Keith Fraleigh is the new President and CEO of ESE. We recently sat down with him and asked him a few questions.
You’re only a few months into your new position as president & CEO of ESE. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Omro, Wisconsin (just west of Oshkosh) and have one brother and one sister who are twins. I earned my BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1984, and my MBA from Marquette University in 1996. I spent the first 10 years of my career in sales at IBM; then worked in business consulting at Arthur Andersen until 1997. Since then I’ve started up service lines-of-business within two different IT remarketers and ran both a marketing services company and a manufacturer of emergency communications solutions. I met my wife Julie in college. We married in 1985 and have four children, who I am happy to report are now all off the family payroll.
The business environment at ESE, Inc. is engaged and purposeful during the year, so it can be challenging to pause for a moment and reflect. Now is a good time to look back and take stock of the opportunities, changes and successes experienced as we enter the final month of the year.
Several of ESE’s employee-owners had the opportunity to attend the Packaging Expo in Chicago this year. We caught up with Craig, Adam and Cory and asked them to share a few thoughts about the show. After walking the trade show floor and speaking with attendees, they commented on a few trends:
October is Employee Ownership month so it makes sense to post a blog on the fact that ESE is an ESOP company. Many questions surround what an ESOP company is and what the benefits are of working for or with such a company. Let’s answer a few.
The 9th Street Brewery and Taproom of Milwaukee Brewing Company is situated in a high-profile development area of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We sat down with John Tertin, director of sales & marketing, and Mike Dvorachek, project manager, to hear about ESE’s crucial role for this state-of-the-art brewery and a craft brewing solution “first” for the food and beverage integrator.
ESE was recently recertified by the Control System Integrators Association as a certified System Integrator. While ESE prides itself in accomplishing this and the many other certifications we hold, continuous improvement is more than just certifications – it is a mindset.
ESE was part of a selected set of system integrators approached by CSIA to volunteer in a test group for the new, more demanding version of their certification and audit process. After successful completion and finalization of the new version, it will now be used throughout the CSIA membership.
June is dairy month and all of us at ESE would like to take a moment to say, “Thank You,” to all of the hardworking dairy farmers and families out there. We thank you for your dedication to producing wholesome and safe food. Want to support our dairy farmer families? Here is a resource to help you find the nearest dairy event in your area!