The NEXT LEVEL Business & Leadership Conference!

For the CEO, the business owner, the manager, or the employee who wants to achieve more and is ready to completely transform their business!

Join us in St. Louis:
July 19th – 21st

THE Business and Leadership Summit to attend.

Dive into the GRITT Summit experience:

Summit Keynote Speakers

Don’t miss out on next level insights to grow your business rapidly!



Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 16,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today.

Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 200 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past four decades helping companies scaleup.

He’s the author of multiple bestsellers including Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times,” for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword; Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) which has been translated into 23 languages and has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book; and his latest book Scaling Up Compensation.

Verne serves on several boards including vice chair of The Riordan Clinic;
co-founder and chair of Geoversity; and board member of the social venture Million Dollar Women. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.



Austin Hatch is a two-time plane crash survivor and inspirational speaker.

On Labor Day of 2003, Hatch and his family were flying home from their vacation home in northern Michigan. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed and burst into flames. Hatch’s dad threw him out of the plane, saving his life and went back into the flames to get his mother, sister and brother, but tragically, was unable to. His mother, sister and brother did not survive.

Hatch and his father grieved their loss but became each other’s lifeline through the grief, pushing each other to overcome the loss, as he knew his mom, sister and brother would’ve wanted. A year later, Hatch’s dad met a lovely woman named Kimberley, who had three kids of her own. The couple was married about a year after meeting and together, they had a wonderful blended family. Meanwhile, Hatch worked hard on athletic skills and began to have success on the basketball court. Hatch’s dream was to play for Michigan. Then on June 15, 2011, Coach Beilein offered him a full scholarship to play basketball at The University of Michigan, which he accepted.

Nine days later, on June 24th, 2011, Hatch’s father and “second mother” were flying to their vacation home to have a weekend of celebration. As they were preparing to land, the aircraft crashed and Hatch’s father and second mom were killed on impact. Hatch suffered severe injuries and nearly lost his life. After being in a coma for two months, he had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat and basically how to live his life, once he woke up. With the help of many, many people and against the odds, Hatch persevered and was able to make a solid comeback to take the place at university that was held open for him.

Nine years later, Hatch is a graduate of The University of Michigan and is now a full time motivational speaker with a message about Thriving in the midst of adversity.

Hatch considers himself blessed to be in a position to be impactful and speak to add value to a variety of organizations. Hatch believes that part of the reason he survived two plane crashes, endured tragic losses and made a
great recovery, is to help others. He has been sharing his story and message about grit and thriving in the midst of adversity to inspire others to overcome the adversity they face in the years since. We all face challenges every day, and Hatch believes that it is his purpose to help others find ways to thrive in the midst of them.

 2 Core Development Paths to choose from:


Continued development of a leadership mindset is essential to all aspects of life and at every level of an organization.

Spend time with other like-minded individuals who strive to enhance the necessary traits to be a successful leader. 

Cultivate your skills to become a more impactful leader and pilot your organization to new levels of performance and purpose.


We live in a financially illiterate country that has historically done a poor job of teaching the core competencies that help
individuals thrive in the business world.

Network with other peers to focus on areas that impact growth.

These sessions will immerse you in topics related to business and financial literacy. Become the team of star players required to compete in the greatest game played – business.

GRITT Summit Workshop Add-Ons

Verne Harnish Workshop ($145)

Stay tuned for further details on this awesome workshop.
You won’t want to miss this!

“Verne Harnish is more committed to helping companies grow than any other person on the planet. Really. He’s also radically practical in his approach and that is reflected throughout this terrific book.”

– Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

Profit & Cash® Workshop ($195)

The financial literacy workshop to amplify the business intelligence
of your team and organization! Learning about numbers really can be fun!

  • Financial Literacy helps to accomplish goals and
    improves productivity & performance
  • Businesses need every employee to contribute to the
    financial success of the company
  • 100% of attendees experience increased Business
    & Financial Literacy by playing the game

GRITT Summit Event  Schedule

      • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Registration Open
      • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Pre-Conference Workshops
        • Verne Harnish Workshop
        • Profit & Cash Workshop®
      • 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Registration Reception & Refreshments
      • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Partner Dinner & Awards Ceremony (Invitation Only Event for PFSbrands and GRITT Business Coaching Partners)
    • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Registration Open & Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – GRITT Summit
    • 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM – Backyard BBQ & Entertainment
    • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM –Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – GRITT Summit

Your ticket includes access to:

  • Keynote Sessions
  • Sessions on Business
  • Sessions on Leadership
  • Evening Parties
  • Networking Power Lunches
  • Morning Continental Breakfast

Join us at the GRITT Summit to rejuvenate your business & refresh your mindset.

