“I have cascaded the Inc. CEO Project Tools into my business. I use the Decision BlueprintTM to report to my board and I have each of my Executive Team leaders use it to report on their functional areas. It has been powerful to keep us focused.”
“When I go to a meeting with an idea of what I will do on a particular challenge, I often leave a meeting with a whole new idea of how to approach this issue. This can be the difference between growing more or less. I leave with new directions and the confidence that I'm going in the right direction. This is more than enough to justify my participation.”
Wolters Althoff Investments, LLC
A Process to Solve Your Company’s Challenges
All companies are unique – and yet the challenges that most CEOs and companies face are remarkably similar.
As a CEO, these are some of the key challenges and opportunities you are likely to face:
At Inc. CEO Project, we have devoted years of time into understanding these key challenges and how to turn them into opportunities. With insight from our research and work, we have developed a proven, results-driven process and tools to help our member CEOs and their companies successfully grow.
Our process starts with charting where you and your company currently stand
- What’s working
- What’s not working
- What constraints stand in the way of growth
- What opportunities exist for growth
And continues by mapping out a path for growth
- Prioritizing and eliminating constraints
- Constructing a strategic plan and the tactics to achieve it
We help you understand your current state and your future path via monthly one-on-one coaching sessions with your Advisor and quarterly facilitated meetings with your CEO Peer Group. Each Peer Group meeting follows the same structure and employs the same tools to drive positive growth.
Tools For Success
The Inc. CEO Project process and tools work together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Our tools fall into two key categories:
1. Diagnostic Tools to define your current state, and
2. Strategic Tools to guide future growth and success
Your advisor will work with you at each step to put these powerful tools to use and your ideas into action.
Power of Your Peers Every Step of the Way
“It is not simply the brightest who have the best ideas; it is those who are best at harvesting ideas
from others. It is not only the most determined who drive change; it is those who most fully engage
with like-minded people. And it is not wealth or prestige that best motivates people; it is respect
and help from peers.”
-Alex Pentland, Director, MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
The collective insight and power of the Peer Group lies at the center of Inc. CEO Project member success. As a member, you will quickly find that the new perspectives and ideas you gain from your peers make your strategic plans more innovative and your priorities more focused. You will also find that your desire to meet the high expectations of your peers is a powerful motivator for success.
Our CEO Peer Groups are carefully crafted according to each company’s company’s size, complexity and the similar challenges these CEOs face. Each CEO brings his or her unique experience from different markets and industries and offers new insight to help other members address challenges. The advice you receive during CEO Peer Group meetings is innovative and practical – because it comes from your peers who understand your challenges and who aren’t afraid to disagree with you in order to help you achieve a better end result.
Peer Groups meet quarterly. At each quarterly meeting, CEOs update their peers on their business and leadership performance over the past quarter and their progress according to their Goal MapTM. Each member also shares his or her Decision BlueprintTM and discusses with the group how best to tackle challenges they are currently facing. Inc. CEO Project’s experienced Advisors facilitate these meetings to ensure the most effective peer review and exchange.
Experienced Advisors You Can Trust
We select our Project Advisors for their coaching abilities and executive level experience so they can relate to you as peers. We have all run our own companies and have broad and deep business experience. We help our member CEOs thrive and grow because we have been in your position and know what you’re going through. We will challenge your thinking, help you develop new ideas and provide you with unbiased advice.
Advisors hold one-on-one sessions with CEOs each month to provide personal assistance and reinforcement. This monthly one-on-one interaction helps you stay focused on how to best achieve your objectives. During these sessions, we review the previous CEO Peer Group meeting, prepare for the next meeting, and assess the implementation of your strategic plan.
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Jim has decades of leadership in technology businesses, mergers and acquisitions, engineering, and sales and marketing. He has managed organizations in both public and private environments and across multiple industries including professional services, semiconductor, electronic components, automotive, polymers, medical, capital equipment, instrumentation, controls, HVAC, analytical laboratory and telecommunications.
Jim has built, acquired and led several companies, including international businesses with multiple operating business units in multiple countries. Prior to Inc. CEO Project, Jim was the President of Spirent Communications PLC, a $250M global telecommunications business traded on the FTSE 100 Index.
Jim has been on the board of directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association and the advisory board of Telecommunications magazine. He is Past Chair of the board of Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area and a current member of the Potomac Officers Club, Maryland Tech Council, and Northern Virginia Tech Council. Jim is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World” and is certified as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner in the United States. He also serves on the board of the privately held Hanover Research Council.
