"It’s a chance for me to bring my extensive database and broad experience to help address the constraints in your business."


—Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

"THANK YOU!!!  Verne, John and Ruth for the best get together ever! We normally say words like  “ the best ever”, etc. etc… so I’m without words on how to describe what this trip did for me!!! Just know that I have never been so inspired… and so well guided! EVER "

—Ricardo Landa, Founder & CEO, LandCorp

"Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with you and the group. I have never been exposed first hand to this type of intimate, elevated, nonstop thinking. It was both reaffirming to know we’re heading down the right path and helpful to receive some revolutionary ideas to significantly scale our thinking. Thank you, again, for the exposure to this amazing body of practical tools/techniques."


—John Allen, President, Brown Haven Homes

"We think we have uncovered a market segment that 1. is extremely profitable, 2. is completely overlooked by the industry, and 3. breaks an industry constraint. We wouldn't have been even thinking about it if it weren't for the Boot camp. We are getting ready to roll out our offering and I have never been more excited about the business than I am now!.. It was the best education experience i've ever had."


—Tom Bemiller, CEO The Aureus Group



Join seven other scaleup CEOs and their #2’s for a reinvigorating 4-day “boot camp” with Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up.  Spend small group and one-on-one time with Verne addressing your specific opportunities and challenges – in a setting that promotes deep thinking and relaxation.

Joining Verne at each location is a guest serial entrepreneur who has used the Scaling Up tools/techniques to scale their own significant business.  They bring real-world experience in implementing Rockefeller Habits 2.0.

You will work through the People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash areas of your business model – guided by a detailed assessment you’ll complete in preparation for the boot camp.  In addition, Verne will mine his content and connections to address your specific Top 3 Constraints in scaling.  

There is also time for fine food, fun, and an opportunity to acquire some important life skills along the way.  Most importantly, you’ll spend time with colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities – building some lifelong friendships along the way.  

Please view the banner video and the video below for more information.  

Here's a word from some of our 3-time participants:



August 17 - 20, 2021 [Estes Park, CO]

September 28 - October 1, 2021 [Lake Tahoe, CA]

November 30 - December 03, 2021 [Quail Ridge Lodge, MS]*

January 11 - 14, 2022 [Marathon, FL]

All dates are Tuesday to Friday 

Dates highlighted in red are Sold out

*YPO exclusive

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The first CEO Boot Camps have scored 9.8 out of 10 and the CEOs have led businesses ranging from $1.5 million to over $1 billion

"Thank you so much for this experience. I have come back feeling excited and empowered with a clear game plan for 2017. Working one on one with you (Verne) was a highlight as were John’s (Ratliff) stories. The content was presented in such a way that it really became actionable."

—Jennifer Lyle, CEO of STS Healthcare

"This was an extremely valuable experience. I am spending this week going over all of my notes from the CEO Boot camp and creating an actionable plan for implementation. I cannot wait to begin implementing what I have learned and then coming back and reflecting upon what worked and what didn’t and adjusting appropriately."

—Michael Bolick, CEO of Specific Systems



Verne Harnish

Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 14,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today.  

Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 180 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scaleup.  

He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book.  

Verne also chairs the annual ScaleUp Summits in collaboration with Bloomberg and serves on several boards including chair of The Riordan Clinic; co-founder and chair of Geoversity; and board member of the Million Dollar Women’s movement. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

John Ratliff

John founded Appletree Answers in 1995 in his two-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, Del., as a traditional telephone answering service. He grew the company through a series of acquisitions to 24 US- based locations and 650 employees when it was sold to a strategic buyer in June, 2012. By that point, it had evolved into a high-end customer service contact center that employed tools such as phone, email and chat response.


Passionate about strategy, Ratliff used the methodologies of the Rockefeller Habits to reduce turnover at the company from the industry average of 110% to around 18% in the four years between 2008 and 2012. One key initiative was the company’s Dream On initiative, a “Make-A-Wish- Foundation” style program for employees in need.


