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 firstname.lastname@example.org.