Craig T. Bouchard
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Craig co-founded three metals companies that achieved over $1 billion of revenue within 18 months. The first, Esmark grew from $4 million of revenue in 2003 to nearly $4 billion in 2008, becoming the highest appreciating stock on the NYSE or Nasdaq for the full year 2008. In the process he orchestrated the first “reverse hostile tender merger” in Wall Street history removing the board and management team of a Nasdaq company at its annual meeting.
In 2018 he was a finalist to win the prestigious S&P Platts Award for the CEO of the Year in the global metals industries.
Craig is a New York Times Best Selling Author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value,” reaching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. (Co-author, Dr. James V. Koch).
As a hobby, Craig’s “The Adventures of Ai” was one of the world’s most popular children’s book projects of 2014. The book was translated into Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic, with the accompanying video game achieving over 200,000 downloads on Apple, Samsung and Google Play. The project benefitted 18 charities around the world.
Craig Holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University.(1975), and Masters Degree in Economics from Illinois State University (1977), an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Illinois State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1981). He has been member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University, and The University of Montana Foundation. Craig is currently a member of the Leadership Board of Athletics at Duke University. Craig is an Alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Illinois) in 2005.
Craig Holds United States Patent 4,212,168, Power producing Dry-Type Cooling Systems. He is married to Melissa Nelson Bouchard and has 6 children.