Mid-Market Action Committees & Advisory Boards
The mid-market is where innovation meets scale, and is uniquely suited to make a difference. As such, the leadership of the mid-market must take an active role in addressing, from the mid-market perspective, the challenges facing society and the economy today.
To facilitate the role of the mid-market, we have Mid-Market Action Committees. The purpose of these committees is to focus on the most impactful ideas and funnel CEO Connection people, information, and resources into group, individual or corporate actions.
Serving on one or more of these committees enables you to connect with other Mid-Market CEOs, create opportunities for your company, and shape the mid-market perspectives on the issues which are important to you, all while collaborating on ideas to help change the world.
These issues affect you, your company, and the people you care about. When the mid-market comes together, we can make a real difference.
Below are the committees:
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The mission of the CEO Connection Education Committee is to:
- Impact the education system to properly prepare today’s students to meet the needs of tomorrow’s mid-market jobs.
- Identify and create opportunities for individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large to assist academic institutions in implementing stronger future employee preparation.
- Connect members to opportunities to collaborate with academic institutions and to share best coordination practices with those institutions.
Jon Whitmore, Former CEO of ACT, Inc. is the chairperson of the CEO Connection Education Committee. A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Whitmore has dedicated his life to helping others achieve educational success. He continues to drive this mission as CEO at ACT. Throughout his career, six universities have benefited from his leadership and vision: West Virginia University, State University of New York at Buffalo, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Iowa, Texas Tech University, and San Jose State University.
Most people know ACT as the nonprofit organization responsible for the ACT test – the college admissions and placement test taken by more than 1.6 million high school graduates every year. ACT has played an increasingly important role in the nation’s educational enterprise, contributing to and supporting the nation’s educational vision. Today, more than 50 years after the first test was administered, ACT has grown to be a successful nonprofit organization that offers millions of education and career assessments across the country and around the world.
European Expansion Committee
The CEO Connection European Expansion Committee works to develop initiatives and strategies to increase access to European resources and programs for mid-market companies.
The mission of the CEO Connection European Expansion Committee is to:
Identify and create opportunities for both individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large in Europe.
Develop and implement programs that support individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large in Europe.
Connect members in the USA to members in Europe and vice-versa.
Adam Warby, CEO of Avanade, is the chairperson of the CEO Connection European Expansion Committee. Adam works closely with the Avanade Board of Directors and his leadership team to realize our mission of making a genuine impact on our clients and their customers through solutions based on the Microsoft platform.
Adam joined Avanade at its inception in April, 2000, and as one of the founding members, was instrumental in building the company and shaping its culture. A senior leader, Adam has significant experience managing and growing Avanade’s business operations, having served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for the company’s North American and European operations during his tenure. As Executive Vice President, he has also led Avanade’s worldwide sales and marketing teams, and set the vision and direction for Avanade solutions.
Government Relations Committee
The CEO Connection Government Relations Committee works to develop initiatives and strategies to increase access to government resources and programs for mid-market companies.
The mission of the CEO Government Relations Committee is to:
- Identify and connect members to government programs and resources to provide new opportunities for mid-market companies.
- Create partnerships with government agencies to develop programs to benefit individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large.
- Have an impact on government policies and regulations related to mid-market companies by establishing channels through which to provide input.
Paul Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mathematica Policy Research, is the chairperson of the CEO Connection Government Relations Committee. Paul Decker has led Mathematica Policy Research since 2007, expanding and diversifying the company’s operations and strengthening its commitment to improving public well-being by developing rigorous, objective research to help policymakers make informed decisions.
A nationally recognized education and labor researcher, Decker is a leading figure in policy research who writes and speaks on trends in the field, including the emergence of Big Data and its impact on public program evaluation and management.
The CEO Connection Healthcare Committee develops mid-market initiatives and strategies to improve the state of healthcare and the economics of healthcare for businesses and citizens.
The mission of the CEO Connection Healthcare Committee is to: Build and offer programs for mid-market companies that improve employee health and productivity and lower corporate healthcare expenses.
