REF Orange County

Leaders Powered by Collective Intelligence

REF is a Global organization of Peer Advisory Boards for Top-Tier Business Leaders.

Members access the Collective Intelligence of their Peers in an environment of trust and confidentiality, locally and globally.
We propel Collective Intelligence through a personal, professional, and business development approach.

  • REF, formerly "Renaissance Executive Forums" is a global organization that brings together peer advisory boards for top-tier business executives.

  • Forum Groups are the core of the different REFs memberships.

  • Members access the Collective Intelligence of their Peers in an environment of Trust and Confidentiality.

  • Founded in the USA 30 years ago.

  • Peer advisory board comprised of 12 to 15 CEOs, Presidents, Owners (depending on membership type) 

  • Non-competing industries

  • Meet one morning a month

  • Facilitated by a certified REF Forum Leader

  • Safe space for discussion and debate

  • Culture of transparency, trust and confidentiality

In their Forum Groups, Members present their biggest challenges and exchange constructive, actionable advice from a diversity of perspectives. This gives them the clarity they need to find transcendent solutions and achieve their personal, professional and business goals. 

Regular monthly Forum meeting structure:

  • Educational Component: Update doses with Experts on topics of interest for Business Leaders. 

  • Round Table: Exchange dynamics of personal and business best practices.

  • Case: A member presents their biggest challenge, and other members of the group share what they would do in their shoes.

Special annual Forums:

  • Escape: One-day group retreat focused on personal development.

  • Offsite: Group trip featuring workshop on strategies for personal and professional success.

  • All Members Meeting: Annual meeting with other local or regional Groups.

  • Access to REF's app: Network & Digital Community

  • Expert Insights: Webinars with Experts about major shifts and trends.

  • Industry & Interest Networks: International Forum Groups, exchange of best practices and opportunities.

  • Events: Global, Regional & Local Network.

  • Unique Experiences: Curated trips, leisure & retreats.

  • Improved decision-making

  • Accelerated personal, professional and business growth

  • Global network of Business Leaders

  • Meaningful relationships

At REF, Members tap into the wisdom that emerges from the Collective Intelligence of leaders with exceptional backgrounds.

  • REF provides a unique space where members gain clarity to make their most important and challenging business, professional and personal decisions.

  • Selective trust-based Forum Groups made up of top-tier business leaders (by invitation only).

  • Forum Groups led by Forum leaders with business experience.

  • Case method.

  • Holistic approach: Personal, professional, and business growth.

  • Continuous education through leading professionals.

  • Introspection, reflection, and planning.

We believe evolved and connected leaders are a positive force in the world.

Meet our Team in REF Orange County

Ric Franzi
Partner & Forum Leader
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Partner & Forum Leader
Ric Franzi
Orange County, California
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My purpose is to help my clients discover their innate potential to make lasting positive changes in their lives. Since 2007 I have dedicated my career to creating a safe place for business executives to work on their businesses. The peer groups I chair provide a safe place where members can learn from each other, share their experiences, and ultimately improve the performance of their firms over the long term.

Michael Low
Forum Leader
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Forum Leader
Michael Low
Orange County, California
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I’m a seasoned executive/advisor with over 35 years of comprehensive strategy/business development, M&A/joint venture, and management experience, dealing with abstract, innovative problem-solving, including successfully selling and promoting new concepts and projects. I’ve developed and managed a dedicated and skilled support staff, deploying an accessible, direct, “lead by example”, team-oriented leadership style. I’m considered a proven intuitive problem solver, with the ability and knowledge to analytically evaluate initial theories and concepts.

Our Purpose

Is to accelerate the personal, professional, and business evolution of our Members, because we believe evolved and connected leaders are a positive force in the world.

The value of every forum meeting lies in the enriching effect of members diversity of perspectives in giving and receiving feedback of their peers.
Requirements:

CEO, Owner, President, or equivalent.

Qualifying company criteria:
  • SMB: $5M-$30M in revenue.

  • Corporate: $30M-$300M in revenue.

  • Large Corporations: More than $300M in revenue.

The value of every forum meeting lies in the enriching effect of members diversity of perspectives in giving and receiving feedback of their peers.
Requirements:

C-Suite and upper management.

Qualifying company criteria:
  • Corporate: $30M-$300M in revenue.

  • Large Corporations: More than $300M in revenue.

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