Profiles

CEO Challenge Competitors

Joseph Gagnon

Joseph Gagnon - Exit41

Joseph Gagnon is the CEO of Exit41, an enterprise software company focused on the restaurant industry. The Exit41 Enterprise Software Suite includes best-of-breed online ordering and call center software for catering, takeout, delivery, curbside, and drive-thru business. Exit41 is based in Andover MA. and has been incorporated since 1999. The company has 40 employees and serve customers such as Panera Bread, Wendy's, Qdoba and Swiss Chalet.

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Thomas Gart

Thomas Gart - Gart Companies

Tom has been President of The Gart Companies since 1993. His business career started with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Company, a three generation family owned and operated corporation founded in 1927 by his grandfather. He was President and Chief Operating Officer from 1985 until 1992 when the company was sold. In 1992, he founded Gart Real Estate.

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Tod Turley - Minatura

Tod Turley is the CEO of Minatura. Minatura focuses on early-stage exploration, development and extraction of precious metals in Colombia. The company is dedicated to achieving a high return for its investors while adhering to the highest environmental standards in its projects and creating legacy micro-economies for the communities in which it operates.

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Alain Villeneuve

Alain Villeneuve - Vedder Price, P.C.

Alain Villeneuve is a partner at Vedder Price. Alain joined Vedder Price as an Associate in the Intellectual Property group in 2006. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate matters, immigration matters and intellectual property matters, including the prosecution of patents and the registration and monitoring of trademarks and copyrights. Alain has also won significant cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and one of his patents has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Bilski v. Kappos decision.

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Nigel Willerton - Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc.

Nigel Willerton is the CEO of Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc.

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Bill Best

Bill Best - The ALFM Group Limited

Bill Best is the President of Aurum Holdings Limited. Over 29 years, Bill has held a variety of executive leadership roles with a wealth of experience in the professional services, banking, investment and wealth management, real estate development and management, retail, specialty software sectors and mining. He is currently involved in a Copper and Cobalt mining venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo with CuCo Resources Limited and is also developing a strategic and leadership coaching practice. Bill attended the University of Toronto earning his Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Andy McNeill

Andy McNeill - Terra Renewal

Andy McNeill is the President and CEO of Terra Renewal LLC. Terra Renewal is an environmental services company with $150 million sales that specializes in recycling nonhazardous waste. Terra Renewal recycles organic wastes from food processors, pulp and paper mills, municipal wastewater treatment plants and oil & gas sites. Terra Renewal also refines spent fryer oils from restaurants and sells biodiesel feedstock. Terra Renewal operates in over 25 states within the US. Andy grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, OR.

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Neil Rauenhorst

Neil Rauenhorst - NJR Development Company

Neil Rauenhorst is the President of NJR Development Company. Neil has been one of the most active and prominent real estate developers in the Tampa Bay area during the past 24 years. Prior to launching NJR Development Company in April of 2002, he served for 14 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of a leading, Tampa based, real estate development, design, and construction firm. During that period, he led the company's expansion across the Southeast United States and established office locations in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale.

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James Bennett - Bennett Automotive Sales (London, Ontario, Canada)

James Bennett is the President of Bennett Automotive Sales.

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Bill Sundblad

Bill Sundblad - CWS Consulting

Bill Sundblad is the COO and CFO of CWS Consulting. Bill has held the titles of Executive VP, CFO, Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Director for various companies in finance, public accounting, real estate development, higher education and not for profits. As a Director of KPMG's West Coast outsourcing practice, Bill's clients included manufacturing, entertainment, dotcoms and not for profits companies.

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John Schlagenhauf

John Schlagenhauf - Badger Truck Center (Milwaukee, WI)

John Schlagenhauf is a co-owner and CFO of Badger Truck Center Inc. located in Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin. The Badger Truck Center family of companies, which is ranked as one of the largest 75 Privately held companies in Wisconsin, is made of three truck dealerships, a truck rental and leasing company, a truck equipment division, a rebuild division, a government division and a driver leasing company.

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Rick Neely

Rick Neely - Monolithic Power Systems (Los Gatos, CA)

Rick is the Chief Financial Officer for Monolithic Power Systems (MPS), whose symbol is MPWR on the NASDAQ exchange. MPS is a manufacturer of high performance analog semiconductor chips, the core business of "Silicon Valley" where the company is headquartered. The company focuses on power management chips, and is one of the fastest growing and most profitable companies in the high performance analog market segment with a market capitalization of over $700 million.

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Guneet Bajwa

Guneet Bajwa - Presidio Hotel Management Services (Davis, CA)

Guneet Bajwa is the President of The Presidio Hotel Management Services LLC, a company that manages successful hotel properties across North America. Presidio offers services and expertise in the following areas: operations and management, sales and marketing, finance and managerial accounting, development and construction, and human resources. Guneet Bajwa joined Presidio Hotel Group in 2002 after over a decade in senior management of hotel operations and specializing in large food and beverage and convention facilities.

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Dereck Davey

Dereck Davey - Deloitte Consulting B.V.

