- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 7, 2004

Brien Biondi has been named executive director for the Chief Executives’ Organization, a Bethesda membership group for the top brass in business.

Mr. Biondi, 42, comes to the organization from another business-leader membership group, the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which he led as chief executive officer for seven years.

Chief Executives is the next step for members of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

The organizations are considered part of the “O” organizations — business associations whose members are grouped by their age and size of business. Membership in the groups is by invitation only.

Chief Executives caters to presidents and CEOs around the globe. Its 2,000 members include leaders, most older than 50, from Crate & Barrel, Neutrogena Corp. and Smith Barney. It is funded by membership dues and its events.

The organization has educational resources and peer meetings that cover topics for an executive’s private and professional life, Mr. Biondi said. The organization schedules regular local meetings and about 15 international events annually.

Mr. Biondi, who started last month, said he plans to expand the organization’s membership. Membership of Young Entrepreneurs rose from 1,200 when Mr. Biondi started to 6,000 in 43 countries when he left the organization.

But the membership growth at Chief Executives will be a selective process, Mr. Biondi said.

“I want our members to feel this is a peer group for them, with some of the best and brightest minds in the world,” he said.

Mr. Biondi also is looking at broadening the educational needs of members, touching on topics from wealth management and asset transfers to aging and dealing with children’s drug abuse.

“We want them not just to be a leader in business, but the community as well,” Mr. Biondi said.

Paul Schorr, outgoing president of Chief Executives and member of its executive committee, said the group picked Mr. Biondi because of his experience with business leadership groups.

“He has a tremendous amount of background on how we operate. Plus he’s a CPA and MBA, which are some significant skill sets,” Mr. Schorr said.

Mr. Schorr said he expects Mr. Biondi to refresh Chief Executives’ image and activities.

Mr. Biondi lives in Alexandria with his wife, Amy, and their son, Samuel.

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