Vistage Florida recently launched in Southwest Florida and has appointed Damon Canfield to chair the local group, Vistage 2025. As the world’s leading business advisory and executive coaching organization, Vistage provides a forum for CEOs, business owners and executives to confidentially discuss challenges they face and gain a fresh perspective from outside experts. Vistage groups meet one time per month and are made up of members from a variety of non-competing industries.
As Vistage chair, Canfield has over 35 years of experience in all facets of business including vision creation, operations, strategic planning, product development, manufacturing, and branding, and has held numerous executive leadership positions with General Electric (GE).
In 2000, he launched New Path International (NPI), an end-to-end product development company specializing in design, engineering and global manufacturing, where he grew revenues to over $80 million in just seven years. Canfield sold the company in 2013. Focused on his new role, Canfield will help guide and elevate local executives to refine their instincts, improve their judgment and expand their perspectives.
“I am looking forward to be a part of an extraordinary group of executives,” said Canfield. “Having the opportunity to collaborate with great thought leaders throughout Southwest Florida and building long-term relationships will be a rewarding experience for everyone.”
Canfield has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, both from Indiana University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Ohio’s Fast Fifty”, Ohio State University’s “Center of Operational Excellence,” and Midwest ESOP Association’s “ESOP of the Year. Canfield has also been recognized by the U.S. Army and a multitude of publications for his leadership, contributions and entrepreneurship.
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Vistage Florida is an affiliate of Vistage Worldwide, a 60-year-old company with 23,000 members across 20 countries. According to a 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data, Vistage member companies grew 2.2 times faster than average small and medium-sized U.S. businesses.
Canfield is currently interviewing prospective members of Vistage 2025.
For more information, contact Damon at (614) 325-6564 or email DCanfield@VistageFlorida.com.