The Vistage Chair

Move from a life of success to a life of significance.

As a Vistage Chair, you help executives navigate their biggest challenges.
You are part coach, mentor, guide, confidant and inspiration.

Challenge, question and guide

As a Chair, you facilitate confidential peer advisory group meetings with 12-16 executives from non-competing industries. Members discuss their most pressing issues and opportunities, gathering insights from those who’ve tackled similar situations.

Between group meetings, you connect one to one with each member for a deeper dive into their unique challenges. Vistage gives you a time-tested model and world-class support that delivers proven results.

As a Chair, you will:

  1. Ask the difficult questions to motivate high-impact decisions
  2. Frame issues to inspire robust discussions and critical thinking
  3. Become an agent of influence to help members push their businesses forward
  4. Facilitate collaboration to help members map out plans of action
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Benefits of a Vistage Chair Practice

Help leaders succeed

Create an impact that ripples from the C-Suite, through company ranks and into your community.

Earn recurring income

There’s no limit on the number of groups you can launch. Chief executive members stay 5+ years on average.


As an independent contractor, you can build a practice that suits your schedule and ambition.

Stay local

Travel is minimal as your meetings and one-to-one sessions are all local.

Could this be your next step?

Find out if becoming a Vistage Chair is right for you.

Jeff Hutsell

Kansas City, Missouri
Vistage Chair since 2011

As a Vistage Chair, you’re able to greatly impact the lives of top executives and business owners in your community.

“As a Vistage Chair, you’re able to greatly impact the lives of top executives and business owners in your community. ”

Jeff Hutsell

Kansas City, Missouri
Vistage Chair since 2011

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Chair Qualifications 
What does it take to be a Chair?
Vistage Chairs possess strong business acumen, superb management skills and an innate entrepreneurial spirit.

Frequently asked questions

How does Vistage work?
This is not your standard networking group. It’s a confidential forum of experienced executives who are committed to helping each other solve difficult challenges, evaluate opportunities and develop effective strategies for better professional and business performance. Whether the question is operational, financial, structural or even personal, the group provides wisdom, perspective and accountability to help executives make better decisions and achieve more than they ever imagined possible.
Who are Vistage members?
Vistage members are CEOs, business owners and key executives of small and midsize companies with $3M-$1B in annual revenue, representing nearly every industry. This diversity is key to furnishing advisory groups of members from non-competing industries, and providing members with relevant expertise, regardless of their industry or company size.
What are member benefits?
Members participate in Chair-led private advisory board meetings nine times a year, nine one-to-one executive coaching sessions, expert speakers, online industry-and-interest-based networks and proprietary content where they can ask questions of the global community. As a result, members make better decisions, achieve an improved work-life balance, and grow their companies 2.2 times faster than the average small to midsize business.
Who are Vistage Chairs?
Vistage Chairs are an elite group of independent contractors who build and run private advisory groups of high-caliber business leaders from non-competing industries. Ideal Chairs are marked by qualifications such as 15+ years of executive experience, strong financial acumen, superb management skills and innate entrepreneurial spirit.
What are the Chair’s responsibilities?
With Vistage’s support and assistance, Chairs build their first group, recruiting eight members in order to initially launch, and then grow and sustain the group to up to 18 members. Nine times a year, Chairs gather their members for candid, confidential roundtable discussion of their most pressing business issues. They also meet one to one with each member nine times a year to provide tailored executive coaching and guidance.
What are the basic requirements to be a Vistage Chair?
Generally, successful Vistage Chairs are former or transitioning C-Level executives, Chairman, President with at least $5M of P&L responsibility and the following attributes: possess an entrepreneurial spirit with bold leadership skills, have a passion for mentoring others, be experienced in leading a high-performing team, be a strong connector and networker, have the ability to listen to — and challenge — CEOs and senior executives, have achieved great success and are driven to give back.
Is Vistage a franchise model?
No. Vistage Chairs are independent contractors, operating their own Vistage Chair Practices. There is no financial investment required to start a Vistage Chair Practice, other than personal travel costs to participate in Vistage learning and development events. Vistage provides the support, resources, learning and development, best practices and a framework for success.
How much will I earn as a Vistage Chair?
As a Vistage Chair, you operate as an independent contractor and can determine the scope of your Vistage Practice. Should you move forward with exploring the opportunity to become a Vistage Chair, you will be asked to sign an NDA and then will have access to full compensation detail.
What will Vistage provide to help me build my groups?
Vistage invests heavily in helping new Chairs to be successful. The support provided includes a world-class, award-winning learning and development program, a support team from both the Support Center office and in the field, marketing campaigns and branding efforts, infrastructure and the strength of the Vistage brand.

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Vistage Chairs have realized the kind of success to which most only aspire. Now, they have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience to help others.

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Chair qualifications

Vistage Chairs are part of an elite group of business leaders with decades of experience.

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Meet our Chairs

More than 1,000 successful business leaders from around the world have joined the elite ranks of the Vistage Chair community.

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