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EBC Seminar Series: Running Your Business Successfully – Maximizing Board Effectiveness
January 22, 2007 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
You are invited to the second of three seminars that are part of the EBC Seminar Series on Running Your Business Successfully. Many owners and leaders of professional services firms have strong technical skills. Yet as business people there is certainly a lot to learn. These seminars have been especially developed for owners, principals and executives of environmental and design companies. They are also open to upcoming leaders who want to learn more about the business. The series is moderated by Liz Levin, President of Liz Levin & Company.
Maximizing Board Effectiveness: A Board of Directors can have a powerful and very important impact on the success of a business. Too often, however, boards of directors reflect the same views as the management team and don’t push the organization to new places. This seminar will be a roundtable discussion of board effectiveness. It will be kicked off with some thoughts by Dr. John Appleton on issues such as:
- Getting the right mix of leadership on the board
- The role of inside and outside directors
- The right dynamic between “going along” and “speaking out”
- Financial profitability and its importance
- Evaluating the CEO and leadership team and setting their compensation
- Impacting the marketing direction of the firm
- Handling sensitive issues
Dr. Appleton’s remarks will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the participants on their own observations and the issues that are important to them.
Liz Levin, President
Liz Levin & Company
Dr. John Appleton
Registration and Cocktails: 4:00 p.m.
Program: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Discussion and Networking: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Dr. Appleton was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermo TerraTech Inc., a subsidiary of Thermo Electron Inc. (NYSE), until his retirement in April 2000. Thermo TerraTech provided a wide range of environmental services and infrastructure planning and design services to government and industry, and achieved annual revenues of $350 million in 2000. Before joining Thermo Electron as a Corporate Vice President in 1974, Dr. Appleton was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He joined the MIT faculty in 1967 after spending three years as a research scientist with AC-Delco Defense Research Laboratories in Santa Barbara, CA. He and his wife immigrated to the United States in 1964 from England where he was a Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering at Southampton University. Dr. Appleton holds a Doctorate and a Bachelor?s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Southampton.
Dr. Appleton is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Normandeau Associates, an environmental services company headquartered in Bedford, NH, and is also a Director of Physical Sciences Inc., a company that provides contract R&D services to government agencies and industrial corporations and is headquartered in Andover, MA. These are both successful, employee-owned companies. He is also Chairman of the Board of Sepsensor Inc., a start-up company employing patented, low-cost sensing technology for measuring the depths of stratified liquid and sludge layers in tanks.