Dereck Davey is the Chief Strategy Officer and Talent Partner for Deloitte in the Netherlands, having previously work in Russia, Australia, South Africa and throughout Central Europe. He is a keen amateur triathlete and participated in the Australian Ironman and Long Course Championships in 2003. More recently, he has taken up mountaineering and had the opportunity to climb Everest in 2007 and Cho Oyo in 2009.

Dereck is married to Anne and has five children.

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Julian Setian - SOS International, Ltd.

Julian Setian is the CEO of SOS International, Ltd.

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Greg Twardowski

Greg Twardowski - Whelan Security

Greg Twardowski is the President and CEO of Whelan Security. Since Greg has become President, Whelan Security has grown from a single local office to one of the largest full service security organizations in the country operating throughout the Central, Mid-Atlantic and Western Regions of the United States. Based upon total revenues and employment, Whelan Security now ranks within the top one half of one percent (0.5%) of contract security organizations in North America and is ranked as one the top fifteen contract security companies operating in the United States

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Scott Stackman

Scott Stackman - UBS

Scott Stackman leads a team of Private Wealth Advisors for UBS in New York, NY.  He is also a member of the board for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and he is Chairman of the annual Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala in NYC, a major fundraiser for the charity.

Scott is an accomplished triathlete, having competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii three times, and has completed over 40 half-Ironman distance races.

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David Brule II

David Brule II - Northern Star Industries (Iron Mountain, MI)

Dave Brule II is Co-Owner and Executive Vice President of Northern Star Industries, Inc. (NSI). NSI, located in Iron Mountain, MI has two business units, Systems Control and Boss Snowplow. Systems Control designs, manufactures and markets electrical relay and control panels to the utility industry. It also manufactures metal buildings that house the panels. Boss Snowplow manufactures a complete line of snow removal equipment for pickup trucks and utility vehicles (UTV's).

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Scott Herkelman

Scott Herkelman - BFG Technologies (Chicago, IL)

Scott Herkelman is the President and Founder of BFG Technologies, a privately held U.S. based supplier of premium 3D video cards based on award-winning NVIDIA graphics technology, the world's first physics add-in computer cards from AGEIA as well as other computer enthusiast products. BFG Tech's award-winning brand of 3D video cards are available in Europe, Canada and in the U.S. at major retail and e-tail locations, and also within premium Falcon Northwest computer gaming systems to name a few. Scott started BFG Tech out of his house in August of 2002.

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Jesus Burfford

Jesus Burfford - Burfford & GMCR Risk Management S.A. DE C.V.

Jesus Burfford is the CEO & Founder of Burfford & GMCR Risk Management S.A. DE C.V.a company dedicated to financial risk management administration specializing in the agricultural and livestock sector, making the placement of options, commodities, futures, deriviatives and byproducts in pig stock, coffee, soy, wheat, and corn accessible for the Mexican producers through the Mexican Federal government and directly in the Chicago, New York and London Stock Exchanges.

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Mike Cabigon - Foundation Equity

Mike Cabigon is a Managing Partner at Foundation Equity.

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Stephen Canton - iCore Networks

Stephen Canton is the CEO & Chairman of iCore Networks.

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Alvaro Cofino - McDonald's Mesoamerica, Guatemala

Alvaro Cofino is the President of McDonald's Mesoamerica.

Alvaro has been an active runner, and has completed the Washington marathon, as well as 2 half marathons.  His PR is 2:32 for a half marathon.

He is supported by his wife and three kids, and signed up because he wants to try the sport of triathlon.

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Christopher Dugan

Christopher Dugan - Bridon American

Chris Dugan is President and Managing Director, Americas, for Bridon Corporation, the leader in high performance wire rope for demanding mining, energy, crane and industrial applications. Chris is responsible for a $100M + business that comprises Bridon's manufacturing, engineering and sales operations in North and South America. Prior to Bridon, Chris held leadership positions at Cooper Industries, United Technologies and McKinsey & Company. Chris also spent 9 years as a Navy SEAL officer.

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Mario Fuentes - Grupo Zeta, Division Centro America

Mario Fuentes is the Coordinador de Gerentes Generales of Grupo Zeta, Division Centro America.

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Patrick Moneymaker

Patrick Moneymaker - Proxy Aviation Systems

Pat Moneymaker is the President and CEO of Proxy Aviation Systems, a DC company that designs, develops and manufactures fully autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which can also be optionally piloted.  Proxy offers the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security many advantages over existing unmanned aerial systems.

Patrick spent 30 years in the US Navy as a naval aviator (including time as the lead pilot with the Blue Angels), retiring with the rank of Rear Admiral, and followed this with ten years as an executive in high tech firms focused on government services.

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Alec Petro - Bay Hill Capital Management

Alec Petro is the Founder and CEO and Managing Partner of Bay Hill Capital Management. Bay Hill is a Hedge fund and Mutual fund asset management firm headquartered in Duxbury MA, founded in 2003. Petro was previously a partner at Cooper Neff and Associates, an asset management firm sold to BNP Paribas in 1999.

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Tray Vedock - SKC

Tray Vedock is the President of SKC.

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Dmitry Orlov - Trade Design

Dmitry Orlov is a Chairman at Trade Design.

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Doug Hall - Evergreen Rehabilitation

Doug Hall is a Founder and EVP at Evergreen Rehabilitation.

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