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CEO Summit Series:  

Candid Conversations on Key Business Topics


Initiated in 2015, the CEO Summit Series present a panel of CEO's or key leaders with experience in the topic area selected for each program.  The format is a moderated discussion with the panelists, who are encouraged to present candid thoughts and experiences regarding their successes, learnings, advice, and thought processes.  Following the panel presentation, the panelists respond to questions and comments from the audience participants.  These programs tap the unique quality of GPSEG members: senior level executives and entrepreneurs from all industries and functional areas and have rapidly become the most popular programs on our calendar, attracting over 100 participants at each event. To review our prior programs, panels, see the pages identified above in the "more in this section" dropdown menu.  


Join us June 1 for our next event:

Smart Growth:  Getting it Right - Lessons from Successful Philadelphia CEO's




June 1, 2016 

Radnor Valley Country Club, Villanova PA

7:30 to 10:30 a.m. 



"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs

while you're climbing it." -- Andy Rooney, journalist


Register today.  


What does it take to get to the top?   We've assembled a distinguished group of CEO's, representing diverse businesses who will share strategies to drive their companies forward despite all odds.  Some questions to be explored are:


  • How they changed their strategies to achieve growth
  • How they adjusted course and responded to setbacks
  • How they responded to major obstacles in their path
  • How they built a winning team to power the company
  • How they developed partnerships to gain new markets


Our panel of several of the region’s most successful mid-market CEOs will open up about their challenges and successful strategies for achieving growth.   Candid and unscripted, the CEO Summit has become GPSEG's marque programming event.   Held twice per year, the event attracts over 100 senior business executives from within the GPSEG membership as well as across the Philadelphia business community.  Whether you are a small business owner, entrepreneur or business consultant, you will find value in the lessons of these chief executives and want to hear how they unlocked the secrets of scaling for success.    




Moderator:  Barry Dornfeld, Principal at CFAR (, a boutique consulting firm, brings his expertise on organizational change, culture, and collaboration to his speaking and consulting work. Barry leads workshops for executives on negotiation, influence and persuasion, and strategic change internationally, including Wharton Executive Education. Trained as an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker with a PhD in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, Barry is co-author of “The Moment You Can’t Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future” (, and has published on social capital, digital media and public television. Previously faculty at New York University and chair of Communication Program at UArts in Philadelphia.




Dr. Donna Allie, President & Founder, Team Clean, Inc.

Donna launched Team Clean 29yrs. ago as a solo-preneur, and has grown the company to over 700 employees and 17+ million in sales. Founded on a shoe-string budget, Team Clean now serves a variety of clients in government, education, industry, professional offices, sports and entertainment venues and events such as: the 2000 Republican National Convention, the landmark National Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Barnes Foundation. She serves on several boards including: the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee for Business and Partnership, the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, the Free Library of Philadelphia and The Devereux Foundation.





Michael G. Anastasio,  President and CEO, Bala Consulting Engineers.  As BALA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Michael directs the company’s development, diversification, and growth strategies. With almost 40 years of engineering and firm leadership experience, he has developed solutions for engineering and operational challenges alike.  Michael appreciates the evolution of engineering and resolving the latest building challenges presented by buildings and their occupants. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) and registered in over 25 states. Michael is a Villanova Engineering graduate and received his MBA from Widener University.



Philip P. Jaurigue, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sabre Systems, Inc.

Philip Jaurigue founded Sabre Systems, Inc. in 1989, and has served as President since its inception. Mr. Jaurigue’ s primary focus is to provide strategic business leadership to drive the direction, stability and growth of Sabre. Under his guidance and leadership, Sabre has grown into a highly successful technology and engineering services company. Mr. Jaurigue is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. He earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University in Computer Information Sciences. 


Blake A. Krapf, CEO, Krapf Bus Companies   Blake is the 3rd Generation CEO of Krapf Bus Companies. Established in 1942, with two school buses, Krapf’s is now one of the largest privately-owned providers of contracted school bus transportation in the nation with a fleet of nearly 1,700 school bus and commercial vehicles, and employing more than 2,000 individuals. Under Blake’s leadership, the Krapf organization has grown significantly through acquisitions and expansion, and presently has operations in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. Blake is currently the President of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association. He is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the National School Transportation Association, and serves on their Board of Directors. 





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