2023 COO Forum Year in Review 

26.11.23 04:02 PM By Chuck Orzechowski

Our Operations Executives are the best members in the world!

2023 has been a year of growth, accomplishment, giving and some sadness here at COO Forum®. We are very proud of what our nearly 200 Operations Executives have contributed to both the business world and their local communities. And we are excited for what 2024 will bring. 

Let's take a look at 2023.

COO Forum by the Numbers:

  • 330 hours of Chapter Meetings
  • 16 hours of monthly Executive Sessions
  • 16 hours of monthly Presenters Series sessions
  • 8 hours of workshops
  • 4 new Special Operations Forums launched
  • Ops & Hops™ Event- Charlotte
  • 2023 State of Operations Report
  • Over 60 new members!

Member Accomplishments:

  • Rang the bell on the NYSE as part of Black Women on Boards
  • White House visit for the SBA Women's Business Summit
  • Made the #3 spot on Top 30 Franchise Executives
  • Nominated for Amazing Women in eCommerce
  • Published in Forbes
  • Achieved Maxwell Leadership Certification
  • Awarded Black Engineer of the Year, Hall of Fame 
  • 2 promoted to CEO positions
  • Earned Counselor of Real Estate title
  • 2 awarded ON Conference Top 100 COO Award
  • 50 Women to Watch for Boards 2023 winner
  • Joined a Chicago's Mayor-elect Environmental Subcommittee
  • Won Volunteer of the Year
  • And more!

Member Company Accomplishments:

  • 9 earned a spot on Inc. 5000 List for fastest-growing companies
  • Made the Financial Times Fastest-Growing List
  • 15 won Best Places to Work awards
  • 3 were named to The Charlotte Fast 50 Awards
  • Added to the S&P SmallCap 600
  • Made Top 25 Title Producers in the US
  • Awarded Top Ten US Asian Business Award
  • Won First place in CalCCA Clean Power awards
  • Nominated for multiple Reed's Awards 
  • Top 5 Dealer with Smith System
  • Won Devie's Best In Automotive Innovation award
  • Awarded West Michigan's Best and Brightest Companies
  • Named Best Companies for Women to Advance
  • Won Nonprofit of the Year - Carlsbad
  • Made Newsweek's Top 100 "Most Loved Workplace" in America
  • Finalist for Automotive D.R.I.V.E. Award for Innovation
  • Won Top Digital Strategy Award 
  • Won Female Leadership Award
  • Celebrated 20, 30, 45, 60, and 65th year company anniversaries
  • Named to 50 Women of Wonder in Franchise Dictionary
  • Won Top Austin Business Awards 
  • Named Top Franchise Supplier 2023 
  • Awarded Top 100 Corporate Philanthropy in the Bay Area 
  • Achieved the Gold Seal with GuideStar
  • Opened new offices, won major deals, completed mergers and acquisitions
  • And more!

While all of these accomplishments are a source of great pride at the COO Forum, we are equally proud of our members' dedication to making their communities a better place. 

Member Community Service:

  • Supported Feed My Starving Children
  • Created an philanthropic Employee Discretionary Fund
  • Attended the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast
  • Served at Second Helpings
  • Volunteered at Fall Fix-up and local Day of Service projects
  • Participated in Be the Match Field Goals for Charity
  • Hosted a blood drive
  • Participated in cemetery cleanup
  • Supported foster care
  • Completed the Army 10-miler 
  • Danced at the Sneaker Ball 
  • Ran the Pink Divas and Gents 5K
  • Supported childhood cancer fundraising 
  • Collected back-to-school supplies 
  • Fought to end violence against women 
  • Supported animal welfare 
  • Raised funds for Good Neighbor Day 
  • Pledged to complete 100,000 acts of kindness
  • Sponsored a Red Cross Heroes Breakfast 
  • Traveled as guardians on the Old Glory Honor Flight 
  • Supported Breast Cancer Awareness 
  • Volunteered at food banks
  • Hosted book drives 
  • And more!

Sadly, 2023 was also marked with the loss of member Mike Neal.

Mike was a wonderful contributor to his peers at the COO Forum. We all miss his smile and timely insights. Donations in honor of Mike may be made to the University of Memphis , Mike Neal Scholarship Fund.

Looking Forward to 2024 

2024 is shaping up to be another tremendous year of growth and accomplishment for the COO Forum! 

First off, we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2024! That's right, our humble organization has paved the way for Operations Executives since 2004. Sure, we were the first peer organization to focus on the COO. However, our innovation hasn't stopped there.

Help us celebrate in 2024. We would love to have you become one of the COO Forum's best members in the world!