Frequently asked questions
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A majority of the time is spent spotlighting members who bring forward issues that need to be addressed. The meetings provide a safe environment to share KPIs and hold your fellow CEO accountable. We stay away from speakers and presentations. The groups are all about leveraging the collective knowledge of the members to help fellow members overcome obstacles and pursue opportunities.
Through an interview process, we select the right CEOs for the right group.
We have three levels:
1) Start-up Stage – CEO with a minimum of 5 Years Experience
2) Growth Stage – $2M to $10M annual revenue with 10 employees or more
3) Expansion Stage – $10M and above with 25 employees or more
As a Member, you will have full access to Members around the country. Apex has a private, password-protected website where members have their profiles and contact information. Members also have the option to participate in regional events and mixers.
Apex and Highrise were founded by Forrest Blake. Highrise is a business networking organization for top professionals. Whereas, Apex is a mastermind organization for CEOs only. Apex members can find vetted subject matter experts around the country within the Highrise community.
We understand that CEOs are busy. While there isn’t a specific requirement to attend meetings, we encourage Members to participate in 10 of the 12 meetings per year.
Yes, if you attend your first meeting and don’t think it’s a good fit, we will give you a full refund. Refund requests must be submitted within 10 business days of the meeting.
Yes, although you might have to travel to the in-person meeting. We find there is no replacement for being face-to-face.
No, our group leaders are employees of Apex.
Yes, we are always looking for full-time professionals with CEO-level experience who have the ability to facilitate a high-level meeting.
Prospective members schedule an interview with our Co-Founder Mark Scanlon. During the interview, we try to get an aerial view of the prospective members’ business objectives and goals over the next 5 to 10 years. We also look to understand baseline information like revenue, head count, and current growth rate so we can place the prospective member in the right group. To ensure a purely collaborative environment, we only allow one member per industry within each group. Once interviewed, our selection committee reviews the information and decides if it is a good fit.
The group meetings are 4 hours once a month. These meetings are both live and virtual. We suggest that Members attend 80% of the meetings but we also understand how schedules sometimes conflict.
Our philosophy is that smaller is better. The group size is 12-15. We expect 10-12 members at each meeting. This structure allows each member to have ample time in the spotlight to process issues and pursue opportunities.
The meetings start with Member updates. From there, we proceed to an accountability session with KPIs, and three spotlights for members to work on what’s most important to them. We wrap the meeting with a round table on key takeaways.
Members can volunteer to host meetings. If there is no host, Apex will reserve a location convenient to all. Also, many of the meetings are virtual because of the time savings and remaining Covid restrictions.
Apex has a strict no guesting policy to ensure that discussions remain private.
$6,000 per year.
Currently, we only allow CEOs into the groups.