Presidents’ Council Accepting New Members

VT KnowledgeWorks offers Presidents’ Councils in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia.  Presidents’ Councils are private networks of experienced executives working together to provide peer group mentoring.  Currently, VT KnowledgeWorks hosts two Presidents’ Council groups:  one in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg and one at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center in Roanoke.

Since 1994, Presidents’ Council has, with great success, provided its members with the time, atmosphere, and structure to become more effective leaders.  Through a time-tested and unique process of sharing with and learning from one another, Presidents’ Council develops group synergy that facilitates significant self-discovery and professional growth.  It is a serious, ongoing, mutual commitment to success, becomes your informal Advisory Board, strengthens your leadership skills and knowledge of best practices, and exposes you to a broad range of solid strategies to increase growth and minimize risk. 

VT KnowledgeWorks is now accepting new members into Presidents’ Council. 

Contact Ken Ferris, Presidents’ Council Moderator, at [email protected] to discuss membership.

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks corporate sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&THarris Office FurnitureHodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law Group, Latimer IP Law, LLC , LeClairRyanNew River Valley IP Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)The Branch Group, and Wordsprint

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Presidents’ Council Connections

From Anne Giles Clelland, founder of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company. A version of this post first appeared on Handshake 2.0.

I met Tyson Daniel in 2008 at the orientation session for our entrance into Presidents’ Council, a program for company leaders at VT KnowledgeWorks.  Since everything at Presidents’ Council is confidential, all I can tell you is, “It was a great meeting!”  But of my work with Tyson outside of Presidents’ Council, I can speak and do so with respect and appreciation.

Tyson’s start-up was an early and supportive client of my own start-up. In those early days of 2008, checks from LimbGear were golden affirmation of the value of my innovation, a public relations and blog hybrid. 

So new to all things business, when I saw Handshake 2.0’s trademark on an artist's t-shirt for sale on another site, I went straight to Tyson, appalled and, truthfully, scared.  What did someone else’s use of my trademark mean?!   Did I have to sue?!  How expensive would that be?!  Tyson’s calm reply included not only the wording for an email to send to the artist, but Handshake 2.0's trademark number. The artist emailed me politely in reply, but changed the t-shirt’s image to “Trademark this!” with a rude gesture.  I had to laugh and Tyson expressed amusement as well.  I’ve used the wording from Tyson’s email half a dozen times in the past three years, always with satisfying results, but never with a better story.

I appreciate Tyson’s presence in my entrepreneurial life for many reasons.  I’m not alone in that – Tyson was nominated in the Entrepreneur category for a TechNite Award in 2009.  Through Tyson, I met the inimitable Wade Hammes, I saw the first creative use of YouTube by someone I knew – and got a great Christmas present for Mr. Handshake 2.0 - and he did my enterprise and me the ultimate honor:  Tyson told his story for Handshake 2.0.

Since Tyson Daniel has joined a local law firm, I am excited and gratified that more entrepreneurs and business owners can now have access to Tyson Daniel’s legal expertise, his experience as a company founder, and his integrity.

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Since 1994, Presidents' Council has, with great success, provided its members with the time, atmosphere, and structure to become more effective leaders. Through a time-tested and unique process of sharing with and learning from one another, Presidents' Council develops group synergy that facilitates significant self-discovery and professional growth.To explore membership in a Presidents' Council contact Jim Flowers, [email protected]

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a self-sustaining not-for-profit subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual.  Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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Invitation to Learn About Presidents’ Council

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to host its sixth consecutive year of Presidents’ Council, private networks of experienced executives working together to increase energy, share insight, reduce risk, and improve leadership skills. 

Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, would like to invite interested company founders and executives to learn more about Presidents’ Council over lunch on March 15, 2011 at Noon, in the Lakeview Conference Room of VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. 