The CEO Connection Innovation Committee develops mid-market initiatives and strategies that explore innovation as it relates to how mid-market leaders fuel the growth in our economy to meet customer and employee needs.
The mission of the CEO Connection Innovation Committee is to:
- Identify and create opportunities for individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large to invest in and create disruptive innovation.
- Develop and encourage innovative actions that can be taken by individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large.
- Connect members to resources that can help them innovate.
Ron Totaro is the former General Manager, Global Financial Services, Pitney Bowes and the chairperson the CEO Connection Innovation Committee. Ron is recognized by industry leaders, analysts and investors for leading company transformations, driving innovation and creating scalable P&L growth and shareholder value. He has led $3 Billion of global P&Ls in financial technology and cloud-enabled business services including payments, big data & analytics, ecommerce and transaction platforms focusing on building value propositions for a diverse set of B2C, SMB and enterprise customers.
Ron joined Pitney Bowes in 2013 as General Manager, Global Financial Services, and leads the largest corporate P&L and digital transformation initiatives for SMB lending, ecommerce payments and the Pitney Bowes Bank.
Social Impact Committee
Strategic corporate social impact supports multiple bottom lines in a company’s core business model. Sophisticated corporations are recognizing that social impact makes business sense – not only because customers are looking to support businesses that are authentic in integrating social impact, but integrating such strategies improves core operations.
We, the mid-market, can generate meaningful and lasting positive social impact on our communities and environment with the incorporation of social responsibility into our everyday operations. The CEO Connection Social Impact Committee develops mid-market social impact initiatives and strategies that provide access to opportunities for economic growth and vitality.
The mission of the CEO Connection Social Impact Committee is to:
- Identify and create opportunities that enable the mid-market to maximize its social impact.
- Support the efforts of mid-market companies making and/or attempting to make a meaningful impact on their communities and beyond.
- Connect members to opportunities for social impact and to share best practices in the social impact space.
Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s is the chairperson of the CEO Connection® Social Impact Committee. Jostein is a devoted advocate for gender equality and environmental conservation. As Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Global Brand Development at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. since March 2010, he is particularly involved in Ben & Jerry’s social mission, which focuses on changing ways to improve the quality of life on a local, national and global level. Founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont, Ben & Jerry’s grew from a single ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station, into one of the most recognized and socially responsible ice cream brands on the planet.
Talent Management Committee
- Identify and create opportunities for individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large around recruiting, education and retaining talent.
- Develop and encourage programs that can be support individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large compete to talent.
- Connect members to resources that can help with Talent Management.
Jeff Kiesel, CEO, Restaurant Technologies, Inc. and Chair of the Talent Management Committee. With more than 25 years of senior leadership experience, Jeff is the head and heart of Restaurant Technologies. He led the company to expand into new regional service locations and evolve the Total Oil Management™ portal to meet the ever-changing needs of foodservice customers. Jeff joined in 2005 as CEO and stands by the set of values the company calls the 5 C’s – customer, character, commitment, courage and community. These values ensure that we put our customers and our community first – never being afraid to reach out to help, to lead by example, and always put our best foot forward. As part of this commitment, Jeff drives the Restaurant Technologies Cares program and is Chairman of the RTI Educational Foundation. He also serves on the Nixon Medical Board of Directors and the SALO Advisory Board.
Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market List Advisory Board
- Identify and create opportunities for both individual mid-market companies and the mid-market at large to increase the number of women in mid-market C-suites and on boards.
- Develop and implement programs to prepare women for leadership roles in mid-market companies.
- Connect members to share resources that help enhance the role of women in their organization and to share best practices for utilization of these resources.
Kathryn Ritchie, Founder & CEO, KRStrategy (KRS) and serves as the chairperson of the CEO Connection® Women’s Leadership Committee. Kathryn is the perfect person to chair this committee. As CEO of international strategy execution, Kathryn has ensured that KRS is synonymous with trust and results since its inception in 1995. She is a world‐renowned advisor on strategy clarification and execution alignment, known for developing the proprietary and effective Ignition method. She has worked across industries and the globe, including Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, helping companies unleash their performance potential, channel it into a clear business strategy, and ensure successful execution of that strategy.