Claire Sehringer 
Johnston Company 


Thursday February 28, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

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Element Hotel 
727 Marrett Rd.
Lexington, MA 02421

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Event Cost


CEO Gathering and Dinner       $340.00


Please note:

Attend multiple events and save:

We’ll rebate $100 for each gathering above one that anyone attends in 2013, if requested.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations up to 14 days before the event are refunded 90% or applied in full to future events.

Cancellations up to 7 days before the event are refunded 50% or applied in full to future events.

Cancellations within 7 days before the event are not refunded.

February 28, 2013: The Post-CEO Life

Johnston Co. CEO Gathering with Fred Alper

Join Jim Johnston and kick-off speaker Fred Alper for a peer-to-peer discussion with other CEOs of small and medium sized companies in New England.

Why this topic? Your own post-CEO life matters a whole lot to you, but where can you really talk about it? This Gathering will bring together a small group-no fewer than eight, no more than fifteen-some already in the post-CEO life and some pondering that next phase.


"I have thought a lot about this subject over the years, and am happy sharing my experiences with others, as well as looking forward to the opportunity to learn from others. Jim Johnston has conducted almost 40 small group meetings such as this, and he is very adept at asking provocative questions as well as productively leading the discussion." - Fred Alper

Discussion questions:

Looking ahead to the post-CEO life:

  • I’m pretty sure I don’t want to be completely retired. How do I remain active post-CEO?
  • What in the CEO job will I miss most? How can I replace those parts?
  • Should I try to foresee and plan, or figure it out after I’ve taken the leap?
  • How do I assess readiness?
  • My business’s readiness to run without me?
  • My own readiness to live without my business?
  • Could I continue to own my business, but not run it?

Living the post-CEO life:

  • What was my biggest post-CEO surprise?
  • How could I have prepared better?
  • What roles are possible? Which ones have worked out best? (Fred Alper will survey his 19 years of post-CEO life.)
  • What has the world found valuable in me? Have I remained up-to-date and relevant in my original industry? Have I developed credibility outside my industry?
  • Have I given myself permission to try things that might not work out?
  • Do I ever want to retire completely and live the post-post-CEO life? 

About Fred Alper:

Fred Alper was third-generation president and later chairman of Morris Alper, Inc., one of the largest food brokerage companies in the country. Before that, he worked in the supermarket business in South America. He has an A.B. from Brown, an M.A. from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Harvard.

He retired at age 55, and has led an active life since. He immediately became chairman of a spin-off company from Morris Alper, became a Trustee at Brown University, taught Entrepreneurship at Babson College and to non-profit organizations nationally, taught Corporate Entrepreneurship in Central America, and taught Entrepreneurship to high school students in the inner city. He also joined Social Venture Partners, a V.C.-like firm investing in non-profit start-ups.

Later, he joined a partner in a small chain of gas stations and convenience stores, and was a founder of a company that provided services to early stage ventures. He is also an angel investor.

Since retiring, Fred has sat on 16 Boards of Directors and Advisors. He is currently on 5 Boards, with another on the way.

Fred is a grandfather of four, and makes room in his life for tennis, music, reading, and travel, and time with his wife.


Visit www.JohnstonCompany.com or Contact Claire Sehringer: ClaireS@JohnstonCompany.com for more information.