Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Announces New Orange County Chapter Leadership

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The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) of Orange County announced its 2019–2020 leadership team, led by incoming president Keith Fiscus, owner of Innovative Career Resources. Fiscus follows in the footsteps of previous president, Jennie Rello from Benefit Associates, Inc., who served the 2018–2019 term. Fiscus was chosen to lead EO of Orange County, alongside a handpicked board of directors as the chapter begins its 24th year and Global EO beings its 32nd. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s mission is to build the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, which is accomplished by providing peer to peer learning and support, along with what are known as “OIL” (Once In a Lifetime) events which are transformational experiences with inspiring speakers at locations the public are rarely allowed access to.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global business network of like-minded entrepreneurs focused on business growth, personal development, and community engagement. “The Orange County chapter will be concentrating on three main priorities this year,” said Fiscus. “We want to increase community engagement and brand awareness for EO of Orange County, grow and improve the diversity of our membership—specifically women business owners, as well as business owners under 30 years of age—and continue to elevate our members value and experience.”

EO enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from one another, which in turn leads to greater business success and an enriched personal life. “We provide business owners with a safe environment that promotes confidential peer to peer sharing and learning, along with regional and global learning and social events,” said Fiscus, “Aside from that, EO offers executive education through our partnerships with the Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, MIT, and the London Business School.” Longtime member Alan Peterson agrees that this is a fundamental benefit of EO membership. “EO gave me exposure to the people, the experts, the once in a lifetime learning experiences, and the skill sets to transform who I am and my capabilities. It unleashed my potential.”

By focusing on the entrepreneur as a whole, EO takes a 360 degree approach to helping its members become better business owners, spouses, partners, parents, and overall global citizens. “The monthly learning events with subjects ranging from HR to Sales, Marketing to Finance, Operations to better managing relationships at home and with my children have been critical to gaining new insights in my business and in my life,” states Marketing & Communications Chair Scott Empringham, owner of Empringham Media Group.

EO Orange County Membership Chair Georgette “Jett” Cutler, owner of Cal Elite Kids is passionate about increasing the chapter’s membership diversity by focusing on adding local female entrepreneurs. Georgette is confident that the value EO has brought her personally and professionally can also bring value to new members looking to grow their organization. “EO has made a tremendous impact on my personal and business growth. My Forum has become my trusted inner circle. They have shared their experiences of their entrepreneur journey which has pushed me to look at my business from a different perspective, hold my staff and myself to a greater level of accountability, which has resulted in the greater bottom line on my financial statements,” Georgette added.

President-elect and past Membership Chair Amit Kothari of Kothari Leadership & Business Advisory is ardent about the ROI EO of Orange County provides their members, “If you heard, I can join a group of peers that understands the shoes I walk in, you’d say that is interesting. If you heard that you can join a group of CEO peers and can experience local and global learning events together, you would say that is educational. If you then heard that you can join an authentic group of peers, an organization that provides local & global learning events, as well as a network of experts, you’d say sign me up!”

Some of the key roles on this year’s board are the Learning Chair Rosemary Czopek, owner of Gorilla Stationers, who is responsible for planning and executing all social and learning events for the year; the Membership Chair Georgette Cutler, who is responsible for recruiting new members; and the GSEA (Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards) Chair Tony Wong, owner of AirKinetics, Inc., who builds relationships with local universities and puts on a competition for students who have started their own businesses. The student entrepreneurs compete and pitch their business ideas to a panel of professionals, venture capitalists, and successful business owners. The winner goes on to the Regional completion, and then the Global Competition, which will be held at the EO Global Leadership Conference in South Africa next April. The winning student will receive $100,000 to help grow their business. This dovetails well with Fiscus’ stated goal of “how can we as local business owners give back to the community and provide leadership by promoting and mentoring those who come after us.”

Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s 2019–2020 Leadership Team brings a breadth of executive experience from their own companies to the organization:

  • Keith Fiscus, President (Innovative Career Resources)
  • Amit Kothari, President-elect (Kothari Leadership & Business Advisory, LLC)
  • Jason Weaver, Finance Chair (Weaver Consulting Group)
  • Rosemary Czopek, Learning Chair (Gorilla Stationers, LLC)
  • Georgette Cutler, Membership Chair (Cal Elite Kids)
  • Steve Wilkes, Forum Chair (QPC Fiber Optic, LLC)
  • Josh Dunham, Integration Chair (Reveel Group)
  • Serge Sachdeva, Strategic Alliance Partners Chair (Arch Telecom)
  • Scott Empringham, Marketing & Communications Chair (Empringham Media Group)
  • Amir Kahana, Accelerator Chair (Kahana & Feld, LLP)
  • Tony Wong, Past EO of OC President & GSEA Chair (AirKinetics, Inc.)

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000 influential business owners with 192 chapters in 59 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

For questions about the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Orange County please contact the Membership Chair Georgette Cutler at

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Orange County Presents: The Silent Struggle

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization Orange County is opening its doors to host an important event that speaks to an unspoken problem in our society today.

Whether we realize it or not, each year over 47,000 Americans lose their lives as a result of suicide. It is a frightening fact that this number tragically continues to rise every year.

This silent struggle is driven by the pressures of modern life to appear that we have everything together, that our lives are on track, and that we are happy as individuals. But approximately 75-95% of the population will struggle with a mental health issue at some stage.

Truth is that many of us are in denial about our mental health and the health of those we love.

Middle-aged adults between the ages of 45-59 account for 20% of all suicides each year. Between the ages of 10-24 years old, suicide is the second highest leading cause of death. For the youth of today, the increased pressure of technology and social media has added to their sense of disconnection and stress.

EO Orange County believes that our community needs a chance to discuss this epidemic that affects our community and the entire nation. Through awareness, we are better able to support those who are suffering alone.

Join us for a very special two hour EO event, where we explore the dangers and issues surrounding mental health in our society. Learn what you can do to help yourself, family and friends who may be suffering alone.

Our evening event will feature two important, insightful guest speakers:

Sue Klebold, author of the New York Times bestseller, A Mothers’s Reckoning. Sue describes the guilt, despair, shame that was part of being a parent of one of the Columbine shooters. She explores the reality of mental illness and how it affects those closest to us, often without us even knowing.

Dan Radecki is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Academy of Brain-based Leadership, which offers a scientifically validated, brain-based approach for future-oriented leaders and organizations interested in optimizing their performance, relationships and health.

In addition, we will host several support organizations including Didi Hirsch Mental and the OC Health Care Agency to provide direct availability of professional help.

Due to the serious nature of the topic, this event is strictly for registered attendees. It is open to parents and teenagers, at the discretion of each parent.

For EO Members, you can register here:
If you are a non-member, you can still attend by registering here:

Please note we cannot accept walk-ins without registration on the day.

Today’s entrepreneurs are supporting each other as they grow. Founded in 1987, Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a Global business network of 13,000+ leading entrepreneurs in 181 chapters and 57 countries. Through mentoring, education and local networking, they are helping each other thrive. The EO Orange County chapter is a group of like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs who support each other towards greater levels of success.

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