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TAB West Suburban


Bruce Caris


TAB Chicago - West Suburban

The keys to helping business owners be more successful is by helping them make better decisions, being held accountable for taking focused action, insuring alignment between business and personal goals and making sure they have the right people in the right positions. I am passionate about helping other business owners achieve greater success through goal setting, identifying and executing the needed strategies to achieve those goals.  I draw upon over 25 years experience managing companies from start-ups to over $175 million in revenues and utilizing knowledge and a skill set that has helped business owners achieve their goals for over 18 years.  I have successfully managed companies and advised business owners in both good economic times and poor.  I have been responsible for all aspects of company functions and know what it is like to live with my decisions.  My coaching clients are owners of companies in a wide variety of industries including service, manufacturing, construction, sales and distribution, and IT.

Through The Alternative Board I have implemented these precepts to help business owners successfully respond to major issues of strategic focus, selling a company, succession planning and exit transition, recruitment of key employees, organizational analysis and design, annual planning, marketing and sales strategies and management team development.

Specialties: Business coach and Exit Planning Advisor, consultant, business ownership, leadership, human resources including management team development and recruitment of key positions, finance, negotiations, operations analysis and improvement, business and personal planning.

these precepts to help business owners; successfully respond to major issues of strategic focus, selling a company, succession planning, marketing and sales strategies and management team development.

Bruce holds an MBA from the University of Chicago

Member Success

We have an excellent group of professional business owners. I learn something from them each month. Hearing and seeing what they are doing in their business is motivational for me. And they are not "yes" people. They tell me when I should be doing something differently.
Lynn Gastineau
Gastineau Log Homes, Inc. MEMBER SINCE 1993
The TAB meetings bring together terrific expertise and creativity. Every meeting is a unique learning experience. My entire thinking about what I want my business to do has shifted. Sales are up 60% in two years. The support I need to make tough choices and start new initiatives may not be found within the company, but will be found in the TAB meetings and coaching sessions.
Don Rosenberg
Shorehaven Behavioral Health MEMBER SINCE 2005
The Alternative Board is a place to learn and gather information. It is a group of people to bounce my solutions or ideas off before I try them. I gain valuable input for the decisions I have to make. Also it is very easy to see other’s mistakes, but not realize you have made the same mistake or are currently making the same mistake. Decisions, solutions & especially employee issues become obvious.
Scott McManus
Something Greek MEMBER SINCE 2006
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