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“TAB has become an irreplaceable part of my business. I can’t imagine going back to operating without a board to check in with and bounce ideas off of. The monthly discipline of putting your thoughts and plans into writing helps you to focus your ideas and gain clarity on how to progress them. The TAB process naturally builds in accountability and encourages you to step up your game. It is also very exciting to assist others on the board with improving themselves and their businesses. It is easy to look back and see the progress that everybody makes by being a part of a TAB Board. I wouldn’t do business without it!”

Jeff Ehlers – President of Above All Projects, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Being part of a TAB board has enabled me to see new opportunities to grow my business and become more productive through better investment of my time and capital. Also my TAB Coach has helped me to spend more time working ON my business rather than working IN my business.”

View Jason’s TAB testimonial here. Jason Dubois

Jason Dubois – Len Dubois Trucking Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba

“From day one and even before I became a TAB-Winnipeg Board member, Kim Christie was there for me with advice and a different perspective on issues I faced. Buying a company from an owner that kept things close to his chest put me in a difficult and frightening environment but thanks to the help, I received from my coach and my TAB Board I have been able to relax and learn as they mentor me. Knowing that I am not the only lonely leader dealing with small to large issues is so very refreshing. Our company’s growth is directly linked to the strong support and guidance received from my fellow TAB Board Members. As a result I am able to enjoy more freedom from my business then I ever thought possible.”

View Royal’s TAB testimonial here. Royal Unruh

Royal Unruh – A.D. Rutherford International, Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba


“Since I joined TAB-Winnipeg in January 2015, my business has grown and I have learned a lot. We’ve developed robust KPIs that help me to report on and better manage the financial side of our business. My TAB Board and Coach hold me accountable and force me to get out of the whirlwind of daily activity and work on the big picture side of my business. The monthly coaching sessions have helped me with projects and provided the confidence to develop and expand our team. The TAB Board meetings provide me with a sounding board and gives me a forum to hear what other owners are going through – both challenges and successes. It helps to know you are not alone and that my Board is there to help and for me to help. TAB Board meetings can be like Entrepreneur Therapy at times. I would recommend TAB to any business owner who wants a process to help guide them and their company.”

View Brent’s TAB testimonial here. Brent Metcalfe

Brent Metcalfe A-Post Aluminum Fabricators, Inc. Winnipeg Manitoba

“I was lost and now I can see. As small business owners, we struggle to become proficient at everything required to run a business – finance, human resource management, client management, administration, sales and more. We get so busy that it is easy to lose sight of what is important. TAB has helped me to stay focused. Through the coaching sessions and monthly meetings, I now have a process for vetting my plans and a group of peers that hold me accountable.”

Ron Mondor – Zantek Information Technology Inc, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“Since I’ve joined TAB I’ve found I’m challenged and excited about my business again. Through the expertise of my TAB Board I have gained a better understanding of my company’s numbers and really enjoy watching them grow each month. I find a lot of value having a peer group to go to for advice and knowing I’m not alone. I’m very involved in my industry association and find the insight from the association combined with my TAB Board to be very valuable in taking my business to the next level.”

Ed Dwyer – C&T Rentals & Sales Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba

“In building a business, I can think of no better strategy then to have the sound advice of other business owners and a coach helping to keep you on track. The team at TAB and my board do that for me and I highly recommend them for other business leaders looking to grow their business.”

Paul Provost – 6P Marketing Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba

“I have been a TAB-Winnipeg Board Member since 2011. When I look back comparing where we are as a company and where I am as a business owner today – I am amazed at the progress. My monthly TAB coaching sessions and Board meetings force me to take strategic time away from our daily business demands to “sharpen the saw”. I feel like much more of a business owner now versus a person who was “owned” by his company.”

Wayne Feeleus – West End Radiators, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

TAB has provided me with an excellent forum to voice my concerns about my business problems with open honest communication and feedback on my problems. TAB allows me to think about growing my business and focus on strategic planning that is normally forgotten about in the day-to-day fires of owning a business. My TAB Coach is an excellent source of knowledge in many aspects of my business and has many great ideas to help improve my business. I value his opinion and the coaching sessions keep me focused on improving my business and me as a person.

