A Message from ACG President Bill Heringer
Dear ACG Denver Members and Guests:
When you commit to spending almost two full days away from the office it had better be worth your while. You want to be inspired, motivated, and educated Ė both for your personal growth and the success of your business.
Thereís nothing quite like ACG-Denverís annual conference to meet high expectations like these. Ask the 740 registered attendees this year, who would agree that compelling keynote speakers, informative CEO panels, deal sourcing, and lots of opportunity for networking and socializing combine to create Denverís premier conference.
We thank Larry and Patricia Nelson of w3w3.com for dedicating its newsletter to the conference so that those who werenít able to attend can experience some of the excitement and benefit from the expertise of our speakers.
Every year the conference grows. We look forward to seeing this yearís attendees back next year along with all of you who didnít make it this year but are committed to growing your companies.
Mark March 11th and 12th 2009 on your calendar now. We guarantee that youíll learn key strategies that will make a difference in building, buying, or selling your business. Itís definitely time worth planning for.
Bill Heringer President, ACG
Chairman, Rocky Mountain Desk Corporation
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452_ Women and Leadership: How the Soft Stuff Can Lead to Hard Results
Born in Canada, Colleen Abdoulah, CEO & Chairman, WOW went to college thinking she wanted to work in the media, but realized journalism was not for her. But she got into the ad business as an account executive. That led to opportunities here in the US with an ad agency in Cincinnati. One of her clients was Warner Amex Cable which is now Time Warner, and she ended up going over to the cable side, and was in cable from 1984 to 99. She took a bit of a sabbatical at that point and adopted her “beautiful daughter” from foster care. Colleen spent about 3 years being a mom and doing some leadership coaching when she got a call from a venture capital friend asking if she wanted to come and help turn around the organization at WOW. That was August 5th, 2002. Today she is CEO and recently named Chairman of the Board. Colleen wanted an opportunity to put to work some principles that she believed and learned from her father. She went on to describe how they have accomplished some extraordinary milestones. "At WOW we set our goals. Everybody is clear what they are. So the what is clearly defined and planned for, yet we spend 99% of our time on the how. I believe if you spend time on how you get there, the results will be there. And the good news is we’ve proven that out at WOW. For five years now, we have over achieved, our financial goals, our operational metrics, every goal that we have set we have over achieved it. Every year we have paid bonuses, every year we’ve had salary increases, every year we have increased the amount of capital spent in order to give people the resources they need to develop and grow and for the business to grow. So we’ve proven that paying attention to what some call soft skills gets you very hard results. The WOW way is to lead with courage, serve with heart and celebrate with grace!" Colleen goes onto explain the 'how' details. LISTEN
Colleen Abdoulah, CEO and Chairman WOW, Part 2 of 2
Key Points for Differentiating Your Company from the Competition
ďA lot of things are going well, how can we take advantage of that, continue the momentum and not just rest on our past successes?Ē That's a challenging question that Colleen Abdoulah, CEO & Chairman, WOW asks her team. "I donít want us to get complacent, take things for granted. So we are focusing on what we have done well, and how can we do it even better and make sure we do it consistently. Secondly how can we continue to differentiate ourselves in the eyes of our consumers, our employees because it is a very competitive world out there? Colleen is the opening keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference. Her parents were immigrants during the depression. Facing a great deal of obstacles and prejudice, her father became a very successful entrepreneur. "I observed with three key take-a-ways for me that I thought I would always apply in my life," Colleen went onto explain. 1) You are no better than anyone else, and donít ever treat anybody like you are, no matter how much material wealth you have. And donít let them treat you like they are. 2) Know what you donít know. You donít have to be the sharpest pencil in the box to make a contribution. But make sure that you surround yourself with really good people who know things that you donít know and are maybe even smarter than you are. 3) The third principle was, Share the wealth. Always share the wealth and take care of people. There's more, and Larry and Pat will be there to cover this great event.
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399_ M&A News:
ABA Private Target Deal Points Study
The 2007 Private Target Deal Points Study, a project of the Mergers & Acquisitions Market Trends Subcommittee of the Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law, is widely recognized as the gold standard for market metrics of key negotiated issues in M&A agreements and has achieved notable popularity among investment bankers, private equity investors, CFO’s and other non-lawyer deal professionals as an “unfair advantage” in negotiating private company acquisition agreements. The Study analyzes publicly available acquisition agreements for transactions of between $25 and $500 million in size completed in 2006 that involved private targets being acquired by public companies. The final Study included 143 acquisition agreements. Hendrik Jordaan of Holme Roberts & Owen and Clifford Pearl of Solomon Pearl Blum Heymann & Stich talked about other issues covered by the study: Purchase price adjustments and earnouts; Catch-all representations and warranties; Closing conditions; Indemnification survival periods, baskets, and caps; Dispute resolution provisions.
