Steven R Zirkel is the President and CEO of Blue Everest LLC, a strategic growth consulting and business advising firm to CEO’s, executive and companies. His clients range from large international social media companies, to leading global industrial manufacturers to regional service companies. He serves on the Boards of The Plastek Group, OhioGuidestone, The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & TutorSmart. Steven is Certified in Private Company Governance and as a member of the Private Director Association, led the training for private company governance certification. For 37 years, he led the growth of businesses domestically and around the world with several fortune 500 companies, made acquisitions in Asia and NA, and conducted business in over 30 countries. Steven lived in London, England as Country Manager for the UK & Ireland and Tokyo, Japan as Managing Director of Asia and has traveled to over 70 countries. He speaks Japanese, Spanish, some French and learning Portuguese. Steven has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, attended business graduate school at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and Executive Leadership at The University of North Carolina. In is executive roles, he has chaired, participated and presented at key industry conferences / symposiums in North America, Europe and Asia. Steven has served on the Board of Directors for Owens Corning’s wholly owned subsidiaries in Japan, Korea, and India, Paramount Insurance Corporation, American Red Cross, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Planning Commission of Malvern, PA and was past Chairman of the Bowling Green State University’s Schmidthorst College of Business Leadership Council. He has been married for 36 years and has two adult sons. He grew up in Chicago, IL, is an avid Chicago sports fan and currently resides in the Toledo, Ohio area. Leisure activities include fitness, golf, cooking, reading, travel, and in the process of writing his first book.