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Kris Cravey

Chief Operating OfficerFahrenheit Advisors

Virginia Beach, VA

Member Since September 2022


Business Strategy
Human Resources
Team Leadership


Kris is the Chief Operating Officer at Fahrenheit Advisors, where he oversees the firm's strategy, growth, and delivery of client services. With extensive experience in executive leadership roles, Kris has a proven track record of success in scaling and operating startups, middle-market, and large enterprises. He excels in high-growth environments, heavy M&A, and dynamic investor landscapes. Kris is passionate about mission-driven organizations, building high-performing teams, and fostering thriving workplace cultures that bring out the best in people. Before joining Fahrenheit Advisors, Kris served as the Chief People Officer at DroneUp, a groundbreaking last-mile delivery and drone technology startup partnered with Walmart. During his tenure, Kris played a pivotal role in scaling the business from 12 to over 500 employees across 38 locations in just 18 months. Notably, he spearheaded the establishment of the industry's first accredited commercial drone Flight Academy at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Prior to his role at DroneUp, Kris honed his skills during a 20-year career at Day & Zimmermann (D&Z), a family-owned, global organization with revenues of $2.7 billion and a workforce exceeding 40,000. During his tenure, Kris held various leadership positions, including Vice President of Strategy, M&A, Business Development, Operations, and Support Services. Among his notable accomplishments at D&Z, Kris led the turnaround of a $100 million P&L operation for a professional and technical staffing business. He also played a pivotal role in creating the 'D&Z Way' of operational execution, leading complex M&A integrations, securing over $5 billion in booked backlog with major clean energy producers, and spearheading the company's successful pivot into the multi-billion-dollar emerging energy markets. Kris also served as a faculty member at Messiah University, and currently serves as chair of organizational behavior at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, and organizational behavior. He is a published author with several articles featured in Fast Company Magazine.

Published content

The way of the Road Runner: Winning time and again in the marketplace


A singular focus on what you’re really good at and passionate about building is the way of the Road Runner and to winning time and again in the marketplace.

20 personal life lessons that build stronger business leaders

expert panel

Industry experts weigh in on the tips that keep their companies (and mindsets) growing successfully.  As a business owner or manager, who is responsible for leading a team to successful bottom-line results, quarter over quarter, it's easy to get stuck in a silo mindset or let fear and anxiety take over—having you falsely assume that every other company or leader has the secret to business growth and high-performance teams all figured out. On the contrary, you are not alone in your ability to face and overcome various obstacles head-on. And you'll be grateful for it along the way. To prove the point, a panel of experts from Fast Company Executive Board admits to having their fair share of ups and downs throughout their career journey to leadership. In this topic of discussion, they share one personal life lesson and what it has taught them most about how to become a better leader for the staff members and companies that they represent.

Business leaders: Don’t lose sight of the mission


If you’re focused on how to bring the best of what you have to offer to your customers, success and profit are natural byproducts.

In baseball or business, you don't get credit for runners left on base


Once you adopt a development mindset and make the tenets of the model work for you, you can create an environment that truly works for both you and your employees.

Company details

Fahrenheit Advisors

Company bio

YOUR MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, BUSINESS ADVISORY, AND EXECUTIVE SEARCH ADVANTAGE At Fahrenheit, our singular focus is on helping businesses build confidence. We understand that confidence comes from getting a candid understanding of where you are, establishing clarity about where you going, and putting the right competencies in place to get you there. We help you analyze your current situation, look ahead to identify new opportunities and emerging risks, outline a clear plan to move forward, and deliver the right solutions to get it done. “BEEN THERE, DONE THAT” EXPERIENCE From middle-market companies to Fortune 1000s, from non-profits to government agencies, our advisors are experienced operators who have led organizations and teams like yours and overcome challenges like the ones you face. CONSULTING, FRACTIONAL & INTERIM SOLUTIONS Whether you engage our management consultants, sales professionals, fractional CFOs, controllers, human capital experts, leadership coaches, or executive search teams, we’re committed to accelerating the growth of your organization.


Corporate leadership

Area of focus

Human Resources

Company size

201 - 500