LISTEN:Nonprofits need to be run like businesses 1563_ 6/9/14 - The keynote speaker at the monthly ACG Denver program was Lloyd Lewis, President, ARC Thrift Stores. Lloyd spoke on the need for nonprofits to be run like businesses, and the successes this approach has achieved at Arc: •Revenue and employment has more than doubled •Earnings have quintupled during his tenure •More than $65 million in revenue •$28 million distributed to charity •1,300 employees (160 employees with disabilities) •Over 3 million customer transactions annually •Nearly 900,000 square feet of stores, warehousing, and corporate office space under lease. Lloyd is responsible for the operation of 22 retail thrift stores across the Front Range, from Fort Collins to Pueblo, now doing in excess of $65 million in annual revenue with over 3 million customer transactions annually. Lloyd is in his ninth year as President, and during his tenure revenues and employees have more than doubled and earnings have more than quintupled. Also during his tenure Arc Thrift stores has distributed $28 million to 12 Arc advocacy chapters who help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find jobs, housing, medical services, services in schools, etc...Listen for more… RELATED LINKS: Arc Thrift Stores || ACG Denver || Event Photos Slide Show || M&A Channel || Community Reach || KEYWORDS: Lloyd Lewis, ARC Thrift Stores, ACG Denver, Nonprofits, Front Range, Down Syndrome, Governor Hickenlooper’s Human Services Transition Team, bytes=4441968 LISTEN TO: Lloyd Lewis, President, Arc Thrift Stores
Colorado Companies to Watch Winner’s Orientation Check Out the Photos and Watch a Slide Show "This year's Colorado Companies to Watch winners show the impact small business has on our economy and demonstrate why Colorado is one of the nation's leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. "We want to congratulate each of these companies and wish them continued success."
ACG Denver - Steve Swinney, Kodiak Building Partners - David Sloan Scholarships Steve spoke on lessons learned during Kodiak’s formation and growth from its inception in 2011 with the acquisition of Barton Supply, a local steel fabrication business, to 2014, a collection of building material distributors in Colorado, Texas and Massachusetts with 350 employees and $160 million in sales.
Social entrepreneurship to empower destitute women 1535_ 5/01/14 - It was 2012...Social entrepreneur Connie Duckworth founded ARZU, (which means “hope” in Dari), in 2004, to empower destitute women weavers in rural Afghanistan. Connie serves pro bono as Chairman and CEO. Starting with 30 weavers, ARZU has transformed into a learning laboratory for holistic grassroots economic development —today employing some 700 women, providing access to education and basic healthcare, seeding multiple micro-business start-ups, building community centers, pre-schools and parks, and creating award-winning fair-labor rugs—all in a country ranked as “the world’s worst place to be a woman.” Ms. Duckworth retired in 2001 as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, the first woman to be named a sales and trading partner in the firm’s history. She tells us she really wanted to re balance how she spent her time. So she envisioned 1/3 business activities, 1/3 philanthropic activities and 1/3 family oriented activities. ARZU became the focus of her philanthropy. RELATED LINKS: ARZU Studio Hope || Community Reach Channel || CH2M HILL || CIMCO Private Wealth || Community Reach || ACG DEnver/CIMCO Social Enterprise Event 2012 || KEYWORDS: Bud Ahearn, Chris Pelley, Connie Duckworth, ARZU, Studio Hope, Social Entrepreneurship, Afghanistan, Women, Philanthropy, CIMCO, Capital Investment Management Company, LISTEN TO: Connie Duckworth, Founder ARZU
Creating a greater presence with marketing 1537_ 4/24/14 - While at the Rocky Mtn. Corporate Growth Conference, we had an opportunity to sit down with Rob Gower, marketing director at Advoda. Rob tells us that Advoda is a very unique company in that it's been around for 12 years, a completely debt free company and doing very well. This company has grown to the size it has, with the reputation it has and we are very well known within the industry and very well liked. This was accomplished without marketing, quite a testament to a full service IT and telecommunications master agency. Lots of people assume, when you talk about IT or telecom that you have a very specific product which you provide. The difference with Advoda is they work with over 50 carriers and service providers and take a consultative approach to evaluate the service requirements and align them with carrier offerings and present the ideal solution available in the marketplace. They find the best fit for you. For example if company A provides the best cable service and company B provides the best cloud service, that's what Advoda is going to give you rather than just going with one or the other. Rob proudly offers, "the best value proposition we offer is you can actually speak directly to us" no automated answering - and they do all the project management. So instead of just providing the service and passing it on, they own it and...there's more... RELATED LINKS: Advoda || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || Software || KEYWORDS: Rob Gower, Advoda, Rocky Mtn. Corporate Growth Conference, ACG Denver, Full Service IT, Telecommunications, Project Management,, bytes=4438207 LISTEN TO: Rob Gower, Marketing Director - Advoda
