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Top 20 Pioneering CEOs of 2023

Leadership isn’t just about steering the ship; it’s also about knowing when to change course or even hand over the wheel. Whether that means recognizing a moment for potential merger, identifying the ideal successor for CEO, or understanding when it’s time to sell the business, wise leaders discern the right time for pivotal decisions that affect long-term success.

“The transition of leadership is as much an evolution as it is a revolution. As I step into this new role at TopRank Marketing, my philosophy for 2024 and beyond is clear: leaders in the B2B space must embrace adaptability and foresight. The market is too dynamic for us to stay stagnant,” says Donna Robinson, Incoming CEO at TopRank Marketing.

This aspect of leadership involves a keen awareness of the market, a realistic evaluation of one’s own capabilities, and a forward-looking vision for the organization. The questions to ask aren’t just about immediate gain but about long-term sustainability and growth. Leaders who excel in this area keep ego in check and prioritize what’s best for the organization over individual career milestones. Here are some of the leaders who are all set to make changes and transform the way they lead.

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Igniting Success® | Enhancing Human Potential | Angela Cusack

Angela Cusack, Founder & CEO of Igniting Success®, is understated and patient. She moves quickly as she partners with executive leaders in shaping cultures that produce deeper connections, higher engagement, and overall well-being and prosperity for all involved. Angela is an impact player. Someone whom many refer to as their “organization’s secret weapon.”

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Tridon Communications | The Transformative Solution Provider | Ben Thompson

Tridon Communications, founded in 1981 and currently led by Ben Thompson, CEO, Chad Tomachefski, CGO, and Greg Tolson, COO, is western Canada’s leading Telecommunications System Integrator (TSI). Tridon aims to address all aspects of telecommunication system requirements, including PTT land mobile radio, fiber optics, structured cable, access control, PTP wireless and microwave, tower construction and maintenance, cyber security, and more.

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Urban League of Greater Chattanooga | A Driver of Change | Candy C. Johnson

Before taking on the helm of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga as its first female President and CEO, Candy Johnson served in a variety of leadership roles. Ranging from being the youngest-ever elected City Council member in her hometown at the age of 25 years old, to running a successful non-profit education foundation, serving as policy director at a Chamber of Commerce, to senior advisor to the Mayor of Chattanooga, and as an independent consultant for non-profits and business organizations.

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CADJPro Payroll Solutions | A Fearless Leader | Garcia Hanson-Francis

Garcia Hanson-Francis is the owner of CADJPro Payroll Solutions. A business payroll, virtual outsourcing, and bookkeeping business. Garcia recently joined BACD’s Expert Network, and as such, we want to share their expertise with you. Her qualities include problem-solving, proficiency with industry software, communication with clients and employees.

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Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank | San Diego County’s Leading Hunger-Relief Organization | James A. Floros

One of the things that set James A. Floros, President & CEO, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank aside from other nonprofit CEOs is that he has always run a nonprofit like a business. “The efficiency and effectiveness that is required in the for-profit sector is even more important in the nonprofit sector because you are doing more with less, with less staff and less resources,” he explains.

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OnView Integrated Solutions | The Guardian Angel | Joel Anaya

Joel Anaya, CEO of OnView Integrated Solutions, has been instrumental in building the company from the ground up. His innovation and vision transformed the way the company has scaled its business. OnView is a security provider bringing proactive solutions specifically designed to deter suspicious behavior in real-time before the crime occurs.

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Arete Wealth | Offering Excellence & Virtue | Joshua D. Rogers

A forward thinker, Joshua D. Rogers is always focused on the future. His vision was to introduce a smart, sophisticated approach to investing and wealth building. Since founding Arete Wealth in 2007, he’s done just that. Joshua’s brought an endowment-style of asset allocation to a broader audience of investors.

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Innovana Solutions | Leading with Determination & Commitment | Mitch McDermid

When Mitch McDermid launched Innovana, he had an evident vision of what he wanted the company to look like and what it could offer that was different from existing IT services and consulting firms. There was a clear need for a cloud-based services and business automation solutions provider that would address the needs of SMBs both from a pricing and service standpoint in Canada.

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