Success Stories

Hear From Our Clients
Our client stories allow you to learn a little more about our business owners, their organizations and how they've benefited from Aileron and professional management. As you will see, no matter what industry you are in, professional management can help you gain control and grow your business.

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Video Testimonials

Jim Houpt
President and Owner
Merchants Security Service of Dayton OH, Inc.
Aileron Helped Me
  • Managing the changing marketplace
  • Working on vision and future
  • Culture
  • Developing my employees
  • Team building
  • Work/life balance

I Had Hit Rock Bottom

Since driving professional management throughout his organization, Jim has transformed the company culture and his employees are working together as a trusted team. And Jim has finally found the right balance between work and family.

Scott McGohan
McGohan Brabender, Inc.
CEO
Aileron Helped Me
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Setting vision
  • People development
  • Empowering employees
  • Organizational structure
  • Personal leadership

As An Entrepreneur, I Was A Gunslinger

Scott shares how driving professional management throughout his organization improved his quality of life both professionally and personally. "As business owners, we knew why we're here, but how do you instill this passion throughout the company?" he says. "How do you get the person at the front desk fired up to come in every morning? Aileron helped us define how and why we do what we do."

Tony Schroeder
President
Choice One Engineering Corp
Aileron Helped Me
  • Focus
  • Continuous improvement
  • Connect to peers
  • Setting vision
  • Personal and employee satisfaction
  • Culture
  • Work/life balance

Independent Wealth Is Not Just Measured In Money

How comfortable would you be handing over your company to your managers and walking out the door for two months? No phone calls, no emails, no nothing. Before Aileron and professional management, Tony would have laughed at the idea, too. But, after instituting Aileron's simplified and proven approach that's exactly what he did.

Joe Kelley
President
Gates That Open, Inc.
Aileron Helped Me
  • Changing the company culture
  • Developing people
  • Firing employees
  • Hiring the right people
  • Personal leadership
  • Running the business

Professional Management Transformed My Company

When Joe Kelley came home to his wife after his first day as president of Gates That Open (GTO) he said, "I don't know if I am good enough to do this." With the support of Aileron and many mentors over a five-year period Joe transformed the company and has gone from losing money to making money – to the tune of a 400-percent turnaround.

Christopher Che
President
Hooven-Dayton, Corp.
Aileron Helped Me
  • Managing exponential growth
  • Organization, structure, and systems
  • Change management
  • Developing senior leadership
  • Team mission, vision, and core values
  • Personal leadership

Our Company Had Doubled In Size

Although doubling in size from $10 million to $20 million was good, Christopher knew having the structures in place to make timely changes to manage that growth was critical. Now he is more focused, confident, and conscious of himself as a leader and he believes more than ever that investing in people is key to being successful.

Andy Wolfe
President
Arronco Comfort Air
Aileron Helped Me
  • Creating a strategic vision
  • Operational planning
  • Employees becoming focused on future plans
  • Alignment of operations

My Employees Are Happier

After spending endless nights awake thinking about the state of his business, Andy decided there must be a better way. Now, with the entire company focused on achieving his vision, there is clarity and excitement. With a projected growth of 30% for the year, Andrew can sleep better at night maintaining the ever-elusive work/life balance.

Mark and Peg Grunkemeyer
Owners
Buckeye Ecocare
Aileron Helped Me
  • Succession planning
  • Aligning personal and organization vision
  • Creating a financial roadmap
  • Family business transition
  • Creating an outside board
  • Organizational structure
  • Empowering people
  • Hiring the right people

Nothing Is More Important Than Family

For the first twenty years of owning and operating a business, Mark and Peg were worried about paying off debt, making the business work, and putting people and systems in place. Since working with Aileron and their Board of Advisors, they have created a personal roadmap to ensure that their business and financials never interfere with the interaction between themselves or their children.

Steve and Vareena Swihart
President and Executive V.P.
Swihart Industries
Aileron Helped Me
  • Getting connected to peers
  • Strategic planning
  • Aligning personal and business vision
  • Outside board of advisors
  • Succession planning
  • Work/life balance
  • Operational stability
  • Empowering employees

We Had No Clue Where We Were Financially

At the age of 17, Steve borrowed $1500 from his sister to buy his first machine and started his own business. After years of feeling extremely overwhelmed and alone, Steve has stopped working those 80-hour weeks and pulling all-nighters. By putting systems in place and empowering the right people, Steve and Vareena have aligned their family life vision with their business vision through the help of Aileron and professional management.

