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“TAB membership has helped me become a better business owner. Understanding how different businesses operate allows me to look at my own company in a broader way, not only when it comes to strategic planning, but also in implementation. On the other hand, I get unique and valuable perspectives on my business from people who lead other organizations.”

Steve O’Donnell – Hill Country Bakery, San Antonio, TX

“The advice and counsel from your peers is certainly valuable. However, the developed discipline to spend a dedicated amount of time each month working on your business, rather than doing your business, is priceless.”

Kirk Francis – Cross Financial Services, San Antonio, TX

“In TAB I have access to over 100 years of collective wisdom, experiences, and hard-learned lessons. Being able to tap into this resource is like having a management consultant at my beck and call. Furthermore, being able to contribute my own experiences and perspectives is very rewarding.”

Sheridan Chambers – Denim Group, San Antonio, TX

“As all business owners and executives know, it can be lonely at the top. Being part of TAB has exposed me to a knowledge base and support group that has helped me see the possibilities and how to achieve them. Having this exposure really helps me feel empowered to continue moving forward in a positive direction with the growth of our organization.”

Paul Mann – RRGP Services, Inc., San Antonio, TX

“TAB membership has been important for me because it keeps me focused. When I meet with the group monthly I stop thinking about the day to day details and I start thinking about proactive and long term planning. I always go back to the office with renewed energy to make improvements. The group helps with their discussions about concern on issues that I had never thought of. After participating in the discussions I usually fine value that I can add to my own business.”

Van Palmer – Palmer Technology Solutions, San Antonio, TX

“TAB has given me the opportunity to discuss the business with people other than my employees. It has changed my relationships at work, because I’m not forced to rely on their experience as the only supplement to my own. I’m enjoying my business more than I have in a long time.”

Vince Patton – Litco Automation, Inc., San Antonio, TX

“My participation in TAB forces me to take time out from the day to day task of running a CPA practice and focus on my long-term vision and what steps I am taking to achieve that vision. TAB also provides invaluable advice and perspectives from business owners outside of the accounting field.”

Mark Nelson – Kruppa & Nelson, PLLC, San Antonio, TX

“TAB creates a great sounding board for issues that we are all dealing with in our companies. My group is a collection of very smart, very experienced business people, and I have learned a lot from them. The fact that we come from different industries adds a real richness to our interaction and gives me a different point of view, which has been very helpful.”

Carolyn Labatt – Computer Solutions, San Antonio, TX

“TAB has been fantastic for my CPA practice. My Board consistently provides great ideas that help me increase the visibility of my business. Also, I have found that assisting fellow members with shared problems affords me greater insight to being a better advisor to my own clients! With everything that TAB has to offer, I am pleased every month with my decision to maintain my TAB membership!”

Steven Bankler – Steven Bankler, CPA, San Antonio, TX

“My TAB meeting is critical to me. Each month I look at my business plan, and determine the next thing I want to implement. Then I take it to my TAB Board and let them figure out how I should do it.”

Clay Hefty – Wiese Hefty Design Build LLC, San Antonio, TX

“I find that listening to other members’ issues gives me more ideas on how to handle my own. When you live in a cave, you only hear your own echo.”

David Granato – STARS, San Antonio, TX

“I go to my TAB meetings each month because they think outside of my box. Successful businessmen follow similar processes in solving problems, regardless of their industry. My Board has made me accountable, and slowed me down on some projects to focus on more important issues.”

Dennis Stahl – Lone Star Pet Supply, San Antonio, TX

“I would not be a part of TAB if my board were made up just of individuals that are all part of my industry/profession. I want insight from individuals with different experiences that can help me take a fresh/more creative view of my practice. Many times I pick up ideas that no lawyers would ever think of applying to their practices.”

Joseph Newton – Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton Law Firm, San Antonio, TX

“TAB is one of the most important organizations in the success of my business. Not only do I receive great value from my fellow board members’ input but the personal coaching is critical. TAB has helped me to understand that I can take my business to the next level.”

Douglas R. Miller CIC – Miller and Miller Insurance, San Antonio, TX

“TAB is vital to my business. I tend to just do what I do, and not think about the longer term. My Board members forced me to make some changes that weren’t comfortable, but greatly stabilized my business going forward.”

Ann Kilmer-Robinson – Kilmer & Company, San Antonio, TX

“I used to be the first one in every morning and the last one to go home at night. My TAB Board has taught me that working hard isn’t the same as managing the business well. Now I’m enjoying myself more, and incidentally, making more money!”

Bob Knoll – Millenium Packaging Inc., San Antonio, TX

“The key is to correctly identify the problems. All companies have similar issues, but the personalities of the owners are different. By talking to other owners, the problem gets reduced to its basics. Many times it takes putting our egos aside to develop a solution.”

Daryl Klecka – Klecka Electric, San Antonio, TX

“I always feel better when I leave our monthly meeting, if only because I’m reminded about things I know, but forgot to keep doing.”

Dave Ahokas – Pick’n’Pull Inc., San Antonio, TX

“I can look back on a number of potentially costly decisions that I thought were good ideas until I discussed them with my Board. I don’t always hear what I want to hear, but I often hear what I hadn’t thought of.”

Will Ramon – Cycle Ryder, Inc., San Antonio, TX

“TAB makes me money. In the past thirty days I’ve gotten a break-through idea for marketing, got city ordinance information regarding a project we’re involved in and solved a thorny HR problem with the help of TAB members.”

M Chapman Stout – Medlar’s Jewelers, San Antonio, TX

“Sometimes I feel that I just don’t have the stripes to sit with the people in my Board. Then we’ll discuss something where I’ve already conquered the problem and the others haven’t yet. Then I see why we each can contribute.”

Tedrick “Duke” Portenier – Tero Technologies, San Antonio, TX

“I continue to make time each month for TAB (after 10 years) because it forces me to view my company and my role in the company from a different perspective. It is a time for me to work “on the company rather than in the company”. I strive to be a lifetime learner and I rarely fail to learn from my fellow TAB members. Sometimes there are specific ideas to try but I find the constant synergy of positive attitudes is the best part of my TAB participation.”

Claud Gilmer – UDP Inc., San Antonio, TX

“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