ACE Summits

2018 ACE Summit
Whistler, British Columbia
November 8–10

Designed exclusively for current ACE members and alumni, this three-day summit is a rare opportunity to take a deep dive into a particular topic and to network with an incredible group of leaders who’ll dramatically broaden your perspective. This year we’re thrilled to be heading to the beautiful Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, where we’ll examine how to maximize operational efficiency from every angle. You’ll gain invaluable insight into improving your business while connecting with old friends and new—all against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking scenery on the continent.

Reward your right-hand man or woman by bringing them along for the experience. Invite your spouse or significant other, too, and make a vacation out of it. We have secured a special hotel rate that you may enjoy up to three days before and following the summit.

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Agenda

Thursday, November 8
4 p.m.

Why Operational Excellence Matters
Marty Grunder, President and CEO of Marty Grunder! Inc. and Grunder Landscaping Co.

5 p.m.
The Four Seasons Whistler: Why They Go the Extra Mile Every Day for Their Guests
James Cali and Jason New, Executive Coaches, Marty Grunder! Inc.

5:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Spouses and significant others included.

6:15 p.m.
Walk to Dinner
Spouses and significant others included.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner in Whistler
Spouses and significant others included.

Friday, November 9

*Special Friday Activity for Significant Other – TBD!
7 a.m.
Breakfast
Spouses and significant others included.

8 a.m.
Setting and Achieving Five-Star Process Standards in the Green Industry
James Cali and Chris Psencik, Consultant, McFarlin Stanford

9 a.m.
Team-Building Exercise

10:15 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.
When I Realized Operations Is Bigger than Me
Marty Grunder

11 a.m.
Operational Excellence: Execution from Management to Field Team and Back
Jason New and Ben Hardy, Consultant, McFarlin Stanford

Noon
Enjoy Whistler on your own

6:15 p.m.
Walk to Dinner
Spouses and significant others included.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner in Whistler
Spouses and significant others included.

Saturday, November 10
7 a.m.
Breakfast
Spouses and significant others included.

8 a.m.
Training for Operational Excellence: Tactical Approaches to Drive Standards in 2019
Chris Psencik and Ben Hardy

8:45 a.m.
The Four Seasons: The Difference Is in Our Standards: Team-Building for Excellence

10:15 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.
Legal Documentation and Why It Matters in the Green Industry
Vince Torchia, Vice President, Marty Grunder! Inc.

11:15 a.m.
The Wrap Up
Marty Grunder

Noon
End

Event Details

Registration

  • Current ACE Members: Registration is included in your annual fee. Please complete this form to let us know you’re coming and what accommodations you’ll need at the Four Seasons (the hotel is not included).
  • ACE Alumni: US$1,495 per person
  • Right-Hand Man or Woman: US$1,495 per person
  • Spouse or Significant Other: US$495 per person

Your registration fee includes the welcome reception, dinner both nights, and breakfast both mornings. Hotel, travel, and other meals are not included.

Hotel Arrangements
We have secured special room rates starting at around Can$185/night at the Four Seasons; typically these rooms are as much as Can$1,195/night. If you are planning to stay longer in Whistler, you may enjoy this rate three days before and three days after the summit. The exchange rate from the Canadian to US dollar is currently about Can$1 to US$.80 and, like any other exchange, can fluctuate based on the market. Right now, Can$185 is about US$145.

This year, to help you O.H.I.O. (Only Handle It Once), our team will submit the hotel reservations as a group, saving you the hassle of having to book your room with the hotel.

Please complete this form so that we can properly make your arrangements. You will have an opportunity to change your accommodations, but after August 1 you will have to do that directly with the Four Seasons. You will receive a confirmation from the hotel once we submit the rooming list to them.

Air Travel
The Vancouver International Airport is the main airport servicing Whistler and is 2.5 hours away by car. The Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler is known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world—take a sneak peek into what’s in store for you here. 

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Enjoy All That Whistler Has to Offer

We have purposely built free time into the ACE Summit schedule so you can take advantage of the outdoor—and indoor!—paradise that is Whistler and the Four Seasons Resort. What’s more, you can extend your stay three days before the retreat and/or three days after at the reduced hotel rate and make a real vacation out of your trip.

Explore what Whistler has to offer here and here.

 See You in Whistler!

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