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Next Roundtable: POSTPONED

 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor

TOPIC: The Board of Directors: Friend or Foe

Connecting and engaging with other CEOs is foundational to The CEO Matters Roundtable. During his 30+ year career with YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, CEO Boyd Williams has led "The Y" through some very challenging times. He has developed a "unique set of skills" in both building and effectively utilizing a corporate Board of Directors. Boyd will share a short presentation on how to optimize your relationship with the Board and then lead an engaging Roundtable discussion among the participating CEOs to share their experience and to come away better equipped to both build and benefit from a Board.

Overview & Agenda

Join us from POSTPONED for a roundtable discussion with other CEOs about how to effectively deal with a Board of Directors.


We'll keep things fairly informal, but will make sure to cover the following:

  • Overview on the roundtable series and format with a few key abbreviated introductions.

  • Executive spotlight on Boyd William, CEO of YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

  • Group roundtable discussion on how CEOs can more effectively work with their Board.


Liam Chrismer

Liam is a seasoned Colorado entrepreneur and business leader. He is a four time CEO in Investment Banking, Consumer Electronics, Financing and Retail. For nearly two decades, he built a significant retail anchor in Downtown Denver and was actively involved in the redevelopment of Lower Downtown Denver and Union Station.

Mr. Chrismer's work now focuses on CEO well-being, performance and life satisfaction. Having experienced both success and failure as a business leader, he dedicates his time and energy to CEOs so that they can "live and lead better."

Boyd Williams
CEO YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

A 30 year veteran of the YMCA, Williams provides and oversees the vision and leadership for

more than 1,200 staff and volunteers at seven full YMCA Family Centers,

31 before-and-after school sites, two outdoor aquatic centers, Colorado Springs Senior Center,

four metropolitan district recreation centers and a year-round resident camp and

conference center, serving more than 125,000 people annually throughout the Pikes Peak Region.

Prior to joining the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Williams served in the U.S. Army from

1986–1989. Williams began his YMCA career in 1994 and has served in five other Associations

prior to coming to Colorado Springs in 2011.


His passion for community and service extends beyond the YMCA, serving on several
local and national boards, past Honorary Commander of the United States Air Force
Academy and Schriever AFB, immediate past-chair of the Southwest Alliance of YMCAs
and as immediate past-chair of the YMCA Mid Major CEO Network. He currently serves
on the National Board of Directors for the Armed Services YMCA as well as serving as
Treasurer on the ASYMCA Finance Committee. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in
Sports Management from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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Much of the current focus in business is on the well-being of the employee... But where does that leave the CEO?

CEO Matters has been built from the ground up to focus on on the well-being, personal growth and fulfillment of the CEO. The challenges CEOs experience in their business is often a direct reflection of the issues they are experiencing in their personal lives.

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One of our founding principles is to "help influential people meet, and develop relationships with other influential people".  We are here to create a safe haven where c-level peer interaction can occur without the impedance of vendors, the unemployed, or other distractors.


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