Members in the News

We are proud of our members’ accomplishments! That’s why when there’s good news to share, we want the world to know. Members in the News features news releases and announcements from CEO Roundtable member companies. Please join us in congratulating them.

February 28th, 2021 — Longtime CEO Roundtable Member David Friedman Interviewed on Motley Fool.

Honest, candid and inspiring.  The topic is interesting to anyone who owns a home, and David hits every note to make his revolutionary business model clear and compelling.

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November 2nd, 2020 — Dr. Schweizer was also recently recognized with an Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award by The Commonwealth Institute for her impact in advancing healthcare innovation, inspiration in leading others, and commitment to fostering diversity.

Under her leadership, HiFiBiO has rapidly advanced a SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody.

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March 9th, 2020 — In 1980, Gentle Giant Moving Company’s founder, Larry O’Toole, set out to make an impact in the Boston community by building a strong, professional, and sustainable business. As former collegiate athlete, he began by recruiting from the ranks of his former teammates and competitors and they trained as they had always trained – running the steps of Harvard stadium.

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December 24th, 2019 — Steve Forbes interviewed Roundtable member Barri Blauvelt for his “What’s Ahead” podcast, about some of her thinking about the future of healthcare and past/present work she does (with the help of colleagues, of course).

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March 20, 2018 — Longtime CEO Roundtable Member David Friedman founded Boston Logic in 2004.

He had a nice exit with a private equity firm in 2016 and is enjoying time with his wife and new baby boy before disrupting another industry. David says, “My involvement with the CEO Roundtable was critical to the success of Boston Logic…”

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August 31st, 2018 —CEO Roundtable member Maria Shepherd will moderate “Transforming the Services Relationship—Evolving from Supplier to Partner” at the MPO (Medical Product Outsourcing) Summit in Colorado in October 2018.

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S+H Construction founders Alex Slive and Doug Hanna announced today that they have successfully come to an agreement with one of their own to purchase S+H Construction. Sarah Lawson, a project manager who has been with the company for almost 10 years, will purchase the company and carry on S+H’s proud design/build tradition.

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January 9, 2017 — Kees Been, CEO of Lysosomal Therapeutics (LTI) has announced that Allergan, a leading global pharmaceutical company, has purchased the option to acquire Lysosomal. The purchase will mark Allergan’s entrance into Parkinson’s Disease. LTI is dedicated to innovative small-molecule R & D in the field of neurodegeneration.

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August 5, 2016 — Mark Engelberg, CEO of TimeLinx Software, was recently recognized nationally by CIO Review as a “Top 20 Project Management Solutions Provider.” CIO Review is a technology magazine in the U.S. that discusses how the enterprise solutions of today can redefine the business goals of tomorrow.

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July 14, 2016 NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Hong Kong-based venture capital group ORI Healthcare Fund announced that it made an $18 million investment in Boston-based cancer molecular diagnostics startup Pillar Biosciences. Pillar is advancing a patent-pending targeted sequencing technology platform and a proprietary data analysis toolkit.

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January 5th, 2021 — “The CEO Roundtable was instrumental in getting the company and myself ready for a successful transaction. I’m grateful for the group’s sage wisdom and brutal honesty.”

We are thrilled to become part of the Applied Industrial Technologies family to broaden our reach,” Dan says.

“I can’t imagine dealing with this transaction without the wisdom and guidance I got from my peers in my Roundtable group”

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October 7th, 2020 — Thrive, a premier provider of NextGen Managed Services, announces today that it has acquired Timlin Enterprises, an information technology services provider and long-time collaboration partner focusing on the Microsoft 365 platform, Teams and SharePoint. This transaction is Thrive’s first non-MSP, product-capability acquisition, greatly enhancing its existing technology portfolio by adding a proven team with expertise on Microsoft tools.

“The CEO Roundtable helped me shape my company to be a great acquisition, and was instrumental in helping me through the process.”

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February 19th, 2020 — Steve has been CEO of ALS TDI since 2009, developing an understanding of, and potential cures for, the neurodegenerative disease. He is now building out a new team as Anelixis Therapeutics to develop one of the more promising drugs to come out of the lab. It has potential for not only ALS, but many other indications in the auto-immune suppression space.

