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Thomas Gnau
Sat, 08/16/2014
Talk to anyone who works at Aileron, the business education campus founded by Clay Mathile, and eventually they’ll mention that they like working there.
Scott George, Aileron’s director of research and product development, is no different. George worked for Mathile when he led Dayton-area premium pet food manufacturer Iams. Mathile famously sold Iams to Procter & Gamble for $2.3 billion in 1999. (P&G sold its Iams, Eukanuba and Natura pet food brands in April 2014, ending 15 years in the pet food business.)
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.
Don Baker
Thu, 06/12/2014
The Dayton Business Journal honored all the Innovation Index Award winners for 2014's inaugural program designed to honor the organizations in the region that are driving new ways of doing things. More than 200 people attended the awards in downtown Dayton, where trophies were handed out to 14 different companies and organizations.
Danny Restivo
Fri, 05/30/2014
In traveling to Kitty Hawk, N.C., the Wright brothers had to take two trains, a steam ship, another train and a sailboat before they arrived at their destination. The historical trip to North Carolina is engraved in an Aileron hallway and serves as a reminder of the path to success. Like the Wright Brothers, many up-and-coming businesses face tribulations when it comes to reaching their intended goals. “The big issues never change,” says Joni Fedders, president of Aileron. “But the problem for a growing business today is the world is moving so fast, and it’s not slowing down.”
Loren Feldman
Wed, 05/21/2014
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 — until the formula stopped working. “People aren’t watching TV the way they used to,” he said. “We’re Blockbuster.”
 
One by one, the 20 business owners in the room identified themselves and their companies and talked about their struggles. As they spoke, the meeting took on the feel of a 12-step program, one aimed at helping the businesses take the next step.
A Single Pebble
Clay Griffith
Tue, 04/29/2014
In their April issue, LEAD Magazine recognizes the ripple effect of professional management. Founded on the understanding that healthy business is the lifeblood of a thriving community, Aileron is dedicated to unleashing the potential of business owners, their organizations, and ultimately, their connected communities.
 
Don Baker
Mon, 04/21/2014

The Dayton Business Journal has named the Innovation Index Award winners for 2014's inaugural program designed to honor the organizations in the region that are driving new ways of doing things. Aileron was honored in the Service to Society category.

Dan Orlando
Thu, 04/17/2014
Clay Mathile has little to prove in the world of business. The Ohio native transformed Iams from a regional pet food company into a global giant, selling it to Procter & Gamble for a cool $2.3 billion in 1999. But the self-made billionaire wasn’t satisfied with just enjoying his own success. Instead, he’s busy passing on some of his wisdom to the next generation of business leaders.
“In my life, my first objective was to own my own business,” said Mathile. “I was a farm kid from northern Ohio and I didn’t have any money and I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it. I was fortunate enough to meet the right people and come to Iams and build it into a success.” Now he’s helping to create the circumstances for entrepreneurs to find a similar opportunity.
Josh Pichler
Thu, 04/10/2014
When Clay Mathile sold Iams to Procter & Gamble 15 years ago, he was convinced the consumer products giant would treat his employees well and take the business to another level. On Wednesday, after learning that P&G is selling Iams to Mars as part of a $2.9 billion deal, Mathile said the company delivered.
Olivia Barrow
Thu, 03/06/2014
Colleges don’t teach the most important skill of running a small business — how to interview and hire good employees. You have to learn from other successful entrepreneurs.
That’s the biggest takeaway from Aileron’s latest small business training event: You’re the Boss, a Q&A session with New York Times contributor Jay Goltz and New York Times small business editor Loren Feldman. Goltz started Artists’ Frame Service after graduating college, and has grown it into a $16 million company with more than 100 employees, but not without going through the start up phase, and the throw up phase, he told the room of about 50 small business owners.

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.

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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...

The vision and mission for Aileron is to raise the quality of life in America by unleashing the potential of private businesses through professional management. Thank you so much for your generosity and commitment to Aileron, private businesses and the shared commitment to raise the quality of...

 

Aileron, an operating foundation focused on raising the quality of life through the development of private business, founded and chaired by Ohio businessman and entrepreneur Clay Mathile, today announced two new promotions within their executive team. Deb Carter has been named the new Director...