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Blair Koch Discusses The Alternative Board (TAB)

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Robert White of Whitestar Corporation had great things to say about being a TAB Member. His advice to those considering TAB Membership? “Typically, the complaint is ‘Well, I don’t have that extra money,’ ‘I’m a new entrepreneur,’ or ‘I’ve only got 4 or 5 employees,’ and my response would be, ‘Well, what are you waiting for?'”

Robert White of WhiteStar on being a TAB Member

Mark Inboden, President and CEO, of Utility Control and Equipment Corp. shares his experience with The Alternative Board (TAB).

Mark Inboden, President and CEO, UCEC on the importance of TAB

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“TAB helped me to focus on the things that have made my business scalable. I was tempted to divert my attention to another endeavor, but TAB helped me determine that was not prudent. The economy, and specifically new building starts, have helped, but the degree of capitalization would not have been possible were it not for TAB. I compare my situation with another franchise owner who was in my shoes several years ago and I am way ahead, in fact we just bought him out. My revenues have doubled, and my capacity has increased four times from what it was three years ago. I have time to be with my girls, work on my hobbies and enjoy life.”

Bill Armstrong, President – ProHome Colorado

“I benefited from TAB in two ways. When i shared my personal vision of taking my family to Africa for seven months to my TAB Board, i got several suggestions on how to get my team ready and myself to let go early. They also held me accountable to get those things done before the date i got on the plane. This not only enabled the team to exceed my expectation when i was gone, but it helped me avoid the temptation to procrastinate until the last minute. I owe the success of being able to go away stress-free and return to a health business to my TAB experience. I recommend it to others who are otherwise working in their business alone. and are in need of some help doing the things we all need to do.”

Ben Allen, President – Allen Technology Advising

I am an engineer by training.  I run a manufacturers rep business and I knew that I had grown my business as much as I could on my own and that I needed some help to take it to the next level.  When I started working with Blair Koch and The Alternative Board (TAB) I had no idea how much I would grow.  Since joining TAB, the look and feel of my company has been updated.  Our website, marketing materials, etc.  It is amazing.  Three New lines of business have been added.  I have hired new talent (and they are quality talent).    Thanks to Blair and the board I am now working “on my business” instead of “in” the business and I am able to take time off to spend with my family.

Tracy Wilcox, President – Taft Engineering, Inc.

“I joined TAB at a very busy time of the year. At the time, like many business owners who are considering the time required to get the benefits of TAB, I was very concerned that it might not work. I doubted I could make the time. Like most of us, I was very busy working in my business and was not disciplined to work on it.  I felt there was no way I could make that transition.  If I could not invest the time, I would not receive the value. I was told most new TAB Members felt the same way. I was not alone with those concerns and challenges, regardless of the business. What I learned early in my TAB journey was WHY it is important to establish that discipline, WHAT it would take for me to make the time and HOW to do so.  I learned how to stop doing things that I should not be doing, and how to establish the discipline that worked for me, in my world, to manage my time. Now, I manage my time better and I am working on things that actually benefit my business and me personally. I now have the peace of mind that things are under control and I can relax more than I did before, but accomplish things that are far more important, strategic and that only I, as the business owner, can and need to do. I would encourage other business owners to consider that they are not alone with this challenge, and to accept the help that more experienced TAB Members want to, and actually do, help their fellow Board Members make the time and benefit from their invested time.”

Bob Zarlengo, Co-owner – Zarlengo Raub, LLP

“TAB helps me gain a better perspective on our overall business. It’s a good sounding board and it’s good to get away and into an environment where you’re looking at different perspectives. Most of the problems everyone talks about are people problems, and they’re universal. I get to hear how other people do things and how successful or unsuccessful they’ve been.”

Jim Cillessen, President – Interstate Electrical Contractors, Inc.

“My experience with TAB has paid off dividends. This year, in spite of a production issue, due to a loss of some equipment, our revenues have increased over last year, in fact, we have put more in savings than any previous year in the past ten years!  We have a better handle on budgeting, profitability and our processes. Significant to say the least.  A critical element to my TAB membership is the monthly meetings and coaching sessions that keep us on track with setting goals and addressing issues that come up.  The other board members have invaluable perspective to add to my own experience.”

