The CEOs in Heartland Technology Groups (HTG) Aren't As Lonely As You

posted by Jackie Schmid on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 in Unified Communications and IT Blog

You know that decision you have to make? The one that could change the way you compensate sales people, go to market, or change the products and services you sell?  Every business owner faces these challenging questions, and many of them struggle in isolation to find the answers.

According to the Harvard Business Review, more than half of CEOs experience this loneliness in their role, even though a “reliable support system is crucial to CEO achievement.”

Heartland Technology Group (HTG) recognized that struggle 15 years ago. Since then, HTG has been living up to its promise to connect people and help them grow through peer groups. GreatAmerica has gained a wealth of information and great relationships over the past five years of involvement with HTG.

My exposure to HTG has enlightened me, and to honor their 15 year anniversary, and the Q3 meetings in Minneapolis this week, I’d like to share the top three ways GreatAmerica values HTG.

  • It’s not just about the business...the focus is on the people who make up the company. The core of each HTG meeting has four components: business, leadership, life, and legacy.  This gives purpose and intent to every aspect of life and business.
  • There is a focus on engagement during meetings and unabashed desire to learn and grow. Leaders are driven to finish meetings with answers, resources and the information they came for. The camaraderie forged through these meetings inspires members to help each other reach their goals.
  • HTG is committed to vendor success. In 2011, HTG expanded their peer groups to include vendors, with GreatAmerica among the first to participate. With only six months of HTG meetings, I’ve been blown away by the planning, best practice sharing, and networking that members experience.

HTG V1 Peer Group meets in Salt Lake City in February 2015. Pictured from left to right: John Timko, Ted Hulsy, Jackie Schmid, Nathan Caldwell, Jane Takeuchi, Dima Kumets, Travis Vigneau, Courtland Smith

Thank you HTG and congrats to 15 years!

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About The Author

Jackie Schmid is the Director of Strategic Marketing of the Unified Communications & IT Group at GreatAmerica Financial Services located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jackie is responsible for building brand awareness and gaining strategic relationships through creative marketing. Prior to joining GreatAmerica, Jackie worked in the TV News industry as a producer and executive producer at the local CBS and FOX stations where she helped shape the programs delivered to the market. Jackie’s finance career began in 2011 when she joined GreatAmerica to support the sales team serving the Office Equipment space.

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