“The Houston President’s Forum on October 30th, 2013, was my seventh forum as a TEI Board Member. As a banker, I have always participated on panels that dealt with financing or buying and selling companies. We typically have a good turnout for these panels, and 2013 was no exception and it contributed to a lively discussion that included both panelist and guest. After the panel was over, one of the guest came up to me to ask some follow up questions. He told me that his company was looking for an appropriate acquisition target. At the Networking Reception at the end of the day, we talked further and exchanged business cards. When I first followed up with him, he asked me to check back after the new year as they were busy at the moment and while they were looking, did not have a target company identified at that time. A couple of weeks later, he called me said they were looking at a company and he wanted to see about financing the acquisition. By June of the following year, I had multiple credit facilities out to this new client including a Line of Credit, a construction loan for some owner occupied real estate, and a loan to acquire a similar company. It has been a very great start to a relationship I believe will continue to grow.”


– Lance Cumberland
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

“It was a terrific day yesterday and I was proud to be part of the Metro DC TEI team. I thought we presented well in all the break outs I attended and that the (CEO) guests gained a lot of value from the day.”

– Edward Tuvin
Wells Fargo Bank

“I very much enjoyed participating in the TEI Boston Forum and breakout session concerning Recruiting and Retaining Talent. The morning’s opening remarks were interesting and the Q&A sessions indicated to me the participants’ desire for interactive presentations. The breakout session in which I participated was very interactive and I think the CEOs valued the participation and the opportunity to speak to each other and share ideas just as much as they appreciated hearing from the panel. I know I learned some things from both the panel and participants!”

– Kristin Glennan McGurn
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

“I heard rave reviews about the last panel presentation on M&A. It was an educational and entertaining format! Thanks for having me. I was impressed with the caliber of attendees and the effort put into the symposium itself by TEI.”

 –  Barrie Dekker
Productive Strategies

“…It was my delight to meet you this past Wednesday at the TEI chapter meeting. I am excited about my participation with this impressive group. ”

– Cordell Guillory
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

“I believe the FORUM is an asset to the cities and its members as I hear many of the comments (from CEOs) after the sessions and all are positive.”

— Jerry Wolman
CEO, 3rd and Long Productions
former owner Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers

“I can not thank you enough for sponsoring this event. All of the speakers were inspirational and your breakout sessions were incredibly valuable. All-in-all it was an intellectually stimulating and thought provoking day.”

— Andrew Sachs
Southern California

“I attended the FORUM last year and had one great take-away; This year I had 2-3 good take-aways! Well done.”

— Tom Salpietra
Eye Lighting International

“I found the Presidents’ FORUM to be surprisingly enjoyable and thought provoking. Thanks for putting together a program that made me step back and consider the issues facing my business in new ways.”

— Alison Hill
Ford Distributing

“On behalf of Techcess group, I would like to thank you for valuable participation in our successful Cloud Computer “breakfast” with TEI. Your professionalism and great insights added a lot to Mark’s presentation and I have to say that I and all of the other attendees were impressed with you and your know-how about the Cloud. I am ready to do another one with you all and am sure that it will be even better next time.”

— Hugh Sazegar
Managing Director, All Covered

“Other CEOs are in a unique position to provide objective, “I’ve been there before” advice and vision that you just can’t get from someone that hasn’t been a CEO. We’ve only been in the CEO Network for a short period of time but we’ve already adjusted our business plan and implemented processes that solved problems and increased sales.”

— Adam Cohen
CEO, Brio Solutions

“Our strategy group forces me to take time to think about my business plan, my action plan, and my company in strategic ways. The guys are characters and I find that the one-on-one sessions add a sense of focus.”

— Warren Zysman
All-Rite Construction Company
Garfield, NJ

“I want to thank you for inviting me….It was a wonderful event for me! I made numerous contacts and it was tremendously gratifying!”

— Alan Hoover
CEO, Kahiki foods
Columbus, OH

“We have been involved in various ventures over the past 10 years, yet this Network is a wealth of new information, as well as bringing the personal perspectives of a highly talented core group together…; no small task.”

 — Dennis Adams
Owner, Photic Corporation

“It was a pleasure for me to participate in the Network, and I was honored to have been asked. It seems to me from having attended in a prior year and my participation this year that there is definitely a niche being filled by your group…I was impressed by the quality of people involved.”

 — Bolivar Andrews
Owner, Wendy’s
Waco, TX


“I was a member of TEI for more than 11 years (from 2005 to 2016) with my previous company, Techcess Group. During those years we signed many customers through referrals and annual events and enjoyed our relationship with TEI and all its members. Following the sale of my company to Konica Minolta/ All Covered I got out of the group and just joined again in September 2018 with my new company, Techcess CyberSecurity Group. After just 3 months and especially following the October event, we signed 2 great customers, which greatly kicked off our company’s business development activities! I am sure we will sign several others in 2019, thanks to all your great networking events and referral relationships. Thanks again for all you do for us!”

– Hugh Sazegar
TechCess Cyber Security