After an extensive one-year search by a specially formed committee, the Nexstar Network board of directors appointed Jack Tester as its president and CEO, effective November 2011. He succeeds Greg Niemi, who has headed the organization for 11 years.
“There is no organization that provides its members with more or better tools to win in the marketplace,” Tester said. “I look forward to helping our members increase sales and profits in my new role as we continue to reach our full potential together.”
Tester has served as Nexstar coaching manager for five years, supervising a team of coaches and providing guidance, training and proven systems to more than 400 members. His Nexstar experience actually began much earlier, in 1992, as the first employee of Nexstar (then named Contractors 2000), recruited by Nexstar founder Frank Blau. Tester was the executive director of the organization until 1998.
Prior to Contractors 2000, Tester was the assistant executive director of the Minnesota PHCC and also spent seven years with American Residential Services, serving as a regional vice president and vice president of residential services.
Together with the board, Niemi has put together a succession training and mentoring program to allow for a smooth transition. This will ensure that Nexstar maintains high standards and best practices, and retains the culture and integrity of the organization. The program mirrors the succession planning training that Nexstar provides to members.
Niemi says he will leave things in good shape and good hands.
“I’m proud to have the very best contractors belonging to the very best business development and training organization in the world,” he said. “I’m ever so thankful to our founders, our members, partners and talented staff. Nexstar truly is the world-class model of the industry.”
For more information on Nexstar Network, go to www.nexstarnetwork.com or contact Lisa Schardt or Bryan Martin at 888/240-STAR.