Meet our Members

The Alliance community is all about our amazing members. Alliance members lead companies in virtually every industry and market sector ranging from early-stage private companies to global public companies. And, to be expected, their personal backgrounds are as diverse and wide-ranging as their companies. We’ve never been able to figure out how to describe the Alliance to someone who hasn’t experienced it. Therefore, we invited a few of our members to describe their "Alliance Experience" using their own words.

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Alliance Private CEO Groups

Every Alliance member is invited into a group of chief executives who "fit together" and value the experience other members are able to offer. Alliance Groups are led by experienced Alliance Directors and meet in confidential, "behind-closed-doors" sessions where they use a unique Alliance methodology to learn from the collective experience, gain a deeper understanding of fast-changing technology and market trends, and discover new opportunities and fresh perspectives for future strategic initiatives.

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Why is the CEO role so challenging and unique?

Hear our members discuss what makes the CEO role so challenging and unique.

Craig Saxton, President & CEO of Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
Gini Deshpande, Founder & CEO of NuMedii
Ed Lehrman, CEO of Vine Connections
Mihir Shukla, CEO & Co-Founder of Automation Anywhere
Ted Elliott, Chairman & CEO of Jobscience
Doug Leeds, Former CEO of Ask.com and IAC Publishing
Kevin Lalor, Founder & CEO of Business Intelligence 101
DeeAnn Budney, Founder/CEO of The Hive Advertising
Bryan O'Connell, CEO of Meras Engineering

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Why join the Alliance of Chief Executives?

Alliance members share some of the reasons why they joined.

Dirk Schapeler, Director of Digital Health for Bayer LifeScience iHUB
Scott Benner, Managing Partner of Nelson Capital Management
Ben Davis, CEO of Phizzle
Kim Weiss, CEO of Remedy Interactive
Craig Saxton, President & CEO of Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
Geoff Rego, Co-Founder & CEO of Hushly
Cal Lai, Chairman & CEO, Ask.Vet
John Carpenter, Principal at Carpenter/Robbins Tenant Advisory Service
Ashok Santhanam, CoFounder & CEO of FogLogic

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What interested you in the Alliance of Chief Executives?

Alliance members discuss what interested them in the Alliance before they joined.

Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard
Yorgen Edholm, CEO & President of Accellion
Ashok Santhanam, CoFounder & CEO of FogLogic
Mihir Shukla, CEO & Co-Founder of Automation Anywhere
Bryan O'Connell, CEO of Meras Engineering
Doug Leeds, Former CEO of Ask.com and IAC Publishing
Curtis Allen, President & CEO of Altair Technologies
Ed Levine, CEO of Vine Solutions
Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of the Avicena Group
Kevin Lalor, Founder & CEO of Business Intelligence 101
Ben Davis, CEO of Phizzle

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How do you justify the time invested in the Alliance?

Alliance members discuss how they justify the time invested in the Alliance, and why they prioritize their participation.

Rick Sutherland, Founder & CEO of ClickAway
Ed Lehrman, Co-Founder & CEO of Vine Connections
Mark Tacchi, President & CEO of Vendini
Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard
Doug Leeds, Former CEO of Ask.com and IAC Publishing
Melinda Garcia, CEO of Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation
Bryan O'Connell, CEO of Meras Engineering

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Why would you recommend the Alliance of Chief Executives?

Hear why our members recommend the Alliance to other CEOs and executives.

Bryan O'Connell, CEO of Meras Engineering
Curtis Allen, President & CEO of Altair Technologies
Doug Leeds, CEO of IAC Publishing
Melinda Garcia, CEO of Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation
Mark Tacchi, President & CEO of Vendini
Pat Spink, VP, New Business at ChemSW
David Traversi, CEO of Traversi Capital Advisors
Dirk Schapeler, Director of Digital Health for Bayer LifeScience iHUB
Rick Sutherland, Founder & CEO of ClickAway
Ben Davis, CEO of Phizzle
Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of the Avicena Group
Gini Deshpande, Founder & CEO of NuMedii

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Big ideas generated by Alliance members

Hear what our members have to say about the big ideas that have been made through the Alliance.

Lars Barfod, CEO of Vapore
Lilah Koski, CEO & Founder of Koski Research
Glenn Fishler, Founder/CEO/President of EORM
Kristen McAlister, President of Cerius Interim Executive Solutions
Dave Darsch, Founder of the CEO - Collaborative Forum
Tim Danison, Co-Founder & CEO of Tabula Health
Richard Stone, Founder & Chairman of Private Ocean
Kevin Lalor, Founder & CEO of Business Intelligence 101
Christopher Burnley, Founder & CEO of Corefact
Kim Weiss, CEO of Remedy Interactive
Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of the Avicena Group
Oliver Mellows, Principal/Controller at MBH Architects
Craig Goehring, CEO of Brown and Caldwell
Dan Peterson, Founder and Chairman of ePAY Healthcare

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What impact does the Alliance have on its members?

Hear about the impact the Alliance has had on its members.

