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“I felt that belonging to the TAB Board would be beneficial before I officially joined, but I was concerned about the time commitment. However, from the very first meeting I felt a sense of camaraderie that I have seldom experienced in my walk as a CEO. The group bonded very quickly and then we settled down to the task of helping each other with our everyday challenges. The ROI for me was immediate and I look forward to the brief reprieve I have each month when I have the opportunity to participate in heart-to-heart discussions with others who have walked the walk and talked the talk.”

Deb Bass – Bass & Associates, Inc., Omaha, NE

“The Alternative Board is one of the best business tools I have found. The value of structured meetings with other business minded people has demonstrated itself time and time again. The inspiration encouragement and validation makes the monthly meeting one of my highest priorities. Along with the monthly board meeting, the one on one, hourly monthly coaching with Greg Vacek is exceptionally productive. Greg’s business experience and resources consistently support my efforts to improve my company.”

Doug Fisher – Fisher Building Services, Inc., Omaha, NE

“IDEAS! That’s what I get from Greg Vacek and the other members of our Alternative Board. A good idea can make your month, a really good idea can give you a great year and a superb, barn-burning idea can build your business for life.”

Cella Quinn – Cella Quinn Investment Services, Omaha, NE

“TAB has brought me in touch with several outstanding business and professional leaders each of who are extremely successful in heir own field. I have found that all of us share many of the same problems and by sharing information and observations; we are able to come to better decisions for our own organizations. I strongly recommend TAB to anyone who is interested in creating an atmosphere of team efforts, resulting in a more successful business, and happier employees.”

Jerry Slusky – Smith, Gardner, Slusky Law, LLC., Omaha, NE

“I wanted to write and let you know how pleased I am being a member of TAB and the leadership you have given to assemble our group. Our firm has greatly benefited from my membership. There hasn’t been a meeting that I have attended that I did not walk away with something that had good tangible affects. The most noticeable is the help and direction I gained in the addition of an HR position to our organization. Through one meeting I received 3 quality leads that led to a quality hire. This saved us triple the cost of my membership. This is one of many examples of the value our Firm and I have received. Your personal one on ones have helped me to gain a baseline of where I am at and the improvements I need to make to make our firm better and me a better person. I look forward to the future.”

James K. Dennell – BERINGER CIACCIO DENNELL MABREY, Omaha, NE

“As we head into a new year, I just wanted to say thanks for your efforts. Through the years, I have looked at, or been a part of several organizations that promised to help make my business better. The result of those efforts has largely been to make business better for those organizations as they separated me from my money with little or no benefit to us. As you can imagine, I was a bit of a skeptic, but I believe that finally through TAB, I really am pointed in a better direction. I really don’t need cheerleaders, or someone to help build my self esteem!? What I, and I believe most small business owners need, is someone who will offer critical and hopefully constructive opinions and advice on real world issues. My TAB board brings me that vital, critical thinking. I especially appreciate your efforts as facilitator, coach and advocate for me and my business. Like all small businesses, and in fact all businesses other than the government, we live and work in world full of reality, not theory. You and my TAB board members meet, interact and deal with those realities. It’s not easy certainly, but it is constructive, and even strangely refreshing. Thanks for being an important member of my management team!”

D. Scot Morris – Independent Systems Inc., Omaha, NE

“Everyone in business has moments when he or she would like to have someone else available to discuss a challenging issue. TAB answers that need. When you first join a TAB group there is some uncertainty. You are not sure you really want to share serious problems with strangers. However, after a few meetings, you realize that the open framework of the system allows a free and open exchange that is truly beneficial. When you can truly exchange and both give and receive advice from others who sincerely have your interests at heart, the true benefits of the program can be realized. It does not take too many ideas to receive a real return of investment from being a TAB member. It is a real challenge to own and operate any business successfully today. It is very nice to have that extra executive with whom to share challenging issues that appear on a regular basis.”

