Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board

Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals, and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They’re not in your business, but they’re in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.

–Seth Godin

Why Vistage

The Vistage model works: Vistage member companies grew 2.2 times faster than the average, small and midsized U.S. business, according to a 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data.

23,000 Vistage members in 20 countries capture the MAGIC:

  • Making Better Decisions – Embracing the diversity at the table, hearing multiple points of view
  • Accountability – Members are co-accountable to each other – and when meeting time rolls around in another month, members expect each other to do what they say they are going to do
  • Growing Personally and Professionally – Everyone comes with different levels of experience. Members learn from each other as well and from our expert speakers
  • Isolation – It’s lonely at the top and nice to share with others who are walking in your shoes
  • Change – CEOs come to Vistage wanting to make changes and gain the confidence to make them

Why Elisa’s Vistage Board

The Vistage CEO board I lead seeks interesting people who lead interesting businesses. Members are in various phases of this journey, and all share the following core values:

  • Authenticity – We strive to be our authentic selves in every part of our lives
  • Diversity – We each embrace people who are different from us and who think differently from us
  • Lifetime Learner – We are self-motivated in our pursuit of personal and professional development

If you qualify and want to learn more, contact me.

The results speak for themselves. 

Following are the Members of Elisa’s Vistage Board:


Ric Alvarez
Richelieu Foods
Member Since 2009

David Cottingham
RF IDeas
Company Membership Since 2012

Joan Davison
HCMC: Hire Counsel / Mestel Company
Member Since 2015

Laura Ellis
Baird & Warner Residential Sales
Member Since 2010
Crain’s Largest Privately Held Companies


Steve Georgy
Allendale, Inc.
Member since 2020


Kristopher M. Haas
Ralph H. Simpson Company
Member Since 2015

Kim Hennigan
Woodwrights Inc.
Member Since 2019

Louis Kocsis
Kocsis Bros. Machine Company
Kocsis Technologies, Inc.
Member Since 2018

James Kyle
Member Since 2015


2012-2013, 2017-2018

Michael MacLean
KI Industries, Inc.
Member Since 2014

Nicholas Porter
Porter Pipe & Supply
Member Since 2014

James J. Stahl
Gallant Building Solutions
Member Since 2004
Crain’s Largest Privately Held Companies

Harry Wilkins
Gift of Hope
Member Since 2020

John Yerger
Eden Park Illumination
Member Since 2014