Answers to Common Questions
What is your selection criteria?
Members are selected based on their knowledge and experience in a particular area as well as their potential contribution to the group. Our staff reviews bios and talks with each potential Member to make sure that there’s a good fit. Once the interview process is completed, our membership committee extends a formal invitation to those who qualify.
What happens in the meetings?
The typical meeting starts off with a light meal and a 10 minute host presentation. From there, we follow a mastermind format and focus on three Members who present for 20 minutes each. Each mastermind session includes a Q&A segment followed by input from group Members. The objective of each mastermind session is to allow the presenter to talk about issues that are relevant to their success. Whether it's landing new clients, solving business issues or finding the right service provider, the group represents a tremendous resource for every member. Our goal is to maximize that potential for the benefit of each Member.
Where are they held?
Meetings are Member hosted and meetings are rotated from Member to Member throughout the year. If a Member doesn’t have suitable space to host the Group, they can still host at another Members location. Meeting are typically within walking distance of your office.
Can I guest at a meeting as a non-member?
How much does it cost?
Highrise provides different types of memberships. Please consult your membership services director for more detailed information.
How is this different than Provisors?
Our Groups are far more exclusive than Provisors. We only allow partners and upper management to be considered for membership. Second, our groups are designed to help each member succeed. By allowing only one Member per professional specialty, we create a collaborative environment that sets the foundation for Member success (Provisors allows multiple people in a given specialty). Lastly, we have a mastermind focus in our meetings that allows Members to make real progress on matters that are important to them.
Who are the current members?
We are completely transparent and list Members of each Group on our site. Simply click on the Groups tab to view Members of each Group.
When did Highrise start?
Who runs Highrise?
Forrest Blake is the CEO, Mark Scanlon is the COO, and Pam Vetter is the Membership Vice President.
Can I guest at other groups?
Membership provides unlimited guesting at other Groups provided that the visiting Member’s specialty is not in conflict with any Member of the Group they are visiting.
How many Members are typically in a Group?
Our design philosophy of only allowing one Member per specialty limits the size of the Group. Members benefit by being the subject matter expert in a diversified group of top-level professionals. Our typical Group is composed of 15 - 20 members. This structure allows each Member to generate new opportunities and build strong, mutually beneficial relationships.
How do the Verticals work?
Verticals are industry specialty groups that bring Members together in an industry-focused environment to discuss trends, deals and opportunities. Our Verticals meet quarterly and include M&A, Real Estate, Entertainment, and Legal. Members are welcome to attend all Verticals.
What is the commitment to attend monthly meetings?
We suggest that Members make 80% of the meetings but we understand how schedules can conflict. Members are encouraged to elect a Delegate to fill-in in their absence. Our Member/Delegate program allows the primary Member to elect a Delegate to attend meetings when the Primary Member is unavailable. Members can elect a Delegate upon joining or at any time during the year.
Are their leadership roles in each Group?
Yes. Each group typically has a Chair & Co-Chair.