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The CEO Evolution is an annual seminar series that takes place in several regions where Citrin Cooperman has offices. The CEO Evolution series aims to identify and recognize those CEOs and leaders who have risen to the top and evolved as industry leaders. This annual event brings together some of the most notable and most dynamic CEOs in the state to share their experiences, strategies and best practices to help others gain insight into becoming better leaders.

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Secrets to Success: A CEO’s Perspective

CEO Evolution

As CEO, your primary function is that of a leader. The CEO is responsible for shaping the corporate vision and then developing a keen strategy for growth, centered on key business drivers.  A CEO is also responsible for establishing and preserving a corporate culture that is consistent with the goals of the organization. So, what makes up the right CEO? Are they born leaders, or does the culmination of education, practical knowledge, and life experiences create the right CEO? 

The CEO Evolution is an annual seminar series that takes place in several regions where Citrin Cooperman has offices.  The CEO Evolution series aims to identify and recognize those CEOs and leaders who have risen to the top and evolved as industry leaders.  This annual event brings together some of the most notable and most dynamic CEOs in the state to share their experiences, strategies and best practices to help others gain insight into becoming better leaders.


New Jersey

The New Jersey CEO Evolution is part of an annual event series, hosted by Citrin Cooperman and Rutgers Business School. On November 8, 2018, Citrin Cooperman presented its annual CEO Evolution at the Newark Museum in Newark, NJ. 


"Leadership is really setting the goals, setting the vision... It is leading by example. It’s showing, it’s doing and it’s organizing." -- Ben Scotto, President, Villa Restaurant Group 

"Leadership to me is the ability to inspire others... to have others see your vision of the world is what really makes a great leader." -- Braun Kiess, Entrepreneur and Educator

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS


Connecticut

The 4th annual Fairfield “CEO Evolution” event, produced in association with the University of Connecticut School of Business and the Fairfield County Business Journal, took place on June 14, 2017 from 6pm-8pm.

This year's panelists really captivated our audience at the fourth annual CEO Evolution business seminar. We were honored to have John Preli and Oni Chukwu share their informative insights on the business risks around technology changes, global expansion, and the need to keep culture aligned with company strategy.

(Left to right: Mark Fagan, Oni Chukwu, and John Preli)

Click here to check out the recent article published in the Fairfield County Business Journal about the event!


On June 15, 2016, in conjunction with the University of Connecticut School of Business and the Fairfield County Business Journal, Citrin Cooperman presented the third annual CEO Evolution.

Moderated by Mark L. Fagan, CPA, managing partner of Citrin Cooperman’s Connecticut office, the event featured three leading and iconic business executives: William S. Simon, Former President and CEO, Walmart U.S.; Margaret Keane, President and CEO, Synchrony Financial; and Scott Gillis, Senior Managing Director, Co-Founder, Galt & Company.

“This year’s CEO Evolution panelists captivated the audience with a wide array of topics including challenges facing CEO’s, aligning strategy, maximizing efficiency, implementing big decisions, and increasing shareholder value,” said Mark L. Fagan, CPA, managing partner of Citrin Cooperman’s Connecticut office.  “The perspectives and experiences that Scott, Bill and Margaret shared with us was exceptionally valuable.   I want to thank our CEO Evolution partners - UConn School of Business and the Fairfield County Business Journal.”

Event Highlights

CEO Evolution 2017

New Jersey

On November 13, 2017, Citrin Cooperman presented the 3rd Annual CEO Evolution in partnership with Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

"I wanted to build a company in which people could support each other because they felt valued and challenged to be their best selves." -- Tara Dowdell, CEO - Tara Dowdell Group 

Event Highlights


Honoree Videos 

DAN BERKOWITZ - CID ENTERTAINMENT

TARA DOWDELL - TARA DOWDELL GROUP

PAUL KERMIZIAN - BARCADE

CHRIS LOTITO - LOTITO FOODS


 

CEO Evolution 2016

New Jersey

On November 3, 2016, Citrin Cooperman presented the 2nd Annual CEO Evolution in partnership with Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey.

 

 

 

 

Event Highlights

  • NJBIZ features CEO Tips from CEO Evolution 2016 Presented by Citrin Cooperman and Rutgers Business School
  • Watch the full-length 2016 New Jersey CEO Evolution’s honorees introduction video here.

CEO Evolution 2014

In 2014 Citrin Cooperman created the CEO Evolution. In partnership with leading business schools, this unique business seminar series presents iconic and innovative CEOs revealing the secrets to their success. Connecticut On January 29, 2014, in conjunction with the University of Connecticut School of Business and the Fairfield County Business Journal, Citrin Cooperman presented the premier edition of the CEO Evolution. Moderated by Citrin Cooperman

Connecticut

Managing Partner, Mark L. Fagan, over 200 business owners, executives and students heard from four of Connecticut’s most noted CEOs: Linda McMahon, former CEO WWE, Austin McChord, CEO Datto; Paul Senecal, CEO United Services of America and Dr. John Votto, CEO Hospital for Special Care.

CEO Evolution 2015

Philadelphia

On November 2, 2015, Citrin Cooperman presented the 2nd Annual CEO Evolution program in Philadelphia. Co-moderated by Mark S. Carrow, CPA, MS, managing partner of the firm’s Philadelphia office and Dr. Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan, executive director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the event featured three leading business executives: Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Robert S. Schimek, CEO of the Americas, AIG; and Jay H. Shah, CEO, Hersha Hospitality Trust.


NEW JERSEY

On November 19, 2015, Citrin Cooperman presented the CEO Evolution in partnership with Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey. The event featured four CEOs: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark; Ariane Daguin, Owner, Founder and CEO of D’Artagnan; Joseph Fernandes III, President and CEO of Socafe LLC; and John Schreiber, President and CEO of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).  

CLICK HERE to view event photos from the 2015 New Jersey CEO Evolution