The CEO Summit is an event that gathers major entrepreneurs, investors, and top executives to share their innovation and discuss challenges and best management practices for high growth businesses."Just like other large events that E&Y hosts back in the United States, it was a full production from start to finish. The event was largely planned by Endeavor and the SGM team here in Sao Paulo and they did a fantastic job. The event was held at the Unique Hotel which is truly a great name for this place, as it is Unique.
|Hotel Unique at night in Sao Paulo|
|E&Y Terco SGM Partner Andre Ferreira|
As you can imagine each Entrepreneur was cut from a different cloth so to speak, and saw the world through a different lens. We heard from the well educated philosopher type of entrepreneurs and also from the simple, but intelligent, businessman that built a billion dollar company from the ground up. Some of the key takeaways from the day were the following: (paraphrased as the event was in Portuguese, which I don't speak, but key points were summarized by those who helped translate)
"The labor force is not the issue, the issue is in the training of the labor force" Rubens Menin, MRV Engenharia
"Today, be better than you were yesterday. Tomorrow, be better than you were today"Abilio Diniz, Pao de Acucar
"If you make mistakes, make new ones, not the same ones you did before" - Abilio Diniz, Pao de Acucar
There was also quite a few stories and jokes told throughout the day including a few responses to questions. A couple of my favorites:
Moderator & Ernst & Young Terco Partner, Paulo Sergio Dortas speaking to Anderson Birman, President of Arezzo (designer shoes) "You don't need to keep making more nice shoes and other items, I have three girls in my house at home"
Moderator & Journalist Alexander Teixeira, speaking to Embraer (airplanes) and Alpargatas (Havianas flip flops) executives, "First you get money, then you can hire Ernst & Young to count it"
President of J&F Holding, Joesley Batista, responding to a question regarding why they would expand into the U.S. meat market with the purchase of Swift & Co. without having knowledge of the U.S. meat market, "Meat here, meat there, meat is meat anywhere"
The Brazil Corporate Responsibility Fellows also had the chance to do some networking with Herb Engert, Americas Strategic Growth Market Leader for Ernst & Young, to discuss some of the opportunities in Latin America and beyond.
|L to R: Lots of happy people|
|Restaurante Skye, from the roof top of Unique Hotel, Sao Paulo|
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