CEO Tools: About Kraig Kramers
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Kraig as Nationally-Known Speaker
As a nationally-known speaker for 20 years, Kraig Kramers speaks to CEOs, universities and management groups 100 times each year. His topics include tools that dramatically accelerate profitable business growth, tools for doing acquisitions that work and ways to strategically position companies for success. Kraig was recently named Speaker of the Year out of nearly 2,000 speakers by TEC Worldwide, the pre-eminent management coaching firm.
Kraig's recent speaking engagements have included such notable organizations as: Tulane University's Business School MBA class, the City and Regional Magazine Association, The Executive Committee (TEC), Parenting Publications of America, the Society of American Florists, American Landscape Contractors Association, the Inland Press Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Business School, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Young Entrepreneurs Organization, the American Rental Association, the American Society of Pension Actuaries, Roosevelt University' Business School, National Precast Concrete Association, the Association of Equipment Distributors and many, many others.
Kraig has been CEO of eight companies in widely diverse industries during the past 20 years and he's negotiated over 70 acquisitions in his career, so he speaks on topics that he's personally experienced. He guided a spectacular turnaround at Snapper (lawnmowers) from a $54 million loss in one year to a profit of over $13 million the next — during a recession and in a long-term declining industry.
Kraig is president and CEO of Corporate Partners Inc., the leading business acceleration consulting firm, based in Atlanta. He also coaches CEOs.
Having been a frequently published writer in various business magazines and newsletters as well as a nationally-recognized business speaker, Kraig has now written a published book: CEO Tools: The Nuts-n-Bolts of Business for Every Manager's Success.
Kraig also serves on ten company boards of directors/advisors and is an acknowledged authority on creating, improving and joining boards. He is an active member of TEC Worldwide (The Executive Committee) and affiliated with the Association for Corporate Growth.
Companies that Kraig has run include Metro One Telecommunications, Graphic Arts Center Printing, Guarantee Insurance, Snapper Lawnmowers, Courtesy Coffee, and Munson Sporting Goods. At Graphic Arts Center, he guided the growth of this printing company from $60 million sales to $120 million in just four years, while the industry grew at single-digit rates.
Kraig has a BS in physics from MIT and an MBA in marketing and finance from Stanford University. He makes his home in Atlanta, with his wife, Janet, and visits his daughters and grandchildren in California often. His hobbies include garden railroading, fly-fishing and upland bird hunting.
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