Hollis Bufferd Vistage NYC Key Executive Member

May 13, 2016

This month we feature Hollis Bufferd, Chief of Staff for GSG Financial since 2005. GSG Financial partners with organizations to facilitate capital acquisitions through personalized service and customized financial solutions.  They are mainly focused on equipment financing. Their CEO, Andrew Bender, is a member of the Vistage NYC CEO peer group. Each month they both get to hear the same expert speaker give a workshop sharing best practices and thought leadership in separate meetings. This gives them the opportunity to discuss new ideas and actions to take together to optimize their business.


Hollis was the first senior manager hired by GSG Financial in 2005.  Over the past 11 years, she has contributed greatly to growing the organization as well as managing day to day operations to ensure the stability and development of GSG Financial.  She is manages with a hands on approach and willingness to get involved in all areas of the business. Her drive and multidimensional capabilities make her an ideal member for the Vistage NYC Key Executive group.

When asked about her decision to join Vistage, she replied,

“I decided to join Vistage because one of the major challenges I was facing was not having other managers in my organization to troubleshoot and use as a sounding board.  Vistage provides me with an opportunity to interact with other executives, get advice, and learn something from the speakers. I think I benefit the most from a having a peer group to go to for advice in a trusted setting.   I have been a member for about 8 months and I believe that I have become a better manager as a result.”


John Kneafsey Joins Vistage NYC Key Executive Group

March 25, 2016

John Kneafsey is the Vice President of Finance at Laufer Group International. LGI is an international freight forwarder, customs broker, and NVOCC (non vessel operating common carrier). They are known for challenging conventional wisdom and daring to create new innovations for logistical solutions.

LGI has a culture of Vistage membership and CEO and owner, Mark Laufer, highly encourages his employees to participate in the culture of peer collaboration and excellence. The Vistage Key Executive Group facilitates an exchange of peer perspective and expert insights that provide members with the knowledge, strategic thinking and confidence to help each one play an even stronger supporting role in their company’s future.

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With over twenty-two years of experience in the industry and as a registered CPA, John joined LGI in November of 2015. John can already tell that, “joining Vistage will give me access to valuable resources that I could not get anywhere else.”

Congratulations Founding Vistage NYC Member Shelley Xia

February 4, 2016


Vistage Key Executive member Shelley Xia, Director of Global Business Development and Strategic Planning at Laufer Group International celebrates her five year anniversary. Shelley was member number two and a founding member of this group of high-performing senior executives that meet monthly to become even better leaders. For over 60 years, Laufer Group International has established a complete logistics and service platform that helps customers improve the way they handle their logistics.

Congratulations Shelley!

Founding Vistage Key Executive Member Adam Weiss

January 25, 2016


Adam Weiss, General Manager at Atlantic Business Products,  a 300+ employee corporation, supporting over 20,000 organizations, celebrates his five year anniversary with the Vistage NYC Key Executive Group.

Adam was member number one, making him the founding member of this group of results-driven direct reports to CEOs who get together monthly to enhance their leadership development.

Atlantic is an Office Technology and IT Solutions company (VAR) providing horizontal niche market services to small and large corporations in the New York City metropolitan area, and the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley.

Congratulations Adam!

How To Resolve Any Issue in Less Than Five Minutes

April 23, 2013

This is a very funny video where Bob Newhart demonstrates a sure fire method to resolve any issue in less than five minutes. You won’t want to miss it!

46% of Newly Hired Employees will Fail within 18 Months

November 13, 2012

According to a groundbreaking three-year study of over 5,000 managers who hired over 20,000 employees, “46% of newly hired employees will fail within 18 months.”

Interestingly, the number one reason employees failed was their inability to accept and implement feedback from their boss and colleagues. Stage 2 and 3 are not good at accepting feedback. Stage 4 seeks feedback.

What can you do?

Here is the study and some great interview questions and other things you can do to prevent this from happening in the future.


Can Core Values Help You Through a Crisis? Vistage Members Prove They Do.

November 2, 2012

One of the topics I talk about in my workshop on Tribal Leadership: Because Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast is core values. Professor Warren Bennis says that leadership is born in crucible moments. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, leaders are showing up.

Vistage members Michael and Sheril Feldman run a family-owned business, David Feldman Worldwide, that provides court reporting services. For the past several years, they have been working on creating a culture that is based on their #1 core value, Create a Caring Family Culture.

Michael shared “This crisis has been an AMAZING opportunity to see DFW’s # 1 core value, Create a Caring Family Culture, in action.  I am very proud of the below quotes, all of which came this week as all DFW’ers have been in constant communication with each other and incredibly supportive, and you should be proud as well for helping me understand the importance and power in having clarity of our values.  Thank you.”

I have to say, the culture we have at DFW really gives me this desire to come through for the company, and it makes me happy to know that because I have internet and power, I can make even a small difference in the productivity of the company.”


It is very apparent that you, Sheril and your dad have succeeded in creating a wonderful, warm and caring DFW family!  A job very well done Mike.  🙂


It is in times like this that leaders have the opportunity to show up and demonstrate what they are committed to.

Michael was in Staten Island on Saturday and The Rockaways on Sunday to help out with the relief efforts. Today, he is bringing several employees from his company to volunteer. This is when actions speak louder than words.

“Recent research has led us to conclude that one of the most reliable indicators and predictors of true leadership is an individual’s ability to find meaning in negative events and to learn from even the most trying circumstances. Put another way, the skills required to conquer adversity and emerge stronger and more committed than ever are the same ones that make for extraordinary leaders.”

–Warren Bennis & Robert Thomas (Harvard Business Review 2002)

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