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April 9th, 2019 — Apparently, winning Boston’s Best Place to Work earlier this year wasn’t enough for CEO Roundtable member Mollie Murphy and her company Annkissam.  The company has just been recognized again by the Boston Business Journal as one of their “Fast 50” companies.  Both awards are well deserved and are a reflection of the care and dedication that Mollie and her team shows towards employees, customers and product.

CEO Roundtable members are proud to associate with such fine company.

April 1st, 2018 —Loren chose to retire in 2018 and the business is entering a new chapter, under the guidance of its new owner, Scott Lewis. Scott is a serial entrepreneur and CEO with 5 start-ups, 3 successful exits, 2 turnarounds and 12 years of consulting under his belt. His own peer group experience was pivotal in his career.

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Boston biotech company Acetylon Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is developing drugs to treat blood cancer and other diseases, has announced it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Celgene Corp. Before the takeover is done, Acetylon will spin out some of its non-cancer drug candidates into a separate company called Regenacy Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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October 31, 2016 — Inc. Magazine has ranked ListEngage, Inc. No. 1,224 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. ListEngage, an email marketing company outside of Boston, has placed on the list two years in a row, with 2016 representing a big jump from the company’s previous position of 3,356.

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July 28, 2016 — Seth Earley, CEO of Earley Information Science — Artificial intelligence is hot, but also daunting. The latest advances [cognitive computing, machine learning, deep learning] … sound complicated and expensive … But the good news is that the early dividends from AI are already within reach of most midsize companies …

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Our CEO peer group has a practice called a “Spotlight Session” where each member gets time on the agenda about once a year to talk in depth with us about their business, goals, performance and challenges.  These sessions are meant to give the group some context in which to put issues brought for discussion, and they give us an opportunity to spot anomalies and challenge assumptions.  They are always interesting, and inspiring, but sometimes extraordinarily so.

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September 15th, 2020 — Longtime CEO Roundtable members Steve Perrin and Walter Ogier are pleased to announce a major funding milestone for Anelixis, the company spun out of ALS Therapy Development Institute, helmed by Perrin.

This is the largest-ever new money financing of a biopharma/biotech merger between a technology-rich private company (Anelixis) with a publicly traded shell company (Novus).

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February 8th, 2020 — Longtime CEO Roundtable member David Friedman founded Knox Financial about a year ago with partner Spencer Taylor. Each month, his Roundtable peers have watched the idea grow and take shape with the mission to help people manage and identify residential rentals with an algorithm-based platform. The company has just raised a $3 million seed round to help it advance on that goal. Greycroft led the round, which also included participation from Pillar VC out of Boston.

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December 19th, 2018 — CEO Roundtable member Mollie Murphy’s company Annkissam has been named the #1 Top Place to Work in The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for the 50 – 99 employees category. The award recognizes the most admired workplaces in the state.

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March 12, 2017 — Katya Tsaioun, PhD, Senior Research Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is leading a team whose objective is to determine the effectiveness of animal testing at predicting toxicity in humans. The research is to be conducted over the next year using data from 10 approved drugs.

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New Chairman Scott Lewis Interviewed on Radio Entrepreneurs

Radio Entrepreneurs’ host Jonathan Freedman interviewed me shortly after I took over the CEO Roundtable from founder Loren Carlson. Jonathan’s insightful questions made clear his understanding of the “Power of Peers” and of the value that the Roundtable has brought to the Boston business community in its 22 year history.

We talked about some of the unique situations in which a business leader can find themselves, and how a close and confidential relationship with people in similar circumstances dealing with similar issues can make the difference between success and failure.

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October 28, 2016 — Boston Logic has received significant growth investment from Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, a leading global private equity firm with $47 billion in assets under management. The funds will be used to provide the firm’s real estate customers with enhanced technologies.

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July 28, 2016 — DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker has announced the sale of, the industry’s largest automotive consumer review website, to On, buyers decide what vehicle they want, where they want to buy it, and the sales person with whom they wish to do business before going out the door.

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June 25, 2016 — PC Zhu, COO of Mass Innovation Labs, was featured in the San Francisco Business Times for his company’s efforts to solve the lab space problems for biotech start-ups. Labs provides 124,000 square feet of built out bio-lab space in Cambridge, MA. Start-up companies can use this space at affordable rates.

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