Independent Director Service
Today’s businesses cannot afford to have a Board of Directors that functions as a rubber stamp. There’s too much fiduciary responsibility involved. And there’s too much competition. Likewise, the Board can’t afford to spend undue amounts of time mirroring the duties of the top leadership or management team on operational topics that should be the responsibility of the CEO. Rather, the Board should function to ensure the company achieves the organization's vision and strategic direction, and maintain its policy and short and long-term financial strength, while providing sustainability of the enterprise into the future.
Gerry Salontai provides fiduciary, strategic, financial, and general board-governance expertise to Boards of Directors. His no-nonsense, transparent and direct style helps companies achieve their goals in a spirit of teamwork and collaboration among the Directors and the Management team.
What Clients Say
"Gerry's knowledge of the industry makes him a valuable resource and he has been instrumental in supporting our growth."
CEO of Geotechnology, Inc.
"Thank you" seems so totally inadequate for your absolutely masterful Fundamentals of Professional Practice Laureate's presentation. The content was completely spot on, and the way in which you organized it was inspiring...but the delivery was even better: relaxed, humorous, serious, approachable. Easily half of the 100 "rising stars" of the 40 firms represented congratulated me for bringing you in to speak!
John Bachner, Bachner Communications
Keynote presentation in Denver, CO
"I have worked with many CEO's in my 30 year career and Gerry is without question one of the best. Gerry has the unique ability to quickly assess a financial situation good or bad. Some call it a gut instinct, but as a CFO I know Gerry knows the numbers beyond his gut and what it takes to keep a business humming along! Gerry has kept me on my toes and will do the same with any other CFO or CEO that has the opportunity to share in his knowledge."
Former CFO, Kleinfelder
"Gerry Salontai has been very helpful to Freese and Nichols in his role as an advisory board member. He has a very straightforward approach and has brought a unique perspective to our firm on a variety of topics. I appreciate the way he shares his experience-providing an opinion with several possible options to help resolve an issue. He uses this approach like a master."
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
“Gerry brings to our board a valuable combination of experience in our industry and an acute understanding of our company’s growth strategy and priorities.”
CEO of NV5
“Gerry provided DUDEK insights on leadership and our industry having been a CEO at Kleinfelder and working now with several Boards and corporate leaders across the country. As well as serving on our Board for many years, he serves on multiple Board committees; and as part of DUDEK’s senior leaders group he is involved with Financial Performance, Strategic Planning and Internal Ownership Transition”
CEO of DUDEK
“Gerry Salontai was VHB’s first outside board member. He came to us as a former CEO with experience leading a firm from annual revenues of $100M to $300M – exactly what we were planning to do! Gerry brings deep industry knowledge and a unique style that is both challenging and insightful. Gerry is the real deal and with his help VHB is well along the way to its goal increasing revenues by $80M during his tenure.”
Founder and Chairman