For Manufacturing CEOs Only

Take Your Company to the Next Level with CEN

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Benefit from the insights of other CEOS who have been down a similar path already

Running a manufacturing company places you in a distinct group of leaders. While many executives find value in peer interactions, there's a unique dynamic when leaders of similarly scaled manufacturing firms exchange insights. There is a shorthand among such leaders, comprised of shared experiences, predictable challenges and, more often than not, hard-won solutions.

CEN (a division of Chief Executive magazine's parent company) established this network over 30 years ago to offer leaders of manufacturing companies access to unbiased advice, fresh ideas, and support on pressing strategic, organizational, board, and personal leadership challenges.

It's noteworthy that CEN members average 30% higher profit margins and more than 2x the growth rate of their industry peers. With CEN, you'll refine your strategic, operational, and leadership techniques, ensuring your priorities are aligned for maximum impact.

This network could be a powerful resource for you. Please let us know if you're interested in learning more by submitting the short form on this page.

Here is a sample of topics members will discuss at upcoming meetings:
  • Sales Growth – New Ways of Marketing in Digital
  • Recruiting Technical Talent
  • Applications of AI/Generative AI to Business – How – Consultants, Internal Resources, ChatGPT, etc.
  • Labor Cost Increase and Sustainability of Continuance
  • Developing Good Incentive Programs for Production Employees
  • What’s Next for the Economy: What to Do Now To Prepare

Upcoming Meetings
  • February 1-2, 2024 | Tuscon, AZ
  • February 22-23, 2024 | Orlando, FL
  • July 25-26, 2024 | Lake Tahoe, CA
  • September 19-20, 2024 | Dallas, TX
  • Alternative dates & locations are available upon request

Learn More About CEN

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What our members think about Chief Executive Network:

  • "In one year I have come to rely on CEN as an integral part of my management decision making process. I can discuss issues in my business here that I cannot discuss anywhere else."

    Bob Merrill
    CraftMaster Manufacturing, Inc. (CMI)

  • "CEN offers me a chance to interact with peers - to compare views and experiences. We are from different businesses, but we all have the same problems - human nature, demanding customers, power buyers, government restrictions, etc."

    Bob Maskrey
    Moog Inc.

  • "Great learning experience and great sounding board for my current business issues."

    Ron Stibich
    President & CEO, ITW Fibre Glass-Evercoat Co., Inc.

  • "CEN has helped me focus on the key issues I need to drive the business; along with providing resources for execution. One other key element I get from CEN is valuable feedback on what we are doing right, what we can improve on, and what we can do more of."

    Mike Borner
    CEO, Spraylat Corporation

  • "Breakout and Ex-Officio – priceless. Good presentations – valid and timely."

    Judy Kathman
    President, Post Glover LifeLink

Proven ROI: Member Case Studies


Matt Riddle

Former CEO, Walbro LLC.

(A $500MM Manufacturer of engine management systems for lawn and garden, recreational, marine, outdoor power equipment, and two-wheel small engine markets)

  • What impact has CEN had on your company from a financial perspective

    While I have too many demands on my time, I prioritize attending the CEN meetings as I always leave with pages of good ideas that help us address the various issues that it seems all of us have with growing our companies. In virtually every occasion I have received advice from both my peers and from the facilitators. The ex-officio boards are great!

  • What impact has CEN had on your own personal executive development

    Tapping into the breadth and depth of seasoned leaders facing some of the same issues that I have accelerated my learning as a first time CEO. The “disposable advice” (advice freely given with no expectations that it be taken) in a private environment is phenomenal. I liked the program so much that I have my entire leadership team attending the various SEN groups.

Andrew Warrington

President, United Conveyor Corporation

(A $150MM global leader in ash handling & pollution control solutions for the power generation industry and a preferred supplier for dry sorbent injection and reagent handling systems)

  • What impact has CEN had on your company from a financial perspective

    Over the years at the peer group meetings and between using the on-line side of CEN I have been able to get advice and input that has literally saved or generated millions of dollars. The ability to find a set of executives who have faced the same challenges in usually the same circumstances and learn what works and equally valuably what does not has been priceless CEN participants have no axe to grind and give you the straight facts – what they did well and what they wish they had done better. This has been crucial to the companies that I have worked for over my 15+ years association at SEN and then CEN.

  • What impact has CEN had on your own personal executive development?

    I started in the VP of Operations group and transitioned through the VP of Sales group. I learned so much from the other participants as a result of the best facilitation in the country that CEN insists on. After getting promoted to President of my former company I joined CEN. The experience of being in a group with many more seasoned executives with decades of President/ CEO experience was the key enabler to my success running a company. Now, 11 years later at a new company, I still lean heavily on CEN through the peer network and the annual conferences that are all first class. CEN takes up 3 days a year to work “on” versus “in” your business. It’s the best 3 days worth of ROI in the whole year!
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