I depend on peers to help accelerate my growth

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Andy Henritze

Founder & CEO, Henritze Dental Group

“I’d tell any CEO looking to invest in their own growth to open themselves up to peer learning outside their industry.”

Andy Henritze had been at the helm of the Roanoke-based Henritze Dental Group (HDG) for 5 years when he joined Peernacle’s CEO Peer Group.

“We’d grown rapidly during that time, and with bigger opportunities came bigger challenges and tougher decisions,” Andy recalled. “My goal was to take HDG to the next level, and I felt that gaining wisdom from experienced CEOs in other industries would increase my odds of continued success.”

The peer group provided Andy with an invaluable outside perspective and a chance to briefly step away from the day-to-day demands of the dental world. He discovered a group of fellow leaders who cared as much about his personal growth as they did about his professional accomplishments.

“My peers hold me accountable in a thoughtful way as I work to fulfill HDG’s vision and mission,” he explained. “They want to see me succeed not just in business, but in reaching my personal goals as well. And the expert speakers keep me sharp, ensuring I’m always up-to-date on the latest leadership best practices.”

Andy admitted that being a founder and CEO can feel solitary at times, with the weight of every decision resting solely on your shoulders. But surrounding himself with others who understood the realities of leadership made a big difference.

“It’s been comforting to collaborate with peers focused on helping me succeed, with no hidden agendas or ulterior motives,” he said. “I’d tell any CEO looking to invest in their own growth to open themselves up to peer learning outside their industry. The fresh perspectives are invaluable.”

Through the CEO peer group, Andy gained the wisdom, accountability, and reassurance he needed to guide HDG to new heights. Peer learning opened his eyes to what it takes to reach the next level as a leader.

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