Johnston Group

12:00 p.m.

Conference Concludes – Closing Remarks