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Malcolm Bund Named Crandall Challenge Winner for 2021
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 11/16/2021
Malcolm Bund, CRT mentor/board member, has been selected by The Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society to receive the prestigious Crandall Challenge Citation for 2021.
Thanks for the CARES Update
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 3/31/2020
MANY thanks to Steve Sefton & Dan Yates of Endeavor Bank for their user-friendly explanation of the CARES Act & updates out today. This incredibly informative session took under 40 minutes, and answered every question.
The Chairmen’s RoundTable Welcomes Six New Mentors
Published on: 9/13/2019
Six accomplished executives with diverse backgrounds join in on non-profit organization’s mission to contribute to the community by helping local companies succeed
Staying Safe This Holiday Season
Published on: 12/14/2018
With the holidays now in full swing, here are a few tips to make sure you and your family stay safe.
Let's not be so serious!
Published on: 11/23/2018
Here are 16 entertaining facts about the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
CRT's social media is expanding
Published on: 9/21/2018
Chairmen’s Roundtable’s social media profile is MUCH more vibrant these days, and we're growing! You’ll now find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, AND Instagram.
A Rare Opportunity!
Published on: 9/6/2018
A rare opening in the league of CRT sponsors provides the right business owner an opportunity to hobnob with the finest, most dynamic, and arguably the best connected business leaders in San Diego County.

White Papers

JFK's Week - Blog Post
Jeff Campbell
Published on: 11/8/2021
Leadership, we must remind ourselves, is not for the faint of heart.
Having Trouble Hiring? Read This.
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 10/11/2021
Over 15 million US workers have quit their jobs since April 2021. 40% of employees expect to leave their jobs within 6 months, even if they don’t have anything else lined up. Companies are struggling to compensate and understand why staffers are leaving in the first place.

Here are 8 ways to attract workers to your door.
Mentoring is About Sharing Lessons Learned: Be One
Steve Mendell
Published on: 9/13/2021
Great mentors are generally people of good will who get satisfaction out of helping create opportunities for other people by sharing their knowledge. This is not always as easy as it sounds, but it can end up being tremendously rewarding.
Successfully Working From Home
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 6/3/2021
Face it; it’s UGLY out there, and millions of workers have been forced to work from home. Having spent decades in a home-based office, here are some potentially valuable lessons on keeping both sane and productive.

As a public service, and especially in light of the current work environment, it’s worthwhile reading for anyone suddenly tossed into working from the kitchen table.
White Paper - Avoiding Leadership Blind Spots
Published on: 3/8/2019
Avoiding Leadership Blind Spots Every leader has blind spots of one kind or another. We asked international speaker, strategist, and performance improvement author Michelle Smith for her thoughts on how to avoid the biggest problem we’ve all encountered. It’s a 6-minute read, and probably the best investment you’ll make today.
White Paper - Principles…One Business Owner’s Perspective
Published on: 2/8/2019
Thousands of books and articles have been written about how to organize and operate a business. And while the volume of publications might suggest that the subject has been exhaustively decided, in fact it has not. The dynamic nature of the environment requires organizations to be endlessly flexible, nimble and responsive.

The attitudes, expectations and tolerances of the labor force are not static either. We simplify the dynamics of...
White Paper - What should be in your business plan
Published on: 10/12/2018
Don’t prepare your business plan to impress investors. Build it to reflect your idea and use your research to rationalize the validity of the idea. Never base your conclusions on hunches and beliefs, but prepare the overall plan to build a business case that’s appealing.
White Paper - Making The Most of Banking Relationships
Published on: 10/5/2018
Regardless of the type of business you run, you need to have solid relationships with your bank and your banker. But what the bank should expect of you? Perhaps more importantly, what you should expect of the bank?

After 45 years in the financial industry, I’ve made certain observations on both sides of this equation that may prove valuable. I’m happy to share them here:
White Paper - Finding The Marketing Unicorn
Published on: 8/23/2018
In a recent conversation, a Millennial business owner lamented: “My marketing director knows all about social media…but can’t do much of anything else.”