Appletree’s high retention rate allowed the company to manage its exponential growth while driving tremendous EBITDA and revenue gains. In one sign of its employees’ enthusiasm, the company won the We love Our Workplace Video Contest, run by the prestigious Great Place to Work Institute, in 2012. Ultimately it was Appletree’s focus on employee engagement that drove its valuation on exit.


Ratliff is now CEO of GazellesPRO, the inner circle of Gazelles companies, as well as managing director of STS Capital Partners, an international mergers and acquisitions firm. He is also active in Virgin Unite, Richard Branson’s charitable foundation focused on improving the employee experience. In that capacity, he is involved with its initiative on people and innovation.


Ratliff now speaks frequently with companies of all sizes to diagnose problems in their employee retention and morale and to drive improvements. He also brings expertise in using a business’s operating system to leverage the effectiveness of the management team.


Ratliff has a BSBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Delaware. He lives in Wilmington, Del., with his wife Lynne and their three young children. In his free time, he flies his TBM 850 single-engine turbo prop plane. He can be reached at drichmond@align5.com.




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6:00pm arrival for cocktails, dinner, and opening session


8am – 9am – Full breakfast buffet

9am – 1:30pm – Structured content and guided discussions – forum confidential

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Catered lunch

2:30pm – 5:30pm – One-on-one’s with Verne along with think and sun/activity time

6:00pm – Roundtable check-in

6:30pm – Cocktails, dinner, informal interaction

8pm – ? – In and around the hot tub where the real problems are solved


8am – 9am – Full breakfast buffet

9am – 1:30pm – Structured content and guided discussions – forum confidential

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Catered lunch

2:30pm – 5:30pm – One-on-one’s with Verne along with think and sun/activity time

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Michael Singer video 

6:30 - 7:30pm – Cocktails and Dinner

10pm - ? – In and around the hot tub where the real problems are solved


8am – 9am – Full breakfast buffet

9am – 1:30pm – Structured content and guided discussions – forum confidential

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Catered lunch (optional)



The Retreat in Marathon, Florida

2600 Manor Lane, Marathon, FL  33050

The Retreat was designed as a labor of love by John Ratliff, a serial entrepreneur. Every last detail of the property was conceived with the needs of entrepreneurs, executive teams and forum groups in mind. The Retreat is a place that inspires exponential thinking through its inviting, open and luxurious atmosphere. Escape to the fun and sun in the Florida Keys.

Seven CEOs will stay on-site in private rooms at The Retreat and next door at Tranquila Bay (connected to The Retreat).   All accommodation costs included in fee. 

Aspen Falls Corporate Retreat Center, CO

1380 Devils Gulch Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517

Beautiful mountain retreat set on nearly 30 acres with breathless views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Property includes Main home, 4 cabins, and a conference center.  Onsite spa, ATV park, shuffle board courts, and gym make this the perfect place to host corporate retreats.  And it’s just minutes from Estes Park, CO. All accommodation costs included in fee. 

Quail Ridge Lodge, MS

10960 MS-397, Louisville, MS 39339

Nestled in Wentzville, Quail Ridge Park is 250 acres of rolling pastures, wooded hillsides, and rich bottom land near Peruque Creek. The property of Quail Ridge was originally developed in the mid seventies as a watershed for Winston county. As time progressed, Taylor purchased the property and made substantial improvements. In the summer of 2008, the current Quail Ridge Lodge was completed. All accommodation costs included in fee. 

Resort at Squaw Creek, CA

400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Resort at Squaw Creek offers luxurious Lake Tahoe accommodations with grand picture windows that reveal sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, ancient Ponderosa pine forests, and lush meadows. To complement the spectacular Lake Tahoe outdoor environment, each room and suite presents muted tones and rich textures, which create an inviting ambiance that helps you feel at home here in Squaw Valley.



$14,500 inclusive of food, drinks, and accommodations for CEO; $5000 additional for #2



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Email Mike Davies if interested: mike@scalingup.com