“How Predictable Success and EOS® / Traction Complement Each Other” – Panel Discussion

At the 2017 Central Iowa Business Conference (CIBC) Gino Wickman, founder of EOS Worldwide and author of “Traction,” shared the six components to help any organization understand their vision, gain traction on implementing the vision, and build healthy leadership teams. At the 2018 CIBC, Les McKeown, President and CEO of Predictable Success and author of “Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track and Keeping it There,” will share the seven stages organizations go through. In this breakout session, we will share how “Traction” and “Predictable Success” are synergistic and how they work together.  


alan richardson CIBCAlan Richardson, MBA, CExP™, Certified EOS® Implementer | Focused Facilitation Alan Richardson, MBA, CExP™, Certified EOS® Implementer and Business Advisor is Integrator and Business Adviser for Focused Facilitation. Focused Facilitation is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, business owners, family businesses, farmers and their leadership teams navigate through critical transitions like succession planning and growing and sustaining their businesses. As a Certified Implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS), created by Gino Wickman, author of the book, TRACTION, Alan helps companies understand and communicate their vision, get traction in implementing their vision, build healthy leadership teams, and add value to their business. Alan is also a Certified Exit Planner (CExP), and for the past 7 years has helped business owners and family businesses build and implement effective and successful Business Continuity and Succession Plans (BCSP) across the U.S. Prior to starting Focused Facilitation, Alan invested over 25 years working for or with agriculture companies, including DuPont Pioneer, Feed Energy, Asgrow Seed Company, Deere & Company, Kent Feeds, The Upjohn Company, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer and Big Dutchman.  Alan has also worked with businesses in manufacturing, construction, professional services, renewable fuels, technology, communications, automotive and distribution industries. Alan earned his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and Master of Business Administration from Drake University. Buck Olsen CIBC Buck Olsen, CFP® CEO and CCCO | Foster Group® Buck Olsen, CFP®, is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Foster Group. His primary responsibilities are to set the strategic direction of the firm and provide the resources needed to serve our clients with the highest level of personal and fiduciary care. He is a gifted listener and works diligently to create an environment where our team can contribute at the highest level every day. Buck received his B.A. in Management and Finance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation in 2003. Since 2002, Buck has been actively engaged with Zero Alpha Group (ZAG), an eight-member consortium of organizations in the investment field. ZAG was formed in 1993. Today, Buck serves on the Executive Leadership Team. todd sommerfeld central iowa business conferenceTodd Sommerfeld, Executive Chairman | KREG Tool Company Todd Sommerfeld is the second-generation owner and Executive Chairman of Kreg Tool Company in Huxley. Todd joined Kreg in 1999 after a brief stint in public accounting. Since that time Kreg has grown from 12 employees to over 250. Todd has been involved with all aspects of growing and scaling an entrepreneurial business including the transition of both his father and himself from the role of CEO. Todd is a certified executive coach who has become as passionate about human growth and development as he is about product and business development. Todd lives in Ankeny with his wife, Amber and three kids. When he is not running from family activity to family activity, Todd spends his time inside and outside of Kreg helping individuals in organizations become fully alive.