Robert I. Kully – Kully Financial Services, Lincoln, NE

“I met Greg Vacek when I attended the informational meeting for TAB. At the beginning I thought that it sounded too good to be true. But after meeting with Greg, I started to see the results of meeting with him almost immediately! As a business owner my biggest challenge were prioritizing and having a sounding board. Having Greg Vacek and my TAB Board has been wise business decision. Greg has put me in touch with potential clients has provided me with resource solutions for my business and has been a great sounding board. I’ve been very happy with the attention and advice I have received from my TAB Board and would recommend TAB to any type business small or large!”

Laura Castro de Cortes – Latino Banking Solutions, Omaha, NE

“Greg, as we mark the first year of our Tab group I want to take this time to let you know what a pleasure it has been for me to be apart of the Tab board. I am extremely pleased with the invaluable day to day business issues, and solutions that we have discussed in the monthly meetings. It has steered my business in a positive direction. I have seen immediate results. I look forward to our second year of problem solving and most importantly developing friendships with all our successful business associates. I also want to tell you how much I have enjoyed our one on one session. Your business experience is inspiring, and your advice you give is priceless. I look forward to working with you on developing T.H. Contracting’s Strategic business plan.”

Ted J Horacek – T.H. Contracting, Inc., Omaha , NE

“I would like to take this opportunity to say that during my time of being a member of the Alternative Board in Omaha with Greg Vacek, it has been a profitable venture for Sunshine Stitches and myself. I have learned successful tools and managing tips that can be built on for our future success. The Alternative Board is valuable time spent for any small business who is seeking to work on their business and I would recommend it to any business owner. Thank you for helping our business grow and for the great coaching sessions.”

Monica Morrison – Sunshine Stitches., Omaha, NE

“One of the biggest benefits of my participation with TAB has been the increased confidence I have gained as a result of the interaction with the board members. Sharing problems, resources, failures and solutions with business-owners from varying fields has provided a wealth of new ideas, developed resources that might not otherwise have been open to me and helped me to refine my company’s direction. I benefit from the shared experience of the group tremendously; it is the interaction of the group, the brainstorming and trouble-shooting that creates a dynamic shared mentoring that gives me a greater confidence in my decisions.”

Leslie L. Vaughn – EMS Billing Services, Inc., Omaha, NE

“Change perspective. Improve business. Enjoy life. That is the motto of the Alternative Board. By far my membership to TAB has been the biggest differentiator in my company’s growth. When we started our company in 2004 I had a sales/sales management background. Being the President/CEO of our upstart business was to be learned on the job. Our TAB members have helped guide our company to triple digit growth each and every year we have belonged. No hidden agendas. No networking for sales leads. TAB has been solid advice for my business and my life.”

Terry Wieczorek – DocuLynx, Inc., Omaha, NE

“At times, being the owner of a business and responsible to a number of employees is a lonely position to be in. TAB has provided a forum to both associate with and learn from other business owners in this area. It is amazing that we all face many of the same issues or have faced them in the past. The group provides a forum to vent and then develop solutions to the many issues we face.”

Kermit Engh – Fashion Cleaners/Omaha Lace, Omaha, NE

“TAB is an organization that facilitates group monthly meetings of area business leaders (CEO, Presidents, GMs, professional firm managing partners), etc. to discuss business challenges as well as learn from others successes in a completely confidential environment. It has proved a good way for me to address business issues I can’t discuss with my own team. Plus it’s a great environment to get connected into the business community here in Omaha. Greg Vacek who facilitates our TAB group is a good guy and very business savvy. His guidance ensures the meetings are engaging and that each member has an opportunity to actively participate and have their issues addressed, and often resolved at our meetings. All in all, TAB offers a unique opportunity for business leaders. TAB is truly like having your very own Board of Directors dedicated to your personal and professional success.”

