Winter 2010

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Inside the Winter 2010 Issue:

Stepping on the Accelerator
Sam Allen (Group 308) is always thinking about how fast they should be going, but more often than usual these days. “Business is down, so to get it back up you need to invest – and then if you spiral downward, it scares you off,” says the CEO of Burlingame-based ScanCafe, a photo scanning service. So when is it time to accelerate? Read how Allen and other Alliance members figure out when – and how – to step on the gas.

Alliance Community Activities
Recent Alliance CEO Roundtables gave CEOs the opportunity to learn about “Making Bets in a Dicey Economy” and “Buying or Selling a Business,” while Ken Weller, former CEO of The Good Guys, discussed taking stock in and focusing on your best employees. Check out the photos of these events and our Alliance Fall Dinner.

Wrestling with a Rat: A Case Study
Alliance member Belinda Tsao-Nivaggioli, CEO of Avicena Group, discusses what happened when her board misplaced its trust in a manipulating advisor who got deep inside the firm’s capital raising efforts and held the company hostage.

New Members
Check out our newest Alliance members, who run companies in industries such as solar photovoltaic modules, masonry construction, clean-tech building materials, and dairy products.

Upcoming Events
We've got some great events coming up, including a CEO Roundtable on “Liquidity for CEOs of Investor-Backed Firms;” our Alliance Holiday Dinner; and keynote discussions with Jim Wunderman of the Bay Area Council and John Hamm, author of "The Necessary Nine: Leadership Skills That Define Our Best Leaders.” Alliance members are invited to attend all keynote discussions, even if their group is not meeting that day.

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