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Marcum CEO Survey

Quarter 4, 2018

 

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Welcome to the Marcum CEO Survey, a quarterly gauge of middle-market CEOs' outlook on the current business environment and their priorities for the next 12 months. The Marcum CEO Survey is a companion to Chief Executive Group's CEO Confidence Index.
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Welcome to the Marcum CEO Survey, a quarterly gauge of middle-market CEOs' outlook on the current business environment and their priorities for the next 12 months. The Marcum CEO Survey is a companion to Chief Executive Group's CEO Confidence Index.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL SURVEY RESULTS

Questions Asked

  • QUESTION 1

    Which of the following best represents your view of the current business environment, on a 1-10 scale?

  • QUESTION 2

    Over the next 12 months, in which ways do you plan to invest in your company?

  • QUESTION 3

    What is the single most important influence for your business planning for the next 12 months?

  • QUESTION 4

    How important is product/service diversification to your company's future, on a 1-10 scale?

 

CEO Insights

    Digital expansion is in process, which will impact every person in the company.

    Edward F. Nesta

    President, E.F. Nesta & Associates, LLC
  • Our growth right now is capped by lack of labor, like most companies out there. "

    Michael Berman

    President, Arena Stuart Rentals
  • Going through transition. Tariffs and rising steel prices have hurt margins. Refinancing debt will occur in the next 9 months.

    Jim Riley

    President & CEO, Laclede Chain Mfg Co LLC
  • Due to our collapsing economies , countries and businesses collaborating will become the way out for everyone.

    Dereck Du Toit

    Director and Country Manager, Open Window in RSA & IDF in Denmark
  • As we grow older, we are concerned that we will not have enough talent to replace the retirees.

    George Pattee

    Chairman, Parksite, Inc.
  • We MUST be able to access talent to continue expansion of the economy. If talent is not available, business will move to where it is... We import products. We import parts. We may need to import talent."

    Thomas Jennings

    President, Barrow County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce
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Sample Question

What is the single most important influence for your business planning for the next 12 months?
 

Key Findings

  • Labor (11.43%) and Technology (12.38%) were the only priority 2 influences to gain in importance during the fourth quarter.
  • Access to capital was the only influence to decline in importance over all four quarters, starting the year at 11.16% and ending at 7.62%.
  • Inflation was the least important among key influences, registering just 2.38% of all responses.

Availability of talent consistently stood out in 2018 as the single most important influence for short-term business planning. Between 28.66% and 30.80% of CEOs selected this answer over the four quarters of the year, with 30.48% as the final quarterly result. This was more than double the next nearest most important influence - “other” at 13.81%.

 
 
 
 
 
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