Peer Groups

Peer Groups Designed to Leverage Wisdom and Experience

Being the leader can be a lonely existence. If you have complicated issues staring you down, sometimes you need to talk to others who have experience facing the same challenges.

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Why sign up?

You’ll be taking action after the Course for Presidents and creating change in your organization. Why not learn from others’ mistakes and successes to ensure the change is positive?

What is it?

Productive discussion forum consisting of 10 to 12 trusted peers from non-competing businesses of similar size who gather to share experiences and candidly resolve issues.

Who should register?

Course for Presidents® Alumni who want continued support and accountability towards implementing professional management.


  • Peter Feil
    Peter Feil

    Peter Feil has been involved in the manufacturing of electric motors, electronics and gear reducers for 26 years. Peter began his career in design engineering, then moved to operations, then sales and marketing and has been in the role of General Manager the last 15 years. Peter, a native German and longtime North Carolina resident, led a Business Unit in the Automotive Industry in Nuernberg, Germany for 3 years, before settling in Maysville, Kentucky in 2002 as General Manager of Stober Drives Inc. (SDI), a US subsidiary of a German company.

    SDI manufactures high-end gear reducers and electric motors for motion control and power transmission. Company focus is on speed and service, with quotes generated in one hour and product built to order and shipped within 24 hours. SDI has grown from $8 million to $30+million the last 11 years, thanks to many initiatives and ideas generated through peer networking, roundtables, continuous learning and strategic planning. Aileron’s Professional Management System, also known as DOC model, is a perfect fit for SDI’s further development, especially in the areas of people and culture.

  • Tony Schroeder
    Business Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
    Tony Schroeder
    Business Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach

    With a passion for proactive leadership, business improvement, and personal development, Tony serves as an energetic mentor and role model for those seeking to lead a fulfilling life inside and outside of business. His experience in strategic planning, business finance, individual advancement, and team cooperation make Tony a well-rounded advisor for small and medium businesses, especially those with a focus on professional services.

    For 22 years, Tony has led Choice One Engineering, a civil engineering firm based in Sidney, Ohio, as President, and now serves as the firm’s CEO. Tony and his fellow Choice One leaders have developed and maintained a unique, down-to-earth company culture rich in enjoyment, cooperation, trust, responsiveness, and success. In 2015, the firm implemented a form of open book management based on “Ownership Thinking” and “Great Game of Business”, through which all employees understand the financial aspects of Choice One’s business. Tony has also been a long-time proponent of the DOC Model, and all Choice One employees participate in the planning and implementation of the company’s strategic plan for business, culture, and future growth.

    After graduating from Ohio Northern University in 1984 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tony began his career in engineering. After several positions in various roles, Tony and several partners founded Choice One Engineering in 1994. Choice One has grown to include three office locations in western Ohio/eastern Indiana and over 35 employees. Tony’s efforts in company culture and with making Choice One a great place to work has contributed to the firm’s success as the number one “Best Firm to Work For” in the nation in civil engineering for two years in a row, as well as a three-time Dayton Business Journal  “Best Place to Work” in the Dayton region.

    In 2014, Tony earned his iPEC Life Coaching Certification, and has been using this expertise to positively impact the mindsets and lives of his coaching clients, Choice One employees, and his family. He regularly holds both group and individual coaching to help individuals overcome emotional hurdles that may be holding them back from success, fulfillment, and happiness.

    Outside of business, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife Joan and his three grown children Cara, Wade, and Marla. He has a passion for bicycling and has participated in cross-state and cross-country rides on multiple occasions. Always one to seek improvement, he enjoys authors Matthew Kelly, Patrick Lencioni, Lawrence Janesky and others. Finally, he spends time as a volunteer for his local parish, Holy Angels in Sidney, and is a strong advocate for the United Way of Shelby County.

What Our Community Says

“It’s a great sounding board for resolving issues and solidifying plans for the future. Because of the group, I feel accountable to myself to implement those resolutions and plans. It also makes me accountable for thinking and acting strategically instead of operationally.”

Steve Shuchat, President of Clean All Services

“The sharing of ideas is the best part. I enter the sessions focused on the topic of the month, but leave with a full page of ideas from other successful business leaders which we can implement in our company.”

Doug Borchers, Superior Aluminum Products

“I value carving out intentional time in my calendar to meet once a month with other business owners for half a day. The best part about my involvement is that we study and practice many of the tools that Aileron makes available to their clients. It’s one thing to attend a seminar to learn new skills. Yet actually practicing and working with those tools on a regular basis has been fabulous!”

Cindy Helman, Money Concepts Financial Planning Centre

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