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ACG Denver members Hendrik Jordaan and Clifford Pearl are active participants in the working group that prepared the study and would be delighted to provide a complimentary copy to members of ACG Denver upon request. To receive your complimentary copy of the Study, and periodic updates and supplements to the Study, please contact Hendrik Jordaan of Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP at Hendrik.Jordaan@hro.com
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401_ Social Entrepreneurship:
A Giant Step for Mankind and Profits
Social Entrepreneurship is the 'final frontier' of philanthropy. Steve Bigari and America’s Family work with employers like McDonalds to help their low income employees break the cycle of poverty. This will benefit us all. Steve's journey really began at McDonalds, watching people struggle. He employed 600 people at any given time, and the rule, not the exception, the rule – these folks struggled on a day to day basis to make ends meet. "What I found, by getting involved and connecting with them, so basically creating relationships for them, if I could add education and relationships to their hard work, that’s central to everything we learned. If somebody doesn’t want in the worst way to break the binds of poverty, they’re not going to be able to." The most important ingredient is they must be willing and able to work hard. Steve is a keynote panelist at an ACG Denver Luncheon - Social Entrepreneurship - When Greed Is Good: Creating Value and Making a Difference Through Common Good Capitalism. His motto: Inspiration, Instigation and Innovation.
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The Five Deaths of Frontier Airlines..
And How They Lived to Tell About It!
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Denver had as their guest, Sam Addoms, Chairman of Frontier Airlines' Board of Directors. His inspiring story of Frontier Airlines combined intellect, humor and great stories as he shared the ups and downs of growing a business in an industry significantly affected by 9-11, while raising capital along with the real story behind one of the most successful ad campaigns in America. Sam didn’t pull any punches…he called a spade a spade. With all the tough times, including the bout with the BIG gorilla, humor was always part of Sam’s delivery. It’s an extremely interesting story, filled with learning experiences for all of us.
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406_ Successful Leaders Blend
a Technical and Realtionship Focus
Imagine, graduating with honors, starting your career with a leading service provider, learning the keys and methods to excel in your job, but are overlooked for promotion because you are lacking people skills...or worse yet, you get the promotion and are lacking the relationship skills necessary to be an effective leader. David Mead, CEO & Founder of The Mead Consulting Group, Inc. and Chairman of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Denver shares some information about an interesting new business program that puts together the collective talents of DU, CU, members of the organizational development and business communities to help equip the next generation of leaders. The ACG Leadership 20 program was designed to help equip a new generation of professional and community leaders from professional services firms. The program is designed to help these emerging leaders make a difficult transition from a technical transactional focus to relationship focus – with better leadership skills. There are lessons for all of us to learn here... listen now.
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Mergers & Acquisitions in Today's Middle Market
KPMG LLP and Holme Roberts & Owen LLP conducted a forum providing insight into competing for acquisitions in the middle and lower markets. There was a panel of dealmakers discussing sourcing and closing middle market transactions in a turbulent deal environment, including insights into financing options in the continuing tight credit market. They also offered perspectives on key diligence issues focused on limiting exposure to legal and financial risk in today's M&A environment. Prior to the panel, Gino Maurelli, HRO and Brian Cox, KPMG shared the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Deal Teams"...#1 Early Involvement of Advisors; #2 Go Slow to Go Fast; #3 Scheduled Status Updates #4 Scalability; #5 Scalability; #6 Post-Mortem/After Action Review; #7 Leverage Advisers. The room was packed and everyone was listening and taking notes. Listen to this discussion with Gino and Brian...and yes, take notes. *Check out Event Photos!
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Social Entrepreneurship is Answering the Tough Questions |
"The problems of the world will not be solved by governments and traditional charities," said Chris Pelley, Managing Director of Capital Investment Management Company (CIMCO) and Board Member of the Association of Corporate Growth in Denver. In the business community, many people are puzzled by the term, social entrepreneurship. Chris feels, it is the business people in our society who will ultimately make a tremendous difference in this field of philanthropy and problem solving. Larry asked, "Youíre a registered investment advisor, how did you get involved in this?" I am intrigued by this idea. I was introduced to it by a friend at Oxford University; he mentioned it to me because he knew my daughters were interested in the subject. Being a father who cares, we were invited to attend the ďSkoll World Forum Conference for Social EntrepreneurshipĒ at Oxford, four years ago. People are going to get involved in this for a number of reasons. First and foremost; 87% of the children leaving colleges and universities want meaning in their lives more than they want money in their lives. These concepts are exploding around us. Parents and business people might want to discover more to help their teenagers and young adults through the new Ashoka Support Network.
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Communication: Top 3 Tips for CEOs to Improve Performance
Effective communication impacts every aspect of the organization. Sherry Law, entrepreneur and founder of Evergreen Communication and Board Member of ACG Denver is an internal and external communications expert. Larry asked, "Where does an organization start in making sure that itís communicating effectively?" Sherry points out that it starts with the CEO and his/her vision. "Not just what it is, but articulating it so everyone understands, making it compelling and saying it often. Make sure vision supports strategy and goals. Make sure you have a dialogue between leaders and everyone else (both customers and clients). Just as important, make sure that communication is considered and addressed in every area of the company, especially if introducing change of any kind. Here are the 'top 3 tips' for CEOs. (1.) Show your true self. Personality doesnít matter, people will accept who you are if youíre authentic. (2.) Tell the truth, donít spin it, and donít promise anything you canít do. They want honesty. (3.) Communicate often. People put their own viewpoints on what you say, and you need to make sure that they truly understand the direction you want to take. All this and more from the ACG Denver Member of the Year.
