TOP 20 BUSINESS LEADERS OF THE YEAR 2023

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Leading with Commitment & Determination | Berno Stoffel | Seilbahnen Schweizte

The above words are etched in Berno Stoffel’s office as a poster. These words perfectly describe Berno’s nature—100% solution-oriented and forward-thinking, always keeping the big picture in mind, always acting in the interest of the cause. Berno is a rare combination of unshakable optimism – the glass is never only half full, but always complete...

Surging Ahead with Teamwork| Kent Shantz| Rockford Mutual Insurance Company

Kent Shantz is approachable, amiable, and appreciative. These are some of the most important qualities of a steadfast leader in today’s age of cut-throat competition. Kent is introducing pioneering ways to lead the company and ensuring that every member of Rockford Mutual Insurance utilizes their skills and creativity...

Fostering Inclusion & Diversity | Kathryn Mason | Rice Search Partners

Being open and transparent is an essential and intrinsic part of Kathryn Mason, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Rice Search Partners’, leadership style. This has resulted in an ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion within the company. In 2013 Rice Search Partners was predominately white, male, and privately educated...

Building the Future with Trust | Heather Bruce | Osmundson Mfg. Co.

Today, more than ever, it is essential for leaders to think about future generations because they have the power to shape the world. Leaders who think beyond their interests and consider the long-term impact of their decisions can create a better future for everyone. In fact, generative leaders strive to leave the world a better place than they found it. They focus on creating an inspiring and enriching human experience for their people outside of work...

The Inspirational & Supportive Leader | Nancy Fateen | Seizmic, Inc.

Adaptability is one of Nancy Fateen’s greatest strengths. Managing Seizmic with such a wide breadth of services, Nancy wears many different hats and can pivot at a moment’s notice to handle all matters with confidence and grace. She is solution-driven at her core and can always be counted on to find a fair and straightforward resolution...

A Well-Rounded Leader | Mark Rutledge | World Precision Instruments

Armed with over two decades of experience, Mark Rutledge, President and CEO of World Precision Instruments, has become known as a versatile and inclusive leader who has demonstrated the ability to drive high performance in organizations through setting strategic direction, building high-caliber teams, and mobilizing the organization around key objectives...

Improving Quality of Life | Chizuko Koseki | TAGCyx Biotechnologies Inc

Chizuko Koseki, CEO of TAGCyx Biotechnologies, is fascinated seeing how some innovative biotechnologies can help and improve people’s quality of life which makes her committed to challenging convincing people for fundraising, business development, patent protection, intellectual property portfolio establishment, building team, legal agreements which are all necessary for biotech start-ups...

Transforming the HR Dynamics | Lisa-Maree Blumenfeld | Retain, LLC

Lisa-Maree Blumenfeld, the founder of Retain, LLC, is an accomplished HR professional who has held many leadership roles for clients in a wide array of industries. Her vast experience spans from fast-moving startups to Fortune 500 companies...

Bringing Health To All | Brenda Demers | SmartyPants Vitamins

Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of women in leadership roles, with each one helping organizations reshape how they view success, power, and leadership. Brenda Demers, CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, is no exception. She is a brilliant leader showing loyalty, dedication, and a willingness to go the extra mile to ensure success for her organization...

Putting Employees First, for Growth & Success | Benjamin McKay | The Surplus Line Association of California​

Learn what you need to learn before you need to know it, because you will get askedonce. It is a prerequisite of representing any industry that you and your team understand that industry at a deep and comprehensive level. You can fake it but not for long...
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