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ROI’s Into the Corner Office Podcast: Powerhouse Middle Market CEOs Telling it Real—Unexpected Career Conversations

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Aaron Garry, President & CEO, Bizerba North America

Mr. Garry joined Bizerba in May of 2008 as Director of Sales for the Labels and Consumables division in the United States. As the division grew through acquisition and increased revenue, Mr. Garry was promoted to Vice President of Industry for the United States in 2011, where the group enjoyed unprecedented success for several years under his leadership. In March 2014, Mr. Garry took a brief leave from Bizerba for family reasons, but returned in late 2016 to his role of Vice President of US...


Tom Schmitt, CEO, Forward Air

Tom Schmitt took on the role of President, CEO and Director at Tennessee-based Forward Air Corporation in September of 2018. He was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2019. Forward Air is a market leader in expedited pallet and truckload transportation across the U.S. It is Nasdaq-listed and has a strong track record of profitable growth. Prior to joining Forward Air, Tom served as a Management Board member for Schenker, a Freight Forwarding, Transportation, and Logistics company,...


Jake Elgin, Owner, Rainbow International of Greater Charlotte

Jake Elgin is currently owner of Rainbow International of Greater Charlotte. Prior to Rainbow, he spent three years working in Catawba Nuclear Station in York, SC, and five years at the US Department of Energy Hanford Site in Washington State. He holds numerous IICRC Certifications, and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Industrial Hygiene. You can rely on Rainbow International® to provide emergency response and quick professional service 24 hours a day for home restoration,...


Mike Capone, CEO, Qlik

Capone leads Qlik’s mission to create a data-literate world, one where people, businesses, organizations and governments tackle their most complex challenges with data. Mike has first-hand experience in leveraging the power of data through analytics to transform businesses and entire industries. In addition to his extensive experience in high-growth SaaS companies, Mike was the COO of Medidata Solutions, a publicly-traded provider of SaaS analytics solutions to the Healthcare, Life Sciences...


Sean Taylor, CEO, Up to Par Management

Sean is a dedicated resort operations leader and PGA member with more than 20 years of experience. He has a clear understanding that service is the cornerstone of club/resort operations and his leadership philosophy is centered on exceeding the needs of the guests and members while driving superior financial performance. He founded Taylor Hospitality and Up to Par Management after identifying a market need for solutions-oriented business practices. Sean focuses on optimizing property-wide...


Joe Siech, CEO, Beecher Carlson

With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Joe is responsible for promoting and expanding the Beecher Carlson brand and footprint through client service, prospect development, and team recruitment and development. Joe began his career as a property underwriter for Arkwright Mutual and then developed and serviced a large book of risk management clients for Hobbs Group. He joined Beecher Carlson in 2004 and has held numerous sales and leadership positions in the company....


Steve Heeley, CEO, Veggie Grill

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Heeley has overseen many leading brands across the fast casual industry. Prior to joining Veggie Grill in 2014, Mr. Heeley was President and CEO of Earl of Sandwich, LLC, an international, high-volume fast casual sandwich brand. During his tenure, Steve spearheaded the company’s 30 percent annual growth. Before his success at Earl of Sandwich, Mr. Heeley served as COO of Au Bon Pain café bakery, led operations for Los Angeles-based The Coffee Bean & Tea...


Todd Stewart, President, Gulf Winds International

Todd graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.S. in Marketing and immediately joined Gulf Winds International in 1996. Beginning as a fork-lift operator, he has served within or led every department within the company, leading to his current position of President. Todd is primarily responsible for working with key stakeholders to establish and maintain a culture that reflects the mission, values and overall strategic "world class" vision for the organization. Through being...


Kyle Waide, President and CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank

As President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide oversees the distribution of nearly 70 million pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of 600 local and regional partner non-profit organizations that feed those in need across 29 Georgia counties. Prior to being named CEO in June of 2015, Kyle served for three years as the Food Bank’s Vice President of Partner Operations, leading the organization to record-breaking years of food distribution to the...


Ignacio Garcia-Menocal & Francesco Balli Co-CEOs, Grove Bay Hospitality Group (Re-Release)

Francesco and Ignacio co-founded Grove Bay Hospitality Group and both is currently its’ Co-CEOs. The group has successfully launched an array of chef driven restaurants in partnership with celebrity chefs such as Jeremy Ford, Marcus Saumelsson, Jeff McInnis, Janine Booth and Giorgio Rapicavoli. Currently, the company owns and operates 9 different restaurants in Miami, and is bracing to launch five more, by the end of 2020. Grove Bay Hospitality Group was recognized by Restaurant Hospitality...


