Since 1957, Vistage has been bringing leadership coaching to successful executives across a broad array of industries. The goal: more business success coupled with a more balanced life. Each group is designed to help members help each other improve their businesses and their lives.
At Vistage, our values of Trust, Caring, Challenge and Growth are essential to how Vistage works. When Chairs and members live our values, leaders and their businesses are transformed. Below are insights from our Chairs about what those values mean for them and their members, and how they are expressed in every meeting, every conversation, every day.
Members stay with Vistage for an average of seven years – and grow their companies at three times the rate of the average US company, according to a recent Dun & Bradstreet analysis.
Group coaching is the foundation to your success as a leader.. Who do you turn to for honest, straightforward advice with no hidden agenda? At Vistage you connect with up to 16 executive peers from a diverse range of noncompeting businesses and backgrounds in this one-of-a-kind peer advisory and executive leadership development program. You'll harness the combined power of a group of fellow CEOs all driven to do the best for themselves and their peers.
As Missoula's only Vistage Chair, Jerry O'Connell facilitates, mentors and coaches a local peer advisory group made up of area CEOs and business owners. At monthly peer group meetings, members offer each other agenda-free advice — and challenge each other to take courageous, thoughtful steps to become better leaders, make better decisions, and achieve significantly better results.
Jerry has been a Missoula area resident since 1992. In addition to executive coaching, his business background includes founding, growing and selling several successful hi-tech businesses. He has consulted on logistics and supply chain automation issues with many Fortune 500 and public sector organizations on five continents. He has also served as an expert witness on these subjects in a number of civil litigations.
Jerry was the co-recipient of Wang Laboratories' inaugural Excellence In Software Creation Award which he shared with Microsoft's Bill Gates. He was also named “The Father of Modern Procurement Automation” by the Institute for Public Procurement.
Locally, Jerry is the executive director of Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper Inc., a member of the internationally acclaimed Waterkeeper Alliance. He was a member of the board of the Big Blackfoot Chapter Trout Unlimited . He served eight years (2008-2015) as a member and past president of the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board.
In 2015 he published his first book, Basic Fly Fishing for the Reasonably Competent, a humorous and refreshing alternative to the traditional, boring how-to instruction manual.
Jerry has a BS in psychology and anthropology from the University of Connecticut.