Executive Briefings: Part 2 – Navigating the New Presidential Administration

• Jay Townsend, 
Political Consultant for The Townsend Group
• February 16th, 2017
• In this latter discussion of a two-part series, we will take an even deeper dive into how the Trump Administration and Republican Congress will impact business. Throughout Trump’s presidential term, many things will affect how we do business both inside and outside of US borders

 

C-Suite Network Announces New Elite Group of the Most Trusted Advisors to C-Suite Executives

February 13, 2017 10:53 ET

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Feb 13, 2017) – The C-Suite Network, the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders, announced that they have built an established group of experts to advise their C-level members. The group is made up of select industry thought leaders who service C-Suite executives and enterprise businesses. These notable business experts and thought leaders consist of a mix of consultants, speakers, authors, podcasters, TV contributors, trainers and coaches.

 

The C-Suite Network strives to provide added value to their community of C-level executives through the C-Suite Advisor program. Each advisor has been carefully vetted to ensure they meet the brand standards and provide a service of value to members. Currently, the C-Suite Advisor program has experts in corporate recruiting, sales coaching, marketing, social media services, and more.

 

C-Suite Advisors

 

The program also provides value to its Advisors through networking and sales opportunities with C-Suite Network members, distribution of select content throughout C-Suite Network properties, expert council opportunities, and more. The C-Suite Network will also provide social media and marketing guidance to advisors when applicable.

 

“The C-Suite Advisor program is an excellent addition to our community for both our executives and our new advisors,” said Jeffrey Hayzlett, Primetime TV Host & Chairman C-Suite Network. Adding, “The C-Suite Network is designed to generate substantive discussions of key issues facing the C-Suite across the boardrooms of all industries, and through this group of C-Suite Advisors, I am confident we will help enhance the conversations happening in the C-Suites of the world’s most successful companies.”

 

C-Suite Advisors held its first membership meeting in December 2016 and will hold a series of meetings in 2017 kicking off in Dallas in May. If you’re interested in becoming a part of C-Suite Advisors, please reach out via our website: http://www.c-suiteadvisors.com/

 


About C-Suite Advisors:

C-Suite Advisors, the most trusted network of advisors to the C-Suite, is an elite group of select thought leaders, coaches, trainers, authors, speakers and content creators who service C-Suite executives and enterprise businesses. Each advisor is an expert in their industry and the network vets all applicants before they are accepted into the group. C-Suite Network is the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders, with a focus on providing growth, development and networking opportunities for business executives with titles of vice president and above from companies with revenue of $5 million and above. Learn more at www.c-suitenetwork.com, or connect on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Executive Briefings: The Progressive Policy Institute: Focusing on Growth and Innovation for the Future

The C-Suite is a vast audience of leaders who all have a little extra insight into their industry and the current business world. I sit down with these leaders to give them the opportunity to share that insight and give a glimpse to their personal stories as a business leader. I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Michael Mandel.  Dr. Mandel is the chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington.

 

What is the Progressive Policy Institute? What do you do?

We are a Washington-based think tank research institute. We are pro-growth, pro-market, and pro-trade. There are exceedingly partisan views in Washington, however we believe most people want something in the center that is about growth and innovation and the future. That is what we focus on.

 

Business owners are concerned about innovation.  How does regulatory policy impact innovation?

Regulatory accumulation has actually had a negative effect on productivity and innovation over the last 10 or 15 years.  Democrats and Republicans have continued to layer on regulations without worrying about their impact on businesses.

As an example, manufacturing companies are hit by an enormous amount of regulations. Eventually, people develop a compliance mentality that makes it difficult for them to innovate.

Regulations get passed and they become outmoded, obsolete, and overlap new ones.  We are suggesting a regulatory improvement commission that would have that power to propose a package of regulations to eliminate or to improve upon existing regulations.

 

What do you see happening with the modification of the banking regulations that helped free this market up for small businesses to get out of this strangulation hold they’re in?

The first thing that needs to be done is to accelerate the rate at which the SEC approves the regulations which allow small businesses to raise money.

