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Strategy is the lifeblood of an organization. It’s about vision and knowing what to do and what not to do. Setting your organization’s growth strategy as CEO is critically important and often intimidating. In this issue, we look at Vistage members who embarked on strategic planning with different approaches but equal rigor.

You’ll meet a second-generation CEO in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, who unlocked growth in the family’s crane manufacturing business by creating a culture of grit, innovation and leadership development. Hear from a CEO of a hospitality company in Seattle who found a more profitable business model with a less-is-more approach. And learn from a Texas-based construction company CEO whose interaction with a Vistage speaker helped her set and achieve a vision for growth.

We’ll also introduce you to Frank Day, whose “keep getting better” philosophy helped him earn the highest honor for a Chair, as well as the winner of a Member Excellence Award who applied for-profit business practices to raise funds and expand services to some of the most vulnerable populations in Los Angeles.

We hope the lessons on these pages prove helpful to you as you work through your own growth strategies with your teams and Vistage group. As always, we are here to help you make great decisions that benefit your company, family and community.

All the best,


Sam Reese
CEO, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

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