Presidents’ Councils deliver

  • a safe haven
  • enduring personal relationships
  • private, continuing consultation
  • enhanced self-knowledge
  • an extended national network of peers

Monthly half-day meetings

  • are moderated by a mature business leader
  • are scrupulously confidential
  • follow a programmed agenda
  • permit in-depth exploration of important issues

To attend lunch and learn more about Presidents' Council, please RSVP to Christine Pushaw at 540-443-9100, extension 3 or via email at [email protected].

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a self-sustaining not-for-profit subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual.  Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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Presidents’ Council Member Featured in Tech Showcase

Ask Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, about the workforce management system of the Federal Division of Kronos, Inc. led by Presidents' Council member Jim Gray, and he replies, "Discussion of time and attendance reporting inside Federal agencies might seem like a cure for insomnia.  Not so, my friend.”

Jim Gray, director of the Federal Division of Kronos and a member of Presidents' Council, a VT KnowledgeWorks program, was featured in two Rackspace Tech Showcase posts on Handshake 2.0.

The first post on Kronos describes the acquistion of a Blacksburg, Virginia start-up as the origin of the Federal Division's ultimate location at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Kronos at the Forefront of Ubiquitous Computing describes the Federal Division's foray into mobilie applications for mobile devices.

Federal Division of Kronos, Inc. in Blacksburg, Virginia

Jim Gray is third from the left in this photo of the Federal Division of Kronos.

Running on About Blogs

"[Anne Clelland]…blogs on blogging, blogs about running, and runs on about other blogs."
–Henry Bass, President of Automation Creations, Inc., Henry's Blog

Very amusing!  I loved it, Henry!  Thank you!

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The quote is from Henry's Blog post in which he praises Laureen Fleming, Operations Manager of Automation Creations, Inc. and a member of Presidents' Council, for signing herself, her husband, and her best friend up as a relay team in the New River Valley Triathlon.

Henry Bass, President of Automation Creations, Inc., was deployed on Sunday, October 5, 2008 for a 13-month tour in Iraq.  The Roanoke Times reported on his story on 10/3/08.  Henry Bass writes Henry's Blog.

Automation Creations, Inc. provides guaranteed custom software development and web site design for dynamic companies like its neighbors in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Centerin Blacksburg, Virginia.  Automation Creations, Inc. runs MatWeb.com, a searchable database of material properties.

Leadership at Automation Creations – “Pulling From Our Strengths”

From Laureen Fleming, Operations Manager at Automation Creations, Inc., and a member of Presidents' Council, a business acceleration and technology incubator program of VT KnowledgeWorks:

When Anne Clelland announced the upcoming New River Valley Triathlon during one of our Presidents' Council meetings, it intrigued me.

I love to swim, but do not get to go often.  My husband and closest friend are both very physically active.  I thought this might be a wonderful way to combine relationships, physical activity, and fun! 

By creating our own triathlon relay team and pulling from our strengths (my friend has been running for about 3 years and competing in other 5K races), I thought this could really work.  An added incentive is my upcoming 40th birthday.  I thought, "What better way to begin my 40s than training for a triathlon with friends and family?" 

Automation Creations, Inc. is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, a technology, research, and science park located on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Pictured are Henry Bass, President, Laureen Fleming, Operations Manager, with a guest appearance by flat-henry, the stand-in president during Henry Bass's tour of duty in Iraq.

Henry Bass, President of Automation Creations, Inc., was deployed on Sunday, October 5, 2008 for a 13-month tour in Iraq.  The Roanoke Times reported on his story on 10/3/08.  Henry Bass writes Henry's Blog.

Automation Creations, Inc. provides guaranteed custom software development and web site design for dynamic companies like its neighbors in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Automation Creations, Inc. runs MatWeb.com, a searchable database of material properties.

TORC Technologies, a member company of VT KnowledgeWorks, has already claimed the New River Valley Triathlon's corporate relay challenge Valley Cup as its own.

The New River Valley Triathlon benefits the Mental Health Assocation of the New River Valley, Inc.