Richard Hoverman, President – Autumn Gold Landscapes, Inc.

“My experience with TAB has been eye-opening, challenging, and best of all rewarding.  Our sales have increased in efficiency to the point we now have a 67% close ratio and we have made more money in each succeeding quarter than last year. Plus, I am able to take more time to be with family. The latter is true reward.”

Dan Ryan, Owner – Dan the Window Man

“I have been a member of TAB for approximately one year now, and I am extremely pleased with the benefits to my business. TAB has helped me understand the importance of measuring and tracking my leading and trailing business indicators, identify some specific ways I can market my company in targeted ways, delegate some of my responsibilities, and more. This year we are on track to have our best year ever, nearly double last year.”

Peter Ewers, Owner – Ewers Architecture pc

“My TAB coach has gotten me on track and kept me on track since 2005 toward the goals I’d originally stated,” says Perlmeter. “I’m totally confident that we’ll continue to realize the vision that I have for the company in our second decade.”

Stu Perlmeter, President – First Resource

I have found my investment in TAB to be one of the best things I have done. One of the benefits of joining TAB has been the Peer Board Member’s help in designing a sales program that works. It works because I took the time to help our sales people become better salespeople, not merely pressure them to do more of the same. By being around people who think differently who are going to ask me each meeting how I did, compels me to make the improvements that enable me to enjoy life, and boy, do I enjoy life. I recommend this amazing program without question.

Anson Thompson, The Thompson Group

How do you thank someone who has created such an incredible impact on your life. I truly admire Bob Dodge…not only for his uncanny business wisdom and passion to help me personally and others succeed…but because he is simply a man of integrity, character and kindness…Bob has truly shown me what it means to be an exceptional business leader and person. Because of Bob, my business has flourished and I have been able to make major leaps forward in achieving my personal dream of success.

Thank you for being such a positive influence on me and so many others around you.

Dan Streeter, IMPART! Curriculum Design and Delivery

“The Alternative Board is a place to learn and gather information.  It is a group of people to bounce my solutions or ideas off before I try them.  I gain valuable input for the decisions I have to make.  Also it is very easy to see other’s mistakes, but not realize you have made the same mistake or are currently making the same mistake.  Decisions, solutions & especially employee issues become obvious.”

Scott McManus – Something Greek

“What I like the most is the tools. There’s no bull. It’s all straightforward and clear. It’s all laid out in terms of what I need to do and why I need to do it. The accountability we have here in the Board, what your TAF guy is doing to help my people see how vital everyone is on the team; DISC…DISC is a no brainer…$125 for a DISC just saved me $125,000 I might have invested in the wrong person. I liked him but DISC told me he wouldn’t do the job.”

Rick Jones – Fishbait Marketing

“I love the feedback and knowing that when we make a business decision that we, the board and our coach have looked at it from all angles and we feel really confident we have made the right decision!”

Lindsay Woods – Q.Design

“Accountability, Direction, Advise, Goal setting, Camaraderie.  I know what to do and get great advise as well.  The daily grind can inhibit you from executing your plan.  TAB helps me stay focused on the goals and helps me achieve them.”

Kenneth Kobarg – Artisan Design Build Remodel

“The personal interaction with my board members at each meeting. Their feedback and positive energy really help me. It seems at this point that TAB has helped me solve almost all of my problems, or at least given me the tools that I need to solve them myself when new ones come up. I still find things I can use my board’s advice on though and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions

“Feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses, and can share their own experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc

“I find that the sharing of ideas and problem solving in others businesses helps me think creatively about my own business. Stepping outside of my day to day work helps me look at the bigger picture and focus on short and long term goals.”

Bob Makofsky – Conformer Products, Inc

“Makes me focus on my business during the meetings and coaching sessions, taking a hard look at myself and my company with the perspective of some very sharp people who only have my interest in mind.”

Ken Drossman – Lakeview Business Consulting, LLC

“The independent coaching sessions, the accountability to work on my business rather than in my business, the insights from my board members, the spark I get from helping my fellow board members.”

Nelson Martins – DiPaolo Machine Tools

“I have been a member of The Alternative Board for 10 years.  My board knows me, holds me accountable and gives practical real world advice.  My private coaching sessions are amazing.”