Exciting Announcement: RENEW Executive Search to Launch New Podcast!

The global energy system is undergoing a huge transition, and perhaps the most notable change is that renewable energy is no longer for the idealistic few but has become mainstream for many—both in terms of top of mind and the bottom line. In more and more locations, renewable energy is now cheaper than conventional energy like oil, gas and coal. The challenges are no longer those of an early-stage industry, so as these companies forge a way forward, we want to share their remarkable stories...


Joan Maxwell, President, Regulator Marine

Joan Maxwell grew up in rural Fairfield, NC. She graduated from Mattamuskeet High School and the University of North Carolina, where she received a BA in history. She is married to Owen Maxwell and together they currently reside in Edenton, NC. In 1988, Joan and Owen founded Regulator Marine in an abandoned A&P Grocery Store in Edenton. Regulator is now operating in an 121,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and is one of the most well-respected brands in the boating industry. Joan and her...


Gilbert Hernandez, Executive Director, San Antonio Youth for Christ

Gilbert was born in San Antonio, Texas to an alcoholic mother and a drug-addicted father, but God had a plan. Through a journey of hope and miracles God made a way. He graduated from South San West Campus. He then attended International Bible College where he graduated in 1996 and completed his Master’s in Theology. Gilbert has been in ministry since the age of fourteen and became a Youth Pastor at the age of eighteen. Gilbert always had a passion to impact young people with the life...


Avi Kahn, President and CEO, Hilti North America

Avi Kahn leads Hilti North America’s operations as president and chief executive officer, overseeing businesses in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Guam. Prior to this role, he served as president of Hilti Canada. Kahn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Information Technology from The Interdisciplinary Center and a Master of Business Administration, International Business from Bellevue University. He joined Hilti in 2004 as a territory sales representative for...


Lafe Bailey, Co-CEO, the Wenger Group

Lafe Bailey is Co-CEO of the Wenger Group and is President of the Sales and Business Development division at Wenger. Lafe has been with the family firm for 30 years, and this tenure has allowed him a unique perspective on the industries which they serve, as well as transnational business and cycles of innovation. A perennial student of leadership, innovation and faith topics, Lafe consumes more than 60 books annually and several decades of these efforts have brought Mr. Bailey to the...


Peter Demos, President and CEO, Demos Restaurants

Peter Demos is currently President and Attorney for Demos' Brands of Restaurants which includes Demos’ Restaurant, Peter D’s Catering, and PDK Southern Kitchen and Pantry. He is also President of D’s Seas Seasonings, a retail and food service product; President of SteakTech LLC, a technology resell company; President Demos Ventures LLC, Demos Enterprises LLC, a real estate company; and is the Past President of Toot’s Restaurant and Toot’s Franchising Inc. Peter speaks to restaurant groups,...


Sean Dunn, Founder and President, Groundwire

Sean Dunn loves Jesus with all his heart and has been serving him in full-time ministry for the past 32 years. As the founder and President of Groundwire, Sean has combined his calling as an evangelist with his gifting as an innovative entrepreneur. He is focused on creatively and effectively communicating God’s Word, Love, and Purpose to every student. Through his leadership, Groundwire has grown to one of the most influential and efficient evangelistic outreaches in the US seeing tens of...


David Peacock, President, Hytrol Conveyor Company

David is the President of Hytrol Conveyor Company and a member of the Board of Directors. He began his career at Hytrol as the Executive Vice President in 2014 and assumed the Hytrol presidency in 2015. He has led the company to back-to-back record years while implementing strategies to move Hytrol into the future, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in mid-2018. David has an extensive leadership background which prepared him for success at Hytrol, including serving in the United...


John Murdock, CEO, Centage

John is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years' experience in global software and services organizations. He’s excited to see Centage lead the Intelligent Planning revolution with a cloud-based software platform that enables finance teams at small and medium sized businesses to streamline their entire planning process and make faster, more confident decisions. John was the Chief Revenue Officer at Centage for three years and is passionate about delivering an amazing...


Ganesh Natarajan, Founder and CEO, Mindcrest

Ganesh co-founded Mindcrest in 2001 with the belief that innovation and technology would transform the legal services industry. Since then, he has fostered the growth of Mindcrest from its inception to the industry leader it is now, serving Fortune 500 corporations and major law firms. As Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Mindcrest, Ganesh is a pioneer in the legal services industry. Ganesh started his legal career as an associate and then became a partner at Gardner, Carton &...