• May 22, 2015 2:09 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    by Stephanie Grayson

    Even with the luxury properties "going, going, GONE!", the excitement of last week's exclusive event still lingers, as do the connections made during the networking portion of the CEO Trust/Concierge Auctions special event that took place on May 14, 2015 in New York City.

    With a stunning birds-eye panoramic view from 46 floors up as the backdrop, CEO Trust colleagues enjoyed an exclusive cocktail reception and luxury auction event at Trump Soho's SoHi room in Manhattan that was a blend of the traditional and the modern. Concierge Auctions' auction event combined live, in-person attendee bids hosted by an expert, old-school style auctioneer along with  modern telecommunications staffed and equipped to accept offsite bids from prospective buyers who could call in with their offers for the luxury properties offered.

    Auctioned properties included: a 46-acre oceanfront resort on Barbuda's western coast, a 13,600 s.f. oceanfront estate in coveted Princess Isle on Grand Bahama Island, and a breathtaking lakefront retreat in renowned Reynolds Plantation, Georgia.

    The conversation and networking before and after the auction event was lively and animated, in between bites of elegant hors d'oeuvres, and wine and cocktails. One of the favorites from the bar was a unique concoction called, appropriately enough, "The Gavel". 

    Although with the final swing of the actual auctioneer gavel, the auction came to an end, the evening's reception continued as the reception-goers enjoyed the view and each other. Attendees agreed that the connections and memories made at the CEO Trust/Concierge Auctions event that night at Trump Soho will surely continue.

  • May 04, 2015 2:12 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    We had a terrific gathering at the Union League of NYC on April 20th learning about lessons from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, how to capitalize on the very unique talent of our veterans, and how to better support those who were wounded with jobs and housing.  The CEO Trust's own, John Connolly led the discussion, followed by Major General (retired) Tim McHale, CEO of Homes for Our Troops, and Luke Murphy, a wounded combat veteran.  It was both inspirational and helpful as CEOs look for ways to bring vets into the workforce, particularly those with disabilities.

    Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees commenting:

    "Excellent event to gain a better awareness of the opportunities and sensitivities required to successfully onboard a wounded vet into our organizations.   We often forget the sacrifices that these young men and women make for our country.  It is nice to be reminded and to understand what is, and can be, done to support them as they return to civilian life."  

    "Thank you... I was privileged to learn from Tim in more detail about Homes for our Troops and from Luke his personal story and extraordinary accomplishments.  Your stories and work are profound; thank you again for your ongoing service to and example for veterans with disabilities."

    "This was a wonderful evening and event.  Very well organized, excellent speakers and interesting attendees.  It was also an opportunity to shed even more light on a wonderful cause."

    "Touched, moved, and inspired."

    Thanks to Tribridge for hosting at the historic Union League.

    - CEO Trustee Event Chair

  • April 30, 2015 1:11 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    New friendships were made, and a few brain cells lost during the Brewery Tour, Talk & Tasting at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT on April 29th.

    Led by Two Roads Founder, Brad Hittle the CEO trustees and their guests got a "deep dive" into the business of beer and the challenges of building both a custom state-of-the-art facility and a unique beverage brand from concept to production in well under a year.

    Cheers to all  who attended with special Thanks to Cathy Curley who ensured that everyone was well fed and the beer kept flowing.

    - CEO Trustee Event Chair





  • April 30, 2015 12:03 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    Thanks to all the trustees and guests who attended the Leadership Event with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 15th at Citizens Bank Park.  It was a very enjoyable morning.

    The group received a very informative talk by Phil Clemens, retired CEO and current-Chairman of Clemens Family Corporation about the long and interesting sponsorship by CFC/Hatfield Quality Meats.  Phil covered a wide range of topics ranging from measuring ROI on a professional sports sponsorship to his personal philosophies on leadership and the unique aspects of running a 120-year-old privately held, family-managed company.  Phil's favorite part of leadership: being a "coach".

    We also heard from Mike Ondo, the Phillies Director of Pro Scouting.  Mike had plenty of interesting insights on the running of a professional baseball team's scouting division.  Mike also spoke about the recent history of the Phillies and a little on their approach to returning to winning ways.

    A good time was had by all!

    - CEO Trustee Event Chair

  • April 07, 2015 12:39 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    Eileen is well prepared for retirement – but not quite yet. The general counsel for a public company had planned for retirement at age 65. New post-vesting holding period rules are colliding with the prospect of using her performance shares for an unplanned retirement.

    To learn more about post-vesting holding periods and how to consider and address their impact on your retirement timeline, read the full article by SFG Wealth Planning Services here.

