Meet our Team

Kevin Minton


Kevin possesses vast experience and a proven track record of guiding companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Throughout his career Kevin has led organizations through start-up, value improvement and successful exits, while serving as CEO, board advisor, consultant and business coach.

As owner and CEO, Kevin is responsible for establishing the vision, culture, directional tone and performance of Chief Executive Boards International.

Angel Minton

Vice President, Member Services

Angel oversees client services, manages special events, handles public relations and ensures CEBI runs smoothly. If you have a need or a special request Angel is there to take care of it.

David Rippe
Consultant and Facilitator

David Rippe is a key consultant for CEBI. He is the founder and president of the Trusted Advisors Guild and Celestia International, a strategic marketing communications and creative services firm.

David has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in increased sales for his clients. Some of these clients include IBM, Wendy's, Microsoft, Sony, Navigant, Xerox, Kendle International, Ingram, 3Com, Cisco, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Break the Cycle, Inner-City Teaching Corps, and many more. 

Tom Jordan
Consultant and Coach

Tom has developed strategic solutions for over 400 companies and financial institutions and frequently speaks as a subject matter expert. As a Strategic Business Advisor he guides business leaders in growth and valuation strategies, exit and succession plans and executive compensation solutions. His experience includes executive and board level strategy, exit planning and enterprise value growth planning, and designing tax-favored solutions for top earners.     

He also is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a  Certified Exit Planning Advisor  (CEPA) along with being a Certified Value Builder Advisor (CVBA) 

Kent McKown
Consultant and Coach

With over 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial leadership experience, Kent has led several growth and transitional stage companies through start-up, high-growth, turnaround, restructuring and strategic transactions/exits.  His roles have included CEO, COO and CFO as well as board advisor, consultant and coach.  

His experience includes (but is not limited to) value growth and acceleration, strategic planning and execution, mergers and acquisitions, exit planning, and professional management implementation.    

Kent is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), a Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Ellen Grinsfelder
Hospitality Advisor and Facilitator

As former owner of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, located in Ohio, Ellen was successful in developing business growth over a 32 year timespan.  In 2019 she performed a successful exit and pivoted toward helping other business owners. 

A veteran participant on many boards and forums throughout her career, including CEBI, she continues to help owners and managers in the hospitality industry.  Instrumental in creating an Innkeepers peer advisory chapter she oversees the development and facilitation and continued expansion of this vertical within CEBI.  

Amy Beheler
Leadership Coach and Facilitator

Amy brings over 20 years of experience in forum facilitation, leadership training and development in various industries. She holds a Master of Science in Business Management from Troy State University, a professional certification in Human Resources and is an ISO 9001:2015 certified internal compliance auditor.

Amy not only serves as coach and facilitator, but also connects business leaders with valuable resources and information that equips them with the necessary tools to lead others and make impactful decisions.

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