“For me, the #1 thing about being a Vistage member is that you learn how to run a business, plain and simple. I take the approach that I’m the dumbest guy in the room, so I’m like a sponge, learning everything that I can. It’s better than a university, because these are real-life lessons.
If you could see the performance of my business—where I was in 2002, and where I am today—you’d see why I stick with this approach. I get more than my money’s worth out of Vistage.”
CEO, State Industrial Products
“Having the group behind me, I feel more confident in my role as CEO. I know at any point in time, I can pick up the phone and get honest advice.”
“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
“I’ve personally benefited from my Vistage membership for more than six years. Simply put, my membership in Vistage has not only kept me in business through a tough economy, but we have actually grown and become more profitable. I am a far better executive today than I as for the previous 20 years.
Like me, your greatest concern is, or should be, the full day commitment each month away from the office. Before joining, I couldn’t imagine how I would make up the time. I can honestly say, that it has turned out to be the best day of the month. I come back to Avatar filled with ideas, but more importantly enthusiasm, a sense of purpose and clear goals. It seems counter-intuitive, but being away for a day each month actually makes me personally more productive. One last, but very important point…where else can you share candid conversation with 17 other executives who are all in similar situations with you! Before Vistage I had to rely upon my employees, a few friends (who didn’t really understand my situation) and my spouse. Other members were also able to converse with their boards, but in each case, such conversations are far less productive than what we experience together.”
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