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Marcum CEO Survey

Quarter 3, 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

  • We need to implement a new IT system before we can expand geographically.

    Lincoln J. Merrill, Jr.

    Patriot Insurance Company
  • We are currently making a shift in our corporate direction and need capital to find the effort.

    Nasrin Azari

    Mobile Reach
  • Our local economy continues to boom, and there is significant competition for available qualified job candidates.

    Marc S. Rowland

    TMPartners, PLLC
  • The velocity of change regarding technology is greater than it ever has been, but the adoption of the various types of technology is highly bifurcated.

    Steven Leafgreen

    Western Vista FCU
  • Our people are our most valuable asset. Retirements are getting harder to replace.

    Jim Nelson

    Parr Instrument Company
  • Safety goes directly to the bottom line and is an asset for the entire staff.

    David Sheer

    The Steel Supply Company
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Sample Question

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

Key Findings

  • Overall, CEOs remained strongly optimistic about the business environment in the third quarter, with 91% of respondents choosing ratings between 6 and 10.
  • CEOs were less sanguine at the highest end of the scale. Those rating their outlook a 10 declined for the second consecutive quarter. Just 5% of CEOs rated their views a 10, down from 7% in the second quarter and 8% in the first quarter of the year.
  • That said, numerous CEOs upgraded their outlook from mid-range (5-7) to the upper ranks. There were sharp gains in the 8 and 9 rating points, which recovered and ultimately exceeded the strong findings registered in the first quarter of the year.
  • Those on the negative end of the scale remained constant at 4% of respondents and negligible fluctuations in the 1-4 range.

Nine of 17 industry categories had some CEOs rating their business outlook a 10, while CEOs in only four industries chose a negative rating.

 
 
 
 
 
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