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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Curtis Allen, President & CEO of Altair Technologies
Company: AcceleRAD Technologies
Member Since: 2005

Curtis Allen, President & CEO of Altair Technologies, talks about his long-time involvement and experience with the Alliance of Chief Executives. Altair Technologies provides a wide portfolio of products and services targeted at the medical oncology and industrial market.

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Nathan Harding, CEO and Co-Founder of Wink Robotics

Nathan Harding describes the Alliance as a support group for CEOs and says there is always someone to talk to with the CEO point-of-view. He discusses the challenges of the CEO role – always being “on,” and having the feeling of personal responsibility to your company. Nathan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wink Robotics, which is pioneering the use of robotics, artificial intelligence and machine vision in the gigantic and lucrative beauty industry. He is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Ekso Bionics.

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Todd Defren, CEO of SHIFT Communications

At first, Todd Defren was skeptical of joining the Alliance and wondered what he would learn from other CEOs in different industries. But the reality, he has found, is that executives face a lot of the same types of leadership issues, which cut across industries. At each Alliance meeting, he says, he makes new connections or deepens the valuable ones he's already started. Todd is the Chief Executive Officer of SHIFT Communications, an integrated communications agency with offices in Boston, New York City and San Francisco, driven by 100 creative, smart and sassy brainiacs.

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Chris Peterson, Founder & CEO of Facing1

For the past 10 years, the Alliance has helped Chris Peterson through a variety of business cycles, ranging from starting and growing a business, to managing teams, and going through an acquisition. And through all of these steps, the Alliance helped Chris solve an incredible range of issues. The "built-in sounding board" of his Alliance group is a great benefit for Chris in his current startup, Facing1. He comments that one of biggest problems with running a startup is the lack of a large customer base to talk to. With the Alliance, Chris has access to immediate feedback to his product and how he's running his business. Chris is the Founder & CEO of Facing1, a private mobile platform for engaging and motivating highly dispersed teams.

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Alliance of Chief Executives

The Alliance of Chief Executives is an active community of business leaders that focuses on deep strategic exchanges, challenging existing assumptions and generating fresh ideas. Through private, high-level, confidential groups, Alliance members share unique insights, perspectives and experiences that lead to breakthrough ideas and competitive advantage.

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