Be focused on really being good at what you do 1535_ 4/22/14 - Since the 60s, Bernstein a New York based fund, has been built solely on research based investment management. That singular focus has led them to become one of the biggest companies and one of the biggest public firms in that arena. We're talking with Ward Cerny, Vice President, Bernstein Global Wealth Management and he said, "We've just focused on really being good at what we do and not all the other things that cause conflicts to our investment management clients, such as lending, mergers and acquisitions, having a proprietary trading desk. We just want to focus on ensuring the best outcome for our clients, the fiduciary, and that's what we do." For Ward's part, he is an advisor to individuals, foundations and endowments and in his niche of specialty is "helping business owners, in particular, plan out how their companies and transactions in relation to their companies, is going to benefit them. Transactions like selling a majority or the entirety of their company or buying another company, how is that going to affect them personally? How is it going to affect their goals and help them achieve what they want to get out of their professional lives?" That is quite a tall order. Ward said, "Another hurdle to overcome is most entrepreneurs feel very comfortable taking a ton of risk and having all their eggs in the business basket - just trying to get them to diversify so that their financial future is a lot more secure." Listen for more... RELATED LINKS: AllianceBernstein || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || PodCast Directory || KEYWORDS: Ward Cerny, AllianceBernstein, Wealth Management, Corporate Heads, Professionals, Business Community, Private Equity, Investment Bankers, Association for Corporate Growth, ACG Denver, bytes=6130941 LISTEN TO: Ward Cerny, Vice President, Bernstein Wealth Management
The McChrystal Group...[Part 4 of 4] 1534_ 4/18/14 - The thought that the consulting world is ripe for disruption has been floated before – and the change is happening in many parts of the industry. The common complaints about consulting suggest the direction that the industry is moving: consultants drop a thick report on the table that never gets read; their solutions generate additional problems; they look at questions or problems too narrowly to have a sustainable business impact. The McChrystal Group is a niche consulting firm that partners with companies going through the same change process that we experienced during a decade of combat. "We’re working with leaders who acknowledge that in today’s environment, things simply move too fast for one-off solutions to keep pace." CrossLead (McChrystal Group) is a leadership philosophy that empowers organizations to achieve beyond optimal results through constant adaptation. We believe that the world has changed. We believe that the hierarchies that dominated the 20th century will not suffice in the information age. We live in a networked, fast-paced era. Organizations must embrace a fundamental shift from efficiency to adaptability.. "I came to believe that a leader isn't good because they're right; they're good because they're willing to learn and to trust. This isn't easy stuff. And it isn't always fair. You can get knocked down, and it hurts and it leaves scars. But if you're a leader, the people you've counted on will help you up. And if you're a leader, the people who count on you need you on your feet." Stan McChrystal RELATED LINKS: RM Corporate Growth Conference || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || My Share of the Task: A Memoir || The McChrystal Group || KEYWORDS: General Stanley McChrystal, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Association for Corporate Growth, ACG Denver, Annual Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, , bytes=13399670 LISTEN TO: Gen Stanley McChrystal - RMCGC 4 of 4
"Listen, learn ... then Lead!" Gen. Stanley McChrystal[Part 3 of 4] 1533_ 4/17/14 - "I was raised with traditional stories of leadership: Robert E. Lee, John Buford at Gettysburg. And I also was raised with personal examples of leadership. And I was raised to believe that soldiers were strong and wise and brave and faithful; they didn't lie, cheat, steal or abandon their comrades. And I still believe real leaders are like that. But in my first 25 years of career, I had a bunch of different experiences." After McChrystal graduated from West Point, he was commissioned as an infantry officer, and spent much of his career commanding special operations and airborne infantry units. During the Persian Gulf War, McChrystal served in a Joint Special Operations Task Force and later commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and in 2000 at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2002, he was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan. Two years later, McChrystal was selected to deliver nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military counter-terrorism efforts around the globe. He assumed command of all International Forces in Afghanistan in June 2009. President Obama’s order for an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was based on McChrystal’s assessment of the war there. McChrystal retired from the military in August 2010. RELATED LINKS: RM Corporate Growth Conference || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || My Share of the Task: A Memoir || The McChrystal Group || KEYWORDS: General Stanley McChrystal, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Association for Corporate Growth, ACG Denver, Annual Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference, , bytes=13460692 LISTEN TO: Gen Stanley McChrystal - RMCGC 3 of 4