Steven Moon – King’s Septic & Portable Toilet Service Inc., Headingley, Manitoba

“The TAB Board has provided us with a venue to step outside the everyday workings of the dealership and consider the basic fundamentals of business. It has helped us to more clearly see the necessity of establishing goals, measuring against benchmarks and generally taking your entire business to the next level. The experience and strength of each board member is brought to each meeting and offers an excellent resource to resolve difficult problems and situations that occur in every day business. Change never comes easy, but knowing that you need to make a change and having someone to encourage you to get there is invaluable.”

Jill Ruth – Headingley Sport Shop, Headingley, Manitoba

“I’ve worked with Kim Christie and have been on a TAB Board since 2005. I have found Kim’s insights & the different perspectives that my fellow TAB Board Members are able to provide to be very helpful in the decision making process.”

Cameron Inglis – Germinate Inc. Partner at Lawton and Partners, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“I have been in business since 1996 and a TAB Board Member since 2011. Since joining TAB, our sales, profit and growth have soared. The friendly, supportive and reciprocal relationships with my coach and TAB Board peers have contributed significantly to increased openness, deeper engagement on KPI’s, and confidence in team building – all of which have been transformative. Beyond the specific business lessons learned, I have found getting to know other small business owners invaluable in managing the stresses and isolation that can come with running a business. I would definitely recommend TAB to other business owners looking to take their entrepreneurial dreams to the next level.”

Dave Hanson – Sage Garden Greenhouses, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“I joined TAB in April of 2014. Since then I have learned lot and gained a different perspective of my business. TAB has taught me how to grow my business to meet and fit my vision of the business. TAB has also helped me to develop my Personal Vision and focus on what I need to do to meet these goals. My TAB Coach and my TAB Board members have helped me with HR problem solving, recruitment and time management.TAB is great at keeping me focusing on the current aspects of my business as well as planning for the future.”

Derek Fast – Fast Plumbing, Headingley, Manitoba

“I joined my TAB Winnipeg Board led by Kim Christie in February 2012. I was compelled to list my goals and aspirations in business and life. Although not apparent at the time; I eventually apprehended that the two objectives should be congruent. Make your business work for you. By stating personal goals publicly – I was tricked into executing them. In 2016, I am taking a one year sabbatical from business, sailing the Caribbean with my wife, aboard our boat Jono. Thanks to my Coach and TAB Board group for holding me to account.”

Dan Jonsson – Carstar, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“The Alternative Board is a place to learn and gather information.  It is a group of people to bounce my solutions or ideas off before I try them.  I gain valuable input for the decisions I have to make.  Also it is very easy to see other’s mistakes, but not realize you have made the same mistake or are currently making the same mistake.  Decisions, solutions & especially employee issues become obvious.”

Scott McManus – Something Greek

“What I like the most is the tools. There’s no bull. It’s all straightforward and clear. It’s all laid out in terms of what I need to do and why I need to do it. The accountability we have here in the Board, what your TAF guy is doing to help my people see how vital everyone is on the team; DISC…DISC is a no brainer…$125 for a DISC just saved me $125,000 I might have invested in the wrong person. I liked him but DISC told me he wouldn’t do the job.”

Rick Jones – Fishbait Marketing

“I love the feedback and knowing that when we make a business decision that we, the board and our coach have looked at it from all angles and we feel really confident we have made the right decision!”

Lindsay Woods – Q.Design

“Accountability, Direction, Advise, Goal setting, Camaraderie.  I know what to do and get great advise as well.  The daily grind can inhibit you from executing your plan.  TAB helps me stay focused on the goals and helps me achieve them.”

Kenneth Kobarg – Artisan Design Build Remodel

“The personal interaction with my board members at each meeting. Their feedback and positive energy really help me. It seems at this point that TAB has helped me solve almost all of my problems, or at least given me the tools that I need to solve them myself when new ones come up. I still find things I can use my board’s advice on though and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions

“Feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses, and can share their own experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc

“I find that the sharing of ideas and problem solving in others businesses helps me think creatively about my own business. Stepping outside of my day to day work helps me look at the bigger picture and focus on short and long term goals.”

Bob Makofsky – Conformer Products, Inc

“Makes me focus on my business during the meetings and coaching sessions, taking a hard look at myself and my company with the perspective of some very sharp people who only have my interest in mind.”

Ken Drossman – Lakeview Business Consulting, LLC

“The independent coaching sessions, the accountability to work on my business rather than in my business, the insights from my board members, the spark I get from helping my fellow board members.”