Durand (Randy) Achée – H&A Media Group, Omaha, NE

“When I first joined TAB, I was fairly new to running my own business and felt that having the opportunity to obtain objective feedback on issues within my business would be very worthwhile. Now, 4 years later, I can honestly say that my TAB group has unfailingly provided that and much more. It has caused me to look beyond the immediate concerns of today, and think more long-term about my business. It has been the catalyst to creating an atmosphere in my business where we take time to strategically plan – and then execute that plan. My facilitator, Greg Vacek, has proven to be an invaluable resource of information and motivation. To any small business owner out there considering TAB, I would strongly urge you to give it a try. It has become an integral part of my management and decision-making process.”

Dan Rutledge – Rutledge Integrated Marketing, Omaha, NE

“TAB has helped me grow as a leader by giving me access to a diverse group of business executives to advise me about major business challenges. It pushes me to look beyond the day-to-day minutia of working “in” my business to the bigger picture of working “on” my business.”

Todd Clarke – CLS Investments, Omaha , NE

“The Alternative Board is a place to learn and gather information.  It is a group of people to bounce my solutions or ideas off before I try them.  I gain valuable input for the decisions I have to make.  Also it is very easy to see other’s mistakes, but not realize you have made the same mistake or are currently making the same mistake.  Decisions, solutions & especially employee issues become obvious.”

Scott McManus – Something Greek

“What I like the most is the tools. There’s no bull. It’s all straightforward and clear. It’s all laid out in terms of what I need to do and why I need to do it. The accountability we have here in the Board, what your TAF guy is doing to help my people see how vital everyone is on the team; DISC…DISC is a no brainer…$125 for a DISC just saved me $125,000 I might have invested in the wrong person. I liked him but DISC told me he wouldn’t do the job.”

Rick Jones – Fishbait Marketing

“I love the feedback and knowing that when we make a business decision that we, the board and our coach have looked at it from all angles and we feel really confident we have made the right decision!”

Lindsay Woods – Q.Design

“Accountability, Direction, Advise, Goal setting, Camaraderie.  I know what to do and get great advise as well.  The daily grind can inhibit you from executing your plan.  TAB helps me stay focused on the goals and helps me achieve them.”

Kenneth Kobarg – Artisan Design Build Remodel

“The personal interaction with my board members at each meeting. Their feedback and positive energy really help me. It seems at this point that TAB has helped me solve almost all of my problems, or at least given me the tools that I need to solve them myself when new ones come up. I still find things I can use my board’s advice on though and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions

“Feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses, and can share their own experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc

“I find that the sharing of ideas and problem solving in others businesses helps me think creatively about my own business. Stepping outside of my day to day work helps me look at the bigger picture and focus on short and long term goals.”

Bob Makofsky – Conformer Products, Inc

“Makes me focus on my business during the meetings and coaching sessions, taking a hard look at myself and my company with the perspective of some very sharp people who only have my interest in mind.”

Ken Drossman – Lakeview Business Consulting, LLC

“The independent coaching sessions, the accountability to work on my business rather than in my business, the insights from my board members, the spark I get from helping my fellow board members.”

Nelson Martins – DiPaolo Machine Tools

“I have been a member of The Alternative Board for 10 years.  My board knows me, holds me accountable and gives practical real world advice.  My private coaching sessions are amazing.”

Mark Rickard – Rickard List Marketing

“There are numerous benefits.  Certainly having a great coach is a huge asset.    Secondly, having the opportunity to vet business opportunities, strategies and plans is a great help.    Last, it is very gratifying to help fellow board members work through their issues as well.”

Balon B.Bradley – Law Firm of Balon b. Bradley

“We have an excellent group of professional business owners.  I learn something from them each month.  Hearing and seeing what they are doing in their business is motivational for me.  And they are not “yes” people.  They tell me when I should be doing something differently.”