We, as pragmatic progressives who believe in growth and innovation in the market, see that this movement in regulation has not brought about what was expected. We want to be able to pare away and then improve the system, and do this in a way that enables small businesses to raise money and allows bigger businesses access to the capital they need without putting the economy at risk.

 

What are your thoughts relating to the long-term economic impact in the areas of tech?

I think that tech is moving into the internet of things and we are headed for another burst. Right now, tech in the U.S. has only transformed about 20 percent of the economy. It has not transformed manufacturing. It has not transformed health care yet. It has not transformed transportation and the physical industries.  Because of this, we may see the rise of new tech giants that are on the interface between tech and manufacturing, on the interface between tech and health care.

 

If industrial technology is the next wave, it will certainly reshape manufacturing. Will that be a positive thing? Will we see improvement in the manufacturing world?

It’s going to be a positive thing because as we will see gains in productivity, we’re actually seeing real gains in productivity, real drops in cost that will have the effect of helping people’s living standards and bringing jobs back, although they will be very different types of jobs than we are used to seeing in the manufacturing industry.

What has happened over the last few years is that productivity growth in manufacturing, what we call multi-factor productivity growth, has not been strong. It has been negative in a lot of industries. We have seen relative growth in prices for a lot of manufactured goods, especially ones that are made in the U.S. We need great amounts of investment in technology in the U.S.  We need a big leap forward in manufacturing.

Over the last 10 years the two biggest technological innovations were the smart phone and factory tech.  In 2006, nobody could have predicted this.

I believe we will see the same type of innovations… things will look very different than they do now.

See our article on Huffington Post.

Executive Briefings: FutureVault. Pioneering the Digital Collaborative Vault

The C-Suite is a vast audience of leaders who all have a little extra insight into their industry and the current business world. I sit down with these leaders to give them the opportunity to share that insight and give a glimpse to their personal stories as a business leader. I recently had the opportunity to interview G. Scott Paterson, media/technology venture capitalist and CEO of FutureVault.

 

Fintech is transforming the industry.  What is a FinTech business anyway?

The financial services world is undergoing the biggest transformation ever, and it’s a consequence of technology — but more specifically, it’s a consequence of what’s called software being available in the cloud.

In the cloud the actual bits and bytes, the actual servers, the actual hardware that people think about when they think about a technology, these are not hosted internally. They’re hosted externally.  What this has done is create this massive transformation.

 

You saw an opportunity in this transformation with FutureVault.

Yes, we did.  FutureVault is a very simple concept. It is a place to store and manage digitally, in the cloud, all of your personal, financial and legal documents.

Everybody needs this. We have children that have report cards, vaccination records, Social Security numbers, class lists, team lists for their sports, memorabilia that they save. We all have bank accounts.  Many have brokerage accounts, 529 college savings accounts, IRA accounts. Some people have hunting licenses, fishing licenses, the deed for your house or lease for your car or if you lease some possibly for your business, even, equipment for your business.

In the world of FinTech, we’re showing up with a solution that’s great for the customer but also great for the institution, because they can build a stronger relationship with that customer.”

 

I assume everything about this is secure.

Security is the first thing we addressed and we have built what we believe is bank-grade technology.  Documents are encrypted on the way in and on the way out. None of the information ever resides on your laptop.

It’s also why we’re partnering with financial services companies where there is already a high degree of trust.  Players like that that already have a trusted relationship with their customer.

 

One of the great things about this product, is that it helps families.  Here, you can set this up so that each family member has access to everything that matters, and it really simplifies their life.

A customer can create a contact for any of the “trusted advisors” in their life and each will get a unique email address with a PIN number.  Information is categorized and placed in specific areas that person can have access to.  For example, my accountants can havea access to all of my tax records. Then, when they file my taxes, they put in the electronic copy, and it’s there forever.

 

It can be used for business as well.  There is an advanced version for multiple businesses, so it’s a great tool for anybody in business, anybody in any walk of life, but particularly business people have lots of complexity. This is a great simplification tool.

 

We’re very excited. These are just a few aspects of what FutureVault can do. We’ve not built a minimum viable product here. We’ve built a Ferrari.

