Vistage Member Excellence Awards

One of Vistage’s greatest strengths is the caliber of our members. Throughout their journey of leadership development, they routinely make impactful decisions and go above and beyond to support their groups, employees, families and communities.

Each Vistage market has the opportunity to recognize up to three outstanding members at their next Vistage Executive Summit with a local member award: the Vistage Leadership Award, Impact Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vistage Leadership Award

This award honors a member for their recent or ongoing achievement in leadership that benefits their company, family and community.

Impact Award

This award recognizes the remarkable development, achievement and impact of members with 1-3 years tenure.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors the achievements and ongoing commitment to learning and development of a longstanding Vistage member.

San Francisco / Silicon Valley

Dan Kalafatas
CEO, 3Degrees
Member since 2011
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Dan Kalafatas founded 3Degrees, which helps corporations go green, to realize his passion for environmental stewardship. This Vistage Leadership Award winner worked with his group and CEO coach to emerge stronger from a halted sale and hostile takeover attempt. Now Chairman, Dan is proud to have overseen his company’s biggest year ever, developing energy-efficient strategies for Bay Area icons like Oracle and Etsy and connecting 275,000+ residential customers to renewable energy.

Michael Fratkin
CEO, Resolution Care
Member since 2015
Vistage Impact Award Winner

In 2014, Vistage Impact Award winner Dr. Michael Fratkin made the hard decision to step outside of a frustrating healthcare system to found ResolutionCare, giving lower-cost yet highly individualized end-of-life care to rural Northern California residents. In its first five years, ResolutionCare has delivered on this promise to an incredible 1,400 patients.

Richard “Rick” Sanchez
Founder & EVP, Education Solutions Services
Member since 1991
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award winner Rick Sanchez has been an inspiration to our community, helping multiple companies reach their potential over the course of his membership. His most recent venture, Education Solution Services, has grown from a Silicon Valley startup to a staffing powerhouse, earning hundreds of millions in revenue and providing 40K educators to more than 2.5M students nationwide.

Minneapolis

Jim Ginther
Partner – Operations, U.S. Compliance Corp.
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Vistage has recognized Jim Ginther, owner of OSHA and EPA consultancy U.S. Compliance Corp., with a Vistage Leadership Award. Jim has improved collaboration and increased engagement at his Minneapolis-based company through the smart implementation of communications and performance-tracking software, a leadership development program and an employee profit sharing initiative.

Aaron Scott
SVP, E.A. Sween
Member since 2018
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Since joining Vistage, Impact Award Winner Aaron Scott contributed to a 200% turnaround in year-to-year net income for Minneapolis-based E.A. Sween. As a Senior VP, he has helped his team of 600 increase supply chain efficiencies in the delivery of more than 80 million packaged food items each year.

Sharon Bloodworth
CEO, White Oak Wealth Advisors
Member since 2008
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage has recognized White Oak Wealth Advisors CEO Sharon Bloodworth with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable leadership development over her 13 years as a member. Sharon braved significant personal risk to buy out the founder of White Oak so she could implement her vision, and has since been named a top 150 Fee-Only Wealth Manager by CNBC and a “Top Women in Business” and “Forty under 40” by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Utah

Matt Stalsberg
Owner & GM, ACE Recycling & Disposal
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

It’s hard for a young legacy manager to gain the level of respect needed to truly run a business. Leadership Award Winner Matt Stalsberg earned it. He came up through the ranks of ACE Recycling & Disposal, working every position before assuming his current role of GM. In his years as a Vistage member, Matt has grown the business from $35M to over $60M. Matt’s team takes pride in work and community, an authenticity that sees customers returning year after year.

Jesse Mecham
Founder & CEO, You Need a Budget
Member since 2014
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Impact Award winner Jesse Mecham founded leading personal budgeting platform, You Need a Budget (YNAB), while still in college. To-date, he’s helped hundreds of thousands of people break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle. Since joining Vistage, Jesse’s company has tripled its annual revenue, and he’s built a team of 100 remote workers. Jesse’s dedication to company culture and not shying away from difficult decisions no doubt helped earn YNAB the distinction of 2019’s No. 2 “Best Place to Work in the U.S.” by Fortune Magazine.

Ted Broman
Owner, Spruce Capital
Member since 2006
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ted Broman has created several multi-million dollar businesses, currently owns more than 15, and considers himself one of the luckiest people alive. With a diverse portfolio that includes Smart Staffing — employer of over 3,000 — and the nonprofit, The Other Side Academy — solving the problem of addiction and recidivism — Ted has found his rhythm doing what he loves most and is best at. His experience in founding, growing and exiting businesses provides rare perspective for his Vistage peers.

St. Louis

Scott Hester
President, Counsilman-Hunsaker
Member since 2015
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

From the moment he took over as president of Counsilman-Hunsaker, Leadership Award winner Scott Hester focused on preparing the next generation. At the core of his leadership? Ensuring C-H is thriving, while at the same time giving back — as evidenced by a game-changing partnership with the American Red Cross. Since joining Vistage, Scott has doubled the size of the C-H in revenue and employees, while improving margins.

Eric Casciaro
CEO, Quantum Solutions
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

When Impact Award winner Eric Casciaro puts his mind to something, he rolls up his sleeves and gets it done. Walking into his first Vistage meeting with “pages and pages” of issues, Eric actively sought and accepted peers’ advice on how to enact critical change at his company, QSI. Armed with insights, Eric instilled new processes, diversified his client base, and made QSI more sustainable. Consequently, QSI went from $1.3M to $5M in sales in 2018.

Brian Murphy
Owner, BAM Contracting
Member since 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

In Brian Murphy’s tenure as a Vistage member, he’s gone from being two weeks away from running out of money, to growing his business to over $20M. A true servant leader, this Lifetime Achievement Award winner’s hard work has earned him a reputation as the best — and his philanthropy has changed lives. For more than 20 years, Brian has given back to the community, recently collaborating to donate more than $25K worth of labor and materials. “Be generous with your time and resources,” Brian says, believing it is by example that one is a better leader.

Kansas City

Jim Kissick
Co-founder, Kissick Construction
Posthumous award
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

“What would Jim Kissick do?” From a leap of faith investment and four employees, to $120M and a team of 400. Jim Kissick was the kind of leader that inspired his team to persevere — because he did. His leadership legacy is one of honesty, loyalty, hard work and never saying no to a challenge. He treated his employees as his equals — his family. Jim passed away in 2018, and we are honored to acknowledge him with this Leadership Award.

Rick Finfera
CEO, Legacy Brokers
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

There to help at a moment’s notice. A leader that thinks of others first. Truthful, always. Impact Award winner Rick Finfera brings the perspective of a U.S. Army Special Forces Officer to his Vistage group, and with it, a dedication and sense of team that has inspired growth and connection in all. Rick has successfully transitioned to civilian life and since joining Vistage, has grown to consider his group as his Special Forces team of business leaders.

Kevin Grawe
Co-owner & President, Centriq Training
Member since 2003
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Know which battles to fight and when to make the compromise, for a better future. This is the kind of wisdom Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Kevin Grawe brings to his Vistage peers. It’s an ethos that has propelled him through constant change, including selling his company and buying it back — only to make the enterprise grow in value. It’s how Kevin became the innovator of the coding boot camp industry, presenting a viable alternative for those unable to attend four-year colleges.

DMV

Gordon Bernhardt
President/CEO, Bernhardt Wealth Management, Inc.
Member since 2009
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

When Gordon Bernhardt founded D.C.-based Bernhardt Wealth Management, he made it a priority to build a firm that would last long after he retired. He’s received a Vistage Leadership Award for making countless tough decisions to ensure financial stability for clients and an empowering workplace for staff.

Anne Lindblad
CEO/President, The Emmes Corporation
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Bringing in private equity to clinical research firm Emmes — one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the D.C. area — was no small decision to President & CEO, Dr. Anne Lindblad. This biostatistician-turned-executive has received a Vistage Impact Award for working closely with her Vistage group to ensure funding would advance her mission of conducting groundbreaking medical research worldwide.

William “Bob” Roberts
Chairman and CEO, Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc.
Member since 1992
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Roberts Oxygen Company Chairman and CEO Bob Roberts has been honored with a Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award. Over his 27 years as a Vistage member, Bob has grown his Maryland-based industrial gases firm from a second-generation small business to a regional company with more than 350 employees.

Kentucky

Steve Haise
CEO, All Safe Industries
Member since 2018
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Why did employees at Kentucky-based safety equipment distributor All Safe Industries not miss their CEO, Steve Haise, when circumstances forced him to take a temporary leave? Because for the prior two years, Steve had worked with his Vistage Chair and group to restructure his organization so that the right people were in the right roles and felt empowered to make strategic decisions. Congrats, Steve, on your Vistage Leadership Award!

Paul Robinson
President & CEO, Home of the Innocents
Member since 2018
Vistage Impact Award Winner

After selling his top-performing Papa John’s franchises, Vistage Impact Award winner Paul Robinson sought to give back. Now CEO of Kentucky-based child crisis center, Home of the Innocents, Paul has applied his considerable business talents to grow the nonprofit’s reach by half, increasing families served from 8,500 to 13,000.

Ron Turnier
President & CEO, What Chefs Want
Member since 2000
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage has recognized Ron Turnier with a Lifetime Achievement Award for growing What Chefs Want restaurant supply from a modest Main Street warehouse into an industry leader that serves 16,000 restaurants across the South and Midwest. Ron has worked with his Kentucky-based Vistage group for 19 years to create pioneering food-service solutions around technology, logistics and customer service.

Orange County

Alan Boudreau
President, Boudreau Pipeline Corp.
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

When the recession wiped out the residential business of Boudreau Pipeline Corp., President Alan Boudreau didn’t settle for cutting costs and staff. He personally went door-to-door in Orange County to secure contracts with commercial realtors. For walking the walk, Vistage recognizes Alan with a Vistage Leadership Award.

Brent Thalasinos
President/CEO, T&T Enterprises
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Vistage has recognized Brent Thalasinos with a Vistage Impact Award for enacting transformational change to keep up with the fast-paced nuclear energy industry. As President and CEO of Orange County-based nuclear parts supplier Thalasinos Enterprises, Brent pursued a difficult certification that opened up new sales channels for his firm.

Chris Jennings
President & Owner, Chris Jennings Group
Member since 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award winner Chris Jennings joined Vistage seeking support in growing his sales consulting business. For over 10 years, he has helped hundreds of members improve sales practices through workshops and long-term consulting relationships. He has become an invaluable asset to Vistage through his dedication to learning from his peers and giving back to our community of high-integrity executives.

Sacramento

Malcolm Frost
President & CEO, HR Ledger, Inc.
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Vistage Leadership Award winner Malcolm Frost epitomizes “high-integrity leadership.” As President & CEO of personnel and financial compliance firm HR Ledger, he has led significant growth, delegated effectively, become transparent with his team and has innovated his services to grow his market segment. Thank you, Malcolm, for sharing your ongoing leadership growth with your Vistage Small Business group.

Susan Stieber
Franchisee Owner, European Wax Centers
Member since 2015
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Vistage Impact Award winner Susan Stieber has proved body waxing salons really are for everyone — not just women. Through strong relationship-building and meticulous attention to detail, Susan has overseen 15% year-over-year average growth across her nine Sacramento area locations, making her a leading franchisee with European Wax Centers.

Paul Esch
CEO, CVC Holdings
Member since 2002
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

CEO Paul Esch grew his Sacramento-based construction firm CVC Holdings from a one-man garage business into an employer of 900 individuals. Vistage has honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for not just growing his business, but evolving as a high-integrity leader over his 17 years as a Vistage member.

Atlanta

Keith Hildebrandt
President, AED Brands
Member since 2016
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

CEO of AED Brands, Keith Hildebrandt, has received a Vistage Leadership Award for saving lives — by manufacturing reliable defibrillators and rallying his company to support charities focused on heart health in the greater Atlanta area. Thank you, Keith!

Jeff Jahn
CEO & Chief Nerd, DynamiX
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

The youngest member of his Vistage Group, CEO of the web development firm DynamiX Jeff Jahn has already earned hundreds of awards and accolades for the quality of service and product that he provides to his clients. Vistage is proud to add a Vistage Impact Award to that list. In building a great team and being selective with clients, Jeff has grown into a true leader.

Mark Oswald
CEO, Sizzling Steak Concepts
Member since 2002
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Mark Oswald, CEO of Atlanta-based Sizzling Steak Concepts, has received a Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award for his invaluable contributions to the Vistage community over his 17 years as a member. By leveraging the diverse perspectives of his group, Mark has kept his steakhouses open and staff employed through several severe restaurant industry downturns, only to turn around and generously share his wisdom and support with his Vistage peers.

New Orleans

Paul Danos
Executive Vice President, Danos
Member since 2017
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Paul Danos has received a Vistage Leadership award for his visionary leadership of Louisiana-based Danos, an oilfield service provider. In an industry where the trend is to cut back man hours in favor of automation, his approach has been to empower employees to chart a course into the future, equipping them with cutting-edge technology like drones and VR, and establishing the Danos CARES program to fund employee-driven initiatives in their communities.

Jason Arceneaux
President, ARC Energy Equipment, LLC
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

As CEO of oil and gas equipment firm ARC Energy, Jason Arceneaux had to rebuild his company after Katrina wiped out most of the Louisiana business. For growing ARC in new domestic and international markets — while remaining focused on creating a culture that has helped employees grow with the business — Vistage has recognized Jason with the Vistage Impact Award.

Lawrence Closs
CEO, MaxHome LLC
Member since 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Here are a few of the accolades Vistage Lifetime Achievement recipient Larry Closs has received while President and CEO of MaxHome LLC: Inc. 500/5000 (9 times), New Orleans Top Workplace (4 times), Business Week’s 6th fastest growing inner city company. Thank you, Larry, for sharing this success with your Vistage peers, and for giving back to future New Orleans leaders through your close work with Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans.

Colorado

Douglas Jackson
President & CEO, Project C.U.R.E.
Member since 2012
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Since 1997, Dr. Douglas Jackson, winner of the Vistage Leadership Award, has served as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E., a non-profit that delivers medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 135 countries. He travels over 100,000 miles each year to meet with healthcare leaders around the world to find ways to best serve their underserved populations. He credits a sense of purpose —NOT passion — as the driving force behind Project C.U.R.E.’s company culture and organizational alignment.

Apolonia Rockwell
Founder & CEO, True Safety Services
Member since 2018
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Vistage Impact Award winner, Apolonia Rockwell, is literally in the business of saving lives. As Founder and CEO of True Safety Services, a consulting and safety training provider for the oil and gas industry, she is on a mission to eliminate work accidents by providing knowledge, training, accountability and responsibility with fun and interactive onsite safety training practices. Despite her company’s rapid growth over the past five years, Rockwell says she makes it an imperative to prioritize company culture over cost.

Martin Faith
Founder & President, Scottish Group Companies
Member since 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Martin Faith, winner of the Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award, is President of Scottish Group Companies, a group of three companies that specialize in stained glass, window tinting/ filming and home improvements. He founded the core business over 20 years ago and maintains an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has received its Gold Star 10 years running. As a Vistage member for more than 10 years, he is a lifelong learner, constantly seeking innovation and has successfully expanded his business through a winning organic and acquisition strategy.

Cincinnati

Allison Stevens
CEO, Powernet
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

CEO Alli Stevens received a Vistage Leadership Award for leading woman-owned networked services provider Powernet through their transition from residential to business clients. She has also instilled a strong sense of purpose in her team by creating program to build free wi-fi networks in low-income neighborhoods in Cincinnati.

James Tavernelli
President & COO, Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers PSC
Member since 2013
Vistage Impact Award Winner

KLH Engineers President & COO James Tavernelli received a Vistage Impact Award. Tavernelli, who started in 2001 as a project electrical engineer, is now leading the firm’s reinvention through his innovation-centric technical strategy.

James Mason
President & CEO, Beech Acres Parenting Center
Member since 2001
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage recognizes CEO Jim Mason with a Lifetime Achievement Award for helping Cincinnati children achieve their unique potential. For 30 years, Mason has helped Beech Acres Parenting Center grow from a contracted social service agency to a national influencer of parental and child support programs, offering 30+ services tailored to individual parent needs.

Pittsburgh

Debbie Winn-Horvitz
President & CEO, Jewish Association on Aging
Member since 2016
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Debbie Winn-Horvitz, President and CEO of the Jewish Association on Aging, has received a Vistage Leadership Award for furthering JAA’s 110-year history of serving Pittsburgh’s elderly of all faiths. Winn-Horvitz has diversified and updated JAA’s services, overseeing the creation of Pittsburgh’s first new memory care facility in 20 years and expanding in-home care to meet the shifting demands of a new generation of seniors.

Kevin Bolding
President & CEO, YMCA of Pittsburgh
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Nonprofits have to balance their mission with financial realities. Kevin Bolding, who became president and CEO of the YMCA of Pittsburgh in 2016, has received a Vistage Impact Award for making the difficult decision of a restructure. His leadership through this challenging process has empowered Pittsburgh’s YMCAs to fulfill their mission of providing a safe environment for youth and promoting wellness for years to come.

Louis Merryman
President, Consolidated Glass Corporation
Member since 2007
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Louis Merryman has received a Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award for revitalizing the Pittsburgh-based Consolidated Glass Corporation. Through timely entry into domestic and international markets, as well as concerted investments in the development of talented younger employees, Merryman has grown Consolidated Glass by 15x since he inherited the struggling business in 1994.

Houston

Stephen King
President & CEO, Growthforce LLC
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Vistage has recognized Houston-based GrowthForce President and CEO Stephen King with a Leadership Award for his conscientious leadership. King has put his deep financial and fundraising knowledge for his Houston-based startup, growing the business sustainably and profitably. This stability has helped GrowthForce support its nonprofit clients, who now comprise 35% of the company’s business.

Greg Armstrong
President & CEO, Wedge Group
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

How do you turn the declining sales of your real estate firm into double-digit growth? The first step is perhaps the hardest: being open and direct with employees about the need for change. For his commitment to radical transparency and the profound impact this has made on his business, Vistage has recognized Houston-based WEDGE President & CEO Gregory J. Armstrong with an Impact Award.

Cory Jackson
CEO, CT Gasket & Polymer Company, Inc.
Member since 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage has recognized CTG CEO Cory Jackson with a Lifetime Achievement Award for charting his own course. Jackson grew up working in his family’s Houston-based gasket manufacturing firm when the business ran on heavy machinery and hard labor. When he was ready to take on a leadership position, he automated processes and reengineered the company culture to focus on employee development and community service — changes that have made CTG an industry leader.

Seattle

Robert Berntson
CEO, Bernston Porter & Company PLLC
Member since 2005
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

CEO of Seattle-based Bernston Porter & Company Robert Bernston is the recipient of a Vistage Leadership Award for executing on a simple idea: treat his employees and clients well. In practice, this meant working with his Vistage peers to innovate around workplace culture, customer relations and services, all of which have earned the CPA firm local and national recognition as a top place to work and top grossing firm.

Gary Wichansky
President, Hotopp Associates
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Hotopp Associates CEO Gary Wichansky is the recipient of a Vistage Impact Award for transforming an award-winning experiential design firm into a *profitable* award-winning design firm, growing revenue 10x in two years. With the help of his Vistage group, this set designer-turned creative director established business strategies and a workplace culture that support the artistry of Seattle-based Hotopp’s talented creative professionals.

Mark Peabody
President, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
Member since 2006
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Achieving significant growth in the hyper-competitive aerospace industry is not easy, which is why Vistage has recognized Seattle-based Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems CEO Mark Peabody with a Lifetime Achievement award for realizing 10x growth over the past decade. His secret? Be good at everything but focus on your area of greatness, which for AES was industry-leading customer relations.

San Diego

Mary Searcy Bixby
Founder, President & CEO, Altus – The Charter School of San Diego
Member since 2012
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

For her commitment to progressive leadership in education and educational technology, Mary Searcy Bixby is the recipient of a Vistage Leadership Award. As President and CEO of Altus schools, she’s improved education for 44,000 students and helped The Charter School of San Diego to become the first K-12 school in America to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge Award from the Office of the President.

Bryan Hill
CEO, Rehab United Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Physical therapist by training, Bryan Hill is the recipient of a Vistage Impact Award for establishing highly effective leadership practices as CEO of Rehab United in San Diego. Hill has built on the advice of his Vistage group and Vistage speakers to propel Rehab United to record revenues and earn the distinction by Entrepreneur Magazine as a top company culture in America.

Ron Fornaca
General Manager, Frank Motors, Inc.
Member since 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

In the course of running San Diego’s oldest family business, Frank Motors Group, Ron Fornaca has made some tough decisions, including to close a family-owned bakery that had opened in 1912. He is the recipient of a Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award for bringing ongoing success to his family’s business, as well as for generously serving his local community. Notably, he has lent his strong leadership to local development projects in his hometown of National City and to the less experienced CEOs in his Vistage group.

San Antonio

Michael Girdley
CEO, Codeup
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

As co-founder and Managing Director of Geekdom Fund, Michael Girdley is currently helping four San Antonio tech startups flourish. He has drawn from various insightful process and systems specialists to create a playbook that helps the organizations he funds overcome common obstacles around HR, sales and finance. For his unique approach to business ownership, Michael is the recipient of a Vistage Leadership Award.

Richard Aste
Director, McNay Art Museum
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Richard Aste has been honored with a Vistage Impact Award for creating a bright future for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. As Director, he has created sustainability and fiscal health through innovative programs such as summer camps and behind-the-scenes tours. He’s also pushed staff and his board of directors to get out of their comfort zones to create dynamic exhibitions that have connected McNay with the community in new and engaging ways.

Ken Trainer
President, Chesmar Homes
Member since 2010
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Vistage has awarded Ken Trainer a Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award. As COO of San Antonio-based Chesmar Homes, Ken helped grow revenues eight-fold in just nine years. His impressive career in real estate has been fueled by his enthusiasm for learning from his colleagues and Vistage peers, and his ability to stay one step ahead in his fast-paced industry.

Rochester

Ray Isaac
President, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning
Member since 2005
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Ray Isaac, president of Rochester-based Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, is the recipient of a Vistage Leadership Award for rediscovering his passion for leadership and rededicating himself to his business and his community. In the past, Isaac’s lack of passion for HVAC nearly drove him to leave his third generation family business. Instead, he turned his focus to his values, lending his leadership to nonprofits like the United Way, and to his employees, fostering a culture that motivates their success.

Scott Reardon
President/ CTO, D3 Engineering LLC
Member since 2014
Vistage Impact Award Winner

When Scott Rearden founded Rochester-based product engineering firm D3, he was an exceptional engineer… with zero experience managing people. Vistage honors Reardon with an Impact Award for going outside his comfort zone by working with his Vistage Chair and group to develop as an effective leader. His personal growth and employee success has helped him turn D3 into one of Rochester’s fastest growing businesses, realizing impressive triple-digit growth over multiple years.

Jim D’Amico
President, Coolfront Technologies
Member since 2008
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Jim D’Amico, former president of Rochester’s Coolfront Technology is the recipient of a Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award for seeing his company into the digital era. D’Amico disrupted Coolfront’s steady contractor print pricing guide service by launching a pricing app … to completely nonexistent sales. He stayed the course through dwindling revenues and employee anxiety, leading Coolfront into a future of strong, software-driven revenues.

Milwaukee

Lisa Reardon
President, OwnersEdge, Inc.
Member since 2010
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

There’s employee-first workplace cultures, and then there’s OwnersEdge, Inc., an employee-owned holding company whose mission is to help Wisconsin’s workers thrive as business owners. Their CEO and chairman Lisa Reardon has also made employee development programs a top priority, which has included enrolling her entire executive team in Vistage. For her employee-first mission, Vistage has awarded Reardon our Wisconsin Leadership Award.

Joe Gehrke
President, Kessler Diamonds
Member since 2017
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Kesslers Diamonds President Joe Gehrke is the recipient of a Vistage Impact Award for his compassionate leadership. Taking over for Richard Kessler — who’d not just run the Milwuakee-based employee-owned company for 30+ years, but was its spokesperson — was a big ask. Gehrke deftly made the leap from banking to the emotionally-charged jewelry industry, and earned the loyalty of Kesslers’ employee-owners through his sensitive handling of the transition and by adopting an “understand first, be understood second” mindset.

Jeff Rafn
President, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)
Member since 2007
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College President Dr. Jeff Rafn is the recipient of a Vistage Lifetime Achievement award for propelling the students at his community college to degrees of success usually associated with elite private universities. NWTC is top 100 IN THE COUNTRY in total graduates and engineering graduates and is one of a handful of universities recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as a “leader in transformation change for student success.”

South Central PA

Gary Butler
President/ CEO, Precision Custom Components, LLC
Member since 2013
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Recipient of a 2019 Vistage Leadership Award, Gary Butler has a reputation for creative problem solving.  During the last economic downturn, he saved his company, Precision Custom Components — and his employees’ pensions — when lesser CEOs would have given up. An engineer by training, Gary negotiated novel financing and tax relief solutions with insurers and the IRS to take his firm from the brink of bankruptcy into a leader in military and nuclear manufacturing.

