The club, which last year had been ranked among the top three forums, was chosen from 1,100 forums nationwide. It was selected for the honor over such national venues as the National Press Club of Washington, The Executives Club of Chicago and the Detroit Economic Club.
TSF said that it based its decision on five elements: draw for CEOs; audience size and executive level; media opportunity; overall prestige; and public opinion.
The Chief Executives' Club of Boston - with a speaking roster that is a "who's who" of business world luminaries - brings prominent CEOs to Boston to discuss current trends and issues in business and management. Rupert Murdoch, for example, used his 1996 appearance to announce plans for Fox Network's 24-hour television news service.
Sponsored by the Carroll School of Management and directed by Peter Rollins, the club was founded in 1992. Its membership consists of chairmen, presidents and managing partners of New England's leading companies and firms. Its bi-monthly luncheons generally attract an average of 250 corporate leaders.
"The CEO Club of Boston is a dynamic source for the kind of information that the current generation of top executives needs to make clear judgments," said Rollins. "Ninety-five percent of our audience members are chairs, presidents or managing partners, which is why we're able to get the caliber of speakers whom we attract. Clearly, we are thrilled to be named the nation's top business speaking forum, and we thank TSF for honoring us with this distinction."
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