Most TEC members commit to and receive the benefit of collegiality and support for an average of five to seven years. At this time, the member might disengage due to retirement or a merger. However, experience demonstrated that once the former member becomes involved in another business, he/ she quickly rejoins as they value the benefit of having a network of entrepreneurial expertise and access to strong collegial relationships.
The three local Manitoba TEC groups are led by highly experienced chairpersons. For instance, Barry Bernhard comes from a background of strategic business planning and management in government, financial services, not-for-profits and associations. Lynn Bishop, an expert in airport and air carrier management, brings extensive chairmanship and board governance expertise with organizations such as the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Ken Sontag is an experienced engineering professional with expertise from both the corporate and small business engineering world. Furthermore, Ken was also a TEC member himself prior to becoming a chairperson and so brings a unique perspective to the role of chair.
As indicated, life at the top is not only lonely but there are very few people to whom you can turn. Thankfully, “expertise, experience and connected thinking” are three of the significant benefits that TEC groups across the world provide.
As a consultant, I know firsthand the value of the TEC group and have been referring my clients for many years. So, if your business is on the cusp of growth or change and you would benefit from the power and wisdom of like-minded business owners, then investigate the TEC group nearest you. Check out the TEC website at www.tec-canada. com and contact one of the local Manitoba chairpersons for a consultation.