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Vistage International selects Rosewood Coaching’s Rick Wolk to establish a CEO roundtable in Anchorage

Anchorage, AK., August 20, 2014–Rick Wolk, Chief Growth Officer at Rosewood Coaching, is launching a new Chief Executive group in Anchorage, Alaska. The new Vistage group will meet monthly to discuss business issues, share expertise, and provide one another confidential help to achieve their goals. Wolk is part of a community of more than 400 Vistage Chairs who lead local area groups, which total more than 18,000 members in 16 countries.

Generally speaking, if Alaska business people want peer-to-peer counsel, or are simply looking to reinvigorate themselves within one particular sector of employment, the answer is a conference Outside. Once Wolk establishes the Alaska business groups (grouped by like-but not competitive-sector, and revenue) these business owners will have access to one another locally, as well as benefit from one-on-one executive coaching conducted by Wolk. Is peer counsel that desirable?

Back in the 80s, Charles Schultz–Starbuck’s leader was struggling. The company was growing at such an exponential rate and Schultz was the man who needed all the answers. In his book about his own growth and development through Starbucks, “Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built A Company One Cup At A Time,” Schultz talked about the importance of finding a peer mentor.

“And with the right mentor, don’t be afraid to expose your vulnerabilities. Admit you don’t know what you don’t know. When you acknowledge your weaknesses and ask for advice, you’ll be surprised how much others will help,” Schultz writes.

Vistage International, founded in 1957 and headquartered in San Diego, California, creates a framework for this kind of peer-to-peer mentoring by gathering chief executives from complementary businesses into small groups. Vistage members participate in monthly, Chair-led senior advisory board meetings. These meetings resemble an executive session and are confidential.

Vistage members all over the country praise the organization’s premise. “There is a great benefit to being in a room of successful business owners who are open about what works and what doesn’t at their companies,” writes MP Mueller, owner of Door Number 3, in Austin, Texas. “The Vistage Chair leads you to a logical course of action through a series of smart questions. They don’t tell you what to do, but allow you to get there yourself.”

Rick Wolk is thrilled to be bringing such a prestigious group to Anchorage, Alaska. “I’ve been working to help grow private sector businesses in Alaska for more than a decade. Being able to bring Vistage to Alaska will be another valuable tool to assist our business leaders to grow their businesses faster and more efficiently, said Wolk.

Rick is an executive coach, educator and an entrepreneur with experience in all aspects of running organizations that strive for management and marketing excellence. In addition to his 11 years of teaching university students in Alaska, Rick has also successfully managed business development, sales, marketing, human resources and administrative functions for intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial ventures; his experience includes P&L responsibility, general management, international business, new product development and start-ups. Rick earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and he is currently a PhD student at Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. Rick serves as Vice President of the University Economic Development Association and is a board member for the World Trade Center Alaska.

Rosewood Coaching is a local, Alaska business. Based in Anchorage, Rosewood Coaching’s staff of executive, personal and wellness coaches are certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Bobbie Sue Wolk, Rick’s wife, and co owner of the business, was the first executive coach certified in the state of Alaska.

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