The Chairmen’s RoundTable Elects Paul Thiel as New Chairman

San Diego non-profit organization announces 2016 board of director appointments.

San Diego, CA, February 03, 2016 --( The Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT), a San Diego non-profit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area, announced today that it has elected Paul Thiel as its Chairman.

Thiel succeeds Richard Earnest, who will remain on the board as Chairman Emeritus.

“Paul joined the CRT in 2011 and has been an active member since day one,” said Earnest. “He has served on our board to help guide and build our organization as well as taken on multiple mentoring assignments. Paul is passionate about the CRT’s mission to strengthen San Diego one company at a time. I am so pleased to hand over the reins to such a dedicated member of our team.”

Thiel joined CRT after serving as CEO of TruCost Inc., an information services provider in the hospitality industry based in Sorrento Valley, and two media companies in Orange County, McClain Publishing Co. and Freedom Interactive Inc. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, a BA from the University of Connecticut, and completed executive programs at Stanford Business School and Northwestern University. He is currently the regional managing director for BNY Mellon. Thiel started his career as a financial journalist, writing for The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Florida Times-Union.

The balance of its 2016 board of directors appointments: Jason Kruger – Chief Financial Officer; Dave Ryan – Vice Chair, Program Development; Cory Grant – Vice Chair, Sponsor Development; Kevin Brown – Vice Chair, Partner Relations; David Kramer – Vice Chair, Marketing; Andy Fichthorn – Vice Chair, Client Acquisition; and Esther Rodriguez, Vice Chair, Mentor Development.

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 a broad base of sponsor and partner organizations. CRT mentors provide invaluable advice without compensation to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area as a way of giving back to the community. CRT’s well-defined mentoring program is ideal for privately-owned small to mid-sized companies that are at a strategic crossroad and are looking to gain an outside perspective on key business issues. CRT serves around 30 clients per year and to date, more than 425 local companies have benefited from CRT’s mentorship. For more information and to read about past client successes, please visit
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