ABOUT ACUMEN
Built for CEOs and Owners of strong and growing companies, Acumen is a mastermind community designed for passionate people who work with vision and strive for impact.

Acumen is designed for CEOs and Owners who want to sharpen their edge, growing their companies with strategy and a foundation of integrity.

At Acumen, our CEOs and Owners gather bold insights, experience big and brave results and make lasting impact. The partners of Acumen are driven just as much by our values as we are by our vision. We believe in running our companies with integrity, and doing work with excellence.

Our values are our foundation and our beliefs drive our actions. No one has all the answers, but we are all humble and all teachable. Benchmarks, ROI and the bottom line are critical — but at Acumen, we know it’s how we do business that can drive impact.

PURPOSE

To create catalytic communities that sharpen, inspire, and challenge CEOs and ignite a higher standard of influence, impact, and performance.

With shared values, virtues and beliefs, we at Acumen spur each other on towards strong leadership in business and in life. We come together at Acumen to reach new heights in our companies, our communities and our lives.

MISSION

Facilitate Catalytic Communities that Maximize our Platform of Influence, Impact, & Performance

Look Inside

About Acumen with Sean Miller

THE
ACUMEN
DISTINCTIVES

Acumen is COMMUNITY.

It may be lonely at the top, but it doesn’t have to be. We facilitate camaraderie among industry leaders who want to sharpen each other, genuinely connecting and engaging to grow stronger together.

Acumen is
a place for
CHALLENGE.

Our mastermind teams are places for growth-oriented CEOs and Owners. If where you’re at today isn’t good enough, and you thrive when pushed to new heights, then the mastermind groups of Acumen could be a fit for you.

Acumen is
for OWNERS
AND CEOS
 who seek
RESULTS.

We’re not a place for triage, for sunsetting, for closing up shop. Acumen is designed for businesses seeking to be at the top of their game, at the intersection of growth and performance. Acumen is a place for people who want their companies to grow quickly and sustainably. In fact, results are our promise: Acumen guarantees a 10x ROI. If not, 100% of annual fees are refunded after your first year.

Acumen is
rooted in
PURPOSE

Every Acumen team is composed of CEOs and Owners who believe that HOW we live our lives, lead and serve others has meaning and purpose for today and for the great beyond. Far from perfect, we are men and women who claim Jesus Christ as our Savior. We aspire to lead a life of purpose in our businesses, our communities and our families.

Our Team

DREW HISS

CEO + Growth Catalyst

Drew Hiss launched his outsourced payroll and HR technology solutions company, Checkdate Solutions, in 1994. The entrepreneurial dream, Drew experienced much success, but not without many failures.

He bootstrapped the company to incredible heights. One of Kansas City’s fastest growing companies, his firm was named one of the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce Best Businesses not once, but twice. Additionally, Checkdate Solutions ranked as one of KC’s top 100 fastest growing companies for nine consecutive years and was in the top 25 nationally in its industry.

Today’s workplace culture tends to compartmentalize personal virtues from commerce, creating silos between business, family, community and values. But as a CEO, Drew and his company grew when he decompartmentalized: on his journey, he learned to integrate his life of commerce and his life of faith, family and values.

Drew merged Checkdate Solutions with payroll industry leader Paycor, stepping away from the company in 2008 and serving on its board for eight years. Drew remains an owner in the firm. Today, Drew’s heart for virtuous business leadership is at the core of Acumen. Acumen is a catalytic iron-sharpening-iron environment and this is Drew’s passion.

Drew and his wife Sarah have been married for 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 22 to 17. He is a member of Westside Family Church and a raving distance congregant of Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, CO. Drew enjoys snowboarding, hunting, cycling and a variety of outdoor activities including running with his three dogs.

DAN COOPER

President + Growth Catalyst

Dan Cooper co-founded ej4, a video-based online training company, in 2003, and was its CEO until selling in 2012. During his time with ej4, he grew the company from a startup to a nationally-recognized firm, serving clients including Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Honeywell, Monsanto and Syngenta. Channel partners included SAP and Oracle. As of the 2012, ej4 was serving 1,000+ customers, delivering millions of program views, was highly profitable and debt-free.
Today, he is the President and partner of Acumen, a mastermind community platform built for CEOs and Owners of strong and growing companies. Dan is also an ACC credentialed executive coach through the International Coaching Federation.

He and his wife, Ali, have three children and attend Cure of Ars church in Leawood, KS. Dan enjoys running, all things soccer — coaching, playing and watching —and burning all types of meat on the backyard barbecue grill.

TIM JAMES

Growth Catalyst

Tim James rose through technology ranks to lead companies in Healthcare, Scientific Research, Software, Publishing and Distribution, spanning both for profit and non-profit arenas.
In his most recent full-time engagement as President of PPM Information Solutions (PPMIS), Tim was hired by the company’s corporate owner to make the business unit viable and heathy by repairing the fragmented culture & portfolio while reversing a significantly negative bottom line. He was tasked with growing market share while improving client services with the underlying goal of positioning the software company for sale. After the successful sale of PPMIS to Bolder Healthcare Solutions in October of 2014, Tim led the transition with near-perfect client retention.

After the successful turnaround, marketing and sale of PPMIS, Tim started TCJ Consulting in 2016, focusing his efforts and leveraging his experience to help companies improve organizational health, and focus their strategy and leadership development to accelerate success.

Tim, and his wife Courtney, have four grown children and twin grandchildren. Tim and Courtney are active members of Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park where Tim serves on the Parish Council. Tim enjoys building, whether it’s healthy organizations, custom-designed furniture, or Beef Bourguignon. Creating something greater than the sum of its parts is where he feels God’s pleasure.

