About PRO Peer Advisory Board

PRO, President’s Resource Organization, founded by Ray Silverstein, a small business expert and author with more than three decades of experience.

Silverstein’s belief in the power of peer groups dates back to the 1980s, when—as the CEO of a mechanic’s hand tool manufacturing business and manufacturer of automotive parts for OEM and Aftermarket—he joined one of the earliest mastermind groups. Using the knowledge he acquired there, he promptly grew his company into a multi-million dollar operation. Rather than retire, Ray decided to help other small business owners “Get where they wanted to get. Peer Boards helped Ray, and they can help you!

Since then, Silverstein has facilitated more than 1,300 peer advisory board meetings in Chicago and Phoenix.

As the result of what he learned in peer groups, Silverstein has written two books The Best Secrets of Great Small Businesses, published by Sourcebooks, Inc., and The Small Business Survival Guide: How to Survive (and Thrive) During Tough Times. He also wrote small business columns for Entrepreneur online, the Phoenix Business Journal, and the Business Ledger in suburban Chicago.

In addition, he teaches would-be facilitators how to create, build and maintain their own peer advisory board businesses. Unlike similar programs, his is not a franchise, but rather a straightforward training program…no strings attached!

Silverstein talks to hundreds of small business owners every month, sharing and collecting ideas and experiences on every aspect of running a small business. As a result, he’s earned an advanced “MPB” (Master of Practical Business) degree. He is available for speaking engagements .As he likes to say, “All of us are smarter than one of us.” And Peer Boards prove this.

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What if you had your own small business advisory board?

Invaluable Small Business Asset

PRO Peer Advisory Board is Your tool to make better decisions, to look at tools to improve Your Marketing, Sales, Compensation, Hiring… You name it, PRO has a resource for you. What is knowledge worth? What is the cost to avoid a major mistake? You determine the cost. Non-biased peers keep you out of trouble whether it be a face to face group or virtual peer advisory board.

You may have heard of peer advisory boards and did not have the time due to travel. Now you have a peer advisory board in your office on Your device of choice. You’ll find a host of articles about the benefits of peer boards on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes.com and American Management Association. Truly, this invaluable small business asset can take your business where you want it to be.

Peer Advisory Boards are groups of non-competitive business owners, key executives or professionals that meet monthly with an experienced facilitator to move their business forward.  Participants raise issues and receive feedback and support from peers based on experience and knowledge. To be eligible as a peer board member you must be willing to be exposed to new ideas, don’t think you know it all and sometimes be willing to take criticism.  PRO has help businesses in excess of twenty years in the metro markets of Chicago and Phoenix. Small business advisory groups like PRO have helped thousands of businesses grow to their potential and beyond.

PRO’s Peer Advisory Board brings an invaluable asset to you, even in remote areas where traditional peer boards aren’t available. Ray Silverstein, your facilitator, mentor and tormentor, has helped hundreds of businesses in his over 25 years of running peer advisory boards as well as owning two manufacturing businesses with over $60 million in annual revenue. He’s been where you want to go. If you are interested in joining a group, let us know here.


RAY SILVERSTEIN is an entrepreneur, author and speaker revered for his high business intellect and ability to communicate meaningful and practical concepts to those wishing to achieve success in business. As the President of Peer Advisory Training and President’s Resource Organization (PRO), he is instrumental in creating breakthrough moments for executives wrestling with an assortment of personal and organizational issues. Ray describes himself in metaphorical terms as both a corporate chiropractor, one who helps straighten out businesses and a corporate farmer, one who provides the corporate fertilizer that helps business grow. He currently presides over seven peer advisory groups in Chicago and Phoenix.

A self-proclaimed big picture thinker, Ray’s strength is his ability to conceptualize around an issue and provide the course of action for its resolution. He cites the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as being instrumental in his professional development. Drawing upon his broad-based business experience, which encompasses executive leadership, banking, finance, corporate governance, sales and marketing, Ray helps business owners break down barriers, whether perceived or real, and push on through to profitability. “I’m an excellent delegator,” he claims. “I think in terms of risk and control and always look at the risk-reward benefit.”

Always seeking to add value, Ray is sensitive to the wide range of issues confronting business owners. He understands how industry constraints and marketing challenges can impact productivity and offers practical guidance and strategic insight. Whether he is offering encouragement, giving direction, or actually brokering a deal and locating a financing source for a colleague, Ray is nurturing business growth. “People become their own agents of change,” he says. “I enhance their business skills, help them focus on what they want to accomplish and give them the support and tools to get there.”