John Tanner

President & CEO
Tanner Research, Inc.
Los Angeles Technology
Member Since: 1998

The best thing for me about ABL are the great people in the Organization. It’s a caring group of people, they are very open in sharing their own problems, and that leads to an environment where you can share your problems back. And they’re non-judgmental. They’ll give you the best advise they can. You can take it or not.)

About Us

Our Story

ABL was founded in 1983, as the Southern California Technology Executives Network – SO/CAL/TEN. However, by the late 1980’s, several of our medtech Members asked us to start inviting hospital and health plan CEOs into the Group. Being good listeners, we took the bold idea of bringing healthcare providers and payers into our Tech Round Table to our Board; and they said, “Great idea, but a hospital CEO certainly wouldn’t see himself as a technologist.”  So, we searched for a name that might serve as an “umbrella” for both our existing Technology CEO Round Tables, as well as the new Healthcare Groups we planned to form.  And then, it hit us: our Members had just survived the Crash of ’87, and the “build-down” of Defense Electronics. In that particular sector, 38 of our 40 defense-electronics Member companies, didn’t adapt, and were out of business within a year. The two companies that did survive had one thing in common: they “adapted” their businesses – reshaping core capabilities, renaming themselves, and seeking out new clients. Truly they were adaptive business leaders. And, so the name – and the philosophy behind it stuck: if one isn’t adaptive in business, you don’t get to stay in business at all!   On the Tech side of our Organization, this played out again during the Dot Com era. We still have four Members from the late 1990’s, who survived the Dot Bomb. To a one they pivoted: identifying and focusing their businesses on their most profitable market segments, sloughing off the unessential in all areas, and renaming their businesses to reflect these changes. Today each of these Adaptive Survivors is very successful. Intel’s Andy Grove famously wrote, Only the Paranoid Survive. I’d amend that to be: only the Adaptive business leaders survive.



ABL Leadership:

Bob Kelley is CEO of the ABL Organization

Bob Kelley is CEO of the ABL Organization and the lead facilitator of ABL’s four Technology Round Tables. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of six technology companies, each focused on a major high-growth initiative during his service.
Since assuming leadership of ABL in 1985, Bob has continuously explored and developed innovative new programs for the organization, including its Healthcare Executives Round Table Program, as well as various Financial and Board of Directors Workshops. Bob has been recognized for his Board of Directors work with growing companies as an Inc. Magazine “Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year” in Orange County, and subsequently as one of three national finalists in that category. He published The Board of Directors and Its Role in Growing Companies, in 1984. Bob chaired two companies while they were recognized as #50 and #280 on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List. He also continues to provide an average of two of his half-day “Developing an Effective Board” workshops annually. Bob developed and served on the advisory board, provided financial transaction counseling and general business strategy guidance, and acted as a temporary division president, for a private security technology company, which was subsequently sold to a Fortune 500 US utility for hundreds of millions of dollars. In the mid 1990’s, he co-authored Better Than Money, recognized by Harvard Business School’s Professor of Entrepreneurship as the first major work in the then-emerging field of “angel investing.” Co-author Dave Berkus subsequently became Chairman of the Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest angel investment network. Prior to his involvement with the development of ABL, Bob provided various combinations of executive leadership, strategy, and support services for innovation initiatives through executive positions and a business development consultancy. Four of these companies experienced extraordinary growth during his tenure and two were then on the Inc. 500. Immediately prior to ABL, in 1981, he co-founded what became the General Group of Companies, which achieved $200 million in sales in 1985, through several strategic partnerships and spin-offs, which he shaped. Bob holds a BBA degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to his ABL business partner Mimi Grant, and they have two adult children. Bob has enjoyed a lifelong passion for enabling innovation; he is also an avid investor, primarily in early stage technology companies.


Mimi Grant

Mimi Grant is President of the ABL Organization

Mimi Grant is the President of the ABL Organization, and the Lead Facilitator of ABL’s Healthcare Round Tables. In addition to shaping the company’s strategic direction, Mimi leads its New Member Development activities, and conceptualizes many of ABL’s events, like the Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards and Top Tech Trends. She is also the publisher of ABL Online, a weekly electronic newsletter that helps ABL Members stay current with their fellow Members’ achievements, and on the cutting-edge of the issues that can most significantly impact their businesses.

Mimi began co-facilitating ABL’s Technology Round Tables and directing conference activities in 1985, and then took responsibility for ABL’s nascent Healthcare division in 1990, when it had one fledgling Round Table. Today, ABL Healthcare Members meet in six monthly CEO Round Tables throughout California – in Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Silicon Valley, and San Diego. Mimi still remains active in co-facilitating ABL’s four Technology Tables, with Bob Kelley, and is particularly involved at the nexus point of tech-enabled healthcare.

Prior to her involvement in ABL, Mimi co-founded and was President of Five Star Marketing Services, an advertising/PR firm, and Five Star Productions, its AV unit. Five Star provided a wide range of marketing services to over 50 clients in 35 industries. Later, she founded weCan, the Women’s Economic and Career Advancement Network, for professional development. Mimi began her career with ad agencies BBD&O and Foote, Cone & Belding, before moving into PR management with Mazda Motors of America and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Mimi holds a BA in Communication Arts from Loyola-Marymount University’s (now) School of Film and Television, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and was named to two national honor societies. In 1984, she graduated from the Harvard Business School’s Owner/Presidents Management Program; and, in 1989, the Japan Study Program for International Executives, conducted in Tokyo and other major industrial cities throughout Japan. In 1997, Mimi was selected as a Finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. She is active in her church, on a local and national basis, and is a Trustee of LA’s Good Samaritan Hospital. She and her husband, Bob Kelley, raised their three children to adulthood.

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With Appreciation To Our Sponsors
We would like to thank each of our Sponsors for their continued support of our Organization. Their support has enabled us to offer California’s health and technology executives a preeminent Round Table and Event program for over 30 Years!
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