Anecdotal evidence suggests this reaction is increasingly common, so we’ve asked Rob Weinberg, Chief Strategist of The MarketBuilding Team, to share some thoughts on how to find that ever-elusive creature; The Marketing Unicorn.

You’ll find his insights compelling, and also quickly recognize the solutions he provides apply to every discipline currently facing a shortage of talent. Take 10 minutes to solve your labor problems now.
White Paper - Consumer Privacy – What You Need to Know
Published on: 7/27/2018
The heat’s been turned up on companies that request or store personal data, even if it’s just to respond to requests for information. Penalties are stiff, and consumer information privacy is a growing movement. Learn here how it impacts your business…regardless of where you’re based.
White Paper - Improving Your Company's Value
Published on: 6/29/2018
How well is your privately-held company running? Here is a 10-point guide that will help you increase your value by getting to fiscal fitness. How does value result from being fiscally fit? Learn all you need to know right here.

Client Profiles

The Cali Bamboo Success Story
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 9/8/2021
It warms our hearts to see a CRT client strike it big, and Cali Bamboo has given us twice as much warmth.
Getting A Second Chance
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 6/3/2021
Each year CRT helps dozens of San Diego businesses to grow by providing free advice and resources they never had access to before. Here’s the story of one client who took advantage of all CRT had to offer:
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile:
Published on: 11/20/2019
HireAHelper markets itself as the authority on Hybrid™ Moving and the most affordable and reliable way to move.

But when they started examining exit strategies, they knew to turn to the CRT brain trust.
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile: Verbal Behavior Associates
Published on: 9/20/2019
"Working with CRT not only improved our business, it had a genuine impact on the quality of the services we provide by increasing our resources and ability to focus on the mission of VBA."

Take 5 minutes to read about Verbal Behavior Associates' exciting success working with Chairmen's RoundTable.
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile: Brandetize, LLC
Published on: 8/22/2019
Brandetize becomes a full service digital marketing and technology extension to a company’s existing business.
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile: Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc.
Published on: 6/14/2019
PME designs and assembles a variety of water quality monitoring sensors for research institutions, universities and government agencies around the world to be used in environmental natural waters such as rivers, estuaries and lakes. They came to Chairmen’s RoundTable looking for help managing the business more efficiently, as well as to enhance sales and obtain more customers.

They got SO much more than they ever expected!
Congratulations to CRT Alumnus La Jolla Logic
Published on: 6/5/2019
Congratulations to CRT Alumnus La Jolla Logic, recently named SBA's Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2019!
Published on: 1/4/2019
Have a story to tell, but not sure how to get started? We can help you there too. Just say “I have a story to tell” and we’ll take it from there.
How can I be a great CRT mentee?
Published on: 12/7/2018
It’s a question we’re asked all the time; How do I make Chairmen’s RoundTable work best for my particular circumstances?

This 60-second read provides answers from a two-time participant in the CRT Experience.
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile - Duck Foot Brewing
Published on: 9/28/2018
Here’s a CRT client with a creative product line, a great attitude on the importance of balancing work and fun, and a realistic recognition that they don’t have all the answers to build on yesterday’s positive news to make tomorrow’s success. Turning to us for the answers, their CEO now says “WOW! I wish I’d worked with Chairmen’s RoundTable YEARS ago!”
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile - Kirei
Published on: 7/20/2018
Here's a client so satisfied with the CRT experience that he worked with us TWICE! He says; "I would recommend Chairmen’s RoundTable to anyone who owns a business."
Chairmen's RoundTable Client Profile - EcoCaters
Published on: 6/22/2018
CRT brought focus to a company with huge potential and plans to quintuple gross sales in the next five years. Client calls working with CRT "one of the smartest moves" he could have made.

Mentor Profiles

Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Hus Tigli
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 8/27/2021
40 years of running, managing, and advising the success of a broad swatch of the technology community has given CRT mentor Hus Tigli an enviable portfolio of experience and wisdom that he's happy to share with our clients.

