Announcing ACEO Forums

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The Atlanta CEO Council empowers local CEOs to excel by connecting them to their most powerful resource: each other.

ACEO 1.0

HistoryAt the turn of the 21st century, successful technology entrepreneurs Palaniswamy Raj Rajan and Vinod Keni had the audacity to challenge the way business was done in the South. The two outsiders didnt come out of home-grown companies or their offshoots. They werent privy to the good-ol-boy networks that were prevalent at the time. Instead, they saw an opportunity for business leaders, particularly C-suite executives, to come together on the basis of meritocratic ideals ability, effort and impact to accelerate success. They recognized the importance of connecting business leaders with their most valuable resource: each other. These principles formed the basis of the Atlanta CEO Council.


NetworkingMentoringCommunity ServiceReceptions provide a platform where CEOs, senior executives and thought leaders can collaborate in a curated environment of peers ACEO enables education and mentoring through joint forums & events for CEOsEach year ACEO members engage in charitable projects that support organizations nurturing the next generation of CEOs

ImpactSince its inception, the Atlanta CEO Council, through its networking events and later its venture forums, has been a constant presence for the new millennia, making a difference by:

Fostering innumerable strategic relationshipsIncreasing access to capital via Atlanta CEO Council Venture Forum (now Venture Atlanta), leading to $1.5 billion in investmentsCreating $13 billion in successful exitsPartnering with community organizations for the next generation of entrepreneurs



Palaniswamy RajanCEO, SarvintDavid CalhounPartner, MMMLinnea GeissVP Corporate Dev., NCRHarish MamtaniCo-founder & CEO, SEEDAshish MistryCEO, KontrolFreekSig MosleyManaging Partner Mosley VenturesBlake PattonManaging Partner Tech Square VenturesDavid RubensteinExecutive Managing DirectorSavills-Studley

Since its inception, ACEO has worked to solve the greatest needs confronting Atlantas CEOs.

1999: An avenue to connect entrepreneurs with their peers in an exclusive, merit-based environmentACEO 1.0Venture Forum2002: A platform to connect local early-stage companies with investorsCEO NeedACEO Solution


ACEO is now taking its next bold step to use our networks more formally to help even more succeed.Introducing

ACEO Forums

ACEO Forums is a CEO-specific, paid program focused on mentoring, peer learning, capital exposure and customer access to help develop CEO-level talent.


1999: An avenue to connect entrepreneurs with their peers in an exclusive, merit-based environmentACEO 1.0Venture Forum2002: A platform to connect local early-stage companies with investorsCEO NeedACEO Solution


2016: All encompassing CEO development for product company leadersACEO Forums

ACEO Forums Programming

Personal Development Connections to CustomersExposure to CapitalAccessto Talent

Based on proven methodology, professionally moderated Peer Learning Forums meet 8 - 10 x per year ACEO facilitates personal introductions to game-changing customersMonthly webinar sessions where capital groups present criteria & focus areasOpportunity to hire young and hungry talent from curated pool of CEO Apprentice graduates


Forum groupsSmall groups of peer CEOs gather monthly in formal, confidential, professionally moderated roundtable groups ForumSherpa facilitators institute proven methodology and best practices for forum groups

Personal Development

You tell us your dream customer. Leveraging the ACEO network of leadership, companies, and investors, we help you meet them

Connections to Customers

Monthly webinars with 3-4 national investors presenting investment criteria and focus areaMultiple types of capital: VCs, PE, corporate venture, debt landers, etc.ACEO facilitates qualified introductions between investors and CEOs who express mutual interestContent stored in a library for future access

Exposure to capital

Apprentice programHigh potential future leaders from any discipline receive mentorship & training from successful CEOs10-15 members per quarterly cohortCreates a pool of curated, educated candidates available for hire

Access to talent

ACEOs most valuable resource isand always has beenits connections: to one another, and to both current and next generation CEOs.

Via ACEO Forums, ACEO will develop the current & next generation of Atlanta CEOs. The result? More opportunities for deserving CEOs. And more successful Atlanta companies.

To learn more and apply,