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A Peer Group for Manufacturing/Industrial CEOs

As CEO, everyone looks to you for answers, decisions and advice. Where do you turn to get honest feedback and compare notes with peers? Welcome to the AIM CEO Connection.
 
CEO Connection is an exclusive group of C-level executives who meet monthly to discuss, frame, and solve complex business problems. It's an informal setting reserved only for people who carry full P&L responsibility - owners, CEOs, presidents and COOs.
 
  • Learn from other CEOs in the group, as they present their own companies as case studies
  • Learn from expert guest speakers
  • Develop the skills to lead your company through a time of fundamental change

 

 

  • Why Join?
  • Program Outline
  • Facilitators
Forum for unbiased advice on business issues from fellow C-level execs not influenced by your internal relationships and other distractions within your company.  All discussions are kept strictly confidential.
 
Safe setting in which stimulating questions and collective thinking helps members achieve better business results.
 
As a sounding board for ideas and future growth strategies, members help one another evaluate their approaches by sharing real-world experiences, best practices and pitfalls to avoid.
 
Speakers are selected by the group to explore a variety of business issues.
 
Practical approach to build an alliance of trusted advisors.
 
Cost-effective, frequent access to the AIM infrastructure; legislative, leadership and human resources experts.
 
Unique opportunities to tour facilities to learn from what others are doing.
 
Members hold each other accountable for delivering on their courses of action.
 
Comprehensive vetting process to ensure commonality of interests, diversity, and group cohesiveness. 
 
Each group is facilitated by a chair who has run a company and is able to provide individual counseling to ensure that every member stays focused and committed to achieving their goals.
 
Each CEO Connection group consists of 12-14 chief executives from manufacturing, distribution and other process-driven industries. The CEOs lead mid-market companies with 50 employees or more. Members are selected from non-competing companies to ensure that existing business relationships do not interfere with the frank, honest exchange.
 
Typical half-day meeting agenda:
 
  • Lunch and networking
  • Guest speaker in an area of interest
  • Host company tour and presentation for input/discussion
  • Round-robin company issues/updates/information exchange
Guest speakers and topics are selected by CEOs. Sample topics include change management, health insurance, workers' compensation, labor costs, supply chain management and environmental regulations.
Veda Ferlazzo Clark
 
Veda combines 25 years of executive operational leadership in technology manufacturing companies with extensive management consulting experience. 
 
As CEO of Litecontrol, a lighting manufacturer of fluorescent and LED products for commercial buildings, Veda led the company to 50 percent growth, completed the purchase of the company from the owner, and defined a strategic plan focused on sustainability. Veda also served as interim CEO for a tool manufacturer with the charter of returning them to profitability. Over a five-month period, she reduced lead time, established a transparent production schedule, and increased workforce engagement and accountability.
 
As principal of Zedare Consulting, Veda works with CEOs and their senior team on strategic, operational, and sustainability planning to grow their companies.
 
Beth Yohai
 
Beth is an accomplished business executive with experience spanning industries, company size and growth stage. Beth has a proven track record of working closely with business leaders at all levels to build high performing, revenue generating organizations by aligning human capital strategies, system and practices with business objectives. 
 
Prior to joining AIM, Beth co-founded and was the COO of K&B Sportswear, Inc. where she led the organization to 30% year over year growth and national recognition, prior to selling the business in 2013. 
 
Before launching K&B Sportswear, Inc., Beth held various Finance, HR and Operations roles, in the US and The Netherlands, at companies including GTE, Child World, 660 Corporation, BAP, EnergyUSA and Cablevision. 
 
Beth serves as the Vice Chair of the Worcester Regional SCORE Chapter and is also a certified SCORE Mentor.
 
Beth is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and also received graduate credit for course work completed in Business and Economics from Harvard University.
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