 

 

Find this and other articles on our Huffington Post page.

Executive Briefings: Mainz Solutions, Disrupting the Recruiting Industry

The C-Suite is a vast audience of leaders who all have a little extra insight into their industry and the current business world. I sit down with these leaders to give them the opportunity to share that insight and give a glimpse to their personal stories as a business leader. I recently had the opportunity to interview Michael Bekiarian, CEO of Mainz Solutions.

 

One of the top 3 issues C-Suite leaders face is finding and keeping the best talent.  How does Mainz Solutions solve this problem?

Our philosophy at Mainz is to look at candidates from a 3-D perspective, not just the two dimensional perspective they represent on a resume or CV. We delve deeper into how they represent themselves collectively and marry up to the business culture.

 

Do organizations really know what their cultures are?

Often times work environment is confused with culture. When we talk about culture, we’re really talking about the level of engagement expected from our employees and team members, and how it is measured? When employees leave an organization it is usually because there is lack of understanding of what represents a job well done.

 

What are the difficulties associated with the recruiting process?

The recruiting process is a numbers game. The difficulties lie in attracting and engaging the top talent. We work as an extension of an HR department. Our customers tap into all of our recruiters, assessment technologies, video interviewing platform, job boards, candidate portals.

 

Most recruiting follows a traditional path, but Mainz Solutions has taken a different approach. What is your approach to recruiting and why is it different?

While we work within the recruiting industry, we don’t necessarily view ourselves as recruiters. We are more like matchmakers. Mainz Solutions goes beyond posting jobs and collecting resumes which is a 2 dimensional model that has been around for decades and gives limited insight. Retention is a factor of cultural fit and therefore we utilize technology to find the best candidates. These include video interviews, demographic studies, and cultural assessments of an organization’s internal culture.

 

How can companies ensure they retain good employees?

For organizations that have a retention problem, it is necessary to understand the culture of the organization. It is a communication plan and proper understanding of expectations within the organization. It is imperative to understand the corporate culture, both perceived and real, and to make certain that your employees are performing within the vision of the business. An acceptable culture that resonates throughout the organization creates a productive, happy, and engaged employee.

 

 

This article and more available on Huffington Post.

 

Executive Briefings: Thirstie, Exceptional Spirits Delivered to Your Door

The C-Suite is a vast audience of leaders who all have a little extra insight into their industry and the current business world. I sit down with these leaders to give them the opportunity to share that insight and give a glimpse to their personal stories as a business leader. I recently had the opportunity to interview Devaraj Southworth, CEO and Co-founder of Thirstie.

Alcohol is a heavily regulated industry, and because of that the way consumers have traditionally purchased alcohol has not changed much. Thirstie has created quite a disruption within this industry; how did this come about?

There are companies delivering products within the food, transportation, grocery industries, however within the wine and beverage industry we immediately noticed there was no one clear technology leader. We wanted to be the technology company to take an innovative approach to alcoholic beverage distribution. Of course, we had to address the legal challenges and that was about solving business challenges on a consumer side as well as the distribution aspect.

I’m having a party, I’m about to run out, or I want to have a party and I need to stock up – I can now call Thirstie.

Yes, call Thirstie! We created a system that would enable the consumer to use their mobile device to purchase alcoholic beverages and have them delivered to their home within the hour. We also offer more specialized products that can be delivered within 3 days as well as integrated recipes as a way to wrap our consumers in a fabulous value added experience.

Regarding wrapping your consumer in a value added experience, what didn’t work and what did work and what do you do as an ongoing process to continue to learn?

Early on we did a lot of testing. Our first tests involved a very niche approach. We assumed that our viewers and our readers would want a more limited group of products. We were wrong; we quickly learned our consumers wanted the largest selection possible. Our customers asked for more so we created a mail order division to better serve them.

Listen to your consumers.

Our early customers were asking for more information and education. The traditional model involves going to the liquor store, seeing thousands of items and generally leaving with the same product you usually buy. That’s not the ideal purchasing experience, so presenting information that is not overwhelming is part of our customer experience.

