Five local residents have signed on to participate in the Chairmen’s RoundTable (CRT) mentorship program: Ginny Beneke (Carmel Valley), John H. Eyler (Fairbanks Ranch), Patrick Henry (Pacific Highlands Ranch), Steve McCracken (Carmel Valley) and Paige Wisdom (Santaluz).
The CRT is a San Diego nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono mentoring to CEOs of private businesses in the Greater San Diego area. Each of these mentors provide invaluable advice without compensation to local executives as a way of giving back to the community.
Virginia (Ginny) Beneke has held executive positions as CEO, President/GM, and CMO in the technology and education industries. Her expertise vitalized growth and profitability for both mature (AT&T, Xerox, Exxon, National University) and emerging organizations. “The Chairmen’s Roundtable provides an opportunity for me to give back to the San Diego community and help with the success of our organizations,” said Beneke. I am looking forward to engaging with a variety of interesting companies and talented people.”
John H. Eyler served as chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us Inc. from 2000 to 2005, during which time he restructured the balance sheet, upgraded talent, reduced expenses, rebuilt systems, renovated worn-out stores, and developed a state-of-the-art supply chain. From 1992 to 2000, Eyler was chairman and CEO of FAO Schwarz, Inc., and led the company to its most profitable year in its 133-year history in 1995 with strong results continuing through the end of his tenure.
Patrick Henry is a senior executive and serial entrepreneur that has run four different startup companies, including his current company, QuestFusion. "I'm at a stage of my career where I want to give back, and not just financially, but with my time,” said Henry. “I heard about the work that CRT does with entrepreneurs and business owners in the San Diego community and their model for mentorship, and felt like it was a perfect fit for me."
Steven C. McCracken is Of Counsel in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. For 18 years he served as a C-level executive at Callaway Golf with both legal and business responsibilities, following his 19-year stint as a litigator with an international law firm. "I have found that CRT mentors are committed to a truly selfless mission of giving back to the San Diego business community, and it is a joy to assist in the fulfillment of that mission," said McCracken.
Paige Wisdom has extensive experience as a CFO, CRO, and capital markets professional with public companies as well as private PE and VC-backed companies. Wisdom has been the CFO of younger, start-up companies with revenues of $150+ million as well as larger, more complex businesses with revenues exceeding $11 billion.
Paul Thiel, chairman of the CRT added, “I am very excited about the diverse backgrounds and expertise that this latest group of mentors bring to the table. I applaud these individuals who have volunteered their time to mentor local executives who are looking for guidance to take themselves and their company to the next level.”