Saturday, October 26, 2013

Max Pine Bio

Max Pine's career has focused on several key segments of the restaurant industry. 

 After leaving the CEO Position at Restaurant Associates, Pine founded Aries Associates, a consulting firm that provides strategic advice to CEO’s and  private equity investors on restaurant chain investments. In addition to numerous domestic assignments, Pine has consulted on restaurant businesses in England,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The 28 Most Valuable Lessons I Learned As a CEO

As a CEO…

1. Decide whether you want to be a creative leader who takes some calculated risks or a manager who maintains the status quo. Once you decide that, don’t allow your organization to be diverted by any undertaking that is foreign to their expertise or that will not further the mission of the business. Stay focused!

. Make short notes on the

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Private Breakfast with Henry Kravis

Board of Veteran CEOs
Breakfast Forum
A Conversation with Henry Kravis

The Board of Veteran CEOs will host an intimate Breakfast Forum featuring private equity pioneer Henry Kravis, co- founder and co-CEO of the leading global investment firm Kolhberg Kravis Roberts. Richard Goeglein, the current chairman of Pinnacle Entertainment and a titan of the gaming industry, will moderate a candid discussion at this exclusive gathering of CEOs. Mr. Goeglein and Mr. Kravis will engage the audience in a lively conversation about opportunities and challenges currently facing CEOs. The discussion will include:

␣␣ Global economic issues, with views on Europe, Asia, emerging markets, and the importance of geopolitical analysis and trends

␣␣ U.S. economic issues, including views on remaining competitive, the role of credit and M&A markets, and dealing with government uncertainty

␣␣ Challenges facing CEOs today, with perspectives from KKR portfolio companies, the importance of innovation, culture, and communication, and views on public versus private company structures

␣␣ Keys to success for current business leaders, including building a strong team, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, doing business with those you like and trust, and being a leader both in and out of the office

Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue New York, NY

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
8:00 am to 10:00 am

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome & Introductory Remarks
8:45 – 9:30 am Breakfast and Program
9:30 – 10:00 am Q&A

Registration Welcome & Introductory Remarks Breakfast and Program Q&A
To RSVP, please contact Ted Santos at 888.471.3660 or at

Sponsored by:

About The Board of Veteran CEOs
The Board of Veteran CEOs was created to serve as a confidant to CEOs of midsize to large companies. The resource we provide is exclusive access to retired CEOs who have walked in your shoes and grown their enterprise to Fortune 1,000 status and beyond. Some of the retired CEOs who serve as Advisory Members have led companies like Dun & Bradstreet, Ben & Jerry’s, Max Factor, and Harrah’s Hotel & Casinos. In addition, some of our Advisory Members are current CEOs of Fortune 500s, including companies such as NCR and AC Nielsen. Access to the Advisory Members takes the form of roundtable discussions, one-on-one telephone conversations, and private face-to-face meetings. The roundtable discussions occur every other month. They are held over a two- hour breakfast between an intimate group of 6-8 sitting CEOs and 1-2 Advisory Members. Participation in these meetings requires a personal invitation - no exceptions.

About Akerman
Akerman is a leading transactions and trial law firm known for its core strengths in middle market M&A, within the financial services and real estate industries, and for a diverse Latin America practice. With more than 550 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 19 offices, we are ranked among the top 100 law firms in the U.S. by The National Law Journal NLJ 350 (2013). We are intensely focused on innovating pragmatic, customized solutions to our clients’ most complex legal challenges.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

3 Good Things About Failure

When we think of failure, we believe there is something wrong. Therefore, it is the word and situation we avoid at all costs. Some of us will lie, cheat and steal to avoid failure. Yet, in many cases, failure can

Monday, October 7, 2013

Legendary KKR CEO Will Speak to CEOs Over Breakfast

Henry Kravis of KKR to Keynote The Board of Veteran CEOs Breakfast Forum
Moderated by Chairman of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. Richard Goeglein

Exclusive Gathering for Veteran and Sitting CEOs Hosted by Law Firm Akerman Senterfitt

NEW YORK – October 7, 2013 —The Board of Veteran CEOs, a leading organization for information exchanges, partnerships and networking among CEOs of midsize to large companies, today announced a Breakfast Forum featuring private equity pioneer Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a leading global investment firm. Former CEOs of Fortune 1000s and

Friday, October 4, 2013

Top 3 Ways to Lead a Multi Generational Organization

Chairman of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. & 
Former CEO of Harrah's Hotels & Casinos

The rapid advancement of technology coupled with the major shift in demographics of the general work force will test business as never before. As Boomers retire and the Gen X, Y (20’ thru 40’s) becomes the dominant employee base, the skills to lead will require a leader who is able to adopt new ways of thinking and transform the way he or she sees the world.

There is already a significant change in the way in which major segments of the population relate and communicate.

This is also the case within most organizations – the way individuals

Richard Goeglein Bio

Mr. Richard Goeglein is a seasoned business executive who has led high-growth billion-dollar companies through mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Along with his extensive experience in the US casino and hospitality industries, he has also worked internationally in consumer services and products sectors.

He is currently Chairman of the Board,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Who’s the Next Microsoft CEO?

Over more than 35 years, Microsoft has had 2 CEOs – Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. With Steve Ballmer’s retirement announcement, Microsoft is preparing for CEO number 3. The whole world is watching to see who that will be. As it stands, it appears it will be someone from the outside.

Tony Bates, CEO of Skype was a contender, especially since Microsoft bought Skype.  Bates now has a sense of the company culture and vision.  However, he has been removed from the list. There is concern that he has not run a large public company. And he was CEO of Skype for one year.

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia is another top contender, especially since Microsoft bought Nokia’s phone business.  At the same time, there is concern about his unimpressive performance while running Nokia. 

At the top of the list is