Founders

David Lewis is the co-founder and president of The CEO Roundtable. David serves as the moderator at all CEO Roundtable events, facilitating the roundtable discussions.

David Lewis is the President / CEO of OperationsInc, one of the nation’s largest and most premier Human Resources Outsourcing and Consulting firms. Founded by David in 2001, the now 85+ person consultancy provides HR, Payroll, Talent Acquisition, and Training and Development support to a base of over 1,500 clients representing businesses of all sizes throughout the US. David is leveraging a 30+ year career in Human Resources and Operational Management for leading firms including Merck/Medco and Computer Associates.

In addition to his work in HR outsourcing and as the president of The CEO Roundtable, David is also involved in many other endeavors, which include the founding of The HR Roundtable, a networking and educational group for over 100 HR professionals with chapters in Westchester County, New York City, and Connecticut. David’s active involvement in the business community includes serving on The CT Business and Industry Association (www.CBIA.com) Board of Directors, the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association (www.CTA.tech),  The Fairfield County Business Journal Advisory Board, and multiple board roles within the Southern CT Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (www.SOCTSHRM.org).

David and his firm have been recognized as industry and community leaders on several levels, including nominations for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2012 OperationsInc was named a Top 10 Entrepreneurial Place to Work by NY Enterprise Report. Since 2013 (and every year thereafter) OperationsInc was recognized as a Top Workplace by Hearst Media. David was also named the Hearst Media Top Small Business Leader in 2017.

The media views David and the OperationsInc team as subject matter experts in the areas of Human Resources, workplace management, and Small Business issues, as well as a solid and trusted voice on regional business matters. Nationally recognized publications and outlets that have covered OperationsInc in the recent past include CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg TV, The NY Times, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, HR Magazine, HR Executive, and The NY Post. David is the on-air HR subject matter expert for Your Business, an MSNBC weekly show on small business issues, and is also a regular source for business intelligence for Joe Connolly (Bloomberg Business Report) on CBS Radio.

John Engel co-founded The CEO Roundtable in 2001. John also serves an Agent for Halstead Property. Brought up through Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School, John is a true New Canaan native. “This is my hometown and I love everything about it. It’s a great pleasure introducing new arrivals to New Canaan because I am so sincerely fond of it. In my opinion, there is no finer town in which to live.”

John complements his business partner Susan Engel’s years of experience by bringing to the table a competitive technology-driven edge. His years working in e-Media and Army service allow him to relate to his clientele and organize strategies more effectively than most agents in town.

Paper.com, Founder and CEO, New Canaan, Connecticut – June 2003 – January 2009 (5 years 8 months)

John worked with a local New Canaan paper executive, Scott Vallely to found Paper.com and they created a worldwide, competitive and comprehensive source for 40,000 consumer and corporate paper products. They created what was at the time the largest online paper source for greeting cards, wedding invitation, business card, office supply, stationery, envelope, graph paper, transfer paper, paper photo and printable stationery. The site served over 9,000 visitors per day out of the New Canaan headquarters and a call center. The company was sold in 2009 to an Internet marketing firm.

e-Media, Founder and CEO, New Canaan, Connecticut – February 1995 – February 2001 (6 years 1 month)

e-Media was the global broadband and e-commerce expert that combined proprietary, multi-media technologies with high bandwidth capacity to deliver consumer-centric Internet experiences in the entertainment, business-to- business and retail fields.

Since founding e-Media in his basement in 1995, John along with partner Michael Terretta transformed the company from simple e-builder to one which managed the hosting and distribution of more targeted advertising (25 million daily), more merchandising (90,000 sessions daily) and more video streaming (10 million monthly) than that of the top three Internet agencies combined. e-Media managed more than $1 million a month in e- commerce. Every year the company doubled or tripled revenues – profitably growing from 1 to 161 employees. Clients included World Wrestling Federation, Microsoft, HBO, Showtime, Warner Brothers, MGM, CondeNaste Publications, GE Capital, Virgin Atlantic, Reuters, ZDTV, 6FigureJobs.com, and MedLecture.com. The company was sold in 2002 and is now part of Akamai.