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March 20th, 2017 by TopGun Press

March 20th 2017


Partial List*

Starbucks Corp. Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent
Costco Wholesale Corporation Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent Top 3 Percent
Hermes International Top 1 Percent Top Decile Top 1 Percent
ARC Resources Ltd Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent Top 4 Percent
Danaher Corp. Top 1 Percent Top Decile Top 1 Percent
Ball Corp Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent
Illinois Tool Works Inc Top 1 Percent Top Quartile Top 1 Percent
LVMH Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton Top 1 Percent Top 5 Percent Top Quartile
US Bancorp Top 1 Percent Top 7 Percent Top 1 Percent
Walt Disney Co. Top 1 Percent Top 3 Percent Top Quartile
MasterCard Inc. Top 1 Percent Top Decile Top Quartile
EOG Resources Top 1 Percent Top 1 Percent Top 4 Percent
Diamondback Energy Inc Top 1 Percent Top 5 Percent Top Decile
Charter Communications, Inc. Top 1 Percent Top 3 Percent Top 1 Percent
Source: Shareholder Confidence Index, Pre-Proxy Polling Reports, 1400 Public Corporations, Global. Copyright Brendan Wood International
*Further performance information on 1400 companies available through Brendan Wood International.
See disclaimer below.

Why They Win? Anatomy of TopGunSM Club Boards

  • The members are individual winners. There is no substitute for drive and determination, hard work and experience. Not every board member is necessarily a proven tiger at strategic value creation, but it is important that the members want to be no less. Board team members of TopGunSM Boards are not only expert specialists; they are on a steep learning curve aimed at playing a role in leading a business. TopGunSM Club Boards include members who have run businesses and created wealth. They are idea people, who breed success.
  • TopGunSM Boards have a voracious appetite for achievement as a team. Their first reaction to accolades is to share them with the Board and management. They want to work with achievers, whatever the skill set.
  • TopGunSM Boards know their shareholders and listen carefully to them as if they were owners, because they are. They are visible and available to their owners and are responsive.
  • TopGunSM Boards believe in the company and own the stock. They believe in ownership and remain focused on the interests of the owners, partly because they are owners themselves and partly because they owe a service and keep that promise.  While counter intuitive to some in the field, it is no mystery as to why so many family companies actually outperform the norm. They have a lot of shares and pride in the boardroom.
  • TopGunSM Boards are made up of people who do not need the job.
  • TopGunSM Boards are teams of tough people who make decisions.
  • TopGunSM Boards insist on TopGunSM CEO’s and are not afraid to switch out senior management when that is the right thing to do. TopGunSM Boards know the business and the strategy. They are ready to challenge the environment, and have the drive and the acumen to do so.
  • TopGunSM Boards have succession plans in place. Their companies employ deep management expertise. They want the best in management and they make sure the company does.
  • Crises are inevitable in any large company. TopGunSM Boards calm things down and tackle tough problems aggressively and wisely. Whatever it is, they have seen it before, know what to do and how to do it. Again, some were chosen precisely for this reason.
  • TopGunSM Boards are singled out by Brendan Wood’s shareholder panel performance ratings as well as by the reported strength of the intended shareholder vote to retain them. Many lower-rated boards are re-elected year over year despite their low ratings. Most boards are simply unknown to investors despite their power and duties to the investors who elected them. It takes an energetic and determined campaign to unseat and replace an ineffective board. To do so, investors would need to unite, find new board members willing to participate in a conflict and have a good investment reason for going to all that trouble. In other words, absent an activist intrusion, most ineffective boards are held over by tolerance for another year at a time. By contrast, TopGunSM Boards are in high demand because they breed TopGunSM management and strategy.
  • “Seldom do shareholders identify a TopGunSM Board, absent an accompanying TopGunSM CEO and world-class business strategy. The much overused “governance” mission is claimed as a raison d’être by well-meaning Boards and a veritable army of academics and consultants who traffic in the relevance of rituals. By contrast, TopGunSM Club Boards are consistently focused on driving their businesses to full competitive potential. Until BWI ratings came into effect, Boards did not have an independent performance report card. One invisible Board was perceived to be largely the same as another. However, that is now found to be wholly untrue, since BWI ratings animated the voice of shareholders amplifying their appreciation of shining performance and their frustrations with Boards bent on polishing resumes and exercising political correctness. Governance has become a verbal substitute for performance. Regulation has its place, but shareholders reasonably draw the line at relevance.”
  • “Institutional and retail investment advisors are responsible for the savings of the common investor and their families, in which duty they select companies whose mission is to deliver shareholder value. In their heart of hearts most boards would like to compete for performance targets and hit benchmarks of excellence, but many are unsure of how to do so in the current environment. We trust that the study of true excellence will provide moral support and thoughtful instruction as to what can be achieved by a board member and board teams. The first step for many is to know your shareholders and study hard on the business”, says Brendan Wood.
  • “The TopGunSM Boards of the world provide a great service to shareholders. They are due recognition for running companies that replenish faith in the markets. Brendan Wood partners are pleased at the opportunity to amplify the approval of their shareholders whose primary interest is value creation”, said Mr Wood.

About Brendan Wood International:

Established in 1970, Brendan Wood International is a global advisor basing its strategic and operational advice on granular intelligence which measures current and forthcoming transactional market share and confidence in the performance of all sizes of public companies, banks, broker dealers and investment managers worldwide. The firm is also the managing sponsor of the exclusive TopGunSM Club, which recognizes and supports individual executive and professional members whose ‘game changer’ performance is rated in the top decile globally by their constituent counter parties, shareholders and customers.

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Jordan Novak
Managing Director
Brendan Wood International
+1 416 924 8110

Amanda Knott
Manager – BWI Panel
Brendan Wood International
+1 416 924 8110​


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