CEOtoCEO was founded in 2003 by John Hartman with the core purpose of connecting leaders and ideas. The breakfast series is designed to connect CEOs, business owners, and company executives with peers who experience similar challenges and opportunities in business every day.
CEOtoCEO is exclusively for CEOs and business owners of companies with revenues over $1M and more than one employee. At each breakfast, speakers from various fields share their experiences, views and distinct insights. Group discussions feature timely topics that are relevant and important to the success of any business leader. The collaborative nature of the CEOtoCEO breakfast format generates an atmosphere in which business executives can get to know each other, learn, and share experiences.
Joe Schmick will be the new leader of CEOtoCEO as of October 2018. For 35 years, Joe was a small business owner and a second-generation farmer in Colfax, Washington. Additionally, Joe has served as State Representative to Washington’s 9th District, the largest district in the state, for the past 11 years.
Joe graduated from Eastern Washington University with degrees in Accounting and Economics and is an alumnus of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. He and his wife, Kim, currently reside in Colfax.
Joe assumes his responsibilities following the retirement of co-founder John Hartman, and he is looking forward to bringing his fresh perspective to CEOtoCEO.
John Hartman founded CEOtoCEO in 2003 and served as its Executive Director until his retirement in 2018. With over 20 years of business management responsibilities, he has a successful track record leading and growing small and mid-cap businesses through startup phase, expansions, turn-a-rounds, and acquisitions. Additionally, John has years of experience in business leadership and teamwork development.
In his retirement, John is living the dream with his wife in Bend, Oregon. They are passionate about reading, mountain biking, and kayaking.