When companies relocate, a lot is required for top executives to transition to a new place and keep business moving at its current pace.
One company, YTexas, is helping companies and their CEOs find their way after deciding to make North Texas home.
“We consolidated our offices from South Africa and Seoul, South Korea and moved to Dallas, Texas,” said Mina Chang, CEO of Linking the World.
Linking the World is a humanitarian aid group that responds to disasters in conflict zones and administers hunger relief and medical aid, including to the current Ebola crisis in Africa.
“What happens to social circumstances internationally affect us here at home,” said Chang.
Chang's Linking the World linked up with YTexas, which linked her “…With companies like Google, the governor's office, the Small Business Association, and one of our partnerships is with Group Excellence,” said Chang.
“I actually started Group Excellence out of my dorm room at SMU…started as a tutoring company,” Carl Dorvil, CEO of Group Excellence.
Dorvil grew the company, sold it, bought it back, turned it to into a holding company.
He now supports 15 businesses and has offered CEO expertise to Chang.
“You can call up somebody and say, ‘Hey, what would you do in this situation?' And they're always there to help you and be supportive, and so when I got the call to do that, I was able to help with Linking the World in a lot of different capacities,” said Dorvil.
Dorvil partnered with Chang through YTexas, a guide to Texas by CEOs for CEOs, started by Ed Curtis after 20 years in commercial banking.
“I reflected back on my last 20 years and I saw an opportunity to do something to help these companies moving in,” said Curtis.
Through YTexas, CEOs help CEOs acclimate to a new environment and find their way into the right circles.
“I think YTexas has a real mission and purpose around making these relocated companies and their executives and their people feel welcome,” said Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott White Health.
“Moving organizations internationally is hard enough in itself, but last year I was diagnosed with brain cancer, and having this network available to me, these CEOs embraced me with open arms,” said Chang. “No one knows better than how to navigate this time and space than other CEOs that have faced challenges of their own while leading an organization.”
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