In October of 2018, a group of Vistage Chairs independently put together a ChairVoice Survey to get input from the Chairs on a number of Vistage related topics.  115 Chairs responded, with respective tenures as follows:

  • 50% had been with Vistage for at least 15 years.
  • 71% had been with Vistage for at least 11 years.
  • 90% had been with Vistage for at least 6 years.

A number of topics were covered, including whether Vistage’s Chair selection has had a positive impact on the Vistage Brand.  See the details below:


Q:  Does Chair selection in your area have a positive impact on the Vistage Brand?

A:  Results are as follows:

  • Yes…….33.6%
  • No……..48.6%
  • Other…17.8%


Here are Some of the More Interesting Comments:

  • San Diego’s poor and desperate selection of chairs and focus on volume of groups vs quality groups has severely damaged the brand.
  • I believe new local Chairs are frequently not up to the standards which had been in place for years.
  • There is no filter or standard as far as I can tell. There were MANY false starts as I was getting started, and that really hurt our brand in this market.
  • Chairs are selected with minimal input from the Chair community. We are told by our Regional Executive that there is a new Chair who has gone through the Academy and is starting his/her Vistage group. Over the years and recently we have been told that there is an effort being made to fill up existing groups. As in the past the effort and energy is assisting the new Chairs to get their group up to a starting number. My feeling is that we are working against each other and that were Vistage to honor their commitment to fill existing groups then there would be a community of Chairs assisting the new Chair(s) fill their group(s)
  • I have no idea how some of the chairs in our Market made it through training. We have one who is nearly illiterate and areal embarrassment. He works very hard however and has groups. Our reputation suffers.
  • In last three years we have had 80% failure of potential chairs. At one point 10 were attempting to chair with only 5 actual chairs functioning.
  • Only 1 new Chair has launched in 3 years. Hard to make a positive impact.
  • Only 1 of the last 52 Chairs selected has successfully launched an initial group
  • We’ve had too many poor failed wannabe chairs.HQ does not seem to understand the brand damage done to existing members who meet these sub-standard start up chairs at events. There has NEVER been any level of apology from the centre.
  • Locally selected chair have 80% launch rate. SD chairs have 20% launch rate
  • Too many failures to launch hurts the brand and poisons the potential member pool.
  • Warm bodies have been the name of the game.
  • Seems almost non-existent; occasional candidates have failed
  • Too many poor quality chairs who come and then go without launching.
  • It’s getting tougher to sell people into Vistage in our territory.
  • Several weak chairs have a negative impact.
  • We have around 18 chairs in the Twin Cities.There has been some failures. Not necessarily due to proper selection of individuals, but really their failure to launch. I wish we had a say as to the individuals who came into our market and told them how we play the game.
  • Need to see better quality new chairs…they spoil the pool of members after a failed attempt to launch.
  • When local chairs were more involved in the process, we generally were able to eliminate candidates who we felt were not up to our standards.
  • It seems like most new chairs don’t get to standard in less than two years, if ever.
  • Although there have been several failures in recent years. Have not had more than maybe 2 quality additions in recent yrs
  • It has been hard getting Chairs to be successful in Baltimore and we’ve had several ex-chairs launch competing products
  • A successful Chair who launches and maintains a stable group, with reasonable turnover, improves the brand position. I believe the opposite does double destruction to the Vistage brand. Hard to build the brand, easy to destroy it.
  • It has been positive some times and negative in other years.
  • The brand is still unknown in my marketplace
  • When they launch- yes. Most don’t launch.
  • This falls in the 60% yes category. I don’t seethe candidates who don’t make it and are out in the community calling themselves Vistage Chairs… and then there are some who only make it for awhile.
  • Still too many failing chairs. 
  • Still dealing with too many failures from a few years ago and recent groups folding from Chairs who started in the last 3-4 years.
  • I’m in a startup market. One Chair candidate was selected through San Diego without my input and was a very poor choice (they failed quickly and, fortunately, did little damage.)
  • Far too many for market size.
  • Not sure, yet I doubt it
  • it has been a bust