Tom started his career as a CPA and became a manager with one of the largest international CPA firms in the world. But he also has been a:
Founder of the premier Med Spa Franchisor in the US,
Started a software company that was sold to Borland,
Managed an International Private Equity Firm
Been a CFO, COO and President in a broad range of
Planned and founded an early B2B Internet company
in the mid 1990’s, and
Started C-Level Services to counsel many business
owners both in their personal finance and how to
accelerate the value of their business.
Tom’s career has included successful stints as CFO, COO and President of startups to Enterprises with $300 million in sales.
Then he noticed a recurring theme in business owners’ failure and started researching the foundational statistics of small business. What he found both SHOCKED and SADDENED him.
From this, Tom purposed to discover and develop a disruptive solution that would have broad appeal to a large number of small to medium business owners and change the course of BOTH their business’s future and their personal heritage!
Jason Benedict is an experienced global executive who has spent over two decades as an innovator in business and social entrepreneurship.
He has founded several businesses and NGO (non-governmental organization) ventures and serves as a Strategist with the Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship. He is the Co-founder of the Rwanda Business Development Center and over the years has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs.
Jason is the founder and CEO of Touchstone Business Solutions, LLC as a consulting firm focused on providing management solutions in the areas of strategic marketing, planning, business model design and capitalization.
He has specific experience with: sales, marketing, operations, finance, capitalization (funding), business development and the integration of life-purpose and business. Jason earned his MBA from Regent University.
Catalyst Cohorts is a Faith Based Enterprise intending to enrich the lives of Business Owners, CEO’s, Presidents, and Founders who desire to change their thinking and behavior to continually improve and move toward their personal and business success goals. They are moving from Explorers and Entrepreneurs to ENTERPRISERS!
Catalyst Cohorts Core Values
Cohort - kō-hȯrt
group of warriors or soldiers;
group of individuals having a statistical factor in common, with an emphasis on comradery!
Leadership through Core Priorities built from Values
Amaze & Delight our Clients with Quality and Value
Enrichthe Lives of everyone we touch
Excel in Good Intentions and Great Execution
Disrupt through Innovation
Why we are (Vision)
We will disrupt the Peer to Peer CEO industry, using technology and best practices, to transform small to mid-sized businesses so they can enrich the lives of everyone with whom they come into contact.
What we are (Mission)
A Catalyst Cohort is a small group that acts like an:
a) alternative board of directors,
b) brain trust, and
c) mentoring faculty rolled into one.
Where are we going (Hope)
Catalyst wants to change the world!
Between 2007 and 2012 per Census Bureau data, the number of companies with 100 or more employees declined by 5%. There are now only 102,000 companies in the USA with over 100 employees.
Our Heroic Hope is to double that number in the next 10 years!
Typical Cohort Agenda
1 – 1:15
Meet & Greet
1:15 – 4:15
Review Financial Statements and KPIs (15 minutes)
Leverage & Issues Member Feedback (15 minutes)
New Leverage Points
To Dos documented
New Action Plan
4:15 – 4:30
Take few minutes break
4:30 – 5:30
Leverage Points Status
Old Issues resolution discussion
More To Dos documented
5:30 – 6:00
Organizational Excellence and Performance
Review Training Video (previously viewed by Members)
Review Discovery Questions (previously completed by Members)
10 minute Cohort Exercise
How We Do This
Catalyst Cohorts is a movement that stirs up the gifts of its Members. It:
Empowers Founders, and
Sends Founders out to become Great Leaders of other Leaders.
Cohorts consist of 6 similar Members, Marketplace Business Owners or organizational heads with a trained facilitator to manage and move the Cohort forward. Cohorts typically have some similar characteristics- such as B2B; B2C; startups; women in business; business sales between $2 and $10 million, or between $10 and $40 million; some other key demographic or market characteristic.
Once per month on a recurring schedule, the Cohort Members as a group gather for 5 hours:
Preview prior month’s financial results for
Review key performance indicators (KPIs);
Get feedback from the other CEOs and
Leader regarding ideas and solutions to
issues being raised;
Develop action items based on
constraints/ leverage points being
Review follow through of prior period
Topical training from the L4L Academy
The main breakdown today in other “Brain Trust” Cohorts in the marketplace is poor follow through and implementation. Catalyst’s structure is set up with implementation in mind. The implementation process is built on trusted relationships and supported by cloud based technology, state of the art science and business success principles, and accountability and measurement practices.
A Wingman is a foundational relationship between Cohort Members as support and encouragement facilitation. Each Member will team with another Member to support each other and meet periodically between Member meetings. The purpose of Wingman is to help each other prevent activities and actions that get too far out of line from the goals, strategies and purposes each Member has personally and professionally.
Leaders Training Leaders
The Leaders who are Members of the Cohorts will be expected to pass on the training to either their own leadership team or another mix of Leaders they accumulate because true learning deepens when the Learner Trains someone else. This starts a “Pass it On” process within an organization, family, non- profit, etc.
We want to help you fine tune your Heroic Hope.Each member is expected to start their membership with a period of “get acquainted and prepare for future success”.This is a 3 to 6 month process of building a Personal Plan and a Business Summary Plan and getting their financials in better shape.Will also start with some basic training on reading financial statements and understanding what they are saying. Often redoing financials to give better and more useful decision making information will be required.