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"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)

"The CEO Boot Camp is a highly practical investment, with actionable content for both the CEO and their #2.   Across the three days we spent time not only learning, but also working on the business.  The depth of insights into all aspects of business (culture, strategy, execution) continue to inform decisions our leadership team is making today as we scale our 2200+ employee organization toward our billion dollar goal."


—Matthew Dent, YPOer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Buffalo-Rock Pepsi

"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

"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

"The CEO Boot Camp was an INCREDIBLE experience for my #2 and me! The intimate setting created the space for new thoughts and creativity to flow freely. My company has been able to put the ideas into practice IMMEDIATELY as we roll out our 3rd quarterly theme, driving alignment with our 72 employees.  We can hardly remember what it was like prior to our daily huddles, which have fueled greater communication and a quicker pace throughout our entire organization… not a day goes by without someone talking SCALE. CEO Boot Camp is a true only in YPO experience* you MUST experience! Without question, best executive education investment we’ve ever made! "

—John Allen, President, Brown Haven Homes

The Program


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:



March 28 - 31, 2023 [Lucknam Park, UK]

April 18 - 21, 2023 [Squaw Creek, CA]

Day 1 starts 6pm, Day 4 ends at 1:30pm.  Detailed schedule below

Dates highlighted in red are Sold out

Register now

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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



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Verne Harnish - Host, All Events

Whether educating over 7,000 in Amsterdam or an intimate group of 300 customers for a major client, Verne Harnish connects with his global audience in an unforgettable way. 

Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 16,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program 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 200 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past four decades helping companies scaleup.

He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword; and wrote Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) which has been translated into 22 languages and has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book. His latest book, Scaling Up Compensation, rocketed to the #1 HR book on Amazon.

Verne also chairs the annual ScaleUp Summits and serves on several boards including vice chair of The Riordan Clinic; co-founder and chair of Geoversity; and board member of the social venture Million Dollar Women. 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 - Guest CEO, Nov. 8 - 11

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

Bill Gallagher - Guest CEO, April 19 - 22

Bill Gallagher is a business coach and master facilitator with over 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience. Bill has spent the last 15 years coaching and training others in leadership and performance and previously led 4 companies of his own and been a partner or executive in 2 others. Bill discovered the Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up 20 years ago, has used them in his own companies.

Today, Bill coaches leaders and teams across more than 25 cities in 11 countries and the host of the Scaling Up Business Podcast. He is a passionate and playful presenter and his clients, at all stages, share a hunger to grow successfully with an openness to new approaches and thinking.

Bill Gallagher is the guy you want around to sustain growth, when you need to build consensus, or even when things explode and you need to get the team in action. Working alongside an entrepreneur, Bill is able to inspire people and companies, and then get them pulling together.

An experienced entrepreneur and executive, he has created and run companies and business units ranging from startup to over US $500 million.

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Dominic Monkhouse - Guest CEO, March 28 -31

Dominic Monkhouse is a proven architect of business growth. His track record as managing director is scaling two UK IT companies from zero revenue to £30 million in just five years. Dominic learned the execution systems that worked, made many mistakes, and discovered innovative strategies that disrupted competitors.


After leaving a trail of growth and winning several awards for creating great places to work,

Dominic found his true calling: coaching other business leaders to help them have as much impact on their teams and organisations as he did.


Since 2014, Dominic has worked as a business coach, helping ambitious tech CEOs and their leadership teams reach their full potential and achieve sustainable growth.


He is the host of The Melting Pot – a weekly podcast in the top 3% of popular shows globally. He gets to talk with some extraordinary thought leaders and fellow business authors to absorb their wisdom and share it in his weekly newsletter with more than 6,000 business leaders.


Dominic is the author of F**K PLAN B. How to scale your technology business faster and achieve plan A, an exciting blueprint for cultural change and business transformation.


Dominic runs MONKHOUSE & COMPANY from his purpose-built corporate retreat in the New Forest. Before all this, he pushed drugs in the frozen North, sold gold and diamonds and learned much as a purveyor of fine knickers and chickens. He studied Agriculture at Newcastle University. When not working, you can find him at home on the farm with his wife, Geri. Most likely, they are out and about with the animals, their two gorgeous daughters and the choc labs.



Day 1

Check In after 4PM

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

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. 


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. 

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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.


Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, UK

Lucknam Park, Chippenham SN14 8AZ

Lucknam Park is an unspoiled, elegant country house living at it’s very best. However, whilst it is a glorious, grand house, it is not run in a formal and stuffy manner and therefore the ideal place to relax. As our guests tell us, ‘it is much more of a home away from home atmosphere!’

The scene is set from the moment you turn into the driveway of Lucknam Park. The magnificent mile long lime and beech avenue stands like a guard of honor gently guiding guests to the graciously restored Palladian mansion. Enveloped within its own classical gardens, extensive parkland and paddocks, the relaxed elegance of the quintessential English mansion is perfect for unwinding; and escaping from the pressure of life….to once again, find balance and reconnection.

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The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley, CO

126 Riverfront Ln, Avon, CO 81620

Renew and inspire yourself at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley. Located near Colorado's scenic Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains, our hotel offers a convenient location at the base of the Riverfront Express Gondola.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley is located in the town of Avon, Colorado, on a 19-acre site in the magnificent Vail Valley, providing exceptional access to Beaver Creek Mountain and the Eagle River.

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


If you would like to attend please complete this form.


Email Mike Davies if interested: 

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