The smartest move you could make today would be to take him up on that suggestion.
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Malcolm Bund
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 7/16/2021
Currently in his fifth year as a Chairmen’s RoundTable mentor, Bund is now a retired industrialist with diverse experience in areas such as management consulting, corporate finance, M&A, and marketing. As a member of our Board of Directors, he serves as our Chief Financial Officer.

If you’re willing to participate in an in-depth examination of your business, treat yourself by working with Malcolm. Not only will you have an AMAZING personal and professional growth experience, but you’re sure to have some fun along the way.
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Esther Rodriguez
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 4/8/2021
Esther Rodriguez understands the importance of hard work, independent thought, and what happens when creativity is stifled. She brings decades of experience, talent, and connections to Chairmen’s RoundTable, and happily offers it as a free resource for San Diego business owners.

Who's by your side at Chairmen's RoundTable? Rich Amen
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 10/9/2020
Meet Rich Amen, who’s spent the past 40 years running one business after another, and always with great results. As one of the earliest mentors at the Chairmen’s RoundTable, Rich has given winning advice to hundreds of business owners over the years. He’s one of those people you’ve always wished was around to help you build your own success…and HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Wayne Meyer
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 9/23/2020
Meet Wayne Meyer, an experienced Chief Executive (and now fractional CEO) with a demonstrated history of working with start-up, mid-sized and family owned businesses. Comfortable on the international stage and anxious to find companies he can help get to the next level, Wayne's a fascinating guy with some interesting twists to his background.
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Mark Waxman
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 7/15/2020
Come meet a man who is always interested in learning something new, and always willing to share his wisdom, knowledge base, and Rolodex with those coming behind him.
Who's by your side at Chairmen's RoundTable? Susan H. Mallory
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 5/28/2020
An accomplished financial services executive with 40+ years of experience at highly respected, publicly traded institutions, Susan Mallory is the most recent addition to the Chairmen’s RoundTable brain trust.

Here's your chance to meet her!
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Ken Derrett
Published on: 10/25/2019
Solidly accomplished in general management, Ken Derrett has a proven track record of brand and business building across North America. He brings to every conversation strong talents in communication, amazing team building skills, and an unsurpassed sales and marketing perspective.

Come meet him now.
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Frank Creede
Published on: 7/19/2019
After spending 35+ years in the computer and telecommunications industries with three exits (including one IPO), and as an angel investor in over a dozen high tech companies in Southern California, Frank Creede brings a HUGE amount to smaller businesses and non-profits throughout the San Diego region.

Step inside and read his full story. It's WELL worth the investment!
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? John Riley
Published on: 5/3/2019
The newest face on the block is John Riley, who spent the past two decades developing strategies, financial plans, and mergers & acquisitions for PepsiCo. Coming from a Naval career and operating from offices in both New York and Chicago, John was focused on making operations and numbers work for divisions with household names like Pepsi, Tropicana, Quaker Oats, and Gatorade.
Who’s by your side at Chairmen’s RoundTable? Beth Sirull
Published on: 4/12/2019
As the President/CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Beth knows how to leverage the value each person brings to the table, and that collectively a small group can have a huge impact on the world.
Who's by your side at Chairmen's RoundTable? Bill Lofft
Published on: 10/19/2018
With over 40 years of executive and financial management experience, Bill has founded, owned, operated, financed, served on the board of directors, and been an executive for a broad array of technology, energy and media businesses including: electronic media measurement of Cable TV, print media, broadband Cable and Satellite television distribution technology, the San Diego Super Computer Center, as well as nuclear and advanced fossil fuel power.
Who's by your side at Chairmen's RoundTable? Ginny Beneke
Published on: 8/3/2018
30 years’ experience in organizational leadership, marketing, business development, strategic planning, and sales management in the technology (data networking and mobile) and education industries.
Who's by your side at Chairmen's RoundTable? Steve Mendell
Published on: 7/6/2018
Specializing in Biotechnology, Medical Devices, and Business Strategy
Who's by your side at Chairmen's RoundTable? Jeff Campbell
Published on: 6/12/2018
Meet J. Jeffrey Campbell
Corporate Leader, Mentor, Educator, Speaker, Writer and Connector

Sponsor Profiles

Proudly Congratulating Greg Pieratt
Rob Weinberg
Published on: 10/11/2021
Greg Pieratt (CRT’s’s Vice-Chair, Sponsor Development), has been honored as one of top real estate brokers in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. He is a finalist for Commercial RE awards.