Five years from now how do you see change, if at all, in the primary distribution of liquor and spirits.

I think technology much like ours will enable the large massive brands to sell directly, as well as the smaller and early ones. This is the future. Using a mobile device to order alcohol does not mean we are cutting out a person, or tier. The reality is we’re not, we’re working within that system and the system’s being – first tier manufacturers, the second being distributors, and the third being retailers.

What we are doing is leading additional demand, which is beneficial to the retailers, the distributors, the brands and ultimately the consumer.

This article is also featured on Huffington Post.

 

Influence Redefined, Marketing Masters, Rebuilding the Fed & Female Empowerment

February 07, 2017 10:00 ET

Best Seller TV’s February Programming Features Female Authors Stacey Hanke, Connie Pheiff, Danielle DiMartino Booth, and Lea Woodford

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Feb 7, 2017) – Best Seller TV, one of the top online business shows on C-Suite TV, announces its February lineup featuring in-depth interviews with leading female business authors Stacey Hanke, author of Influence Redefined: Be The Leader You Were Meant to be, Monday to Monday, Connie Pheiff, author of Marketing Masters: Ready, Set, Grow Your Market, Danielle DiMartino Booth, author of Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America and Lea Woodford, author of Lead. Share. Empower: My Strategies for Success in Life and Business.

 

Stacey Hanke, author of Influence Redefined: Be The Leader You Were Meant to be, Monday to Monday, talks about how “true influence has to be Monday to Monday” in order for the process to remain consistent. Hanke also defines influence two ways: making sure the body language and messaging is congruent and creating a memorable experience by having people take action long after the initial interaction. She points out most people believe they’re more influential than they really are for two reasons: 1) the feedback received is flawed, and 2) the dissonance between how we feel vs actual facts. Hanke says “nice job” isn’t real feedback and encourages executives to record their speaking engagements so they can see and hear themselves through the eyes and ears of their audience. If they’re not constantly practicing and polishing themselves, they are sabotaging their own reality.

 

Connie Pheiff, author of Marketing Masters: Ready, Set, Grow Your Market, talks about creative marketing, merging old-school marketing with digital strategy and “friend-raising.” Phieff’s background is in the non-profit sector and the most common challenge they face is how to market without spending a lot of dollars, but still increase the bottom line. She says the solution is creative marketing, which she defines as “getting out, stepping out and getting to know your audience.” It’s about knowing what will make peoples’ lives easier, solve their pain points and putting “service before sales.” Once your audience sees you’re there for them, they’ll turn around and give you what you want. Phieff encourages making connections with people before you go asking them for money, which is what she refers to as “friend-raising.” She says, “Find out where your audience hangs out and go there.”

 

Danielle DiMartino Booth, author of Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America, talks about how the Federal Reserve should be “upended” and rebuilt from the inside out so it can benefit more people, not just Wall Street. The book is a candid tale from an insider’s perspective on how the Fed impacts everything Americans do, and aims to connect the dots, in layman’s terms, so that every generation — from millennials to baby boomers, understands the intricacies of the financial industry. DiMartino says that the financial crisis didn’t generate enough lessons for the government or Wall Street, but that, “the time has come to question orthodoxy.” DiMartino hopes the new administration can fill two current open seats at the Fed Board that will hopefully, reintroduce dissent.

 

Lea Woodford, author of Lead. Share. Empower: My Strategies for Success in Life and Business, wrote this book as a series of personal anecdotes — from divorce, to cancer and personal tragedies, and how she dealt with each of these obstacles. The book is a direct result of the encouragement Woodford received from her daughter; who urged her to use her contacts, experience, and influence to empower other women. Woodford says the book is for anyone in a dark place, going through a hard time or looking to make a transition in life. Writing became a cathartic process for Woodford and she hopes to inspire others that may feel “stuck” in life to make the best out of their situation and emerge with a positive outlook. She summed it up by saying, “Your attitude determines your altitude.”

 

All episodes of Best Seller TV will air throughout the month on C-Suite TV and are hosted by TV personality, Taryn Winter Brill.