Nelson Martins – DiPaolo Machine Tools

“I have been a member of The Alternative Board for 10 years.  My board knows me, holds me accountable and gives practical real world advice.  My private coaching sessions are amazing.”

Mark Rickard – Rickard List Marketing

“There are numerous benefits.  Certainly having a great coach is a huge asset.    Secondly, having the opportunity to vet business opportunities, strategies and plans is a great help.    Last, it is very gratifying to help fellow board members work through their issues as well.”

Balon B.Bradley – Law Firm of Balon b. Bradley

“We have an excellent group of professional business owners.  I learn something from them each month.  Hearing and seeing what they are doing in their business is motivational for me.  And they are not “yes” people.  They tell me when I should be doing something differently.”

Lynn Gastineau – Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

“Both components of TAB (coaching and board meeting) are very different but equally rewarding in that I am held accountable for my decisions in a way that nobody who worked for me could ever do.  My facilitator has become so ingrained in the business that I rely on his counsel for every major decision and many intermediate decisions.  On the flip side, my board is very tough on everybody which creates a true environment of accountability.”

Philip Rosen – Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen, P.A.

“Having insights from others as to how they solve business issues is helpful.  Plus I am finding we have the same issues in common – staffing, cash flow, and business development.  The diversity of the group is also valuable so for those of us starting out, it helps avoid pitfalls of which we are not aware.  For those who have more experience, it allows them to realize how important getting back to basics can be.”

Debra Lord – Job Ready Services, LLC

“A framework for building a comprehensive and realistic business plan coupled with an accountability structure that keeps me on task to achieve critical milestones.”

Joe K. Mauro Sr. – Raybend

“16 yrs. in business. Company was run like mom and pop shop for 14 years. Since joining TAB we have been able to identify our niche in the market and now the company is being run like a real company with focus and clarity as to where we are going and an actual plan on how we’re going to get there. Our company is poised to grow in size and wealth beyond my expectations and with TAB I will be able to sleep at night in the process.”

Ted Curato – TLC Painting

“The ability to leave my business and enter the world of being a CEO once a month was a fantasy to me. The friendships and learning experiences are life and business changers.”

Neeshard Ahamad – The Orpheus Companies, Ltd

“I joined The Alternative Board (TAB) in 2013 and am very happy I did. TAB is a small group of business owners who act as a “board of directors” for your company and provide the platform for a small business owner, like myself, to brainstorm and bounce ideas to grow my business with other owners in a confidential setting. Many of the members on my board have or had similar issues and the insight they offer is priceless. We meet once a month and I always look forward to the meetings and leave with a clear plan and written goals each month. Thanks TAB for providing such a valuable service for small business owners — given the help I receive from my TAB Board, I don’t expect to stay small for long!”

Larry Kagan – Baron Payroll

“TAB is one of the ‘on-going’ training tools which we, as CEOs and Presidents, need. We send our people off to seminars etc., but somehow never find the time to ‘sharpen’ our own saw. TAB provides the opportunity, but also discipline and structure… an excellent investment of my time and money.”

Grace Louise Schmidt – BoatLIFE

“Our TAB Board members and facilitator have helped us deal with the on-going business issues we have faced over the years as a laser job shop. They have worked with us to plan strategically and helped ensure we are secure during the economic downturns and to capitalize on our strengths and grow in a controlled and targeted way. Our three partners now work together much more effectively as a team making all our working time more pleasurable. I am glad I found TAB.”

Reto Hug – Maloya Laser

“One of the biggest benefits to me has been the strategic business analysis. This is not something that most of us do regularly or very well. TAB has required me to continually analyze my business’s strengths, weaknesses, personnel, short-term and long-term goals. I am able to look at my business from a different perspective. As a result, I am more comfortable with the direction I am able to provide.”

Bryan Keen – Keen Compressed Gas

The mentoring I get is excellent and keeps me focused on the vitally important aspects of my business. My TAB board provides a place where I can have open discussions that involve family, customers, vendors and employees. The feedback I get is critical and constructive and sometimes takes me in new directions of thought that I would not be able to get otherwise. I think any small business owner should seriously consider joining a TAB Board.”

