Vistage Michigan Expands Into Northern Michigan, Selects Erik Larson as Chief Executive Group Chair



ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich., June 20, 2011 – Vistage Michigan, a membership-based organization that provides business leaders with business perspectives and innovative strategies, has announced it is expanding into northern Michigan.  The group, which will cover the Northern Michigan region, including Petoskey and Traverse City, also has named Erik Larson, president and owner of bean fields Professional Services LLC in Petoskey, as the Chief Executive (CE) Group Chair.

A respected management consultant and psychotherapist, Larson has dedicated his career to providing the knowledge tools, insight and motivation that allow others to increase the productivity and satisfaction derived from their life and work. 

With the goal of guiding individuals and organizations in turning their personal and collective visions and efforts into meaningful and sustainable results, he founded bean fields, in order to help high performing individuals and organizations maximize the results of everything they do so they increase their mindfulness and positively impact their financial bottom-line.

Larson’s primary fields of expertise include strategic planning, organizational cultures and executive leadership.  This led him to successfully direct strategic planning and leadership performance efforts for corporate and business clients in the banking, healthcare, manufacturing and retail industries, as well as art, community planning and environmental land preservation, and other non-profit entities.

“Erik Larson has proven that business leaders can change their lives if they receive the tools to help them,” said Robert Holland, CEO and chairman of Vistage Michigan. “There is no better candidate than Erik to introduce Vistage Michigan into northern Michigan.”

Practicing in the personal development field since in 1989, Larson previously served as a senior examiner for the Michigan Quality Leadership Awards and as Chairperson for Leadership Little Traverse.

Larson received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University, and his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.   

In his role with Vistage Michigan, the Horton Bay resident will act as the advisor, mentor, and business coach to his group, conducting one-to-one coaching sessions with each member. He also will facilitate nine group workshops per year with his chief executive members.  

 “The integrity of the proven Vistage Michigan model and processes have enabled me to expand both the depth and breadth of my management consulting work,” said Larson.

 Through Vistage Michigan, business owners and chief executives gain direct and immediate access to unparalleled ideas and thinking.  From one-on-one business coaching, intimate peer-to-peer workshops, and presentations from top industry executives, to advisory boards of CEO peers, extensive online libraries of content and beyond, Vistage Michigan provides its members with actionable knowledge that cannot be replicated by any university, traditional workshop or networking organization.  

Vistage Michigan currently operates 12 Chief Executive (CE) Groups in southeast Michigan comprised of approximately 15 members per group.

Vistage Michigan is a member-based organization that delivers business resources and personal support to CEOs of small to mid-sized companies in southeast and northern Michigan. For more information on Vistage Michigan please call 586-443-5880 or visit