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The Rhode Island CEO Council

An Exclusive Consortium of CEOs Building a Stronger Rhode Island


The Rhode Island CEO Council is where Rhode Island CEOs build high-value relationships, safely engage in candid off-the-record conversations with top decision makers, gain new leadership ideas directly from renowned experts, receive unbiased decision support from their peer CEOs, hone critically important leadership skills and have ongoing opportunities to impact the future of Rhode Island.

Our Members are the Chief Executives of Rhode Island Employers

 
— Membership is by Invitation Only —

Qualified Chief Executives Only

 • Our members are the top executive in their organization: President, CEO, Executive Director, Managing Director, Managing Partner, or General Manager (who leads of a sizable Rhode Island workforce that is part of an out-of-state company).

 • Members primarily meet and interact with their equals — true peers — chief executives who lead similar-sized, non-competing organizations — CEOs who can best relate to each other's leadership challenges.

 • Our members believe in ethically achieving results that positively impact all stake holders including employees, customers, Rhode Island communities, our nation, and the global environment.

 • Membership is limited to top decision makers because the strategic buck-stops-here leadership challenges and potential solutions discussed in our meetings are unique to those at the top of their organization and responsible for a Rhode Island workforce.

 • Member organizations may be public, private, family-owned, non-profit, or government entities.

 • Member organizations may have a workforce of thousands of employees to a minimum of ten full-time Rhode Island employees.

 • Our members value learning and honing their leadership skills and are willing to help their peers do the same.


Our Leadership Team



Robert Fiske

Founder &
Chief Executive Officer

Brief Bio

Robert Fiske is the Founder & CEO of the Rhode Island CEO Council.

Since 1994, Robert's professional passion has been bringing chief executives together for substantive, strategic, off-the-record conversations that expand leadership thinking and build supportive connections which result in increased leadership performance, engaged workforces, thriving businesses, healthy communities and strong local economies.

Robert's professional experience includes serving as a CEO, president, managing partner, Fortune 500 executive, certified executive coach, and confidant to CEOs.

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Amy Ames

CEO Peer Board
Director & Facilitator

Brief Bio

Amy Ames has over 19 years of professional experience in coaching, consulting, training, and non-profit leadership.

She has served as the Head of Brown University's global Presidential Introductions program, the Executive Director of the nonprofit Heartworks, and an Assistant Vice President at Lehman Brothers.

Amy earned her BA at Saint Michael's College, ACC coaching certificate from ICF, and Co-Active Coaching Certificate from the Coaches Training Institute.

Her consulting and coaching clients range from top corporate executives to individuals who are re-entering the workforce.

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Cheryl Haynes

CEO Peer Board
Director & Facilitator

Brief Bio

Cheryl Haynes has over 25 years of HR leadership with a focus on talent development, strategic alignment, and cultural initiatives.

She has served as Sr. VP of HR at Blue Hills Bank, VP, Head of HR at RBS Citizens' Business Services Operations America, and held HR leadership positions at Metropolitan Life, CVS/Caremark, and State Street Bank.

Cheryl earned an MS at Northeastern, BS at Bryant, SPHR & SHRM-SCP certification at HRCI, and Executive Coaching certification at the Center for Executive Coaching.

She currently serves as an executive coach, HR consultant, and trusted advisor to emerging and high-impact leadership talent.

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Aimée DuVall Phelps

CEO Peer Board
Director & Facilitator

Brief Bio

Aimée DuVall Phelps, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience providing coaching and consulting services to business leaders and their teams—building capacity, agility, and resilience.

Aimée is a nationally recognized expert in human resources and people strategies.

She earned a PhD in Education from the University of Rhode Island, an MBA from Cornell University, a BA from Miami University and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.

In addition to her coaching & consulting practice, Aimée is a Learning Facilitator at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University.

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Mark Strozik

CEO Peer Board
Director & Facilitator

Brief Bio

Mark Strozik has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in the C-suite & board rooms of public and private businesses in multiple industries.

He has served as Senior VP at Summer Infant, Head of Global HR at The Rockport Shoe Company, and in HR leadership roles at The First Years, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Health New England, and the Springfield Institution for Savings.