  • March 31, 2015 2:53 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    By Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

    The percentage of job seekers relocating for new positions in the last half of 2014 rose to its highest level in five years, which should be good news to the growing number of employers that may find their local talent pool getting shallower as unemployment rates continue to fall around the country.

    An average of 15 percent of job-seeking managers and executives moved for new positions over the last two quarters of 2014. That was up from an average of 11.4 percent in the first two quarters of the year. In 2013, the relocation rate among job seekers averaged 13 percent.

    The latest relocation rate, which is based on Challenger’s quarterly survey of approximately 1,000 job seekers, is the highest it has been since the first half of 2009, when an average of 16.3 percent of job seekers moved in the immediate wake of the recession.

    “Ongoing improvements in the employment and housing markets are undoubtedly making relocation a more palatable option for managers and executives in transition,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer.

    Relocation activity plunged after the first half of 2009 as home values continued to decline, which made it very difficult to sell an existing home without taking a significant loss.

    “Relocation is rarely the most desirable option for job seekers. There is a lot of cost and risk involved. The collapse in the housing market, which was a primary factor behind the recession, made relocation even more unattractive, as many job seekers were stuck in homes with market values well below what was owed on the mortgage. 

    At the same time, employers were unwilling to help pay for any relocation costs, much less cover the likely loss in home value, due to their own recession-related cost-cutting initiatives. Starting in 2013, we saw a rebound in home buying and home prices. That trend continued in 2014, leading to the upturn in relocation among job seekers,” said Challenger.

    Read full report here.

  • March 23, 2015 10:58 AM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    Recently, NY Chapter member Marc Hodak, Managing Partner at Hodak Value Advisors and Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, delivered a wonderful talk about corporate social responsibility (CSR), set against utopian communities in the industrializing U.S. These communities each had shared aspirations, and distinctive--sometimes unorthodox--visions. They all failed to to varying degrees, and their failures yield important lessons for modern businesses hoping to do well by doing good. Hodak also highlighted some successes by somewhat more modest reformers, such as the profit sharing program launched inside P&G in the 1880s, which lasts to this day, and has been widely copied.

    As always, the content of the talk was as stimulating as the networking opportunities before and afterwards. Baruch students and faculty joined CEO Trustees and their guests. The new faces smiled throughout the program, so I look forward to seeing them again as members.

    - CEO Trustee, Aaron Mandelbaum - Founder of Icebreaker Consulting

  • March 17, 2015 1:10 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    CEO Trust's CT Chapter recently heard from a panel of experts about technology risks facing our companies today.  Event Chair, Joe Tait, CIO of Lydall, Inc. had this to say:

    We had a great event last week in CT called “Technology Breaches – Is Your Business at Risk?”.  The meeting was well attended and based on the comments (and the news of course) this is the sort of thing that we should probably schedule on an annual basis.  We had nice mixture of trustees/guests and a panel consisting of IT Security vendors and two attorneys with different areas of focus.  Among the comments were:

    ·         I really enjoyed the evening.  The speakers were great, the conversation intriguing and there was plenty of interaction.  It helps that the subject is, or should be, at the forefront of everyone's mind.

    ·         Great event - keep them coming!

    ·         The discussion and different viewpoints were enlightening and very interesting. 

    ·         The subject matter and interaction was very good.  A good subject that we can all relate to.

  • February 20, 2015 10:57 AM | Anonymous member

    Americans seemed, at least for now, to have reached their saturation point on direct wealth redistribution. So for those who still feel we have more redistribution to do, they are trying via the tax code. A Democratic congressman has proposed to penalize executive pay if the company “fails [the] test of pay fairness.” Specifically, if a public company fails to raise the average pay of its workers making less than $115,000 by a percentage equal to the overall US growth in productivity plus inflation, the government will eliminate the deductibility of top executive compensation above $1 million. What could go wrong? Read More



  • February 03, 2015 7:22 PM | Theresa Boyce (Administrator)

    CEO Trust speaker Shawn Achor spoke recently about how "Happiness Breeds Happiness" as the opening keynote for the Ultimate Software User Conference. Shawn's research is focused on happiness, its generation, and its use as a competitive advantage.  Key elements of Shawn's talk included:

    • Reality is caused by the way you view it. Not by the way it is.
    • Emotional tone is contagious.
    • Habits of thought persist.
    • It’s important to change the way you think on a regular basis (and hard to do).
    • Happiness is a choice and not a choice.
    • By choosing to be happy, you can increase the happiness of others.
    • The best way to change someone else is by changing yourself.

    After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, and his TED talk, "The Happy Secret to Better Work," is one of the most popular of all time. Shawn has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and lectured in more than 50 countries. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage.

    Read full article here.