Our Group Leaders
Our Group Leader selection process is second to none! Our Group Leaders pass through a rigorous screening process to ensure that they have the ‘right stuff’ to succeed.
The most important characteristic shared by our Group Leaders is their desire to selflessly contribute to the growth and success of our Members from both a personal and business perspective. A comprehensive process has been created to evaluate potential Group Leaders to ensure that optimal personality traits and levels of experience are met. We maintain a disciplined approach to the training of each Group Leader, with an emphasis on the values and culture of our organization and the needs of our membership. The CEO Global Network process ensures that we have only top quality Group Leaders across our entire organization.
Featured Group Leader
Region: Barrie, Ontario
Ron has held several key leadership positions over his 30-year career in the foodservice, hospitality and retail sectors and is an authority on growing recognized brands and shaping winning cultures to produce results.
Ron has led such well-known brands as Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada, Harvey’s Division of Cara Operations, Williams Coffee Pubs Ltd., and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Tire Dealers’ Association.
As COO of Cara’s $260M Harvey’s Division, Ron oversaw 330 locations and initiated a comprehensive overhaul of operating standards. As COO of Williams Coffee Pubs, Ron had full P&L and operational responsibility and increased store sales by 14% over a two-year period. During Ron’s tenure as Senior VP of Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada, he was responsible for 370 locations generating $700M in sales and led the operations to their most profitable year ever in 2010. And as Executive Director of Canadian Tire Dealers’ Association, Ron provided support, advice and guidance to 490 Canadian Tire dealers and established the organization’s first strategic planning committee.
Ron has been married for 26 years, has two children, and resides in the Barrie area. He looks forward to working with CEOs throughout Simcoe County including Barrie, Orillia and Collingwood. CEOs who work with Ron will benefit from the depth and breadth of his experience and his straightforward, candid and common sense approach.
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An exceptional business strategist, Rick Fitzgerald has more than 27 years of senior management experience and a track record of success, both in Canada and internationally. Rick served as Chairman of Diageo Canada Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and before that as President and CEO since 1998, with the merger of United Distillers Canada Inc. […] Learn more.
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As a Member of CEO Global Network, I am exposed to a “brain trust” beyond that of myself and my management team alone. Because of this, I am able to look at challenges from multiple angles that would likely not have been considered prior to being a Member. Dale Armstrong – CEO, Armstrong International Movers