Mark earned a BS in Business & Psychology from Clarkson and earned his Coaching Certification at IPEC.

Mark currently serves as an executive coach and is on the Board of Directors at Ti-Sales, Inc.

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Heather Wilkerson

CEO Peer Board
Director & Facilitator

Brief Bio

Heather Wilkerson has over 20-years of experience providing professional development and coaching services to hundreds of clients in different industries.

At Brown University she served as Asst. Director of Alumni Leadership & Career Programs.

Heather earned her MS in Communications from Georgia State, BA from Emory, Coaching Certification from CTI, and a Professional Certified Coach Credential from ICF.

Heather currently serves as an executive coach—helping her clients overcome roadblocks, improve leadership skills, manage change, and achieve their goals.

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Our History


2006-2012

On August 24, 2006 we were founded as the Chief Executives Club of Rhode Island (CEC-RI).

On September 21, 2006, with the support of Gov. Donald Carcieri and the leadership of several RI Chambers of Commerce, over 75 CEOs of medium and large RI employers participated in our inaugural meeting. Our guest speakers included Gov. Donald Carcieri and Justin Menkes, a renowned leadership expert and author of the book "Executive Intelligence."

2012-2016

In 2012 CEC-RI operations were transferred to Rhode Island College (RIC) and continued to operate successfully under the leadership of RIC's president, Dr. Nancy Carriuolo and her team.

In 2016, after a new president was appointed to lead RIC, a decision was made to no longer operate CEC-RI.

The last CEC-RI meeting hosted by Rhode Island College was held in December 2016.

2020-2021

In challenging times like these, where uncertainty and change abound, Rhode Island's CEOs need better access to their most valuable resource, peer CEOs.

With the support and advice of former Chief Executives Club members, we completely redesigned the organization to deliver the most valued services provided by today's most successful CEO organizations.

And to better represent our new design, focus and the high-value member experience, CEC-RI is now The Rode Island CEO Council.

2022-

The Rhode Island CEO Council officially restarts with our inaugural event, the 2022 CEO Summit.

This and all future events are for Chief Executives Only (with no substitutes or alternates).

See what we offer our members.

Check out our event calendar for dates, topics, and guests.

Please contact us if you would like to receive an invitation to any of our events.


A Partial List of Alumni of the former Chief Executives Club of RI

Amgen

Hope Global

Women & Infants Hospital

KLR - Kahn, Litwin, Renza

Meeting Street

Nautic Partners

Ximedica

Atomic Catering

Full Channel TV

CAP3

Cyber Communications

Embolden Design

Hue Brand Group

Mercury Print & Mail

Prudential Gammons Realty

Rhode Island Public Radio

Amica Insurance

Rhode Island College

United Way of Rhode Island

Alex and Ani

Newport Harbor Corporation

Mereco Technologies

Nixon Peabody

LFI Inc.

Cosco

AlphaGraphics

Capstone Visual

Diet Center

Ewaste Technology Management

Interiors Etc.

Meridien Benefits Group

RI Kitchen and Bath

Stanley Bostitch

Cookson Electronics

Atrion Networking

Cooley/Group

Bliss Manufacturing

Stand Corporation

Reetz Engineering and Machine

Lighthouse Computer Services

Fielding Manufacturing

Apple Valley Agency,

Chamberland & Company, Ltd

Dominion Diagnostics

FastSigns

Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems

Nail Communications

Seko Logistics

Hexagon Metrology

Johnson & Wales

Swarovski NA

Bradford Soap Works

Dartex Coatings

Mahr Federal

Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory

The Signature Group

The Chemical Company

Partridge Snow & Hahn

Duffy & Sweeney

Baxter's Fine Jewelry

Horton Interpreting Service

Leisure Rooms New England

Newberry PR

The Renewal Group


The organizations above are or were led by chief executives who were members of the Chief Executives Club of Rhode Island and E-Club RI

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— Established in 2006 —

(originally founded as the Chief Executives Club of Rhode Island)

— An exclusive and powerful consortium of chief executives who help each other take their business and Rhode Island to the next level —

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