Steven R Zirkel is the President and CEO of Blue Everest LLC, a strategic growth consulting and business advising firm. His clients range from large social media companies, to leading global manufacturers to regional service companies. For the past 37 years, he has 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. He has lived in London, England, Tokyo, Japan and has traveled to over 70 countries. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and attended business graduate school at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Steven has chaired, participated and presented at key industry conferences / symposiums in North America, Europe and Asia. He serves on the Boards of The Plastek Group, American Frame Corporation, 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. He was past Chairman of the Bowling Green State University’s Schmidthorst College of Business Leadership Council. Steven has served on the Board of Directors for Owens Corning’s wholly owned subsidiaries in Japan, Korea, and India, Paramount Insurance, American Red Cross, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Planning Commission of Malvern, PA. Steven 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.