San Diego, CA, May 02, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- 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 eight new mentors have signed on to participate in CRT’s mentorship program: Ginny Beneke, John H. Eyler, Bert Fenenga, Patrick Henry, Steve McCracken, Scott Webber, Paige Wisdom and Eric Zwisler.
“I am very excited about the diverse backgrounds and expertise that this latest group of mentors bring to the table,” said Paul Thiel, Chairman of the CRT. “We’ve got extensive retail experience in the ex-CEO of Toys-R-Us and FAO Schwartz, solid IP expertise from the ex-chief legal officer of Callaway Golf, impressive international and healthcare knowledge with the past Chairman of Cardinal Health China, as well as insights from the trenches based on the experiences of serial entrepreneurs and past Fortune 100 executives. I applaud these individuals who have volunteered their time to mentor local executives who are looking for guidance to take themselves and their company to the next level.”
New mentor Eric Zwisler added, “I've been fortunate in my life to have mentors who helped me along the way during my career and life. I'm grateful for the wisdom and guidance I received. It's a great responsibility and pleasure to pay it forward for the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. CRT is a great framework for me to repay my debt to the important mentors in my life.”
Virginia (Ginny) Beneke has held executive positions as CEO, President/GM, and CMO in the technology and education industries. Her expertise vitalized growth and profitability for both mature (AT&T, Xerox, Exxon, National University) and emerging organizations.
John H. Eyler served as chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us Inc. from 2000 to 2005, during which time he restructured the balance sheet, upgraded talent, reduced expenses, rebuilt systems, renovated worn-out stores, and developed a state-of-the-art supply chain. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Eyler was chairman and CEO of FAO Schwarz, Inc., and led the company to its most profitable year in its 133-year history in 1995 with strong results continuing through the end of his tenure.
Bert Fenenga is currently the CEO and CFO of United Carports LLC. He has 25 years of experience as both a CPA and company executive which he uses to improve company profits and work/life balance. He specializes in branded consumer products, but has also helped manufacturers and retailers worldwide improve operations, profits and processes.
Patrick Henry is a senior executive and serial entrepreneur that has run four different startup companies, including his current company, QuestFusion. He provides strategic guidance to startups, growth stage companies, and small to mid-size businesses.
Steven C. McCracken is Of Counsel in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. Steve merges his extensive legal and corporate experience to advise large and small companies on matters relating to intellectual property acquisition, exploitation and protection. For 18 years he served as a C-level executive at Callaway Golf with both legal and business responsibilities, following his 19-year stint as a litigator with an international law firm.
Scott Webber currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of Volatus Advisors, an investment and advisory vehicle for young companies. Successful investments include Performance Assessment Network, which was launched out of the VTG incubator, and Autobase, where Webber also served as Chairman & CEO.
Paige Wisdom has extensive experience as a CFO, CRO, and capital markets professional with public companies as well as private PE and VC-backed companies. Paige has been the CFO of younger, start-up companies with revenues of $150+ million as well as larger, more complex businesses with revenues exceeding $11 billion.
Eric Zwisler is an internationalist with core regional experience in Asia, particularly China. He’s worked extensively with businesses and investors from Europe, Japan, United States, and South American. Most recently, he was Chairman of Cardinal Health China, a subsidiary of Cardinal Health (CAH), a U.S. Fortune 15 healthcare distribution company. He oversaw its sale for $1.2 billion to Shanghai Pharma and retired in February 2018.
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, over 500 local companies have benefited from CRT’s mentorship. For more information and to read about past client successes, please visit www.crt-sd.com.