CEO, State Industrial Products
“If you’re too busy for Vistage, this is clear evidence that you are not focused and a prime candidate for Vistage. The group will help you pay attention to what is most important.”
International Data Management
CEO, Mazzella Companies
“Vistage is like a monthly dose of insight that supports my efforts to run my business better. Four of my associates participate in Vistage groups, and the leadership techniques we learn guide us as we frame and solve issues. My group is a safe haven to discuss anything, from business opportunities to communicating effectively with people. Thanks to a Vistage speaker, we’re recasting our customer focus. You can see why I drive two hours each way to attend Vistage meetings in the Canton/Akron area. It’s well worth my time.”
Hussein Y. Shousher
In the Summer of 2007 I realized my dream of selling my business. The help of my Vistage group members, speakers and my fabulous Chair, Cheryl McMillan, were critical not only in making the sale happen, but in helping me grow the business to a point where it was worth selling.
Over my 15 years as a member, I learned so much and received so much great advice. I became much more focused on the important things in my business and my life, started to regularly set goals, built a much stronger organization and started tracking important metrics. In the process, I became a better listener, and a much more astute business person.
I was also able to witness dramatic positive changes in my fellow members’ lives and assist in their business decisions. I watched them overcome obstacles and saw their businesses blossom. My Vistage experience was extremely rewarding, and one where I always learned while being able to help my fellow members.
The Vistage model is very powerful when done correctly. Cheryl was my Chair for four of my fifteen years as a member. She is continuously learning new techniques and approaches to helping her members become the best they want to be. She is a truly extraordinary Chair and is rated among the top 20 Chairs worldwide on a regular basis for good reason.
Vistage Chair and Former CEO, Swiger Coil
CEO, HGR Industrial
My first Vistage meeting was on April 4, 1995. My last meeting was December 19, 2013.
In between those two meetings, my life was changed in every way. There were lots of factors that changed my life and my business, but none as powerful as meeting with my peers for one full day a month, and my Chair for another two hours a month…..When I started with Vistage in 1995, my company had annual revenues of $2 million, 14 employees, was named to the INC. 500 and lost money. That year, my wife and I had been together 20 years and our children were 11, 15 and 16. I paid myself $48,000 in what was my seventh year in business.
Since then, my first business was sold into private equity for $45 million. I’ve started another three businesses and a foundation and between them we manage about $60 million in assets. Half of our investments are in marketable securities and the other half are active investments in socially conscious companies. Our three children are all married and all are running their own businesses….
Most importantly, I’m happier than I ever dreamed I could be. I have health, love of family and an incredible fortune. And daily, I live my dream of serving those who serve the ;poor, the focus of our foundation, The Business of Good.