Nelson Johnson – Eccountable Solutions

“The best business decision that I’ve ever made (besides opening my store) was to join the TAB Board. It taught me how to structure and formulate basic fundamental policies and procedures; it has helped me sharpen my vision for future business and personal goals. The TAB Board provides a safe place to bounce around ideas and receive honest, creative solutions to important business challenges. Coaching sessions are professional, focused and very enlightening. They have helped me work on my business and not in my business. My recommendation – JOIN!””

Gina Snyder – Sunny Bridge Natural Foods

“In 2012 my receivables were 45 days. At the end of 2013 that was down to 4 days. My cash flow is greatly improved and predictable. My TAB Board helped me shift my policies and procedures to build a smoother running business and eliminate those awkward “money” calls to clients. I’m sleeping a lot better because this important issue is solved. Thank you, TAB!.”

Rick Maher – Effective Human Resources

“The TAB meetings bring together terrific expertise and creativity. Every meeting is a unique learning experience. My entire thinking about what I want my business to do has shifted. Sales are up 60% in two years. The support I need to make tough choices and start new initiatives may not be found within the company, but will be found in the TAB meetings and coaching sessions.”

Don Rosenberg – Shorehaven Behavioral Health

There is no silver bullet to becoming successful, you just have to stay focused on your goals. TAB has helped my business grow significantly by encouraging me to take a step back and identify the basics I need.”

Jo McCabe – Mr. Handyman

“The guidance of The Alternative Board has helped me increase our revenue. The time I have saved and the return my firm has gotten has exceeded our financial and time investment. I am impressed with the organization.”

Steven Kramer, Esq. – Feldman, Kramer & Monaco PC

“Before joining TAB I found that when I am out there “alone” it is hard to attack some of the details that “fine tune” a business. As past experiences and issues are shared from other business owners, it helps me to not make a mistake that someone else may have already made. As more eyes look at a situation, it lends itself to others, who are removed emotionally and physically from the issues at hand, being able to see the situation more clearly, thus presenting solutions that can impact my business in a positive way.”

Craig Christensen – Trinity Fastener

“One of the biggest benefits of my participation with TAB has been the increased confidence I have gained as a result of the interaction with the board members. Sharing problems, resources, failures and solutions with business-owners from varying fields has provided a wealth of new ideas, developed resources that might not otherwise have been open to me and helped me to refine my company’s direction. I benefit from the shared experience of the group tremendously; it is the interaction of the group, the brainstorming and trouble-shooting that creates a dynamic shared mentoring that gives me a greater confidence in my decisions.”

Leslie L. Vaughn – EMS Billing Services, Inc.

“Based on the input I got from my board on some specific things I should include in client proposals I was able to get two jobs valued at $1,300,000 that I feel I otherwise would not have gotten. And by working with one of my TAB board members, I’m saving $10,000 per year on my company’s medical insurance premiums – with better benefits. The savings drop directly to my bottom line – thank you TAB!”

Joe Pacifico – Coastal Enterprises of NY Inc

“TAB helped solve almost all of my problems or given me the tools that I need to solve them myself. I use my board’s advice and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions Inc.

The support I received from my TAB board members and facilitator was instrumental in the turn-around of the business.”

Donald Barrick – RMP Capital Corp.

I rely on my TAB board members to keep me focused on the positive ways to reach my goal.”

Brent Mele – All Action Alarm

“I receive feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses. They share their experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc.

“As a distributor, TAB has helped me expand my business by 40% and develop the structure needed to help sustain that growth. I’m pleased with the results I have received with TAB who helped me work on my business, not just in it.”

Ira Krinick – Ponderosa Packaging

“TAB is a fantastic way for a small company to have its own board of directors there to really help, not just rubber stamp your ideas. I have usually been too busy to participate in other extra-curricular business activities, but I make time for TAB as the payback is proving to be enormous.”

Saurel Quettan – Integrated Construction Management, Inc.

“Hands down, TAB is an invaluable resource to our business…it’s the best small business resource to CEO’s in Atlanta. With today’s challenges and the need to respond to new opportunities quickly, the TAB Business Leadership Group is always available in a timely manner to jump in to help. One opportunity, with which I was reluctant to act, but that the board strongly encouraged me to move forward, resulted in a 46% increase in my net profit for 2009, a year in which most companies suffered significant losses. By meeting with my peer board made up of other successful business owners, I’ve gained perspective and experienced greater levels of business and personal successes. TAB is about success, it’s amazing that such a small investment produces such tremendous results!”

Tina Joseph – B2T Training, LLC