The Authors

William Hawfield

Bill HawfieldBill Hawfield is a professional manager, international speaker, business owner and a recognized, board process authority. After thirteen years at General Mills, where he was a division president, he left and started the Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt franchise company. The retail chain grew rapidly to 130 stores before it was sold to a French company.

Hawfield has served on more than thirty five boards, both fiduciary and advisory in a wide variety of industries, including distribution, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, financial services, consulting, insurance, and food service. He has served as non-executive chairman, lead director, and a member of audit and compensation committees.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and has completed the NACD director certification program. He has presented to the Family Business Boards workshops for the NACD and is a faculty member in their Family Business Leadership forum in Los Angeles.

He is an international speaker for Vistage, an organization comprising 15,000 CEOs worldwide. His topics are “Personal and Business Success” and “Getting to Your End Game.” He is the cofounder of The Board Group, which creates and manages advisory boards for privately-owned companies. He is also CEO of Hillcrest Associates.

His education includes a degree in Physics from Virginia Military Institute, an MBA in management from the University of Virginia, and twenty-five years of Vistage International membership.

John Zaepfel

John Zaepfel has had a varied and successful business career as a CEO, board chairman, and CEO coach. During the fifteen years he spent as a President/CEO, he founded CPG International as part of an LBO in the fine art, graphic art, engineering, drafting, and media supplies field with thirteen domestic and international facilities. CPG was sold to financial buyers.

He has served on fifty-two public and private company boards and currently serves on numerous public, private statutory and advisory boards, chairing several as a non-executive chairman.

John ZaephelHe has served as a public company director for Ideal School Supply, Varitronics, The Troy Group, Hi-Shear Technology, and RemedyTemp, Inc. He served as chairman of the board of Accordia of Southern California. He has assisted as a board member in four public offerings, several change-of-control transactions, and has chaired two public audit committees that installed Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

John is a past member of the Young Presidents Organization and is currently a member of the Chief Executives Organization. He has worked with the members of Vistage International for over twenty years as a group chairman and as a speaker.

He is the co-founder of The Board Group, which creates boards and manages advisory boards for privately-owned companies. He is also CEO of The Zaepfel Group.

Zaepfel is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.


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