I’ve signed up – Now what do I do?

A registrant of the conference just asked a good question about finding the conference meetings at the St Regis. It is a different venue than we have had in the past and so I think it warrants a full response in this blog. Perhaps I will make a video tour of the check-in procedures and post in the next few weeks.

If you are using a GPS or some kind of mapping device to find your way to the St Regis, please use the following address to enter into your mapping/GPS device:

St Regis Deer Valley Resort
2300 Deer Valley Drive East
Park City, Utah 84060

The Summit Conference Meetings are held in the Grand Ballroom of the St Regis which is along the left (southern) edge of Deer Valley Ski Resort. The hotel is actually up on the hill to the left so you have to valet park your car and ride the funicular up (It’s the trolley-looking car that runs from the resort to the lower check-in area.)

Lower Check-In Area for St Regis Deer Valley Resort
Lower Check-In Area for St Regis Deer Valley Resort (Valet parking is required)
Aerial View of the Funicular
Aerial View of the Funicular (the views are awesome)

The check-in desk personnel will direct you to the funicular and give you directions to the meeting space. Once you have ridden the funicular up from the lower check-in area you will find the upper check-in desk that can provide further assistance if you happen to lose your bearings from the breathtaking views as you ride up the funicular. After crossing through the upper lobby, you descend a series of steps. At the base of the steps you will turn to the right to find the Grand Ballroom where the Conference Meetings will be held.

If you have any additional questions, please reply to this post and I will update and respond.

Thanks – Kevin

Register Now for Summit 2011

All the pieces are in place for another successful Summit D&O Training Conference. We have a great venue at the St Regis Deer Valley Resort and the lineup of presenters has never been stronger.

REGISTER NOW for a great conference that will help you be a better board member while providing over 9 hours of CLE, CPE and Director Education Credits. Pricing is a bargain at $500. Comparable Director Education Conferences cost between $2000 and $6000.

Lodging at the St Regis is at the steeply discounted rate of $239 for a Superior King or Double-Queen Room. Supply is limited.


The Summit SponsorsSummit D&O Conference is now in its twelfth year and could not happen without the financial and logistical support of its fine sponsors. Unlike many other conferences, the Summit Conference is somewhat discriminating in whom it targets as attendees.

The organizers target working Board Members and Officers for attendance and discourage non-board members from attending the conference. This lends to an atmosphere that fosters a collegiality and frankness among attendees that is unmatched in most other conferences. Real learning takes place as experts and working Officers and Board Members grapple with the demands of ever widening legislation and the ethos to do what is right for the company.

The organizing committee is made up of a distinguished group of professionals dedicated to Director Professionalism. Some on the organizing committee also are sponsors of the conference. Many on the committee also serve on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Sponsors for Summit 2013 are as follows:

Diversified Insurance Group is the Title Sponsor for 2013.

BYU’s Marriott School of Management and the National Association of Corporate Directors are Non-Profit Supporters that contribute much in the way of Educational Material and Resources for Speakers and Presenters.

Gold Sponsors for the 2013 Summit D&O Conference include the following companies:

  • Zions Bank
  • Woodruff-Sawyer and Co.
  • RR Donnelley
  • Ballard Spahr
  • Wells Fargo
  • Protiviti
  • Latham and Watkins
  • Jones Waldo
  • Ernst & Young
  • Utah Business
  • DA Davidson
  • Montage Deer Valley Resort

    This year the Summit Conference moves to the luxurious Montage Deer Valley ResortSt Regis Deer Valley Resort and the experience should be even better than years past. The service is impeccable and the amenities feel just right without being too stuffy.

    Group rates are available three days prior and three days after the Event dates indicated in the room block, subject to availability of guest rooms at the time of reservation. If you wish to add additional nights, please call one of the on-site reservations agents at 435.604.1300 to inquire about availability. Mention “Summit Conference” to book at the discounted rates.

    Resort Overview

    Montage Deer Valley, opened December 2010 in the year-round community of Park City, Utah, is one of North America’s finest mountain resort destinations. Reminiscent of the great mountain lodges of the West, this refined Mountain Craftsman resort is less than five minutes from Park City’s celebrated Main Street and an easy 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Montage Deer Valley promises a classic on-mountain getaway for all seasons. Resort guests enjoy a coveted location atop Empire Pass, true ski-in/ski-out access to North America’s No. 1 ski resort (ranked by the readers of SKI Magazine 2008-2012) and year-round activities, including hiking, biking, golf and fly-fishing. In addition, Park City’s historic Main Street offers shopping, dining, cultural events and festivals – all just minutes from the resort.

    Guest Services & Amenities:

    The Montage culture of artful experiences and highly personalized service is a hallmark of every visit at Montage Deer Valley. Our gracious associates are available around the clock to fulfill your every need. Highlights include:

    Ski-in/ski-out on-mountain location
    Adjacent to three high-speed chairlifts
    Ski/bike concierge and valet services
    Year-round recreational activities
    Spa and wellness programs
    Fitness center
    Executive business center
    Twice-daily housekeeping
    24-hour in-room dining
    Complimentary wireless internet

    2009 Presenter – Bob Gay of Huntsman Gay Global Capital

    The Summit Conference attracts speakers and presenters of the highest caliber. In 2009, Robert Gay Bob Gay of Huntsman Gay Global Capitalof Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a billion dollar investment fund, spoke to Summit attendees. Mr. Gay’s bio is listed below:

    Mr. Gay is a Managing Director, Cofounder, and the Chief Executive Officer of Huntsman Gay Global Capital. He is also a member of Huntsman Gay’s Policy and Investment Committee. Mr. Gay has been involved in the private equity business since 1986. From 1989 – 2004, he served as a Managing Director of Bain Capital. He was one of the firm’s senior partners and served as a member of its Management and Business Policy committees.