Beth Hahn
President, Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.
Member since 2015
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Vistage is proud to honor Berkshire Systems Group President Beth Hahn with an Impact Award. To revitalize her family’s business and keep Berkshire competitive in the systems integration industry, she shook up her leadership team and innovated around longstanding technologies and processes.

Al Duncan
CEO, Thomas E. Strauss Inc.
Member since 2010
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

CEO Al Duncan has been a Vistage member for 16+ years and a successful exec in the hospitality industry for many more, launching an array of new hotels and restaurants for his firm Thomas E Strauss Inc. His accomplishments are many, but his motto remains, “If you wake up in the morning and there’s nothing that you think you could do better at, go back to bed and wake up again.”

Arizona

Rebecca Clyde
Founder/ Owner, Ideas Collide, Inc.
Member since 2014
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

You might think employee development would be an afterthought to botco.ai CEO and Co-Founder Rebecca Clyde. The opposite couldn’t be truer. She received Vistage’s Leadership Award by making her team her No. 1 priority at her AI-driven marketing firm. She’s especially passionate about helping women advance in tech, starting the Phoenix Chapter of Girls in Tech and creating professional networks for aspiring female leaders.

Chris Loeffler
CEO, Caliber
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

At just 34, Vistage Impact Award recipient Chris Loeffler exemplifies a “can-do” attitude that took him from real estate novice to respected investor and CEO. He is helping others grow their wealth through hands-on highly transparent real estate development opportunities that empower the investor. The success of his customer-first strategy has landed his firm, Caliber, on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies four years running.

Roberta “Sissie” Shank
Co-Owner, Chas Roberts A/C, Inc.
Member since 2000
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Co-Owner of Chas Roberts A/C & Plumbing Sissie Shank received Vistage’s Lifetime Achievement Award for creating a remarkably transparent, employee-first workplace culture. Her impressive recovery from the 2008 recession, strategic thinking and numerous leadership awards have earned her a spot on the board of prominent logistics firms such as Swift and Knight Transportation and U Haul.

Buffalo

Jim Dentinger
President, McGuire Development Company, LLC
Member since 2015
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Vistage Leadership Award recipient Jim Dentinger made it the mission of McGuire Development, a real estate developer, to offer true cost transparency in an industry plagued by hidden fees. He’s put his 35 years’ industry experience to work for his not-for-profit clients, keeping projects on-budget so their resources keep flowing to those who need it most.

Lynn Olewine
President, Pharmacy Benefits Dimensions
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

Vistage Impact Award recipient Lynne Olewine started at Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions as a high school intern, when PBD was just a one-person department at its parent company. Now PBD president, she’s expanded beyond their NY focus to clients nationwide, doubling staff and tripling revenue — in just three years.

Rick Serra
President/ CEO, Allpro Parking, LLC
Member since 2009
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Allpro Parking CEO Richard Serra has learned a lot about peer mentorship in his 10+ years as a Vistage member — wisdom he shares with his employees. At Allpro, he’s established an inspiring high-EQ leadership model that puts employee development first and celebrates mistakes as valuable learning opportunities.

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Steve Folsom
President, Folsom Properties, Inc.
Member since 2015
Vistage Leadership Award Winner

Vistage member Steve Folsom the Dallas-Ft. Worth Vistage Leadership Award for responsible real estate development. He made tough decisions that kept Sabre Realty strong through the 2008 recession and beyond and kept tenants in their homes and businesses.

David Hicks
CEO, Home Vestors of America, Inc.
Member since 2016
Vistage Impact Award Winner

How do you take a real estate investment firm on the brink of bankruptcy to a national powerhouse with 1000+ franchises? Vistage’s Dallas-Ft. Worth Impact Award winner David Hicks’ growth-focused business model stimulated Home Vestors when everyone else was fleeing the market.

Bob Hendrickson
Executive Vice President, Republic National Distributing Company
Member since 2006
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Bob Hendrickson earned Vistage’s Dallas-Ft. Worth Lifetime Achievement Award for his many successes as a wine & spirits marketing executive and for sharing his insights and 30+ years’ industry knowledge with his CE group. Robert Hendrickson