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ACG Denver 2008
Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference
BUILD, BUY or SELL
Driving Corporate Growth PHOTO Album 3/12/08
The ACG Corporate Growth Conference, exhibited a culture of innovation from the start... I loved the registration process; Iin a private room, spacey, organized, friendly and efficient! From there we ran the gauntlet of booths and industry leaders to a fine sit-down breakfast and the first morning keynote at the Fourth Annual "Women in Corporate Growth Breakfast” - inaugurated by Sherry Law.
Colleen Abdoulah - WOW - blew our socks off! Energetic - enthusiastic - fun and funny, she approached her presentation with zeal and enthusiasm. Her spellbound audience members must have hidden the requisite chauvinist, because we didn't see him. Colleen asked, “What is leadership? It is bringing out the best in ourselves and others. Don’t tolerate bad behaviors from anyone, male or female.”
Visit WOW Home Page In her own words...
The day continued with excellent panels, sparking creative, innovative, enthusiasm and a desire to get back into the action – glad the conference was interactive. David Mead, Mead Consulting, Mike Britti – Trans Union Rental and Dan McCallin, Timberline Steel, shared experiences in “Getting Out On Top” Tidbit: How to determine the value of your business to others:
1) Consistent Improvement of Cash Flows 2) Your Growth Story 3) Capable Management Team and 4) Solid performance history.
Charile Fote & Brian Meegan, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe discussed “Keys to a Successful Transaction” – “Manage yourself hard on time, dates and spending money. Hold yourself and others feet to the fire!" Certainly seems to work for Charlie!
We've listened to the voices of experience. We heard their warnings and their encouragement. Next, we got to celebrate with the winners, the people who are doing it and doing it right. ACG Denver honored CIBER, Inc. with Outstanding Corporate Growth Award. Mac Slingerlend President & CEO, led CIBER's rise as one of the leading Information technology and e-business solutions companies in the United States.
Emerging Company awarded to Noodles & Company, Kevin Reddy, CEO, demonstrated steady growth for three consecutive years. Additional qualities considered for this award are company leadership and the strategy behind its growth and reputation in the general business community.
Todd Woloson (Izze co-founder) Greenmont Capital said, “Inflection point planning maximizes returns and focuses your business.” Rick Dutkiewicz, CFO, Einstein Noah, said, “In the next 9 months, have your company staged for the growth opportunity. It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
From here we went global. John Lathrop, DU; Douglas Allen, DU and Dave Garrison, Sr. Counsel the Americas, CH2M Hill told us, “… the world is flat… and there is a trend toward a universal standard of conduct. But international projects are not for the faint of heart.”
The full day was wrapped in a great reception. People excited by the ideas and thoughts still had the winning Nuggets game ahead, plus one more thrilling day.
And thrilling it was. Our breakfast keynote speaker Howard Putnam took our hearts and minds soaring thru the Southwestern skies. This man professes to surround himself with people smarter and better than himself. He said they plant ideas in his head and he, being the pragmatist, turns those ideas in his head until they become real. “Turbulence is inevitable, but misery is optional.”
The following panels we're extraordinary. The interactive and charged atmosphere was compelling. Responsibility & Accountability of Innovation… Paul Bauer moderated, Frank Kvietok, Jon Nordmark, Doug Taylor and Vic Ahmed generated a torrent of thoughts and experience. Tidbit: Innovations often have unanticipated consequences. Be prepared to listen to bad news. If it’s something you should use or change – do it. But don’t stop innovation.
The Human Capital Dimension of Growth: Ralph Christie, Jr., Pres & CEO of Merrick and Company believes …”Engineering is sexy again! And he’d love to be 27 again. With the energy challenge it is a great time to be an engineer. Ralph is extremely bullish on the future… “Growth is implicit in our plan.” This is an amazing time and Ralph says, “.. he refuses to participate in a recession!” Here we found another CEO that has HR report directly to him and allocates 20 to 30% of his time for human capital management. It’s that important.
Then came lunch with Joe Calloway. Let me just say, we bought all of his books, interviewed him and left inspired and in possession of a new friend. Joe's down home but very polished presence caught everyone's imagination. There could not have been a better selection for finishing a stellar event. Joe found a thread (“more like a cable”) running thru this conference and it was ‘culture’! “Benchmark your culture, it is what we think we’re all about.” Courage is the mastery of fear – not the absence of fear. Take a risk and do it. Without action there is no creativity. - VISIT: Joe Calloway.com
All in all it was a heady experience and the last challenge of the day came from Joe Calloway, to decide what you're going to do in the first hour back at work to make a difference?
We left with the dates for the 2009 conference, March 11th & 12th along with printed literature describing and introducing us to next year's featured speakers, Terry Jones (travelocity) and Jack Uldrich, author, "The Next Big Thing is Really Small".
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