Ventilator Solution

We are facing a once in a generation event that impacts everyone.  This is the time for people, companies, and organizations to come together for the greater good. Here is an update on what CEO Connection and one of our members, AES Controls based out of Cincinnati, have been doing over the past few days:

AES Control is providing a unique solution to help during this pandemic that will help save lives. The talented engineers at AES have designed, developed, and are now building invasive or non-invasive Stage 1 ventilators for immediate hospital use. AES has done this by a creating a controller to adapt readily available CPAP machines that can be: 

  • Attached to either a non-invasive ventilation mask or an endotracheal tube; 
  • Will regulate breathing modulation and; 
  • Has an anti-aerosolization containment / filtration measures for expired breath; 
  • Can convert used or new units.

While AES is creating, CEO Connection is connecting.  Our strategic partner, Ballard Spahr, filed a patent for AES.  Through our community we are in touch with the White House, the National Governors Association, Johnson and Johnson, Dr Oz, numerous hospitals, and we have members who want to provide materials, labor, expertise, and logistical support.

As a result, the first manufactured conversions will be shipped to the current epicenter of the pandemic, New York City next week. Then AES will start partnering with idle CEO Connection member manufacturers to scale up production to 10,000 a week, depending on parts availability. This is the power of partnership, relationships, and connections through CEO Connection. 

As CEO of CEO Connection, we are so proud to be working alongside our members to provide extraordinary solutions for these extraordinary times. You do great things on your own…we can do greater things together! And together, we can save lives! 

Please share this information with hospitals, medical centers and anyone on the front lines who might need ventilators.  They can contact

Fund Proposal for COVID-19 Recovery

COVID-19 has created a health and economic environment unlike anything we have ever experienced. 
As the leadership of the mid-market, we are uniquely positioned with the knowledge and resources to ensure that our communities have jobs and a stable economy after this crisis is over. We need to join together to manage the challenges ahead.

What can we do?

As such, I am proposing that we set up a fund to help small and mid-market companies and their people get though COVID-19. I am envisioning a combination of the war bonds effort from World War II and the Farm Aid movement of the mid-80s to provide equity, debt, and/or convertible funding to small and mid-sized businesses.
We have had many discussions with business, academic, and government leaders.  CEO Connection member Scott Jackson, CEO of Global Impact, can set up the infrastructure for this project in a matter of days. Now it is time to act.
You do great things on your own … We can do even greater things together!

Can you help?

Join the Task Force

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Announcement: CEOC M&A Connection Network

Announcement: CEOC M&A Connection Network

Each step of the M&A process (planning, sourcing, assessing, and structuring to post acquisition operational and cultural integration) is complicated and requires expertise and resources that are not necessarily readily available. CEOC is in a unique position to connect its members to a vetted deal flow and pre-approved unique resources that they can not get on their own. 

One of the top actionable ideas that came out of the 2019 Mid-Market Convention was for CEOC to provide a matchmaking service for companies looking to expand through partnerships and acquisitions.

As a result, CEOC is proud to announce the creation of the:


CEOC M&A Connection Network

CEO Connection is in a unique position to connect our members on both sides of the M&A equation. With a hand selected group of resources focused on creating the best transaction, CEOC is here for each step in the process.

Buying or selling a company? Use our network of world-class, fully vetted resources to create the perfect deal. We have developed a complete full-cycle acquisition process for those looking to acquire a company – from initial deal evaluation, to funding the deal, through operational and cultural integration:

  • Curated Connecting
  • Assessing
  • Structuring
  • Funding
  • Integrating

Getting started is easy. Simply schedule a call today – or 800.244.4719 and we can discuss your action plan and how the M&A Connection Network can assist you. 

An Innovative Approach to Retaining Talent

An Innovative Approach to Retaining Talent

Earlier this year, CEO Connection made an exciting announcement regarding an advisory service for health care developed exclusively for our members. Powered by PinnacleCare, employees can now confidently navigate the complexity of the healthcare system and obtain the world’s most advanced care.

How does it work?

In addition to giving employees peace of mind, this program is designed to keep and attract the best talent. When CEO Connection member employees are faced with a serious health challenge, experts from CEO Connection’s Healthcare Management Program powered by PinnacleCare guide them through the complexities of the healthcare system. From gathering medical records to scheduling appointments, advisors help employees make informed decisions that lead to better health outcomes.

We work with top-ranked medical centers and specialists across the country.

Knowing where to go for healthcare, how to get in fast, and understanding all treatment options reduces costs and save lives.

Doug Robinson

“I wholeheartedly stand behind the recommendation to offer this service to CEO Connection member companies,” said Doug Robinson, Chair, CEO Connection Healthcare Committee. “Done right, the ROI will be significant on both the claims expense front, as well as the employee/dependent’s peace of mind front.”

To learn more or to register, please click here.

 Registration is free. You only pay when services are used.

There is Still Time to Nominate for the 2018 CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards

There is Still Time to Nominate for the 2018 CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards

SYOSSET, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2018 — CEO Connection® is accepting nominations for the 2018 Mid-Market Awards which recognize mid-market leaders and companies that have demonstrated leadership, creativity, generosity and other qualities representing the true spirit of the mid-market. Nominations will be considered from the community at large, including business experts, academic institutions, government officials and CEO Connection members. The deadline for the community at large to submit a nomination is Friday, January 26, 2018. Submit nominations on this form.
Nominations are being accepted for any or all of the following awards:
  • Mid-Market Company of the Year – The mid-market company that embodies the highest standards of leadership in both business and society.
  • Mid-Market CEO of the Year – The mid-market CEO who embodies the highest standards of leadership in both business and society.
  • Young Leader Award – The mid-market executive who, early in his/her career, has demonstrated the greatest potential for leadership and lasting impact.
  •  Social Impact Award – For the mid-market CEO who has had the greatest impact in public service, social enterprise and/or philanthropy.
See the 2017 Mid-Market Award winners here.
Self-nominations are welcome. Only mid-market CEOs who run a company, division or unit with annual revenues between $100 million and $3 billion and companies are eligible.
Nominations will be vetted by an awards committee, which solicits the opinions of academic, media and business leaders, and presents four to five candidates in each category to a committee of all living prior award recipients who vote to determine the new honorees.
Award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Mid-Market Convention on September 23-25, 2018 at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This exclusive global gathering features hundreds of CEOs, political leaders and business experts convening to discuss challenges and to co-create solutions for mid-market companies.  Click here for more information and to register for the convention.
CEO Connection is the only membership organization in the world reserved exclusively for CEOs of mid-market companies – companies with between $100 million and $3 billion in annual revenue. Our mission is to help mid-market CEOs and their companies succeed. We accomplish this by connecting them with each other and connecting them with the people, information, resources, and opportunities to which they would otherwise not have access. CEOC promotes the interests, welfare, and perspectives of the mid-market.
Members are C-level executives with responsibility for all or significant portions of their respective companies. They represent a wide variety of businesses across a broad geographic spectrum. Collectively mid-market companies account for $10 trillion of the $30 trillion annual U.S. private sector gross receipts.
Inspired by C-level Wharton executives, CEO Connection began in 2005 and has evolved into a dynamic community with wide-ranging benefits uniquely designed to help mid-market CEOs and to champion the mid-market perspective. For more information, visit CEO Connection. Stay connected on Twitter: @CEOConnection and CEOC LinkedIn.
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