The big thing that ABL provides to us is that it’s companies of like interests, as opposed to other types of groups that have CEOs with maybe very divergent interests.
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.
I think to not belong to an organization like ABL is doing an injustice to the team you are leading. Where else can you get together and forge the vision of tomorrow, and make the plans that are going to drive your company, and therefore your people, to the place they want to go?
ABL is a must-have for every CEO. For me, it is like CEO therapy. My favorite part is "What’s Keeping You Up Nights?" because it really gets you thinking and I always get incredible feedback.
When I first looked at the price tag of the Round Table annually, I thought, “Wow, that’s kind of a lot of money.” Now my perspective is that is a drop in the bucket, compared to the value received.
I see it as finishing school. I got my undergrad [at Harvard] and never went back, so this is definitely a continuation of my education.
I've been a Member of ABL for the last 10 years. ABL has given me a good group of more experienced executives who've walked in shoes that I am about to walk in.
ABL is the best business meeting series I have ever attended. It is a professional organization for CEOs and Presidents, where the Members bring the real day to day business cases to the meeting and share opinions and solutions. I do my best to participate every meeting I can.
ABL has been a great pay-off for me and I have found great value. It has brought me help in financing the company, resolving financial issues, and customer problems. And it’s served for personal growth, too.
I probably would have to pay 16 consultants to get the kind of great information I get from the Round Tables and the people in my group.