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A GCP Accelerating Middle-Market Progress Forum: "Innovation and Competitive Intelligence"

02.23.17 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
GCP Offices, 1240 Huron Road East, Cleveland, OH 44115

Innovation is the result of well-informed leadership.

Today’s business leaders push the status quo by reevaluating their business model—even a successful one—by continuously striving to challenge internal assumptions and cognitive biases. They strive to encourage a culture of innovation that prevents stagnation and increases adaptability to market disruptions.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Investors are invited to hear thought leaders Peter Grimm and Beau Oliver of Cipher Systems discuss how companies and organizations can incorporate out-of-the-box thinking to better understand their markets, identify opportunities, and drive innovation.

Using real-world examples and proven methodologies, they will outline key strategies for staying ahead in increasingly global and fast-paced competitive environments.

Our speakers

Peter Grimm
Managing Director, Cipher Systems

Peter Grimm is a recognized expert in the areas of intelligence analysis, competitive intelligence, trend monitoring, market-entry strategy, and merger and acquisition due diligence.

In his current role as managing director of Cipher Systems, LLC, Peter helps senior leaders develop innovative strategies to navigate the competitive landscape, transform internal intelligence operations, and position for future growth.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned his M.S. degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

Upon finishing his Naval service and completing graduate studies, he served as the lead analyst for Middle East and Iraq counter-terrorism issues at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he deployed overseas in support of Special Operations Forces and served as General Petraeus’ senior counter-terrorism analyst in Baghdad.

He left government service in 2008 to join Deloitte Consulting, where he led teams of consultants delivering strategy projects to numerous federal and commercial clients.

Beau Oliver
Director, Cipher Systems

Beau Oliver specializes in competitive intelligence, strategic planning, change management, risk mitigation, and knowledge management developed from extensive experience in commercial and government sectors across the globe.

In his current position as director of business development for Cipher Systems, Beau helps senior leaders to better understand the competitive environment, build and enhance internal intelligence capabilities, spur innovation, and craft dynamic strategies to position for future growth.

His clients include some of the world’s most-respected companies in industries such as healthcare, consumer goods, hospitality, aerospace, and financial services.

Prior to joining Cipher, Beau worked with Toffler Associates and Deloitte Consulting. He also served as a pilot and mission commander in the U.S. Navy.

He earned his B.S. in economics from the U. S. Naval Academy as well as an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business with a focus on international strategy.

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