PRO, President’s Resource Organization, was founded by Ray Silverstein, a small business expert and author with more than three decades of experience.
Silverstein’s belief in the power of peer groups dates back to the 1980s, when—as the CEO of a mechanic’s hand tool manufacturing business—he joined one of the earliest mastermind groups. Using the knowledge he acquired there, he promptly grew his company into a multi-million dollar operation, then sold it in 1993, before going on to create PRO.
Since then, Silverstein has facilitated more than 1,300 peer advisory board meetings in Chicago and Phoenix.
As the result of what he learned in peer groups, Silverstein has written two books The Best Secrets of Great Small Businesses, published by Sourcebooks, Inc., and The Small Business Survival Guide: How to Survive (and Thrive) During Tough Times. He is also a columnist for Entrepreneur online, the Phoenix Business Journal, and the Business Ledger in suburban Chicago.
In addition, he teaches would-be facilitators how to create, build and maintain their own peer advisory board businesses. Unlike similar programs, his is not a franchise, but rather a straightforward training program…no strings attached!
Silverstein talks to hundreds of small business owners every month, sharing and collecting ideas and experiences on every aspect of running a small business. As a result, he’s earned an advanced “MPB” (Master of Practical Business) degree. He is available for speaking engagements.
As he likes to say, “All of us are smarter than one of us.”