April 29 – May 2, Asheville, NC

PACE Annual Conference

Reaching New Heights

Event Overview

Reaching New Heights in 2018

Register Your Team.

Learn With Your Peers.

Reach New Heights.

There’s plenty of opportunity out there.

The economy is strong, the future is bright, and the opportunities for PEO industry growth are
boundless. The question is – are you equipped to market, sell, and service today’s digitally savvy client? Tomorrow’s?

If you’re not reaching your full potential, or you want to gain an even greater edge, come learn from the top minds in the industry and your trusted peers at the 2018 PACE PEO Annual Conference in historic Asheville, NC.

Experts, like Scott Klososky, will help you unify your team around the sales, marketing, and technology trends that will help you capitalize on the ample growth opportunities available to PEO’s and trusted Vendor Partners.

Bring your senior leaders, sales pros, and marketers to freely share their insights on what’s working and what’s not, in a fun and spirited environment, where transparency, honesty, and friendship come standard.

The Speakers

People creating the difference

Scott Klososky

Founder, Future Point of View

Scott works with varying organizations—guiding leaders through the digital transformation by providing framework to best balance technology and human effort.

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Ryan McInerney

Founder, Bluematter

Ryan helps PEO and small businesses grow, differentiate, and create predictable revenue through Bluematter’s all-in-one marketing solution.

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Kevin Knebl

CEO, Knebl Communications

Mixing inspiration, personal development, and humor, Kevin is an in-demand international speaker, trainer, and coach on relationship marketing and more.

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John Slavic

Pres. & Founder, Slavic401k

With ideals of honesty, transparency, integrity, & fairness, Mr. Slavic & Slavic401k helps make their participant-investors’ goals & dreams a reality.

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Beth Greene

VP of Sales, BLR

Beth oversees sales functions and strategies—generating demand, achieving revenue objectives, and meeting customer demands across all BLR product lines.

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Wanda Silva

Founder, Silva Capital Solutions

With 20 years of industry experience, Ms. Silva is admired and trusted as a leader in PEO merger, acquisition, and financial advisory services.

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Jay Kempton

Pres. & CEO, Kempton Group

Through belief in transparency and changing how people view and purchase healthcare, Mr. Kempton has helped self-funded clients save millions of dollars in recent years.

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Bill Sarpalius

Pres. & CEO, Advantage Associates

Congressman Sarpalius uses experience from 6 years in the U.S. House of Representatives to help clients with governmental, political, and international affairs.

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Dr. Kyle Rickner

Partner, Primary Health Partners

A veteran of two tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, Dr. Rickner loves helping patients live healthier and fuller lives through his passion as a Direct Primary Care Physician.

Dr. Robert Lockwood

Partner, Primary Health Partners

A Lifelong Oklahoman whose passion for relationship with his patients, their wellness, & Direct Primary Care are is maybe only matched by that for Sooners football.

Steve Lewis

Partner, Lewis & Backhaus, P.C.

With vast areas of legal expertise & practice, Mr. Lewis assists his clients cut through the red tape of regulatory compliance.

The Venue

Stay at Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville is a picturesque town nestled in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. With a history of serving guests for over a century, The Omni Grove Park Inn welcomes you with a tradition of Southern hospitality, modern conveniences and an unmatched setting amidst the beauty of Asheville.

Special Room Rate of $219/night

The Schedule

Conference Agenda

*Agenda events and times are subject to change

6:00 PM

Cordell Hull Memorial Dinner

By special reservation only – The Cordell Hull Memorial Dinner is indeed a very special event. This year we will be dining at Posana, one of Asheville’s finest eating establishments.

12:00 PM

Golf Outing

Swing into a round of golf on the legendary 18-hole course at The Omni Grove Park Inn. The 6,400-yard Donald Ross designed championship course has been played by PGA stars Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus, and even President Obama. With amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains all around, this will be a round of golf you will always remember. $110 per golfer. Rental clubs are available.

5:00 PM

Registration

 

6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Enjoy some time networking, greeting old friends and making new ones at this hosted reception. This year will be especially fun with some very unique entertainment planned.

7:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

 

8:00 AM

Welcome, Invocation & Kick-Off

Darcy Fuchs – PACE President and Owner, Payroll Express, Inc.
George Gersema – Conference Chairman and CEO, Employers Resource

8:30 AM

The PEO, the future and the Blockchain

Presented by John Slavic – President and Founder, Slavic401k.com
This presentation focuses on the economic conditions that are pertinent to PEOs. The economic environment has a powerful effect on the growth trajectory and shape of the PEO model. This presentation will provide important data points for future growth in the industry. There will also be an important section on “blockchain” technology and the future of our industry.