Mark Rickard – Rickard List Marketing

“There are numerous benefits.  Certainly having a great coach is a huge asset.    Secondly, having the opportunity to vet business opportunities, strategies and plans is a great help.    Last, it is very gratifying to help fellow board members work through their issues as well.”

Balon B.Bradley – Law Firm of Balon b. Bradley

“We have an excellent group of professional business owners.  I learn something from them each month.  Hearing and seeing what they are doing in their business is motivational for me.  And they are not “yes” people.  They tell me when I should be doing something differently.”

Lynn Gastineau – Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

“Both components of TAB (coaching and board meeting) are very different but equally rewarding in that I am held accountable for my decisions in a way that nobody who worked for me could ever do.  My facilitator has become so ingrained in the business that I rely on his counsel for every major decision and many intermediate decisions.  On the flip side, my board is very tough on everybody which creates a true environment of accountability.”

Philip Rosen – Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen, P.A.

“Having insights from others as to how they solve business issues is helpful.  Plus I am finding we have the same issues in common – staffing, cash flow, and business development.  The diversity of the group is also valuable so for those of us starting out, it helps avoid pitfalls of which we are not aware.  For those who have more experience, it allows them to realize how important getting back to basics can be.”

Debra Lord – Job Ready Services, LLC

“A framework for building a comprehensive and realistic business plan coupled with an accountability structure that keeps me on task to achieve critical milestones.”

Joe K. Mauro Sr. – Raybend

“16 yrs. in business. Company was run like mom and pop shop for 14 years. Since joining TAB we have been able to identify our niche in the market and now the company is being run like a real company with focus and clarity as to where we are going and an actual plan on how we’re going to get there. Our company is poised to grow in size and wealth beyond my expectations and with TAB I will be able to sleep at night in the process.”

Ted Curato – TLC Painting

“The ability to leave my business and enter the world of being a CEO once a month was a fantasy to me. The friendships and learning experiences are life and business changers.”

Neeshard Ahamad – The Orpheus Companies, Ltd

“I joined The Alternative Board (TAB) in 2013 and am very happy I did. TAB is a small group of business owners who act as a “board of directors” for your company and provide the platform for a small business owner, like myself, to brainstorm and bounce ideas to grow my business with other owners in a confidential setting. Many of the members on my board have or had similar issues and the insight they offer is priceless. We meet once a month and I always look forward to the meetings and leave with a clear plan and written goals each month. Thanks TAB for providing such a valuable service for small business owners — given the help I receive from my TAB Board, I don’t expect to stay small for long!”

Larry Kagan – Baron Payroll

“TAB is one of the ‘on-going’ training tools which we, as CEOs and Presidents, need. We send our people off to seminars etc., but somehow never find the time to ‘sharpen’ our own saw. TAB provides the opportunity, but also discipline and structure… an excellent investment of my time and money.”

Grace Louise Schmidt – BoatLIFE

“Our TAB Board members and facilitator have helped us deal with the on-going business issues we have faced over the years as a laser job shop. They have worked with us to plan strategically and helped ensure we are secure during the economic downturns and to capitalize on our strengths and grow in a controlled and targeted way. Our three partners now work together much more effectively as a team making all our working time more pleasurable. I am glad I found TAB.”

Reto Hug – Maloya Laser

“One of the biggest benefits to me has been the strategic business analysis. This is not something that most of us do regularly or very well. TAB has required me to continually analyze my business’s strengths, weaknesses, personnel, short-term and long-term goals. I am able to look at my business from a different perspective. As a result, I am more comfortable with the direction I am able to provide.”

Bryan Keen – Keen Compressed Gas

The mentoring I get is excellent and keeps me focused on the vitally important aspects of my business. My TAB board provides a place where I can have open discussions that involve family, customers, vendors and employees. The feedback I get is critical and constructive and sometimes takes me in new directions of thought that I would not be able to get otherwise. I think any small business owner should seriously consider joining a TAB Board.”

Nelson Johnson – Eccountable Solutions

“The best business decision that I’ve ever made (besides opening my store) was to join the TAB Board. It taught me how to structure and formulate basic fundamental policies and procedures; it has helped me sharpen my vision for future business and personal goals. The TAB Board provides a safe place to bounce around ideas and receive honest, creative solutions to important business challenges. Coaching sessions are professional, focused and very enlightening. They have helped me work on my business and not in my business. My recommendation – JOIN!””

