An interview with Suki Mudan with VirtualBoard.com

December 21, 2012
  • You’ve established a blog for Business Owners and CEO’s.  Share with my readers what value proposition your blog brings to an expanding readership.

suki_formalThis is a wealth building forum for CEO’s and Business Owners seeking to build the equity value of their enterprise while creating a better work/life balance…and an occasional fun post on wine, food, world affairs, golf and humor. At the same time I want to enable my readers to leverage the wisdom of the group. By that I mean peer groups of CEO’s and business owners who can interact without having an individual agenda. I believe that no one of us is as smart as all of us.

Most importantly, the blog is for business owners/entrepreneurs with an end goal in mind and how they can learn from their peers to avoid many of the pitfalls in getting to their goal.

  • What is your background that makes you the expert in offering advice to business leaders?

I have 20+ years of business and management experience. I have lived through the ups and downs of business and entrepreneurship. Previously I was a management and strategy consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton. I serve on the board of directors of early stage and growth stage ventures and I have been on the board of a public company. These experiences across several continents, industries and varying sizes of companies have given me a unique, rich and critical perspective of issues confronting executives today.

  • While your blog offers interesting and varying topics, your blog is a platform for You to offer several services – give us a brief explanation of those services.

Firstly, I am offering CEO coaching and mentoring help. Secondly I chair a peer group of CEO/Business owners that will also be a virtual group for shared knowledge and advice (leveraged wisdom). Advice and knowledge is also available from the sponsors (banks, law firms, CPA’s Wealth Managers) of the group.

I am also interested in serving on boards when appropriate.

Finally I am able to offer management and strategy consulting help.

  • What do you see as the most pressing business issues facing senior management today?

The most pressing issue facing senior management today is the rapidly changing paradigms in technology, communications and information. One very real challenge for many businesses as a result of these changes is the need to re-evaluate their business model and to regenerate rather than be swept aside.

  • You talk about driving a modest automobile so that you could provide a greater benefit to your children.  How does that apply in business today?

I basically relate that to investing in the future and taking the long-term view of your business. Hence my focus in my blog on planning for the future, having an exit strategy or end goal in mind and working on your business rather than working in your business.

  • What do you see as the three primary benefits one would have by reading your blog?
  1. Learn from the unbiased wisdom of your peers and have access to advice and guidance from professionals
  2. How and when to plan and execute a successful exit strategy focused on preparing for, negotiating and buying or selling a business.
  3. How to focus on preparing for, negotiating and buying or selling a business.
  • A number of my readers are in the media, so as we conclude this interview – what two things would you want them to know about the uniqueness of your service?
  1. Uniquely offer a peer group and coaching exclusively focused on preparing for negotiating and buying or selling a business.
  2. We are leveraging technology to minimize CEO’s time commitments yet with all the benefits of a traditional CEO peer group.

Link to Suki Mudan’s blog is here:  sukimudan.wordpress.com


When the FBI Comes Knocking – A Guest Blog by Jon May, Esq.

February 18, 2009

GUEST BLOG by Jon May, Esq.

It is part of our nature to be cooperative. That has been the key to the success of our species for the past 12,000 years. It is part of our upbringing to obey authority figures. From the time we are young, we are told to comply with orders from our parents and later our teachers and employers. So it is not surprising that when the FBI comes to our homes or offices, we feel compelled to answer their questions. After all, we did nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide. But this very natural response to authority is precisely the wrong response when dealing with federal agents. Just ask Martha Stewart. She wasn’t prosecuted for insider trading. She was prosecuted for making false statements to prosecutors.

When we read the headlines, our first inclination is to believe that the person charged with a crime is guilty. But while this is not always the case,  our willingness to assume guilt insures that his or her personal and professional life will be ruined  even if he or she is eventually vindicated at trial or on appeal. This holds true of businesses as well as people. Consider what happened to Arthur Anderson. Long after Arthur Anderson imploded, its employees scattered to the winds, its investors devastated, the Supreme Court held that no crime was committed. Sorry, our mistake.

The potential for wrongful conviction is greatest in white collar cases. This is because the difference between guilt or innocence has little to do with the accused=s conduct and everything to do with the accused=s state of mind: what they knew, when they knew it, what they intended. Just ask Frank Quattrone; wrongfully accused.

When the FBI shows up, they are counting on shock and awe. They don=t call you ahead of time to make an appointment. They don=t give you the opportunity to speak to your lawyer. So when confronted by their questions, you have had no time to prepare. Your mind races. Your ability to recall and reason is clouded by fear. In these circumstances, people react in unexpected ways. Some will automatically deny facts that are demonstrably true. Others will confuse dates or events. Some will be overcome by feelings of guilt for actions they did not take or are not even criminal. When it is over, many  will not be able to recall anything that they said.

But you can be sure that whatever was said can be used against you. It can be the linchpin in the government=s prosecution for a substantive crime or your statements can be the basis for a prosecution for making a false statement to a government agent. It can be the dagger the government pulls out to impeach you when you testify at a civil, administrative, or criminal proceeding.

When ever there are major financial losses, the public cries out for blood. Hindsight bias causes prosecutors to believeBsincerely believeBthat what might have been predicted, was predicted, that what could have been known, was known, that what was not disclosed, should have been disclosed.  They also believe that those in a position to predict, know, and disclose are guilty of federal crimes for their failure to do so. Jurors, who have little knowledge of complex business or financial transactions are easily infected with this same point of view. And to be fair, many people in good faith can look at the same transaction and reach very different conclusions. If you doubt this, you have never been married. This is why the only rational response to a visit by government agents is to tell them that they will have to speak to your lawyer. Don=t even let them into your office or your home. Not because you have anything to hide. But because you are in no shape to answer questions accurately and intelligently.