9:45 AM

Networking Break

 

10:00 AM

Start with the End in Mind

We will all EXIT one day — by accident or on PURPOSE … Which will you choose?

Presented by Wanda Silva – President, Silva Capital Solutions
You started your PEO for a reason, you built your PEO for a reason… where are you today, where are you going tomorrow and how will you get there? Geared to the PEO owner, executive and shareholder — this session will include audience participation and lots of fun. Coupled with a look at the 2018 PEO Merger & Acquisition environment — we will build a framework of meaningful ideas, options and alternatives for the growth and future of your PEO. Join Wanda Silva as she waves her PEO magic wand. What will the future hold? Together, let’s see where the journey takes us.

11:00 AM

Free Market Healthcare + Self Funding: The Real Solution to Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs

Presented by Jay Kempton – President & CEO, The Kempton Group.

12:00 PM

Lunch w/historical speaker

 

1:00 PM

Direct Primary Care-a Key to Unlocking Healthcare Savings

Presented by Dr. Robert Lockwood & Dr. Kyle Rickner – Primary Health Partners
Moderated by Jay Kempton – President & CEO, The Kempton Group
Direct Primary Care has been shown to be a very effective partner for self funded employers to have a cost advocate for their healthcare dollars. We will explain the model of care in detail and explain how this model of primary care can minimize insurance claims, control costs, improve patient/employee satisfaction and decrease absenteeism.

2:15 PM

How Compliance Information and Technology Can Drive Business Development for PEO’s

Presented by Beth Greene – Vice President of Sales, BLR
With safety and HR laws and regulations constantly changing, PEO’s must find efficient ways to track and monitor these changes on behalf of their clients. Find out about compliance trends that are important to be tracking in 2018. In addition, learn about tools and technology available to assist you in not just understanding requirements but in helping your clients stay compliant as well. See how to audit employees under the new FLSA guidelines quickly, how to put together an employee handbook per client and how to track regulations on both a federal level as well as by state in a side-by-side comparison.

3:15 PM

Networking Break

 

3:30 PM

PEO Legal Obstacles…and Opportunities

Presented by Steve Lewis, Esq. – Partner, Lewis & Backhaus, P.C.
Steve will present legal obstacles that currently confront the PEO industry and how to avoid them. He will offer observations and solutions on PEO certification, deregulation by the current administration, revised EEO reports, workplace recording, mandatory arbitration, and sexual harassment in 2018. As entertaining as he is informative, Steve will let us know how all this can provide opportunities for the forward thinking PEO.

4:30 PM

Adjourn and Evening on Your Own

 

7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

 

8:30 AM

Digital Transformation, Disruption, and High-Beam Leadership: Prospering Your PEO – Part 1

Presented by Scott Klososky – Founder, FPOV – Future Point of View
Your PEO is one of the greatest solutions ever created for the small business, but in the midst of disruptors it can be hard to see that from your point of view, and the customer’s. In this ½ day workshop, Scott will walk your organization through a highly interactive exploration of our industry; how-to disrupt your business from within and how to implement key decision making today that will secure your future. You’ll have practical steps to take when you get back to the office.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

 

10:15 AM

Digital Transformation, Disruption, and High-Beam Leadership: Prospering Your PEO – Part 2

Presented by Scott Klososky – Founder, FPOV – Future Point of View

11:15 AM

Ryan McInerney’s Presentation

Presented by Ryan McInerney – Founder, Bluematter

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch & Elections

 

1:15 PM

General Sessions and/or Break-outs

Ryan McInerney, Scott Klososky and Other Invited Speakers
Specific Schedule Forthcoming

2:45 PM

Networking Break

 

3:00 PM

General Sessions and/or Break-outs

Ryan McInerney, Scott Klososky and Other Invited Speakers
Specific Schedule Forthcoming

4:00 PM

Political Update

Presented by Bill Sarpalius – Former Congressman and President/CEO of Advantage Associates

4:30 PM

Wrap-Up

George Gersema – Conference Chairman and CEO, Employers Resource

6:00 PM

Gala Dinner and Auction

Come join your friends and enjoy a wonderful evening of dinner, music, an open bar and a LIVE AUCTION. Always one of the Conference favorites, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Join us for a cocktail and dinner, won’t you?

All Day

Departures

 

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