Best-selling author, speaker, and former Fortune 100 CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett created C-Suite TV to give top-tier business authors a forum for sharing thought-provoking insights, in-depth business analysis, and their compelling personal narratives.

“This month’s all-female lineup brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table that’s unmatched,” Hayzlett said. “While the c-suite has predominately been a boy’s club, these women have turned the c-suite on its head and I think our audience will be wowed when they hear the stories and personal anecdotes these authors reveal.”

For more information on TV episodes, visit www.csuitetv.com and for more information about the authors featured in Best Seller TV episodes, visit www.c-suitebookclub.com.


About C-Suite TV:
C-Suite TV, an entity of the C-Suite Network, is a web-based digital on-demand business channel featuring interviews and shows with business executives, thought leaders, authors and entrepreneurs providing news and information for business leaders. C-Suite TV is your go-to resource to find out the inside track on trends and discussions taking place in businesses today. This online channel is home to such shows as C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett, Executive Perspectives Live and Best Seller TV, and more. C-Suite TV is part of C-Suite Network, the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. Connect with C-Suite TV on Twitter and Facebook.

C-Suite Radio Adds 20 New Podcasts

C-Suite Radio will add more than 20 New Business Podcast Programs — New Premium Content for Business Leaders

 

New York, NY, February 1, 2017C-Suite Radio, the premier source for the world’s leading business podcasts for c-suite leaders, business executives, and entrepreneurs, announced an expansion of its radio platform by adding more than 20 new programs to its 2017 lineup, making C-Suite Radio the first business only podcast network.

 

Featuring premium content from top thought leaders, designed to increase knowledge, deepen understanding, and build skills to enhance listeners’ personal and professional lives.  Shows have been selected to be part of C-Suite Radio by an editorial review team and will be categorized by Headliner, Feature, and Showcase, based on show exclusivity, quality, and more.

 

“As a sought after educational platform for executives, we’re thrilled to be expanding C-Suite Radio and growing our library of content,” said C-Suite Network Chairman Jeffrey Hayzlett. “Each of the shows and their hosts are very talented and provide top notch business content that will be an asset to our audience.”

 

The following shows will join C-Suite Radio this year:

• Absolute Advantage hosted by Kelly Hatfield

• Accelerate hosted by Andy Paul

• All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett

• Amazing Business Radio hosted by Shep Hyken

• The Avanti Entrepreneur Podcast hosted by David Mammano

• The Bell hosted by Adam Johnson

• Bizcast hosted by Kevin Craine

• The Bob Pritchard Show

• Business Builders hosted by Marty Wolff

• Business Matters hosted by Thomas White

• Businesses that Care hosted by Julie Ann Sulivan

• Conversations with Phil hosted by Phil Gerbyshak

• Crack the Customer Code hosted by Adam Toporek and Jeannie Walters

• The Female Insight Zone hosted by Maribeth Kuzmeski

• Marketing Today hosted by Alan Hart

• The Maximum Impact Podcast hosted by Allan Isfan

• Mere Mortals Unite hosted by Julie Ann Sullivan

• Mind Your Business hosted by Yitzchok Saftlas

• Nice Guys on Business hosted by Doug Sandler

• On the Schmooze hosted by Robbie Samuels

• SaaS Insider hosted by Shira Abel

• The TalentGrow Show hosted by Halelly Azulay

• The Top 1% Sellers Factory Podcast hosted by Ash Seddeek

• Uncopyable Ramblings hosted by Steve Miller

• Up or Out with Connie hosted by Connie Pheiff

 

Business radio hosts can submit their program to C-Suite Radio for review. Please visit the contact page at www.c-suiteradio.com.

 


About C-Suite Radio:

C-Suite Radio is the premier source of the world’s leading business podcasts for C-Suite leaders and business executives, featuring shows covering a range of topics, including sales, marketing, leadership, social media, finance, and management. C-Suite Radio features premium content from top thought leaders, designed to increase knowledge, deepen understanding, and build skills to enhance listeners’ personal and professional lives. Visit C-Suite Radio online and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

For more information, visit http://www.c-suiteradio.com.