CEO Events

The Presidents Forum is proud to bring together industry leaders for CEO events. Our attendees are fully immersed in interesting environments and experiences when attending one of our executive events.

Tour of Cape Canaveral

The Presidents Forum tour of Cape Canaveral is something that will be remembered for a lifetime. A year and a half in the making, the day exceeded expectations in terms of the full and dynamic itinerary, the sites we visited, and the hi-level personnel we met throughout the day who spent ample time with us…including a NASA astronaut.

The experience, knowledge and enthusiasm of the ‘top brass’ we met both at the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was impressive and inspiring. We learned a lot about the US Space program from a historical, current and forward looking perspective. We also gleaned a much keener appreciation for the inter-disciplinary and highly complex challenges of space travel. Rocket science is truly science at the highest level. The expression exists for a reason.

The day then culminated as fortuitously as could be imagined with an actual launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket sending a satellite into orbit…which of course was an unforgettable experience all its own. Being able to witness first hand the end result of what the space program is all about was the penultimate icing on the cake of our Cape Canaveral tour!

Here are a few photos from our tour (click to enlarge in new window):

Tour of 3M

3M clean roomIn May 2014, it was our 50th Anniversary to the month…so we decided to do something memorable. For our May Presidents Forum meeting we went to Minneapolis to visit 3M for the day.

It was a three-pronged day. For the first section we spent a few hours with seven of their most senior executives. With 85,000 employees, one would imagine that their top team would be extremely capable and enthusiastic, and they did not disappoint. During our candid Q&A, we learned about how they cross-train, motivate and maintain their highly innovative culture. We also learned how they develop their top people placing them at various facilities around the world to help round out their skill sets.

For the next section of the day we toured one of their large plants, over 700,000 square feet. Our tour was led by the Plant Manager and several of their key cell leaders as we visited three or four focused factories within the plant. We then had an engaging Q&A session with that management team.

For the third section of the day we visited their Innovation Center. They have about 30 product platforms and it was especially inspiring to learn how they cross-pollinate between those platforms to create new products.

We look forward to an ongoing relationship with 3M in which we share best practices and learn from each other.

Overall, the 3M tour exceeded our expectations, and it was a meaningful way to celebrate the Presidents Forum’s 50th anniversary.


Naval Embark Tour Aboard an Aircraft Carrier

IMG_0242After years of being on the Navy’s wait list, The Presidents Forum was finally approved for a Naval Embark tour aboard an aircraft carrier out to sea. This spectacular tour was an eye-opening, educational experience, providing the opportunity to see the Navy up close demonstrating their wide range of capabilities in detail.

Our group had the pleasure of meeting three one-star Admirals and being briefed as to what the Navy perceives as the current array of threats to our country, as well as how this elite fighting force will defend against such threats.

In addition, we met numerous key personnel ranging from Hornet F18 fighter pilots, nuclear engineers, chief ordinance officers, and the Master Chief to electricians, plumbers and new seamen. In an experienced civilian’s eyes, these dedicated and hard working men and women were committed not only to the mission of their ship, but to the Navy as a whole.

To see planes land on the carrier from just a few feet away, and to then experience an arrested landing ourselves, was an intense experience that will not be forgotten anytime soon. To feel the power of being catapulted off an aircraft carrier was unlike any experience any of our members have ever had.

The precision teamwork needed to recover, land, maneuver, load, and unload entire air squadrons on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier was awe-inspiring. It was fast-paced, dangerous and loud. Observing the flight deck crews communicate and interact in a safe and efficient manner was a powerful testament to the Navy’s ability to effectively train and manage its people.

This trip not only gave our group a more complete picture of the Navy and its many capabilities, but it also confirmed our faith and confidence in the young people of America. The average age of crew members on board the ship was about 22, and there was no sign of an entitlement mentality. Everyone we met worked very hard, often for 10 to 12 hour shifts, for days at a time. We saw an enthusiastic and well-trained young crew with great pride in their country who performed their jobs relentlessly.

You can rest assured that our country is well defended by the U.S. Navy. Our group felt proud to be Americans.


VIP Tour of Boeing

VIP Boeing Tour PicOur Presidents Forum VIP Tour of the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington was extraordinary. With 494.68 million cubic feet, it’s the largest building in the world by volume. It’s where Boeing produces the 787 and 777 commercial aircraft.

Normally Boeing does not allow for this type of up close tour. We had an opportunity to see their advanced manufacturing techniques and met with their Global Supply Chain expert to learn how they manage their global supply chain.

The scale of their facility and production lines was amazing! We had ample opportunity to ask lots of questions about aerospace, aviation, and all of their products.

This was an unparalleled opportunity to see a world class company manufacturing world renowned products up close.


The Presidents Forum Monthly Meeting

Every member participates in an informal rotating Board of Directors once a month. Advisory Council members meet with 6 to 8 CEO’s from non-competing firms for a confidential, detailed analysis of any concerns raised by the meeting’s host.

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