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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Peter Hladun, VP of Operations at Cork Supply USA
Company: Cork Supply USA
Member Since: 2013

Hear why Peter Hladun describes the Alliance of Chief Executives as a strong, business, family community. Peter was referred to the Alliance by his CEO, who is also an Alliance member. Peter Hladun is the VP of Operations at Cork Supply USA, which supplies premium quality natural corks for the world's finest wines.

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Oliver Mellows, Principal/Controller of MBH Architects
Company: MBH Architects
Member Since: 2013

Oliver Mellows talks about how the Alliance provides fresh ideas outside his own architectural industry, which allows him to look at challenges and issues in a completely different way. Oliver is the Principal/Controller of MBH Architects, which provides professional architectural services in the retail, commercial, hospitality, restaurant, and multi-family housing fields. MBH Architects was named to the East Bay Business Times' Fastest Growing Companies list in 2005.

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Jerry Turin, CFO of Intematix
Company: Energy Focus, Inc.
Member Since: 2011

Jerry Turin discusses the Alliance methodology and structure of a typical Alliance group meeting, and the benefit of being a "receptacle of input" from the other attending members. Jerry is the CFO of Intematix, which offers the widest selection of phosphor solutions to the largest LED lighting companies in the world.

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Karan Yaramada, President & CEO of Jade Global
Company: Jade Global, Inc.
Member Since: 2009

Karan Yaramada talks about the candid and honest culture of the Alliance, and how he feels the Alliance is like an extended "business family." Karan is the President & CEO of Jade Global, a global information technology systems and solutions company. Karan Yaramada and Jade Global were named to the INC 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Companies for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Jeff Kuhn, Managing Partner of FLG Partners
Company: FLG Partners, LLC
Member Since: 2009

Jeff Kuhn talks about the power of diversity within the Alliance of Chief Executives, and why the culture of confidentiality is important to him. Jeff is the Managing Partner of FLG Partners, the premier solution for comprehensive board advisory and CFO consulting services for Silicon Valley companies, ranging from A-round to billion dollar public companies.

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Glenn Fishler, Founder/CEO/President of EORM

Glenn Fishler describes the Alliance culture, and how he benefits from the connections he's made. Glenn is the Founder/CEO/President of EORM (Environmental & Occupational Risk Management, Inc.), which provides a range of strategic, management and technical consulting solutions with its clients to achieve their environmental, health, safety and sustainability goals.

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Gene Banman, CEO of DriveScale
Company: DriveScale, Inc.
Member Since: 2004

Hear what Gene Banman says about his Alliance of Chief Executives experience, and why he's been a long-time member since 2004. Gene is the CEO of DriveScale, a stealth-mode startup composed of a highly experienced team creating solutions for agility, balance, and scale of Big Data infrastructure.

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Dirk Schapeler, Director of Digital Health for Bayer LifeScience iHUB
Company: Bayer LifeScience iHUB
Member Since: 2011

Dirk Schapeler discusses his experience with the Alliance of Chief Executives, and why he joined in 2011. Dirk is the Director of Digital Health for Bayer LifeScience iHUB, and is the former CEO of Artificial Muscle, the world's leading supplier and developer of electroactive polymer products (EAP).

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Nathan Harding, CEO and Co-Founder of Wink Robotics
Company: FoxEye Robotics
Member Since: 2013

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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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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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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