Keep this in mind. If speaking to the agents is truly in your best interests you will always have another opportunity to do so. But it will be at a time and a place of your choosing and under circumstances where your rights are protected and your decision informed and intelligent. Regardless of what the agents tell you, looking after yourself, your family, and your business is the right thing to do.


Prostate Cancer Solutions – A New Blog is Formed

November 1, 2008

Some of my collegues have said that I’m crazy – as I’m expending energy to focus on an area that is not a part of my daily livelyhood.  I am a business ethics and sales motivational speaker and trainer.  I am also a prostate cancer survivor!

Because of my speaking and writing, I have elected to be an open book.  That choice has carried into my work with prostate cancer as well.  Because of that and the strong number of people who have contacted me asking questions and seeking help – I have chosen to write a book about not only my experience with prostate cancer but the experiences of literally hundreds of men.

When I was diagnosed I became frustrated at the volume of information, but the lack of credible data from a survivors perspective.  As a result serveral things are happening that may benefit the 280,000 men who this year will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

One…the book is well underway.  I am still conducting interviews from men who have had treatment for prostate cancer in various forms.  GUYS…I know that it may sound strange, but I need your help.  Your comments (taken confidentially) could save someone else’s life.  So, PLEASE, contact me so I can get your story.  The time you spend with me in this short interview may be all it takes to help another or save a life.

Advance copies of the book can be obtained by contacting me at chuck@chuckgallagher.com

The other major issue is a new blog has been formed devoted strickly to the issues of PROSTATE CANCER.  The blog can be found here and is called:  http://prostatecancersolutions.wordpress.com.

Feel free to visit this blog and take the time to comment.  Every comment has value and together we can create a safe place for men to focus their efforts to beat this dreaded disease.  Your comments and help are greatly appreciated.


Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer? Help with Research for a New Book!

October 13, 2008

Let me be clear from the beginning – I am not a physician, not a part of the medical community, nor associated with any organization that profits from cancer or it’s treatment.  Rather, I am a man who is a prostate cancer survivor.  I have been through what, if you are reading this, you are going through or someone you love is going through and I know the ropes.  That does not mean I have the answers to all your questions, but more than likely I have asked them.

I have dealt with the emotions associated with the initial diagnosis.  I have researched and researched treatment options and feel, that from a layman’s perspective, I have a good grasp on the benefits and detriments of most common treatment approaches.  Most importantly, I know what the side effects are and have, within reason, been able to overcome them.

Search this site, if you have not already done so, and read the entries as they have become well read by men and women alike.  Then if you have questions, feel free to e-mail me.  I will respond.  I am blessed to be cancer free and feel that if I can share what I have come to understand with others I will, in my own way, pay it forward.

Likewise, I am writing a book about my experience and the experience of others in this arena.  If you would like to become a part of this work, please e-mail me at chuck@chuckgallagher.com – we will then set up a time for an interview.  Believe me your input will help.  You and the experience you have had can make a difference.

My best to you and don’t hesitate to make contact.


Mortgage Fraud – 30 Years in Prison – Business Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher Asks – Excessive?

November 29, 2007

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O.K.  I say often – Every choice has a consequence!  I live and breath that concept.  I’ve lived it – serving time in prison.  But, I have to ask in these comments – Is 30 years excessive?

According to the White Collar Crime Prof Blog the following was stated:  “United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida issued a press release that Samantha Johnson and Scott Warren Johnson, husband and wife, were sentenced following their guilty please to “a wide-ranging mortgage fraud scheme.”  The sentences were 60 months for Samantha Johnson and one year for Scott Johnson.  The press release said that they received “in excess of 2.5 million in ill gotten gains.”

Now compare this to the sentence received by Chalana McFarland, a first offender who was sentenced for mortgage fraud (see here) to 30 years imprisonment for her role in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme that skimmed $20 million from the sale of over 100 homes from 1999 to 2002. 

Why such a disparity in sentence?  Could it be that the first group of individuals plead guilty and the second person risked trial?  When the stakes are so high, do you really have a constitutional right to a jury trial?”

The White Collar Crime Prof Blog goes further to state: ”

30 Years to Non-violent First Offender in White Collar Case

The case of Chalana McFarland, pending in the 11th Circuit, is a case that should be closely watched as it involves a sentence of 30 years for a non-violent first offender in a white collar case. The defendant argues that this sentence is unreasonable.  The preliminary briefs are below:

Download final_11_cta_brief.pdf

Download appellee_brief_feb_28_06.pdf

Download mcfarland_reply_06.pdf

The parties also filed briefs in response to the Rita case. As noted in McFarland’s supplemental brief –

“Ms. McFarland also has a young child and has lost her reputation in the legal community as well as in the general community.  Her incarceration has been very difficult for her parents and young child.  If President Bush is correct that Libby’s sentence of 30 months is ‘excessive’ than surely Chalana McFarland’s 360 month sentence is excessive as well, and should be reversed.”

So here are the questions:

(1) If President Bush said that Scooter Libby’s sentence was unreasonable, what do you think about this sentence?

(2) Was this sentence the outcome of electing to take advantage of the constitutional right to a jury trial vs. pleading?

I elected to plead guilty to my crimes and had the agreement with the U.S. Attorney as to the length of sentence according to the sentencing guidelines.  Today, I share with businesses and associations that – Every Choice Has A Consequence.  http://www.chuckgallagher.com

But 30 years…Wow!

Any comments?