    He also led many of the firm’s investments and oversaw Bain Capital Europe where he opened the firm’s London and Munich offices. Mr. Gay resigned as a full-time partner from Bain Capital when his church asked him to take a volunteer assignment as its Mission President for the countries of Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia from July 2004 to July 2007.

    Mr. Gay has actively been involved in humanitarian work all his business life. In 2001 he co-founded Unitus, a global micro-credit company, which is currently helping lift 9 million people across the world out of poverty. Unitus has been recognized world wide and for the last three years has received the prestigious Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist award naming it one of the top 45 social capital companies in the USA. Mr. Gay has also funded KOMART, a micro-credit organization serving West Africa. He is currently a Board member of three global charities: Right to Play, Forever Young, and Realizing the Dream.

    Mr. Gay started in private equity when he joined GE Capital from McKinsey & Co. where he was an Engagement Manager. At GE he was Executive Vice President of the GECC Capital Markets group. He also formed and organized Sorenson Capital, a middlemarket private equity firm, and was a member of its Advisory Board. Mr. Gay graduated in 1982 with a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University where he also taught economics for two years. Mr. Gay graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an AB from the University of Utah.

    2009 Panelists – D&O Liability Panel

    Every year the Summit Conference hosts panels that discuss pressing issues that Directors and Officers are facing. D&O Liability PanelThis particular panel discussed D&O Liability – Litigation, Insurance and Indemnification. The distinguished group of panelists included the following individuals:

    Moderator – Spence Hoole, Partner, Diversified Insurance Group
    Panelist – Karen Mulroe, General Counsel, WellCare
    Panelist – Dave Steuber, Partner, Howrey LLP
    Panelist – Susan Miner, Director, Corporate & Executive Protection, Woodruff-Sawyer & Company

    The discussion centered around the WellCare meltdown and the resulting suits and problems stemming from the governance problems and subsequent bankruptcy.

    2009 Presenter – Richard Levick

    BioRichard Levick of Levick Strategic Communications
    Richard Levick, Esq. President & CEO of Levick Strategic Communications, represents companies and countries on the highest stakes global crises and litigation. His firm has directed media strategies on Guantanamo Bay; the Catholic Church; the Wall Street crisis; most of the front-page product recalls; and the largest regulatory, corruption and merger matters in the world. He and his firm have been honored with multiple professional awards, including Crisis, Litigation, Investor Relations, and Food Crisis Communications Agency of the Year. He has been named to multiple professional Halls of Fame for life time achievement. He is the co-author of several books including Stop the Presses: The Crisis & Litigation PR Desk Reference, and is a regular commentator on television, in print, and on the most widely read business blogs including TheStreet.com and Forbes.com.

    2009 Presenter – Doyle Arnold

    BioDoyle Arnold, CFO of Zions Bank
    Doyle L. Arnold is vice chairman and chief financial officer of the company. He was named as CFO of Zions Bancorporation in November 2001.

    Arnold was formerly group executive vice president for Corporate Strategy and Development at Bank of America Corporation in San Francisco. He has served in a variety of executive management positions at BankAmerica, and prior to that at Wells Fargo & Company. Arnold also served as Senior Deputy Comptroller of the Currency and executive assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury during the Reagan administration. He has served as chief financial and administrative officer of Bankserv, Inc., a leading electronic payments company. Arnold is a graduate of Rice University, and has an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

    Presenters – Reatha Clark King

    BioDr. Reatha Clark King, Director of Exxon Mobil
    Dr. King currently serves on the boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation and Lenox Group Inc. She is a former member of the boards of directors of Wells Fargo and Company, Minnesota Mutual Insurance Companies and the H. B. Fuller Company. She has served on numerous board committees, including executive compensation, audit, governance and nominating, finance, and public issues and contributions committees. On the Exxon Mobil board she currently chairs the Public Issues and Contributions Committee. She is co-chair of the NACD 2009 Risk Governance Commission. She is recipient of the NACD 2004 Director of the Year Award. She is a current board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a Trustee Emeritus of the University of Chicago. She is past board member of the Council on Foundations and the National Commission on National and Community Service

    She has held careers in chemical research, academic administration, and philanthropy. She is former president and board chair of the General Mills Foundation and vice president of General Mills, Inc. Prior to joining General Mills, she was president of Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities and as professor of chemistry and associate dean at York College of the City University of New York. Prior to these positions, she was a research chemist at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC.

    Dr. King is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Science
    degree in chemistry and mathematics. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees
    in chemistry from the University of Chicago and the MBA from Columbia
    University. She has received numerous civic and professional awards,
    including fourteen honorary doctorate degrees.

    2009 Presentations

    Thank you for your participation in Summit 2009. Click on the links below to view and download the presenters’ materials: