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The Chairmen's RoundTable Elects Richard Earnest as New Chairman

San Diego non-profit organization announces 2014 board of director appointments.

San Diego, CA, January 08, 2014 --( The Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT), a San Diego non-profit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to the region’s businesses, announced today that it has elected Richard Earnest as its Chairman.

Earnest succeeds Steven Mendell, who will remain on the board as Chairman Emeritus.

“Richard is a founding member of the CRT and has selflessly dedicated his time as a CRT mentor for over 16 years,” said Mendell. “I have no doubt our organization will thrive as he guides us with the same wealth of knowledge and experience that he has shared with CRT clients over the years. Richard is also a proven leader, having served as the Mayor of Del Mar as well as the CEO of small and large companies. I feel fortunate to be leaving the chairmanship in such capable hands.”

Richard Earnest is a former mayor and councilman, a successful businessman, and a decorated Vietnam-era fighter pilot. He has served as the CEO of two publicly-traded software companies and founded two high-tech companies of his own. Richard actively serves on multiple boards and brings deep expertise in the areas of packaged software, technology sales, executive team building, and leadership building small profitable companies.

The CRT also announced the balance of its 2014 board of directors appointments: Mac Clarke – Vice Chair, Quality Assurance; Esther Rodriguez – Vice Chair, Client Acquisition; Paul Thiel – Vice Chair, Program Development; Steve McCracken – Vice Chair, Partner Relations; Kevin O’Neill – Chief Financial Officer; Cory Grant – Vice Chair, Sponsor Development; and David Kramer – Vice Chair, Marketing.

Vern Yates and David Oates depart the board after tirelessly serving the organization and its mission to strengthen San Diego one company at a time.

About Chairmen’s RoundTable
The Chairmen’s RoundTable is a non-profit volunteer organization composed of more than 40 current and former Chief Executive Officers, with extensive board experience and diverse industry backgrounds, and 20 sponsor organizations. CRT mentors provide businesses in San Diego County priceless business advice and mentorship without compensation as a way of giving back to the community. CRT’s well-defined mentoring program is ideal for small to mid-sized companies at a strategic crossroad that are looking to gain an outside perspective on key business issues. CRT serves 30 – 40 clients per year and to date, more than 400 local companies have benefited from CRT’s mentorship. For more information and to read about past client successes, please visit
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