Craig T. Bouchard

Craig Bouchard, November 2106Craig is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Braidy Industries LLC.

Craig is a New York Times Best Selling author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value” was released in October of 2013, reaching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. James V. Koch was once again Craig’s co-author. (McGraw Hill.)

Craig became the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Real Industry, Inc., (then called Signature Group Holdings) in June, 2013 after leading a proxy battle to remove the company’s board. This was Craig’s third successful hostile take-over on Wall Street. The parent company is a publicly traded private equity type investor. Growing from $40 million of annual revenue in 2013 to roughly $1.5 billion today, Real Industry, through its subsidiary Real Alloy, became the world’s largest independent recycler of aluminum. Real Industry (RELY) joined the NASDAQ in June of 2015.

In 2010 Craig founded Shale-Inland, named for his daughter Shale, and his father’s company, Inland Steel. Shale-Inland is the nation’s leading master distributor of stainless steel pipe, valves and fittings, stamped and fabricated parts to the US energy industry. The company’s revenues grew from $10 million in 2010 to roughly $800 million by 2012.

In 2004, Craig co-founded Esmark Inc. a company that acquired nine steel companies, including the celebrated hostile takeover of Wheeling Pittsburgh Corporation on its way to becoming the 4th largest American steel company. Craig innovated the first hostile reverse tender merger in Wall Street history in 2007 when the Wheeling board and executive management team were removed at its annual shareholder meeting.  Esmark revenues grew from $4 million in 2003 to $3.5 billion in 2008. The company was sold in 2008 for $1.25 billion.  That year Esmark (ESMK) became the highest appreciating stock on either the Nasdaq or NYSE (for the full year). The story is chronicled in “America For Sale, How the Foreign Pack Circled and Devoured Esmark.” Copyright 2009 Craig T. Bouchard and James V. Koch, (ABC-CLIO.)

From 1998-2003, Craig was the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York based NumeriX, a risk management software company commanding a lead market share on Wall Street in the valuation of complex derivative instruments.

Prior to helping found NumeriX, Craig was a Senior Vice President at the First National Bank of Chicago, (now JPM/Chase). His career there spanned 19 years. In the 150-year history of the bank, Craig was the 3rd youngest individual to rise to the level of Senior Vice President. He was the Head of Asia Pacific, living in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and later became The Global Head of Derivative Trading and Quantitative Research.

Craig is a New York Times Best Selling author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value” was released in October of 2013, reaching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. James V. Koch was once again Craig’s co-author. (McGraw Hill.)

As a hobby, Craig’s “The Adventures of Ai” was one of the world’s popular children’s book projects of 2014. The book was translated into Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic, with the accompanying Adventures of Ai video game, achieving 200,000 downloads globally on Apple iTunes, Google Play and Samsung. The project benefited 18 children charities around the world.

Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University (1975), a Master’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University (1977), and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1981). He is a member of the Board of Directors of New York REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq: NYRT.)  Craig has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University and the Foundation of the University of Montana. He is currently a member of the leadership board of the Department of Athletics, Duke University. Craig is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago, and was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (Illinois) in 2005.

Craig was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Hinsdale Central Township High School. Craig holds United States Patent 4,212,168, Power Producing Dry-Type Cooling Systems.

He is married to Melissa N. Bouchard and is the proud father of six children. Craig and his daughter Shale are ranked #3 in the 2016 US Tennis Association national rankings of Senior Father/Daughter Mixed Doubles.