Member Since September 2022
Kris Cravey is an accomplished C-Level executive leader with a proven track record of scaling, accelerating, and operating startup, growth stage, and large established companies in the markets they serve. He is passionate about mission-driven organizations, building high performing teams, translating vision into alignment and action, and creating a thriving workplace culture that attracts, retains, and brings out the best in employees. Most recently Kris served as the Chief People Officer at a drone technology startup that quickly turned into a growth stage unicorn. He and his team successfully scaled the company, in partnership with the largest retailer in the world, from 12 to 500+ employees in 38 locations in 12 months - all while building an outstanding company culture. To train these employees and support future scale (up to 1000+ employees per year), they created the first ever commercially accredited drone Flight Academy in partnership with Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Prior to this Kris spent 20 years in clean energy production in multiple, progressive executive leadership roles with Day & Zimmermann and the Atlantic Group. He ran a $100M+ P&L and led operations, business development, strategy, M&A, HR and learning & development teams over the course of his career. He also served for 7 years as a tenured professor and Director of the MBA and MA in Leadership program at Messiah University, teaching courses in innovation & entrepreneurship, business strategy, and leadership. Kris graduated from Regent University with a PhD in Organizational Leadership, an MBA and MA in Practical Theology. He also completed Wharton’s Executive Development Program in Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions.
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.
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.
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.