We always knew he's good; it's nice that everyone else now knows too!
Who’s sitting next to you at Chairmen’s RoundTable? – David Duval
Published on: 2/22/2019
Every once in a while you’ll be fortunate enough to meet someone whose philosophy is “My word is my bond.” There’s a certain attitude that goes along with that philosophy that guarantees their commitment is money in the bank.

That's Dave Duval, a warm, personable, and honorable man who's sitting next to you at our monthly meetings. Come get to know him today.
Who’s Supporting Chairmen’s RoundTable? - Cory Grant
Published on: 1/18/2019
“I was fortunate enough to have good mentors as a young adult,” says our Vice Chair of Sponsor Development, noting “I appreciate the willingness of someone to learn, grow, and contribute back to the community.”
Who's Sponsoring CRT - Win Engelbert
Published on: 11/30/2018
Win Englebert, Director of Business Development, Bank of the West

With over 40 years in the banking world, Win is both accomplished and highly enthusiastic about commercial, private banking and financial services. He brings a proactive, results-oriented approach towards everything he does for each of our clients.

Do yourself a favor and introduce yourself at the next free CRT meeting.
Who's Sponsoring CRT - Hanaa Zahran
Published on: 8/31/2018
Hanaa Zahran, SVP / Sr Relationship Manager, Pacific Premier Bank

Specializing in Commercial and Private Banking, Not for Profit Board Management, and Business Strategy. Hanaa brings over 20 years of experience in global treasury management, advisory sales, business development and relationship management to CRT's table at every meeting.

Do yourself a favor and introduce yourself at the next free CRT meeting.


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"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." Winston Churchill
Published on: 6/24/2019
Sir Winston Churchill is widely considered one of the 20th century's most significant figures, and he has a lot in common with the folks you'll meet at Chairmen's RoundTable.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -- Benjamin Franklin
Published on: 2/15/2019
Perhaps one of the most influential figures in American history, Ben Franklin was a leading author, printer, scientist, inventor, and statesman. He's just the kind of person you'll find sitting next to you at Chairmen's RoundTable.
“You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
Published on: 12/21/2018
At Chairmen’s RoundTable we find many of our clients are questioning the continued existence of their business in an unfathomable universe. Buffeted by issues ranging from finance to operations, personnel to marketing, they need mentors capable of asking the wise questions and eliciting adequate information to generate the right answers.
“The only failure is not to try.”— George Clooney
Published on: 11/2/2018
One of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World, George Clooney shows us all how to combine talent, good ideas, hard work, persistence, and the right connections into a household name.

Here’s how the Chairmen’s RoundTable is ready to help with the ideas and provide the connections.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”— Albert Einstein
Published on: 9/14/2018
One of the smartest people who ever lived, Einstein neatly summed up entrepreneurship with this statement. Few would argue with him.
"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
Published on: 8/10/2018
Olympian Roger Bannister knew what he was talking about. For the past 21 years the professionals around the Chairmen’s RoundTable have been helping hundreds of San Diego’s businesses innovate, lead, and drive themselves further...beyond the the success they seek.
“A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.”
Published on: 7/13/2018
Author Cullen Hightower said it best. For the past 21 years the professionals around the Chairmen’s RoundTable have been helping hundreds of San Diego’s businesses innovate, lead, and get to the next level.

GET THIS SERVICE FOR FREE. Learn more today.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” --Steve Jobs
Published on: 6/15/2018
At Chairmen’s RoundTable we’re all about helping San Diego’s businesses innovate, lead, and get to the next level.

Join some of the world's smartest business leaders to learn how to maximize your operations and profits. It's a free service, and you may qualify to become a client.