Lynn Gastineau – Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

“Both components of TAB (coaching and board meeting) are very different but equally rewarding in that I am held accountable for my decisions in a way that nobody who worked for me could ever do.  My facilitator has become so ingrained in the business that I rely on his counsel for every major decision and many intermediate decisions.  On the flip side, my board is very tough on everybody which creates a true environment of accountability.”

Philip Rosen – Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen, P.A.

“Having insights from others as to how they solve business issues is helpful.  Plus I am finding we have the same issues in common – staffing, cash flow, and business development.  The diversity of the group is also valuable so for those of us starting out, it helps avoid pitfalls of which we are not aware.  For those who have more experience, it allows them to realize how important getting back to basics can be.”

Debra Lord – Job Ready Services, LLC

“A framework for building a comprehensive and realistic business plan coupled with an accountability structure that keeps me on task to achieve critical milestones.”

Joe K. Mauro Sr. – Raybend

“16 yrs. in business. Company was run like mom and pop shop for 14 years. Since joining TAB we have been able to identify our niche in the market and now the company is being run like a real company with focus and clarity as to where we are going and an actual plan on how we’re going to get there. Our company is poised to grow in size and wealth beyond my expectations and with TAB I will be able to sleep at night in the process.”

Ted Curato – TLC Painting

“The ability to leave my business and enter the world of being a CEO once a month was a fantasy to me. The friendships and learning experiences are life and business changers.”

Neeshard Ahamad – The Orpheus Companies, Ltd

“I joined The Alternative Board (TAB) in 2013 and am very happy I did. TAB is a small group of business owners who act as a “board of directors” for your company and provide the platform for a small business owner, like myself, to brainstorm and bounce ideas to grow my business with other owners in a confidential setting. Many of the members on my board have or had similar issues and the insight they offer is priceless. We meet once a month and I always look forward to the meetings and leave with a clear plan and written goals each month. Thanks TAB for providing such a valuable service for small business owners — given the help I receive from my TAB Board, I don’t expect to stay small for long!”

Larry Kagan – Baron Payroll

“TAB is one of the ‘on-going’ training tools which we, as CEOs and Presidents, need. We send our people off to seminars etc., but somehow never find the time to ‘sharpen’ our own saw. TAB provides the opportunity, but also discipline and structure… an excellent investment of my time and money.”

Grace Louise Schmidt – BoatLIFE

“Our TAB Board members and facilitator have helped us deal with the on-going business issues we have faced over the years as a laser job shop. They have worked with us to plan strategically and helped ensure we are secure during the economic downturns and to capitalize on our strengths and grow in a controlled and targeted way. Our three partners now work together much more effectively as a team making all our working time more pleasurable. I am glad I found TAB.”

Reto Hug – Maloya Laser

“One of the biggest benefits to me has been the strategic business analysis. This is not something that most of us do regularly or very well. TAB has required me to continually analyze my business’s strengths, weaknesses, personnel, short-term and long-term goals. I am able to look at my business from a different perspective. As a result, I am more comfortable with the direction I am able to provide.”

Bryan Keen – Keen Compressed Gas

The mentoring I get is excellent and keeps me focused on the vitally important aspects of my business. My TAB board provides a place where I can have open discussions that involve family, customers, vendors and employees. The feedback I get is critical and constructive and sometimes takes me in new directions of thought that I would not be able to get otherwise. I think any small business owner should seriously consider joining a TAB Board.”

Nelson Johnson – Eccountable Solutions

“The best business decision that I’ve ever made (besides opening my store) was to join the TAB Board. It taught me how to structure and formulate basic fundamental policies and procedures; it has helped me sharpen my vision for future business and personal goals. The TAB Board provides a safe place to bounce around ideas and receive honest, creative solutions to important business challenges. Coaching sessions are professional, focused and very enlightening. They have helped me work on my business and not in my business. My recommendation – JOIN!””

Gina Snyder – Sunny Bridge Natural Foods

“In 2012 my receivables were 45 days. At the end of 2013 that was down to 4 days. My cash flow is greatly improved and predictable. My TAB Board helped me shift my policies and procedures to build a smoother running business and eliminate those awkward “money” calls to clients. I’m sleeping a lot better because this important issue is solved. Thank you, TAB!.”