JOE CALHOON

Growth Catalyst

Joe Calhoon launched his speaking and consulting career in 1986. By the mid-1990’s, Joe was one of the most requested and highest-rated speakers with The Covey Leadership Center. In ten years, Joe served more than 100 world-class organizations on four continents. In 2000, Joe founded Priority Advantage™ and began delivering double-digit growth for business owners in a wide range of industries. He has authored three business books and created a proven process that produces measureable, game-changing business results. Joe has now worked with hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses, delivering sound business growth strategies while developing leaders organically, nurturing talent from within and instilling a winning attitude into the corporate culture.
Joe and Diane have one son, Joseph. Joe and his wife are actively involved at Maywood Baptist Church. Diane also volunteers at City Union Mission. Joe enjoys travel, adventure, swimming and golf.

RANDAL LINVILLE

Growth Catalyst

Randal Linville has over 35 years of experience and success as a commodity market trader, international business executive and corporate board leader. He brings expertise and a myriad of connections in the following sectors: agriculture, capital markets, commodity, government, infrastructure, nonprofit, private equity, professional, and transport.
Randal co-founded, led as CEO, and recently sold Agspring, a top 40 grain logistics company. It was formed in 2012 as a private equity backed consolidator of agribusiness firms to supply grains, oilseeds, and related products to growing global markets. Previously Randal was at The Scoular Company for a 25-year career during which he earned positions of increasing leadership and management responsibility. As President, and CEO from 1999-2009, Randal led Scoular through a decade of extraordinary success from building a portfolio of diverse business operations based in North America with International reach.

Today, Randal is Managing Director of ClearSight Ventures. He serves as advisor, board member, entrepreneur, executive, and investor for a portfolio of marketplace and nonprofit groups including CropWorks Co-Founder and Chairman, The FarmHouse Foundation Trustee Emeritus, Halftime Institute, GlobalHouse Group, Global Scholars, HighQuest Partners, Church of the Resurrection, Economics Club of Kansas City, Heritage Foundation, National Association of Corporate Directors, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

While growing up on a farm in Holcomb, KS, Randal developed a passion for both agriculture and business that led him to Kansas State University where he earned dual degrees in Agricultural Economics and Business Finance in 1976, followed by an M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1977. Upon graduation, he began his career with Central Soya Company and later joined The Pillsbury Company. Randal resides in Leawood, KS with his wife Debbie and children Grace and Jake. Their special interests include Exclusive Resorts family travel in USA and abroad, and Pilate’s fitness training.

SARAH HISS

VP of Operations

Sarah has spent her life living the entrepreneurial dream. She was the reluctant co-founder of Checkdate Solutions, thinking “WTF is he doing”. Upon retirement from daily operational responsibilities, Sarah took on the task of raising 4 hooligans. She has spent the last several years as a professional volunteer with a number of “can’t say no” organizations. As an empty nester, Sarah is excited to be back in the professional world with Acumen helping deliver great client experiences.
TESTIMONIALS
GROWTH OF BUSINESS, PROFITABILITY AND LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVENESS:

“The Acumen community has been an invaluable resource for me personally and the key leaders of our firm. The DNA of what makes Acumen unique around the notion of a "higher standard" can be found throughout our organization and leadership approach. The unique combination of competence and confidentiality with a group of high-performing peers is a catalyst for greater leadership effectiveness. The affinity model aligns me with like-minded owners who share similar attributes and challenges.”

Case DormanCEO, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue
WISE COUNSEL, ACCEPTANCE, CONFIDENTIALITY & SAFETY OF IMPARTIALITY

“The major difference I've experienced [with Acumen] is the authenticity, transparency and ‘get-real’ factor associated with this group. We share a common value and belief system and that makes an incredible difference in the connectedness and counsel of our team — the stakes are higher! It's a high-performing team for a much Higher reason!”

Jon SchramThe Purple Guys
A BIGGER, CLEARER VISION FOR THE BATTLE AHEAD

“Being challenged by a group of other leaders each and every month with key performance indicators and holding each other accountable has made me a better leader and it's helped me to transition my team into better leaders. Leadership at our company is now really an activity rather than a position. I travel in from Florida for Council each month – the newer guys have asked me why I do that… it’s because Acumen is such an impactful part of my life that I wouldn't miss it.”

Bob MeyersPresident & CEO, iTedium
CATALYTIC GROWTH FOR YOU, YOUR FAITH, YOUR FAMILY AND BUSINESS

“After every meeting, I come back with an extensive list of things that can share with the team. The ROI for Acumen has been significant. The distinct roles I play; child of Christ, husband, father, and business leader – the group helped me keep appropriate priorities. I feel like I'm so much better in each of those roles that I serve and that directly becomes the result of my time with Acumen.”

Todd PleimannManaging Partner, RubinBrown
TO BE A BETTER BOSS

“My group has been like a board of directors, there's no problem I can't bring but that I know I’ll get objective opinion and that every single individual cares about me and my success. Advice without personal agendas and consistent with my faith and moral background is rare and valuable to me. Nuts & Bolts has transitioned significantly in the past year and a half and I credit the group largely for that success.”

Tim HaakePresident, Nuts & Bolts Hardware
INTEGRATION OF FAITH AND COMMERCE FOR GREATEST IMPACT AND LEGACY

“The ROI for me and my business has been tremendous. Our firm continues to grow at record levels and the wisdom and insight provided by my fellow advisors has been a catalyst for not only our growth, but my maturity and effectiveness as a leader of people. I realize now that ROI doesn't just mean "investment" it also means “influence.” I realize more than ever that my business is an incredible platform for influence!”

Dustin DollCEO, Accord Group
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