Bill Thompson
Tue, 03/10/2015

Aileron has taught business owners how to professionally manage and grow their companies for almost 20 years. During that time, the people at the nonprofit organization also have been learning from the same clients that they serve.

Tue, 03/03/2015

Clayton Mathile made his fortune when he sold pet food maker Iams to Procter & Gamble in 1999 for $2.3 billion, but he continues to add to his wealth through Myrian Capital, the Mathile family's investment management firm. With $130 million of his own money, Mathile founded Aileron, a center dedicated to helping small-time entrepreneurs expand their businesses.

Wed, 01/21/2015

Aileron’s Clay Mathile and Joni Fedders offer staffing advice for Shoptiques founder Olga Vidisheva as she scales up her promising online shopping company that brings the world’s boutiques to your fingertips.

Wed, 01/21/2015

Pixelberry's Oliver Miao engages Aileron’s Clay Mathile and Joni Fedders in a discussion about managing growth, building great products and striking the right work-life balance for the educational gaming company's staff.

Wed, 01/21/2015

CEO Michael Votto of Votto Vines, seeks advice from Aileron’s Clay Mathile and Joni Fedders on building a foundation of strong company values and work-ethic for the family's next generation.

JJ Ramberg
Sun, 12/14/2014
The former owner of one of the most recognized names in the Pet Food industry shares these tips for success.

The pet food company IAMS no doubt has been a tail of success.  The familiar brand shows no paws in growth, it keeps purring right along. We spoke with Clay Mathile, the former owner who grew the company from $500K to $1 billion in sales.  He talks about the meaning of “Hiring above your needs” and how “Leaders need to be able to see around corners” in this Learning from the Pros.

Tue, 09/30/2014

With $130 million of his own money, Mathile founded Aileron, a center dedicated to helping small-time entrepreneurs expand their businesses.

Brian Planalp
Tue, 09/30/2014

The team at Aileron knows what it's like to be a business owner: the isolation, the stress, the myriad forces pulling you in every different direction. But they also know how to help - and for business owners around the nation, that's exactly what they're doing.

Dayton Business Journal
Fri, 09/26/2014

Joni Fedders is president of Aileron, a business training facility in the Dayton region, launched by former Iams leader Clay Mathile. In her role as president, Fedders oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture and operational activities. The center is credited for improving countless businesses across the region, as well as across the country. 

Josh Pichler
Sun, 08/03/2014
How smart is Buddy LaRosa? Look no further than LaRosa's succession plan that put two of his sons in top leadership positions. Michael LaRosa is the company's chief executive officer. Mark LaRosa is president and chief culinary officer.
Michael's and Mark's roles reflect their passions and expertise, and are aligned with the company's mission. Michael focuses on executive development and the guest experience. Mark loves to innovate new products and protect the company's high standards for quality. They work together closely and are equal shareholders.
Learning, Doing, Giving

Aileron's Client Advisory Council was first established in 2007 and consists of Aileron clients who meet three times per year for a term of two years. The purpose of this group is to create a dialogue directly with our current clients ensure we are building an organization that benefits our...

Dave Robertson, of Innovation Navigation, interviews Aileron president, Joni Fedders.

Listen Now

Aileron Helps Business Owners Put Companies on Track was featured in The New York Times on May 22, 2014. 

On a Wednesday morning here in March, the owner of a California business explained that his company had enjoyed years of success selling products directly to consumers through TV —...

Run Your Business, Don't Let it Run You

No More 16-Hour Days! Running your own business is the American dream, but the reality can be daunting. In Run Your Business, Don’t Let it Run You, Aileron founder Clay Mathile shares proven management fundamentals so you can oversee your business without becoming entangled in the day-...

You're The Boss - A Conversation With The New York Times

The New York Times Small Business Editor, Loren Feldman and small business owner and Times contributor, Jay Goltz discuss small business issues and some practical solutions at the You’re The Boss event held at Aileron March 6, 2014.


America's Most Promising Companies

Aileron continues to partner with Forbes to bring attention to America’s Most Promising Companies. We believe we work with some of the most promising companies in the United States.  Every day you work to improve the way your business runs to ensure it positively impacts your customers, your...

Joni Fedders, President

The Good, Bad and Ugly of the State of Manufacturing.

Tune in to hear the live broadcast of Expert Access Radio, tune into 55KRC on Sunday, August 11th at 4PM, Eastern Time, or visit...

Clay Mathile, Aileron founder, and Adrienne Burke of Yahoo! Small Business Advisor discuss the release of Clay's book "Run Your Business, Don't Let It Run You" released July 2013.

As a Business Advisor, Mark will be responsible for assisting Presidents and owners who are committed to establishing stronger professional management processes within their organizations. Mark will guide clients through the strategic planning process, their organizational development, as well...

May 16th, Millennium Hotel: During his keynote speech, Clay shared his life story, lessons learned and his strong belief in professional management. He challenged the small businesses in the room to "unleash the power of the smallest unit". In closing, he said, "I have tremendous respect and...