He’s founded companies, joined early teams, directed organizations to multiple IPOs including a $360M IPO of Progress Software, mergers, acquisitions including a $92M acquisition of Call Technologies by 3Com.
Before founding Driven Forward in 2007, Glen worked as a hired-gun turn-around CEO in the employ of Private Equity Investors. After constant rounds of laying-off good people and far too many sales of distressed assets, Hellman realized the failure virus infects the host many years before the symptoms present themselves. Inoculating companies with good advice is the best prevention for failure.
Hellman founded Driven Forward to create a healthy failure immune system for corporate leaders.
Glen has the unique ability to identify key product deficiencies and the most expedient method to correct them. He has integrity, intelligence, and energy. He always puts the company's interests first. I would be thrilled to work with him again in any endeavor.
Having Glen as a sounding board has been incredibly helpful to me in three particular ways: perspective, sharp questions and pattern recognition. 1. Perspective to pull me out of the weeds 2. Sharp questions that force me to face my own hidden assumptions and faulty conclusions (i.e. that cut through any bs that I tell myself or others) 3. Pattern recognition that can alert me to hidden dangers easily avoided but only easily seen unless you've been there before He's also a really effective group facilitator, keeping the conversation on track and on time while stimulating great group dynamics.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Glen during my first year of Vistage. As our group chair, Glen has been an invaluable mentor and coach. Glen's best trait for me is diving head on into my real issues ... some I don't even see myself. He always leaves me with some new nugget of information – usually about myself or the way I operate – and a homework assignment as the first step to start facing my obstacles. Simple, yet very effective.
Glen is a respected, seasoned business executive who is a great mentor to entrepreneurs and CXOs looking to walk in the shoes he's traveled in. I have spent time alongside Glen coaching CEOs and think his advice and guidance is spot on.
I'm proud to call Glen my mentor, coach and friend. Since our first meeting, Glen didn't just ask me the right questions, he also had the right answers. He has so much experience (from entrepreneur to turn-around CEO) that he is able to recognize patterns faster than most. This critical ability allows him to assess business scenarios skillfully and provide feedback rapidly.
Glen has his finger on the pulse of the technology business in the DC area. I seek him out for his astute and trusted opinions on market trends, the state of technology start-ups and early-stage capital investment.
Glen is one of the smartest business people I have had the pleasure of working alongside. As CEO he demonstrated an enviable mix of commercialization know-how and operational capability. His creativity and pragmatism allowed totally new and cost effective solutions to be realized for customers. Glen has the ability to see the big picture in ways that few people ever master and can then motivate and empower people to deliver on that vision.
Glen is the ultimate professional. He is a strategic planner comfortable operating in the board room and a consummate salesman willing to roll up his sleeves. He is a high-energy, creative and motivational leader. Most importantly, he has a strong work ethic and high integrity. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
I am one of the most cynical people on the planet and think for the most part the earth will be better off after the Zombie apocalypse. Having said that, Mr. Cranky is one of the few people I would let into my safe house (at an undisclosed location of course) because Mr. Cranky is one of the few people I know who actually "tells it like it is." No sugar coating, no pumping sunshine up my skirt, just good honest feedback from someone with relevant experience.
Glen was one of the best global business development executives I have ever worked with. He is driven and result-oriented, at the same time is very considerate to the needs and feelings of other people. I often observed that he'd immediately gained confidence and trust from Japanese customers. I really enjoyed working with Glen and look forward to working with him again.
Power Packed Hour
A Power Packed Hour - Advice and guidance from Glen is like having a meal of Red Bull and Filet Mignon steak – you don’t need much of his time to get the protein and caffeine kick or the substance and motivating energy that he delivers with an elegant flavor. In my start-up journey, I’ve met many sellers of consulting services, but Glen is the first black-belt wearing, Supreme Court judge, high priest that I have met. Quite simply, he doesn’t have to sell anything because his insightful guidance which is backed by his mastery of experience reveals itself the minute he begins advising you.
Glen Hellman asks tough questions. Glen has the vision to see what's coming and get creative enough to keep his clients on track. Sitting down with me to discuss Sisarina, he was clear I needed to be more vocal about the great things my company was doing to continue the growth I had seen. Being able to talk frankly to Glen about where my company was going gave him the inexhaustible capacity to make me think bigger, do marketing strategic marketing, and grow my business.
Glen received his coaching training and certification from Vistage, an organization that provides coaching a leadership development to over 15,000 members. As a former Vistage Rookie of the year, he facilitated CEO Peer Groups for seven years. He was a board member for The University of Maryland, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and a Former Angel Investor. In 2012 Glen was voted the #1 Angel Investor by Tech Cocktail readers. He’s a Top Rated, Global 100 Mentor for the Founder Institute, and is frequently quoted in print and broadcast for his views on business and entrepreneurship and served as a business analyst for ABC7, WJLA.
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