Blog: Forward Thinking

Often snarky, sometimes funny, thoughts and musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Development, Leadership, Startups, Washington DC Business and more.

Open Letter to Jan Ridgely, United Charitable

This is an open letter to Jan Ridgely, United Charitable. Jan Ridgely, United Charitable 8201 Greensboro Dr #702, Tysons, VA 22102 February 22, 2018 Dear Ms. Jan Ridgely, United Charitable, I understand that you are interested in a conversation with me regarding my blog posts about Matthew Pugsley and Chalant Health (See these posts: Chalant Health To Invest Or To Investigate, Chalant Health Leadership Turnover, Do You Know These Chalant Health People). I assume that these blog posts documenting your relationship with a fraudulent company, Chalant Health add to your mounting displeasure (see these posts: Jan Ridgely – Defender Of Matthew Pugsley And Chalant Health, Charitable? Not Jan Ridgely United Charitable CEO). I...

Business Focus – The Video

Business Focus A couple of weeks ago, I sat down over a beer and over an internet connection and about 800 miles of distance with Max Traylor of Beers with Max. We talked about lessons of a Turn-Around executive and why companies fail. Here's an excerpt from the interview on Business Focus. If you're getting this via RSS-Feed or Email, link here for the video. Max:  What would you say was the was the biggest challenge if you did notice any trends in these failing startup companies? What would you say is the biggest challenge and don't let the audience being sales and marketing professionals taint your...

Paul Reed Smith Interview

This Paul Reed Smith Interview Post is Part II of a series of posts regarding Paul Reed Smith, Founder, and CEO of PRS Guitars. If you don't know anything about Paul Reed Smith, you might want to read Part I here. After discovering PRS Guitars, going on the factory tour, and purchasing two PRS Guitars, I had to meet the man behind this gem of a company on the Chesapeake. PRS is one of the DMV Region's magical success stories. They design near-perfect instruments. Works of Art...

Jan Ridgely – Defender of Matthew Pugsley and Chalant Health

Wow, Jan Ridgely, CEO of United Charitable hammered me in a linked in a comment based on my Chalant Health Post. (see original Chalant Health post here and LinkedIn posting here). Jan hurt my feelings in her comment when she called me a liar and asked the Tower Club to kick me out of the club. Oh, and she told me that I'm not just a plain old bad person, but she pulled out the old "very" card to say I'm a very bad person. Now that smarts. It would have hurt a lot more if Jan had a modicum of credibility....

Amazon Schmamazon – DC Don’t Need No Stinkin Amazon HQ2

The DC Tech Scene is all a tizzy over the possibility that Amazon will open its second headquarters, or what all the cool kids are calling Amazon HQ2 somewhere in the DMV. For those of you who are living in a hefty bag, let me catch you up. In September 2017 Amazon announced it's intention to spend $5 billion in construction cost for a second headquarters that would employ 50,000 people somewhere in North America. They invited economic development authorities and local governments to join a beauty contest for the honor to host Amazon HQ2. On January 19th Amazon made their decision. Based...