Peter Sortwell, Founder/CEO of Arborwell
Tom Madsen, SVP & GM, Jamba Juice Company New Ventures
Paul Levitan, President of Galaxy Desserts
John Murphy, CEO of Virtual Incision
Kevin Lalor, Founder & CEO of Business Intelligence 101
Alex Buehler, Former CFO of Energy Recovery
Sblend Sblendorio, Managing Partner of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel
Grant Pickering, President & CEO of SutroVax
Karan Yaramada, President & CEO of Jade Global
Melinda Garcia, CEO of Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation

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Alliance members share some specific “Aha!” moments

Alliance members share some of their specific "Aha!" moments

Kristen McAlister, President of Cerius Interim Executive Solutions
Craig Goehring, CEO of Brown and Caldwell
Doug Leeds, CEO of IAC Publishing
DeeAnn Budney, Founder/CEO of The Hive Advertising
Tim Danison, Co-Founder & CEO of Tabula Health
John Murphy, CEO of Virtual Incision
Christopher Burnley, Founder & CEO of Corefact
Ted Elliott, Chairman & CEO of Jobscience
Melinda Garcia, CEO of Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation
Ian McLean, President of Thermal Press International
Grant Pickering, President & CEO of SutroVax

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What benefits do Alliance members receive?

Alliance members share some of the unexpected benefits they've received.

Richard Stone, Founder & Chairman of Private Ocean
Mark Tacchi, President & CEO of Vendini
John Carpenter, Principal at Carpenter/Robbins Tenant Advisory Service
Craig Saxton, President & CEO of Specialty's Cafe & Bakery
Cal Lai, Chairman & CEO, Ask.Vet
Ed Lehrman, CEO of Vine Connections
DeeAnn Budney, Founder/CEO of The Hive Advertising
Bryan O'Connell, CEO of Meras Engineering
Melinda Garcia, CEO of Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation
Lilah Koski, CEO & Founder of Koski Research

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How do our members benefit from Alliance diversity?

Listen to our members describe the benefits they receive from Alliance diversity.

Bryan Kemper, Managing Partner of HetNet Wireless
Rob Conant, CEO of Cirrent
Gini Deshpande, Founder & CEO of NuMedii
John Murphy, CEO of Virtual Incision
Ed Lehrman, CEO of Vine Connections
Richard Stone, Founder & Chairman of Private Ocean
Sblend Sblendorio, Managing Partner of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel
Grant Pickering, President & CEO of SutroVax
Anne Bisagno, President of Xantrion
Dan Peterson, Founder and Chairman of ePAY Healthcare
Melinda Garcia, CEO of Garcia & Gurney, A Law Corporation
Lilah Koski, CEO & Founder of Koski Research
Ted Elliott, Chairman & CEO of Jobscience

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Valuable connections made through the Alliance

Hear what our members say about the valuable connections made through the Alliance.

Richard Stone, Founder & Chairman of Private Ocean
Tom Madsen, SVP & GM, Jamba Juice Company New Ventures
Lars Barfod, CEO of Vapore
Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems
Peter Hladun, VP of Operations at Cork Supply USA
Yorgen Edholm, CEO & President of Accellion
Alex Buehler, Former CFO of Energy Recovery
Karan Yaramada, President & CEO of Jade Global
Rob Conant, CEO of Cirrent
Glenn Fishler, Founder/CEO/President of EORM
Anne Bisagno, President of Xantrion
Ian McLean, President of Thermal Press International
 

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Alliance members describe the Alliance culture

Hear how some Alliance members describe the Alliance and its culture.

Sblend Sblendorio, Managing Partner of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel
Geoff Rego, Co-Founder & CEO of Hushly
Mark Tacchi, President & CEO of Vendini
Paul White, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Muir Equity
Oliver Rowen, VP of Operations, ClickAway
Richard Stone, Founder & Chairman of Private Ocean
Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of the Avicena Group
Kevin Lalor, Founder & CEO of Business Intelligence 101
Cal Lai, Chairman & CEO, Ask.Vet

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Powerful Alliance connections

The Alliance community is large and diversified. Hear how some of our members make connections throughout our expansive community.

John Murphy, CEO of Virtual Incision
Mark Tacchi, President & CEO of Vendini
Kim Weiss, CEO of Remedy Interactive
Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of the Avicena Group
Grant Pickering, President & CEO of SutroVax
Paul Levitan, President of Galaxy Desserts
Dave Summa, Managing Director of Business Model Innovations
Anne Bisagno, President of Xantrion
Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems
Lars Barfod, CEO of Vapore
Glenn Fishler, Founder/CEO/President of EORM

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What can you expect at your first Alliance meeting?

Alliance members discuss their first impressions of the Alliance, and what made their first meeting great.

Gini Deshpande, Founder & CEO of NuMedii
Yorgen Edholm, CEO & President of Accellion
Jeff Kuhn, Managing Partner of FLG Partners
Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of the Avicena Group
DeeAnn Budney, Founder/CEO of The Hive Advertising
Bryan O'Connell, CEO of Meras Engineering
Lilah Koski, CEO & Founder of Koski Research
Mihir Shukla, CEO & Co-Founder of Automation Anywhere
Curtis Allen, President & CEO of Altair Technologies
Ed Levine, CEO of Vine Solutions
Oliver Rowen, VP of Operations for ClickAway

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Alliance Top Team Executives

Alliance member CEOs asked us to help develop the personal leadership skills of their senior executive team members and to enable them to address their most difficult challenges in the same way that we help our member CEOs. Therefore, the Alliance developed Top Team Alliance™ groups, which include a diverse mix of CFOs, COOs, CMOs, CIOs, CTOs and other top marketing, sales, operations, legal and product development executives. Our Top Team Alliance™ groups share valuable experience and information to tackle their own real world issues and opportunities just like our Alliance groups for CEOs. Participants receive the equivalent of extensive business management consulting services and high-level executive education by listening to and interacting with industry experts.

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