Rob Moyer
CEO
Rexarc International, Inc.
Aileron Helped Me
  • Discover inefficiencies
  • Managing company growth
  • Creating an outside board
  • Pursuing personal dreams

We Went From Paying For Growth To Getting Paid For Growth

Rob Moyer’s goal has been to take his family business from a $3.5 million-a-year enterprise to $100 million. His board of directors was all for it. But they suggested he first hire a president to run the company while he worked on his bachelor’s degree. Since working with Aileron and setting up a board, the business has gone from losing money to breaking even to making money – to the tune of a 600-percent turnaround.

David Fisher, Eric Lundgren, Brad Haber
President, V.P., COO
ThreeWitt Enterprises, Inc.
Aileron Helped Me
  • Validated processes and systems
  • Strategic planning
  • Creating an outside board
  • Succession planning
  • Focus on future direction
  • Personal confidence

We Went From A Shotgun Approach To A Laser Beam

David Fisher, President, Eric Lundgren, V.P. and Brad Haber, COO of a company that owns a string of Dayton-area restaurants, is firmly convinced Aileron is the best kept business secret in America. They believe Aileron is part of what sets Dayton apart, especially in tough economic times. They see Aileron as a piece of the picture that can make Dayton a place young entrepreneurs can look to and learn.

Wes Gipe
President
Agil IT
Aileron Helped Me
  • Define vision
  • Focus on future direction
  • Customer segmentation and analysis
  • Culture
  • Empower people to make decisions
  • Efficient processes

At The End Of The Day, My Family Was Getting The Last 5% Of Me

The IT firm Wes Gipe launched at the age of 19 was undergoing extraordinary growth. But it was coming through brute force. His people were beat down, and so was he. A year after discovering Aileron, he knew the relationship was working when he noticed his people were whistling on their way to work – and on their way home, even after 12-hour days.

Tessie Ganzsarto
President
Alternate Solutions HomeCare
Aileron Helped Me
  • Manage growth
  • Change management
  • Hiring the right people
  • Delegating to others
  • People development
  • Letting people go who weren't a culture fit

Our Growth Hit Us Like A Ton Of Bricks

After her first Aileron experience, Tessie Ganzsarto realized she needed to manage their business professionally, as opposed to letting sheer growth do it for her. These days, she and her husband, David, get calls from Aileron asking if they will help other entrepreneurs coming up. They get excited when the calls come. They’re grateful to be in a position to help.

Todd Kelchner
CEO
Kelchner, Inc.
Aileron Helped Me
  • Managing growth
  • Articulating and sharing company vision with employees
  • Creating an outside board
  • Strategic planning
  • Connecting with peers

I Could Never Get Over The Hump Of Solid, Profitable Growth

Meet Todd Kelchner. After becoming CEO of Kelchner, Inc. - a company his father started in 1948 - Todd realized he had a vision for the company and that vision was to become a leader in the excavating market. "Using Aileron's Professional Management System, we went from 65 employees to 205. As the heavy construction industry grew by less than 5% over the past five years, Kelchner Inc. has grown by 95%." Todd credits the support of Aileron as a driver for his success.

Dan Detmer
Owner
Nelson Comfort
Aileron Helped Me

Blend two established businesses and cultures Become more efficient and productive Focus on future growth Decision-making ability Personal accountability Strategic planning Creating an outside board of advisors

Dan Learned To Work More Efficiently

As a business owner, Dan faced a variety of issues-growing his business, blending two cultures together, putting a board of directors in place, and more. With Aileron’s help, Dan learned to work more efficiently, get input from others when making big decisions, and take risks to keep his company moving in the right direction.

Case Studies

Wes Gipe
President
Agil IT

Strategy

Now, Strategy Is My Work

Jack Stull
President
Jcrane, Inc.

Leadership

I Was Feeling Overwhelmed by Growth

Dan Detmer
Owner
Nelson Comfort

Strategy

Staying Focused on Long-Term Vision

Tessie Ganzsarto
President
Alternate Solutions HomeCare

Business Structure

We Knew We Needed to Change but We Didn't Know How

David Fisher, Eric Lundgren, Brad Haber
President, V.P., COO
ThreeWitt Enterprises, Inc.

Business Structure

Creating That Next Generation of Great Entrepreneurs

Rob Moyer
CEO
Rexarc International, Inc.

Leadership

I Took My Company From Paying for Growth to Getting Paid for Growth