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Author event benefits scholarship fund

CEO/author  Doug Tieman, p resident and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers donated proceeds from his appearance at The Blind Pig on Thursday night to Caron’s scholarship fund. It gave approximately $17 million in treatment scholarships to individuals and families last year.


In his new book, " Flying Over the Pigpen:  Leadership Lessons from Growing Up on a Farm," Tieman shares how his experience as a pig farmer helped him become a  respected corporate CEO before the age of 40.

"Too many of today's management books are used to espouse the 'latest and greatest' buzz words of management. The one sentiment that is rarely expressed and perhaps completely forgotten is a simple 'Thank you!' With Flying Over the Pig Pen, we are invited along on a very personal journey that reflects the author's great appreciation for all of the people and life lessons that have allowed him to be successful. He skips the buzzwords and speaks directly from his heart. It is wonderfully refreshing!"

Tom Moran

Chairman and CEO, Mutual of America

"From farm boy, to turning around an organization on the brink of financial troubles, to successfully leading a world-class organization, Tieman offers a high level perspective on establishing a meaningful career. His detailed focus on accountability, high standards, positive and decisive leadership and a passionate approach, offers concrete lessons that help focus the mind on how to achieve successful and regularly improving outcomes. This highly readable book brings us deep inside a values-driven thinking process and thoughtful analysis that comfortably enlightens us on how to achieve long-term sustainable success for ourselves and the people in our organizations, while benefiting the greater good."

Ed Satell

Founder and CEO, Progressive Business Publications

"Doug Tieman's inspiring life story and decades of successful service in the non-profit sector provide all of us with valuable lessons and tools to make ourselves, and those around us, the best that we can be. By bringing out the best in their teams, leaders bring out the best in themselves. The exponential impact of this collaboration emboldens leaders to 'promise the moon and deliver'!"

Daniel Hilferty

President and CEO

Independence Blue Cross

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Despite his success Tieman was rocked back on his heels by addiction. Hours after presiding over a million-dollar fundraiser years ago, Doug was arrested for a DUI. After seeking help and getting treatment, he returned to the helm as CEO with a stronger, more profound connection to those afflicted by  addiction. He remains in recovery.

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