  • Casino Games
  • Swimming Pool Deck
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Fitness Center

    Ameristar Casino Resort Spa 
    1 Ameristar Blvd • St. Charles, MO 63301
    Phone: (636) 949-7777

    $154 plus taxes and fees
    Group Code: GRITT22

    INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS: Must be made by 7/1/22

    Call (855) 888-7273 for reservations by 7/1/22.  Inform them of the Group code: GRITT22 to receive the Group Rate.  You can also make reservations online by entering the Special Offer Code GRITT22 where prompted, on the Hotel Reservations Page, or by following this link:

     Guest Room Instructions >> HERE!



    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Should COVID-19 alter our ability to hold a live, in-person event GRITT Summit will be canceled and all registrations are 100% refundable. However, if the event proceeds as planned and you would like to cancel your registration; cancellations received before July 5, 2022, will be refunded in full. Cancellations received after July 5, 2022, will be refunded in full, minus a $100 administration fee.

    What is the hotel cancellation policy?

    Please refer to the cancellation policy of your chosen hotel during the reservation process. Cancellation policies vary by hotel.  For the Ameristar Resort and Spa Individual reservations that are not canceled 48 hours prior to arrival will be charged for the first night’s room and tax.

    Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

    If you are unable to attend and would like to transfer your registration to someone else, you may do so up to 2 business days prior to the event.
    Please contact to request a transfer.

    I can only attend 1 day; do you offer discounted registration?

    GRITT Summit is a 1 and a ½ day event with pre-conference events prior to its start and optional evening events.
    There are no discounted day pass registrations for GRITT Summit.

    Do I have to attend the evening events?

    The evening events are not mandatory, but are highly recommended as they will serve as an opportunity to network with other industry colleagues and professionals.

    Are spouses and/or children welcome?

    You must be at least 18 years old with a paid registration to attend GRITT Summit.

    Where is the nearest airport?

    St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) is the nearest airport to our event location, the Ameristar Casino & Resort and other surrounding hotels. It is approximately 8 miles from (STL) to the event center.

    Is there a shuttle service provided from the Airport?

    The Ameristar Casino & Resort does not provide a regularly scheduled shuttle to and from the airport, however, you may request a shuttle complimentary from Ameristar by emailing ACSCVL@boydgaming.comThis is not guaranteed and is reserved on a first come/first serve basis.

    What if I do not stay at the recommended hotel, is there parking provided at the location of event?

    There is free parking available in the parking garage at the Ameristar Casino & Resort.

    What is the dress code?

    The dress code for Gritt Summit is business casual. Please be prepared to dress in layers, if needed, as we will not have control of the conference room temperatures. Outdoor and evening events are casual. 

    What if I have an ADA accommodation?

    When registering for GRITT Summit, please indicate any ADA accommodations you have on the registration form. You can also email our team at We will work with the hotel directly and contact you to discuss options.  

    I am having trouble accessing the Gritt Summit APP, who can help me?

    Please contact if you are having any issues with the APP.

    Is this a virtual event?

    GRITT Summit is a live, in-person event.  Should COVID-19 alter our ability to hold a live, in-person event GRITT Summit will be canceled and all registrations are 100% refundable.

    Meal and Dietary Needs (FAQs)

    What meals are provided during GRITT Summit?

    Tuesday, July 19th: Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres provided

    Wednesday, July 20th: Continental Breakfast provided, lunch provided, and an optional dinner if RSVP is received.

    Thursday, July 21st: Continental Breakfast provided

    What if I have dietary restrictions?

    When registering for GRITT Summit, please indicate any dietary restrictions you have on the registration form. You can also email our team at We will work directly with the hotel to accommodate any dietary restrictions.

    Phone: (855) 632-3373

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