Vistage has seen me through one of the most difficult seasons of my life. I joined as a new CEO of a company that had suddenly lost its beloved Founder to cancer. With only a few months under my belt, our sales dropped in half at the onset of the Covid Pandemic. The support, wisdom, candor, and encouragement from the seasoned leaders of CE12 have not only helped me weather these storms, but also accelerated my growth and shaped my future. This group of savvy, caring, gritty go-getters have challenged me to become a better leader, husband, father and friend. And for this, I am forever grateful.
Chris Gordon – R3 Gifts
I just celebrated my 6 year anniversary with Vistage and at the age of 66 I can honestly say that membership has been the best investment I have ever made in my business. There are so many take aways for me but there is a lasting one I am confident will be with me for the rest of my life. You see, when I joined, I had no exit strategy and today, through the support of our group and Mark, I have a clear plan and an understanding of what I need to do in the coming years to enable me to monetize the investment that I have spent 45 years building. Just one of things that I have done is to have my second in command join a Vistage group to prepare him for what is next and my entire leadership team now has a vested interest in my successful exit. I have confidence that whatever the next step my company takes in this journey our customers, employees, and vendor partners will be well supported.
Jim Herr - CEO Parron Hall
These times bring us together to harness our power as a group of smart, capable business people that really care about each other and want to help each other only because we can, not for any gain or monetary reason.
Jim Holcomb - CEO RotoCo.
Vistage is my secret weapon. It is my board of directors. It is who helps hold me accountable. Vistage makes me a better leader, a better husband, and a better father.
Jamie Ogle - CEO Lloyd's Pest Control
I stay in Vistage because each month because I know I will walk out of the group meeting with a fresh perspective on my business and my life.
President of a Clothing Manufacturer
What keeps me in Vistage is continuous inspiration, education, outside perspectives and motivation. Having exposure to CEOs with different backgrounds, educations, industry experiences and views on life are very valuable to me. I get to bounce ideas off of CEOs who are in the same shoes and are not judgmental. They understand the pressures and issues with being a CEO and they are there to help you. I also love the speakers who come to the meetings six to eight times a year. The group Chair continuously offers guidance and provides motivation, but more importantly asks tough questions that nobody else asks.
CEO of a Service/Construction Company
I was initially drawn to this particular group because it is chaired by Mark Fackler, someone whom I respect immensely not only for his business acumen but also for his high degree of integrity. It is incredibly valuable to receive his ongoing input into the development and implementation of my company’s business strategies. My company’s results over the last four years, as well as my ability to successfully meet the demands of its growth, prove to me that joining Vistage was the best decision I could have made. I am committed to continuing my participation in Vistage because it has enabled me not only to grow my business but also to deepen my capacity to effectively address its unique strategic and management issues.
Founder/CEO of International Consulting Firm
People say that it is lonely at the top, but it doesn't need to be if you are a Vistage member. I very much appreciate the support I am receiving from the group in these trying times.
President of a Benefits Company
The value for me in Vistage is the people who challenge me and help me think outside the box. They give me clarity in purpose and action. They are there for me.
Founder/CEO of an Accounting Firm
I own a hundred person engineering consulting firm. My Vistage group has helped me through many things, including the challenges of growth, the challenges of downsizing, and the challenges of getting the right people on the bus. It was amazing to me that people running very different organizations focused on very different marketplaces, in the end, face many of the same challenges: cash flow, hiring and keeping the right people, and building an effective sales organization. Mark Fackler provides a steadying hand, making sure we are moving along, providing insights from a totally different perspective, and making sure we are totally honest in our interactions.