The author of numerous published technical papers and articles, Jim holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He is a serial marathoner, avid soccer player, crossfitter and reader. He resides in Potomac, MD with his family.
Kirk has been affiliated with Inc.CEO Project for over twenty years – first as a member and later as a Group Leader. He is President and CEO of Savage, a leader in supply chain solutions with over 3,000 team members in 200+ locations. Previously, he started, ran and sold his own fast-growing strategy and marketing consulting business. He also led the transformation of Fortune 150 Company, Textron, Inc., which resulted in the company more than tripling in value; and steered a billion dollar global automotive supplier back to profitability while the company was under the ownership of multiple private equity firms. Kirk continues to lead a Group in which he is also a member.
Regarded as an excellent business speaker and writer, Kirk has coached and advised thousands of people in organizations around the world. He has served on the boards of both public and private companies including Granite Broadcasting and Olon Industries, Inc. He has written a number of articles about growth and organizational change. Kirk holds a degree from University of Western Ontario and lives with his family in Park City, Utah.
For more than 20 years, Pam has built and scaled growth companies as an investor, investment banker and executive. Her unique perspective enables her to drive business value for investors, management, employees, and clients by creating cohesive executive teams and helping them balance rapid revenue growth with sustainable long-term profitability.
Pam's background spans finance, business development, and executive development in the services, technology and manufacturing industries. As Managing Director of a private investment firm, she invested capital and managed private companies in the portfolio, working with executives across business strategy, talent acquisition, financial management, sales, marketing, and operations. While Vice President of the CrossHill Financial Group, an investment bank, Pam fueled growth of technology companies by raising debt and equity and providing financial/managerial advisory services to prepare companies and management for the fundraising process and what to expect after the investment. Pam's operating experience ranges from Chief Financial Officer of Digital Focus, a boutique IT services company, to Vice President - Sales, Marketing and Corporate Development for a national provider of managed security systems.
Pam holds a degree in English and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in International Business and Marketing from The George Washington University. She likes to explore new terrain throughout the world on foot, bike and ski. She resides in Great Falls, VA.
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RJ has a wealth of experience in numerous industries including banking, insurance, manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, healthcare and telecommunications. He currently leads a small software company that services the sleep industry with an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) offering.
RJ owned Midwest Electric, an electrical services firm that he grew from 15 to 350 employees. He transformed the company’s focus from industrial facility electrical maintenance to being a full-service utilities contractor that builds the power grid from wind farms, coal-fired power plants to power lines. Midwest Electric has appeared on the Inc. 500/5000 list several times. RJ also led a regional consulting team and was a project manager for Arthur Andersen for whom he oversaw a technology merger integration of a multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical distributor into a leading integrated health-care company.
RJ was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2008. He also served as Executive Director and Chairman on the Board for Junior Achievement of Central Ohio. He holds degrees in international relations and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. RJ resides in Bexley, OH with his wife, Kristina, and three children. They are active members of Vineyard Grace Fellowship.
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Prior to joining Inc. CEO Project, Jim was President of Inmarsat Solutions, the market facing entity for Inmarsat PLC, a $1.4B London-based satellite communications company. Jim led the development and execution of Inmarsat’s global go-to-market strategy and oversaw the subsidiaries that serve the maritime, government and various enterprise markets.
Jim was also the President and CEO of Stratos, Inc., a $650M global satellite service company for which he oversaw strategic direction and global operations and led the company’s transformation from a regionally focused North American company to a global leader in satellite services with 500% growth in revenue; and of Shell Offshore Services Company, a telecom startup that provides remote communication services to the energy industry for which he led strategy development and execution.
Jim is a member of the Michigan Technological University President’s Advancement Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business. He resides in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife and son.
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CD brings over 35 years of senior management experience to his passion for helping others reach for and attain their personal and company growth goals. His keen sense of curiosity has driven him to research the concept of “success” and how it affects the beliefs and traits of successful business leaders.
Currently, as a Group Advisor for the Inc. CEO Project, CD is enjoying building peer advisory groups in Colorado and its neighboring mountain states.
His business career includes start-ups and turnarounds as well as devising new ways to achieve rapid growth in several industries. Vision and mission statement creation, team building, continuous improvement in process and productivity flows, operations management, customer relations, sales and marketing are all areas in which CD has made significant improvement when challenged.
Prior to joining Inc. CEO Project, CD was CEO of Dickson Weatherproof Nail Co., a domestic steel products manufacturer, he led the creation and implementation of strategic planning that resulted in a 10x increase in EBITDA over a five year period.
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