Follow the Leaders
What can you learn about leadership from a 13-year NBA veteran and World Champion coach? Turns out, a lot.
Before we said goodbye to 2017, we said hello to former Boston Celtics and LA Clippers coach Kevin Eastman at our last Quarterly Luncheon of the year. Like our membership, Kevin has a thirst for knowledge – becoming very agitated if he can’t find an entry for his WILT (What I Learned Today) notebook each day.
If you were lucky enough to be at the luncheon, you heard stories about winning championships, managing personalities and, most importantly, what it takes to lead teams to greatness. Simply put, Kevin Eastman’s life is truly a lesson in leadership.
One of the best messages he left us with? “If you fear the consequence of failure, please put equal fear in the consequence of never trying.”
Here are just a few other nuggets he shared with us during his presentation.
Do you have a thirst for knowledge that will help you grow your business? Or maybe you need inspiration to help you get “unstuck”? VACEOs can help you work ON your business – not just in it. Our members are regularly exposed to inspiring presentations by local and national thought leaders. Topics range from management techniques to trends in technology and marketing, and much more. Become a member today, or contact us about attending an event as a guest.
*Source: ““Leading in Today’s Competitive Environment,” VACEOs Quarterly Luncheon presentation by Kevin Eastman, former NBA coach and World Champion turned motivational speaker.
Small business CEOs raved about our first CEO Essentials program, and we are pleased to announce that the Robins School of Business will again offer an educational program designed specifically around the topics that mean the most to you.
This winter’s “CEO Essentials” program includes classes on strategic planning, marketing, talent development, conflict management and much more.
Sign up for full, half or individual sessions. Register now! Classes begin February 6.
About the 2018 sessions: All CEO Essentials sessions incorporate action learning and hands-on experience with content. Class size limited to 24 participants.
When: Tuesdays: 3–7 p.m.
February 6 – March 27
Where: Robins School of Business Executive Education, University of Richmond
Registration is limited to CEO and top-level leader(s) only; limit 3 individuals per company per year. Each full-program registration reserves a “seat”; organizations may choose whom to send to each session; limit 3 unique individuals.
Each quarter the Virginia Council of CEOs (VACEOs) and University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business partner to take the pulse of top executives in the region through a comprehensive Economic Outlook Survey.
The fourth quarter 2017 CEO Economic Outlook survey finds that optimism among Virginia CEOs grew from the third quarter, notching increases in all categories.
The survey’s index, which measures executives’ views on projected hiring, capital spending and sales over the next six months, was the third-highest ever. 2017 was an optimistic year for CEOs, as the survey achieved three of its four highest marks ever, including an all-time high in Q1. The survey has been administered quarterly since 2010.
|Year||Quarter 1||Quarter 2||Quarter 3||Quarter 4|
“Small business CEOs are enjoying the best business environment since the Great Recession. Those that have become adept at dealing with rapid change are thriving,” says Scot McRoberts, executive director of the Virginia Council of CEOs.
“After several years of dampened expectations, CEOs have become much more optimistic over the past year, due to both internal and exogenous factors,” said Randy Raggio, associate dean at the Robins School of Business. Raggio administers the survey and collects the responses each quarter. He adds, “One CEO’s comments reflect the general sentiment: ‘We have been investing in our business development and are about to see a return on the investment. Additionally for us the new tax cuts will allow us to hire more staff.’”
Of note: Nearly one third (20) of the 61 respondents mentioned the overall economy and tax cuts as reasons for their optimism.
The 2017 fourth quarter survey found that executives’ expectations for sales, capital spending, and employment rose from last quarter. To summarize, CEOs predictions over the next six months include:
The survey, adapted from a similar Business Roundtable national survey, provides a snap shot of the overall economic outlook index for various companies within the region. It also helps central Virginia companies anticipate business decisions and plan for growth. Randy Raggio, Associate Dean at the Robins School of Business, administers the survey and collects the responses each quarter.
Read Richmond Times-Dispatch coverage.
Read Robins School of Business press release.
The Council continues to expand the survey beyond its members, offering any area business owners whose companies gross at least $1 million in annual revenue the opportunity to participate. If enough businesses participate, the council will provide survey results by industry. Participation is free, and all participants will receive copies of the survey data.
Business owners and CEOs who would like to participate in the next survey should contact Scot McRoberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(12/29/17 Editor’s Note: Final membership count for 2017 is 221.)
The Virginia Council of CEOs has experienced an unprecedented year in 2017. Three very important milestones were reached early in the year, including a membership count of 200, a record number of sponsors to come on board, and an alliance with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
The year is also marked by another important development: more new members came on board in 2017 compared to previous years, bringing the final membership count to 218 at press time (December 13).
The Council has grown tremendously this year, thanks in part by our expansion into the Charlottesville market and the extremely high member retention rate we have, which hovers around 90 percent each year,” says Scot McRoberts, Virginia Council of CEOs executive director. He adds, “Our Roundtables and Forums are humming, and we have an incredible lineup of events and programs planned for 2018. Everyone is excited about bringing more entrepreneurs from Charlottesville into the fold.”
We would like to officially welcome the Virginia Council of CEOs Class of 2017 to the organization.
|Dottie Allen||The RiverCross Group LLC|
|Dave Auman||The Capstone Contracting Company|
|Chip Buehler||Integrity Landscaping Solutions|
|Ron Cathers||Arcus Consultants Solutions|
|Cabell Childress||Cabell Childress Group|
|Jonathan Cotten||The Good Feet Store|
|Rich Crawford||ServiceMaster Clean|
|Jake Crocker||FWS Restaurant Group|
|Bob Crowell||2rw Consultants, Inc.|
|Sean Cusack||Service Partners, LLC|
|Jason Daniel||Tech Dynamism|
|Sam Daniel||Daniel & Company, Inc.|
|Corey Divine||Rent The Help|
|John Epley||River City Corp|
|Bill Foster||Village Bank|
|John Grace||Grace Auto Sales and Service, Inc.|
|Canon Hickman||Equity Concepts Carytown|
|Edwin Huertas||Shockoe.com, LLC|
|Doug Jackson||Bryant Contracting INC.|
|Dennis Kao||Proactive Information Management|
|Chris Leone||Web Strategies, Inc.|
|Chris Lewis||Conquest Graphics|
|Ian MacRae||E-N Computers|
|Tracee Mathes||Occasionally Made|
|Adam Monk||McClung Companies|
|Mark Morton||Morton Consulting|
|Greg Murphy||Landmark Intellectual Property Law, PLLC|
|Dan Rodenhaver||Forge Medical|
|Roger Scott||Eclipse Tools|
|Pete Sisti||Inova Solutions, Inc.|
|Mark Smith||Midas of Richmond|
|Stacey Strawn||Silver Gallery|
|Sean Taylor||Up To Par Management|
|Ray Tuck||Tuck Chiropractic Clinic|
|Brad Turner||TREAD Holdings|
|Tee Valentine||Mechums River Security Concepts|
|Scott Wagner||Custom View|
|Robert Watkins||Watkins Nurseries Inc.|
|Van Williams||Smart Resources, Inc.|
|David Williams||Colliers International|
|Lou Wolf||SMBW, PLLC|
|Jeff Wrobel||Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia|
|Donny Wyatt||Co-Construct, LLC|
One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the new year.
For those of us at the Council, we couldn’t be more thankful and excited about what 2017 promises to bring. From a shiny new world headquarters to an exciting new state-wide partnership we will announce in January, we welcome the New Year with open arms and a joyous heart.
Wishing you and your family health, happiness and prosperity in 2017.
Scot, Connie, Kat
and everyone in the VACEOs family