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Chief Executive magazine was founded by oil trading entrepreneur John Deuss (pronounced Doyce) in 1976 as a forum for the world’s most important and influential leaders to share their ideas and inspiration for a better world. He used the magazine as forum for building relationships with global leaders, and frequently featured them on the covers and in the issues.

For example, the premier issue (July/August/September 1977) depicted President Jimmy Carter on the cover. Subsequent issues included exclusive interviews with such dignitaries as the Shah of Iran, Francois Mitterrand (the 21st president of France), Margaret Thatcher (former UK prime minister), Rajiv Ghandi (7th prime minister of India), José Lopez Portillo (51st president of Mexico) and Anwar El Sadat (3rd president of Egypt) and former president Ronald Reagan.

In July 1978, the publication shifted toward a more corporate and capitalistic focus, and began dedicating its pages to corporate chief executives such as Jack Welch and Bill Gates.

In 2009, the company was purchased by Chief Executive Group, a subsidiary of Greenhaven Partners, with Wayne Cooper as President and Chairman, and Marshall Cooper as CEO.

Today, Chief Executive Group is a multi-media and event business whose purpose is to elevate the performance of chief executives. Our products and services include the flagship Chief Executive magazine, as well as online publications, research, Chief Executive Network—a CEO peer network—and several national events, such as CEO of the Year, CEO2CEO Summit and the Smart Manufacturing Summit.

Chief Executive magazine products several leading industry rankings, such as CEO of the Year, the Best & Worst States for Business, Best Companies for Leaders, Wealth Creators and the Top 100 Mid-Market Elite Businesses.

We are a company that is committed to the needs of the CEO and we continue to provide insight to help CEOs lead their businesses into the future.


Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

New York, NY: ​​​Chief Executive's Corporate Citizenship Awards 2017

Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.