What Is the Climb?

Endless. Limitless. The Journey of a Vistage leader is life-long.

The journey to true leadership isn’t easy. Like climbing Denali, K2 or Everest, it’s the challenge of a lifetime. It’s for those with enough grit and commitment to do what only a few can do.

While each CEO’s journey up the mountain is their own…They don’t have to do it alone. 

While your next leadership peak is yours to define, our process helps you get there.

Vistage knows this climb.


CEOs Living a Life of Climb

These CEOs know what it takes to Live a Life of Climb. Explore their stories.

Ryan Hogan

CEO, Hunt a Killer

Hogan, the CEO and co-founder of Hunt a Killer, has used great stories to grow revenues at his company from $132,000 in 2016 to more than $27 million in 2019. This year, revenues are on track to exceed $50 million.

Mike Rydin

Founder & CEO | HCSS

With 400 full-time employees and about 4,000 contractors across North America, HCSS plays a critical role in helping to build the backbone of this country. The company surpassed $100 million in annual revenue in 2020 and continues to grow, expand and thrive.

Shaun Castillo

President, Preferred Technologies

A West Point graduate, Shaun Castillo exited the Army in 2005 with no formal business education but with a strong desire to start a company with his dad, an entrepreneur. They founded Preferred Technologies, a security integration company. Learn how Castillo formed “instant trust” with his group of peers and learned how to openly discuss his weaknesses and ask for help.

Apolonia Rockwell

Founder & CEO, True Safety Services

Vistage helped Apolonia Rockwell build a strong foundation in her company that has been the engine for growth, attracting top talent and cultivating a positive culture with people who share the same core values.

Darren James

President, KAI Enterprises

With 400 full-time employees and about Darren James leveraged several leadership roles to affect economic and social change in his community. When he was introduced to his peer group and CEO coach in 2015, he knew it was exactly the kind of support he needed to take his company to the next level.

Chairs Leading Your Life of Climb

Over 550 Chairs across the United States bring their own experience as individuals, hand-selected and rigorously trained using Vistage’s proven peer advisory process. These Chairs know what it takes to lead other CEOs on their life of climb. Explore their stories.

Robin Stanaland

Houston, Texas
Vistage Chair since 2006

Robin spent years leading companies, but nothing was more rewarding than guiding CEOs to their highest peaks.

How to Live a Life of climb

This leadership path has been traveled by 100,000+ top performing business leaders for more than 60 years. It requires a daily climb, constant rigor and a commitment to growth. But the journey is well worth the effort, for it will bring you to peaks you never thought possible. 

Your Vistage peer group climbs with you. Once a month, you meet to work through challenges and opportunities with 12-16 high-caliber executives from non-competing organizations.
Experienced Chairs help guide your ascent. An executive mentor (Chair) guides group discussions using a proven framework for processing issues and keeping discussions focused.
Access a global network of 24,000 fellow leaders also on the climb. Engage with other executives in our networks. Share their experience and give you confidence in your daily decisions.
Your CEO group will help you solve challenges and move forward. Diverse perspectives will inform you, so you can see the landscape and make the best decision.
Vistage research provides actionable intel about the climate. Our speakers & experts inspire new perspectives.
Our beliefs will be your compass. Know exactly where you’re going on your leadership journey, wherever you are on your path.
Gain new perspectives and get massive results. The leader’s journey up the mountain creates a new perspective that inspires the right actions, to create massive results.

The journey to true leadership isn’t easy, it’s the challenge of a lifetime. It’s for those few with enough grit and commitment to climb outside their comfort zone. While each CEO’s journey up the mountain is their own...They don’t have to do it alone.

Time to up your game and perform at your peak with the 7 laws of leadership in this PDF guide.

  1. Time-tested truths that make good leaders exceptional
  2. Attributes that accelerate growth and success
  3. Common leadership pitfalls to avoid
  4. A leadership challenge to accompany the guide

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