July 21, 2017
July 21, 2017
The 2017 Andre, Morris & Buttery Central Coast Business Symposium featured three very different speakers with a common theme: managing change.
AMB has been hosting the symposium since the firm’s 60th anniversary in 2008. This year a crowd of 400 heard from best-selling author and employee retention expert Sharon Jordan-Evans, entrepreneur and media pioneer Stanley Fields and former Cal Poly baseball sensation Matt Imhof.
- Jordan-Evans spoke about the challenge of retaining talent in an ever-changing workforce. Her primary message: Ask. Ask key employees who you do not want to lose what they need and want, and then try — really try — to accommodate them. The reward is often a more dedicated, committed employee.
- Fields, the founder, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of United News International, jolted attendees with details of the sweeping changes in news media. His primary message: Adapt. Find new ways, and don’t give up or be overwhelmed by all the noise. And for the people personally uninterested in using social media, Stanley had a final bit of advice: “Get a millennial to do it.”
- Former Cal Poly Mustang pitcher Matt Imhof shared his inspiring story of how he adapted to a debilitating injury he suffered injury while pitching as a top prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Matt’s story was a moving one, with a simple message: Embrace change. Accept it, find a path and move on, which he did by returning to Cal Poly to finish his business degree. Imhof graduated in June and in September will join the staff of a wealth management firm that represents professional athletes.
Joining AMB as Symposium sponsors were local firms Glenn Burdette, Morris & Garritano Insurance, CRS, Thoma Electric, BCA, Presqu’ile Wines and Pacific Premier Bank.