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The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

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The road to the middle market CEO corner office is paved with mile markers that guide in surprising, unpredictable, and some might even say “mysterious” ways! But how do you get such a widely coveted position? This is the question often heard during decades of ROI’s executive search interviews, conducted with top-level executives. ROI’s Into the Corner Office podcast is a new inspiration and answer platform which premieres visionary tales of adventure with great endings and highlights, from powerhouse CEOs driving the formidable success of the U.S. economy’s middle market sector. The CEOs behind this impressive growth reveal insights which equipped them to lead their organizations. Showcasing dynamic leadership stories, Into the Corner Office dives into the heart of what informed and formed these CEOs. Guests share their backgrounds, talk about their early years, and explore what shaped them before they were known for their successes in growing, developing, and leading extraordinary middle market companies and teams. Telling their own stories – straight up and right Into the Corner Office.

    Matt Carter, CEO, Aryaka

    Matt Carter, CEO, Aryaka

    Matt Carter is a cloud and technology industry veteran, leading Aryaka’s long-term market strategy and day-to-day operations, while guiding the company’s vision for an increasingly connected world. Prior to this role, Matt served as President and CEO of Inteliquent Inc, a publicly traded provider of cloud-based networking services for global enterprises, which was successfully acquired by GCTR, a Chicago based PE firm.

    Matt previously held a series of executive positions with Sprint Corporation where he successfully led several of its major businesses. This includes serving as President of the Sprint Enterprise Solutions business that provided a diversified portfolio of communication platforms to companies in over 165 countries globally. He also served as President of Boost Mobile, a leading provider of no contract wireless services.

    Matt earned his master’s degree in general management from the Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

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    Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

    Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

    Lindsey Ueberroth is Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and a member of its Board of Directors. Since joining the company in 2004, Lindsey has helped solidify the position of Preferred Hotels & Resorts as an iconic global hospitality brand, a preferred partner for independent hotels, and a trusted resource for travelers seeking an authentic, independent luxury hotel experience.
    In March 2015, Lindsey spearheaded the rebranding of Preferred Hotel Group to Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which represented the onset of a new consumer-facing strategy for the company. The new brand architecture redefined the way the hotel experience is rated, not by tiers or stars, but by experiences, to create stronger clarity for the company’s world-class portfolio of independent properties among travelers, hoteliers, and travel partners. Highlighting the success of that strategic move, in that same year, Lindsey led the company to achieve a major milestone in its history by generating more than $1 billion ($1.011B) in reservations revenue on behalf of its member hotels worldwide, a 15% increase over the previous year.
    During her tenure as president, from June 2010 to February 2014, Lindsey’s leadership of Preferred Hotel Group helped the company’s global portfolio of member hotels successfully emerge from the worldwide economic downturn by doubling total year-end reservations revenue and generating a 25% increase in Average Daily Rate. Under her direction, the company also launched the innovative points-based I Prefer hotel rewards program; executed the introduction of three distinct brands that represented hotels and resorts in the design, boutique, and serviced residences niche categories; marked first-time presence in more than 25 new countries; and formed strategic partnerships with small hotel brands that expanded the company’s reach into key global markets.
    Her strength and success as the leader of Preferred Hotels & Resorts earned her recognition in 2017 by Hotel Management as one of the 30 most influential women in hospitality. She also received back-to-back accolades in 2015, first by HOTELS magazine as one of the top 10 most noteworthy hoteliers in the world and then by Lodging Magazine as one of the 20 most influential females in the lodging industry.
    Before joining Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Lindsey was an account executive at Ambassadors International, Inc., a global meetings and incentives company. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
    Lindsey serves on the Board of Directors for Historic Hotels of America, the Global Hotel Network, and Wine 2 Water. She is also an active member of the U.S. Travel Association and the Young Presidents’ Organization. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Lindsey has traveled to more than 100 countries.

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    Obadiah Ostergard, CEO, Left Bank Brassieries and LB Steak

