I’m excited to share that I’m going back to school. I’ve been invited into KPMG’s and University of Michigan’s QuantumShift program. No, that doesn’t mean that I’m leaving Relay Network — the program is just a short but rigorous five days, and I will be back at my desk next week, looking for ways to apply all that I’ve learned.
I’ve had a lot of fun as an entrepreneur over the past 25 years — most recently with Ecount and now with Relay. We currently have over 50 smart and talented people; we work with some of the biggest names in the country, including Comcast, Citizens Bank, and numerous Blue Cross Blue Shield plans; and we’ve seen tremendous YOY growth over the past couple of years. Part of my job is to always be asking: how can we become bigger, better, faster? What growth opportunities am I missing and how do I leverage them for my company and team? What have other people in my position had success with? I’m participating in QuantumShift get insight into these questions and many more.
If you’re not familiar with QuantumShift, it was founded in 2004 as KMPG and Ross School of Business’ effort to empower entrepreneurs of private, high-growth companies across the country by providing them with the training and education to take their startups to the next level. I am one of 40 people in the Class of 2017, which represents a wide variety of industries like health technology, electrical manufacturing, construction, and IT, from major cities across the country including Boston, San Francisco, and Denver.
Spending time amongst such an impressive group of business leaders will help me consider new ways to help grow Relay as well as how I can challenge myself to be a better manager and CEO. I look forward to continuing to learn from my classmates and the larger alumni network beyond these five days.
So wish me luck, and watch this space — I’ll be back in a few days to talk about my experience in Ann Arbor and some of the lessons I learned.