Rick Maher – Effective Human Resources

“The TAB meetings bring together terrific expertise and creativity. Every meeting is a unique learning experience. My entire thinking about what I want my business to do has shifted. Sales are up 60% in two years. The support I need to make tough choices and start new initiatives may not be found within the company, but will be found in the TAB meetings and coaching sessions.”

Don Rosenberg – Shorehaven Behavioral Health

There is no silver bullet to becoming successful, you just have to stay focused on your goals. TAB has helped my business grow significantly by encouraging me to take a step back and identify the basics I need.”

Jo McCabe – Mr. Handyman

“The guidance of The Alternative Board has helped me increase our revenue. The time I have saved and the return my firm has gotten has exceeded our financial and time investment. I am impressed with the organization.”

Steven Kramer, Esq. – Feldman, Kramer & Monaco PC

“Before joining TAB I found that when I am out there “alone” it is hard to attack some of the details that “fine tune” a business. As past experiences and issues are shared from other business owners, it helps me to not make a mistake that someone else may have already made. As more eyes look at a situation, it lends itself to others, who are removed emotionally and physically from the issues at hand, being able to see the situation more clearly, thus presenting solutions that can impact my business in a positive way.”

Craig Christensen – Trinity Fastener

“One of the biggest benefits of my participation with TAB has been the increased confidence I have gained as a result of the interaction with the board members. Sharing problems, resources, failures and solutions with business-owners from varying fields has provided a wealth of new ideas, developed resources that might not otherwise have been open to me and helped me to refine my company’s direction. I benefit from the shared experience of the group tremendously; it is the interaction of the group, the brainstorming and trouble-shooting that creates a dynamic shared mentoring that gives me a greater confidence in my decisions.”

Leslie L. Vaughn – EMS Billing Services, Inc.

“Based on the input I got from my board on some specific things I should include in client proposals I was able to get two jobs valued at $1,300,000 that I feel I otherwise would not have gotten. And by working with one of my TAB board members, I’m saving $10,000 per year on my company’s medical insurance premiums – with better benefits. The savings drop directly to my bottom line – thank you TAB!”

Joe Pacifico – Coastal Enterprises of NY Inc

“TAB helped solve almost all of my problems or given me the tools that I need to solve them myself. I use my board’s advice and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions Inc.

The support I received from my TAB board members and facilitator was instrumental in the turn-around of the business.”

Donald Barrick – RMP Capital Corp.

I rely on my TAB board members to keep me focused on the positive ways to reach my goal.”

Brent Mele – All Action Alarm

“I receive feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses. They share their experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc.

“As a distributor, TAB has helped me expand my business by 40% and develop the structure needed to help sustain that growth. I’m pleased with the results I have received with TAB who helped me work on my business, not just in it.”

Ira Krinick – Ponderosa Packaging

“TAB is a fantastic way for a small company to have its own board of directors there to really help, not just rubber stamp your ideas. I have usually been too busy to participate in other extra-curricular business activities, but I make time for TAB as the payback is proving to be enormous.”

Saurel Quettan – Integrated Construction Management, Inc.

“Hands down, TAB is an invaluable resource to our business…it’s the best small business resource to CEO’s in Atlanta. With today’s challenges and the need to respond to new opportunities quickly, the TAB Business Leadership Group is always available in a timely manner to jump in to help. One opportunity, with which I was reluctant to act, but that the board strongly encouraged me to move forward, resulted in a 46% increase in my net profit for 2009, a year in which most companies suffered significant losses. By meeting with my peer board made up of other successful business owners, I’ve gained perspective and experienced greater levels of business and personal successes. TAB is about success, it’s amazing that such a small investment produces such tremendous results!”

Tina Joseph – B2T Training, LLC