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Approyo Inc 5000 Interview Series - Doug Tatum of The Newport Board Group

Earlier this year, Approyo had the honor of being ranked #120 in the Inc. Magazine 34th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Approyo CEO Chris Carter recently attended the Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala and was able to speak with a number of CEOs and business influencers to talk about Business Success, tips and what it takes to the the Inc. 5000 list. Chris sits down with Doug Tatum of The Newport Board Group and speaker at the Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala.

"the biggest single change is that product cycles have shortened. If you haven't aligned your products with you customers, you will be out of business"

Doug serves as Chairman for Newport Board Group, a national partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and assist private equity firms to invest in and grow portfolio companies. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University.

Doug also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium, a national research institute, funded by the NASDAQ Foundation and the University of Wisconsin – Extension. It studies the entrepreneurial economy and job creation. Doug is Immediate Past Chairman and serves on the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global not-for-profit organization with 58 Chapters and 14,000 members in the US and internationally, representing middle market private capital investors, intermediaries and the middle market deal community. Doug is the author of No Man’s Land, a leading text about growth companies that has been translated into many languages and has won four National Best Business book awards.His insights about the economy and business have been cited in hundreds of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, The Financial Times, and The New York Times online. As Chairman and CEO of Tatum LLC, Doug built a highly respected national professional service firm, leading it from its entrepreneurial phase to growth to 30 offices. Tatum LLC was sold to Spherion (now SFN Group) in 2010.

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