    Obadiah Ostergard, CEO, Left Bank Brassieries and LB Steak

    Obadiah is responsible for all aspects of the Vine Hospitality operations overseeing the core values of the company: Drive Quality, Have Fun and Make it Happen!
    With over 20 years as a top hospitality executive, Obadiah Ostergard began his journey in the culinary industry as the Executive Chef at Gaylord’s in the historic Kilohana Plantation in Kauai, Hawaii. While working closely with the Owner and General Manager, Ostergard not only created and executed full-service lunch and dinner menus but also serviced banquet functions and weekly catering events. Shortly after, Ostergard decided to venture to Wilmington, Delaware where he was invited to open a café for MBNA America. He continued to grow within the company, moving on to roles of Executive Chef and Executive Catering Director, where he was responsible for overseeing event management for extravagant banquet functions.
    Ostergard continued to flourish in the hospitality industry—during his time in Delaware, he co-owned The Vault and Restaurant 821, both of which he lead as General Manager. He was able to conceptualize a creative business plan for Restaurant 821, creating a fine dining restaurant that featured locally grown ingredients. Restaurant 821 received multiple accolades from Philadelphia Magazine and Zagat as well as “3 Bells” by award-winning food critic, Craig Leban, for its sophisticated dining experience and notable, fresh dishes.
    Several years later, Ostergard moved to San Francisco to join the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, where he began as the General Manager of Kuleto’s Trattoria in Burlingame and later transitioned to the San Francisco location on Powell Street. After Kuleto’s, he managed the Fifth Floor Restaurant at the Hotel Palomar and was eventually promoted to Director of Operations for Kimpton Restaurants where he led the reconception efforts of restaurants such as Ponzu and Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen.
    Prior to taking over as CEO for the founder of Left Bank Ed Levine, Ostergard was the President of Au Bon Repas as San Francisco-based restaurant group which includes Cafe Claude, Gaspar and Gitane restaurants where he oversaw all aspects of operations.

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    Michael Hughes, CEO, Elevation Labs

    Michael Hughes, CEO, Elevation Labs

    Michael comes to Elevation Labs with over 18 years of experience in the beauty and skin care industry. Michael began his career in Ireland with Procter & Gamble, producing skin care & cosmetics for brands such as Olay, Max Factor, and Cover Girl. In 2003 he transferred to the US with P&G, where he has worked in Cincinnati, Boston and most recently Iowa City, Iowa. There, he successfully directed operations as the plant manager of P&G’s largest beauty care plant, producing 600 million bottles every year of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and mouthwash for brands such as Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Crest, Old Spice & Olay, and grossing over 2 billion in sales annually. As part of that role, he also ran one of the largest distribution centers globally and had the opportunity to share his insights on topics such as Millennial Management with leaders around the globe. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from University College Dublin in Ireland and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Bringing his vast knowledge to Elevation Labs, Michael’s top priority will be to ensure that the highest quality products are being produced on time and in-full for every customer. His goal is to build on Elevation’s world-class operations, both in Idaho, LA and Colorado, creating a culture that is highly adaptable, team-oriented, and streamlined to ensure excellent work flow and best-in-class responsiveness for every customer.

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    Bill Walshe, CEO, Viceroy Hotel Group

    Bill Walshe, CEO, Viceroy Hotel Group

    Bill Walshe is a 20+ year seasoned expert and leader in the luxury hospitality industry. Walshe provides Viceroy Hotel Group with a truly global perspective as he brings extensive senior management experience with leading international luxury hospitality brands, including Dubai’s Jumeirah Group, and luxury European hotel groups Kempinski Hotels & Resorts and The Doyle Collection. His passion is in creating hospitality brands that deliver a contemporary interpretation of luxury, built on the solid fundamentals of good old fashioned hotel-keeping. Since taking the helm at Viceroy, he has added seven new properties across Chicago, Dubai, Los Cabos, San Francisco and Washington D.C. and is preparing for the opening of new Viceroy branded hotels in Cartagena, Portugal, Panama and Serbia for a total of 22 hotels under management by the group worldwide.

    • 42 min
    Cheryl Bachelder, Respected CEO & Author

    Cheryl Bachelder, Respected CEO & Author

    Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.

    Director at Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

    Director at US Foods Holding Corp.

    Director at Chick-Fil-A, Inc.

    Author, Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others

    Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader -- the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, a franchisee-focused approach, and superior financial performance.  Guided by the servant leadership thinking of Robert Greenleaf, she believes highly caring, collaborative leaders with big ambitions for the enterprise, not themselves, generate the conditions for people to perform their best work.

    Cheryl served as CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company with over 2,600 restaurants in 26 countries, from 2007 to 2017. The story of Popeyes success is chronicled in her book, Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. During her tenure, Popeyes’ stock price grew from $11 to $61, at which time the board sold the company to Restaurant Brands International Inc. for $1.8 billion dollars or $79 per share in March, 2017.

    Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble.  

    Cheryl serves as a director on the boards of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (PIR), US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD), and Chick-Fil-A, Inc. She sits on the advisory board of Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is a board member of CEO Forum, an organization that encourages and develops leadership capability in CEOs and senior executives.

    Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 38 years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, and four handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia and attend Buckhead Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

    Website: Serving Performs at www.cherylbachelder.com

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