Gina Snyder – Sunny Bridge Natural Foods

“In 2012 my receivables were 45 days. At the end of 2013 that was down to 4 days. My cash flow is greatly improved and predictable. My TAB Board helped me shift my policies and procedures to build a smoother running business and eliminate those awkward “money” calls to clients. I’m sleeping a lot better because this important issue is solved. Thank you, TAB!.”

Rick Maher – Effective Human Resources

“The TAB meetings bring together terrific expertise and creativity. Every meeting is a unique learning experience. My entire thinking about what I want my business to do has shifted. Sales are up 60% in two years. The support I need to make tough choices and start new initiatives may not be found within the company, but will be found in the TAB meetings and coaching sessions.”

Don Rosenberg – Shorehaven Behavioral Health

There is no silver bullet to becoming successful, you just have to stay focused on your goals. TAB has helped my business grow significantly by encouraging me to take a step back and identify the basics I need.”

Jo McCabe – Mr. Handyman

“The guidance of The Alternative Board has helped me increase our revenue. The time I have saved and the return my firm has gotten has exceeded our financial and time investment. I am impressed with the organization.”

Steven Kramer, Esq. – Feldman, Kramer & Monaco PC

“Before joining TAB I found that when I am out there “alone” it is hard to attack some of the details that “fine tune” a business. As past experiences and issues are shared from other business owners, it helps me to not make a mistake that someone else may have already made. As more eyes look at a situation, it lends itself to others, who are removed emotionally and physically from the issues at hand, being able to see the situation more clearly, thus presenting solutions that can impact my business in a positive way.”

Craig Christensen – Trinity Fastener

“One of the biggest benefits of my participation with TAB has been the increased confidence I have gained as a result of the interaction with the board members. Sharing problems, resources, failures and solutions with business-owners from varying fields has provided a wealth of new ideas, developed resources that might not otherwise have been open to me and helped me to refine my company’s direction. I benefit from the shared experience of the group tremendously; it is the interaction of the group, the brainstorming and trouble-shooting that creates a dynamic shared mentoring that gives me a greater confidence in my decisions.”

Leslie L. Vaughn – EMS Billing Services, Inc.

“Based on the input I got from my board on some specific things I should include in client proposals I was able to get two jobs valued at $1,300,000 that I feel I otherwise would not have gotten. And by working with one of my TAB board members, I’m saving $10,000 per year on my company’s medical insurance premiums – with better benefits. The savings drop directly to my bottom line – thank you TAB!”

Joe Pacifico – Coastal Enterprises of NY Inc

“TAB helped solve almost all of my problems or given me the tools that I need to solve them myself. I use my board’s advice and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions Inc.

The support I received from my TAB board members and facilitator was instrumental in the turn-around of the business.”

Donald Barrick – RMP Capital Corp.

I rely on my TAB board members to keep me focused on the positive ways to reach my goal.”

Brent Mele – All Action Alarm

“I receive feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses. They share their experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc.

“As a distributor, TAB has helped me expand my business by 40% and develop the structure needed to help sustain that growth. I’m pleased with the results I have received with TAB who helped me work on my business, not just in it.”

Ira Krinick – Ponderosa Packaging

“TAB is a fantastic way for a small company to have its own board of directors there to really help, not just rubber stamp your ideas. I have usually been too busy to participate in other extra-curricular business activities, but I make time for TAB as the payback is proving to be enormous.”

Saurel Quettan – Integrated Construction Management, Inc.

“Hands down, TAB is an invaluable resource to our business…it’s the best small business resource to CEO’s in Atlanta. With today’s challenges and the need to respond to new opportunities quickly, the TAB Business Leadership Group is always available in a timely manner to jump in to help. One opportunity, with which I was reluctant to act, but that the board strongly encouraged me to move forward, resulted in a 46% increase in my net profit for 2009, a year in which most companies suffered significant losses. By meeting with my peer board made up of other successful business owners, I’ve gained perspective and experienced greater levels of business and personal successes. TAB is about success, it’s amazing that such a small investment produces such tremendous results!”

Tina Joseph – B2T Training, LLC