The membership-based organization, which helps business leaders make better decisions and generate better results, honored Christides during its annual CEO Summit on Fri., Sept. 20 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn.
Since taking over as president of the Rochester Hills-based provider of industrial water and wastewater treatment chemicals, equipment and consulting services in 2005, Christides has more than tripled the company’s revenue. This increase also has enabled her to expand its staff from eight to 26. She also pioneered efforts in the development, patent and commercialization of Metals Removal System™, which helps manufacturers achieve performance gains in wastewater treatment operations.
In 2013, Plymouth Technology has been honored among Michigan Companies to Watch. It also was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award for Small Business Achievement at the 17th Annual Women and Leadership in the Workplace Conference.
“In the eight years I have worked with Amanda in Vistage Michigan, she has grown by leaps and bounds,” said Michael Balloch, Christides Chief Executive (CE) Group chair. “She thinks more strategically and always makes sure she has alternatives, so if Plan “A” does not work, you continue moving to Plan “B” and then Plan “C” if necessary.
“It’s not just about her. Amanda looks out for all members and helps everyone look at everything from a different light. She is the consummate professional and a leader our members aspire to be.”
An example of Christides’ selflessness is her dedication to developing young talent. In 2007, she launched an internship program at Plymouth Technology that hires 18-24 interns annually for its chemical and research, human resources and sales and marketing departments. More impressive is the fact that 99 percent of its interns who seek permanent employment find it within 90 days of completing their internships at Plymouth Technology.
Through Vistage Michigan, small 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 15 CE Groups in southeast, central and northern 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 www.vistagemichigan.com.