Tripp Braden started his career selling Kirby Vacuum Systems in the mid-1980s for the world’s largest Kirby distributor. It all worked out well when Warren Buffett bought Kirby and several more big name brands along the way. In less than fifteen years Tripp went from selling vacuums door-to-door to being featured in Columbus CEO magazine for his participation in the Microsoft Windows 2000 launch.
He partners with his entrepreneurial clients to develop and implement successful key client acquisition, strategic alliance, and key account management growth strategies. He works with privately held and midmarket technology organizations to help them achieve their corporate growth goals. In addition:
- His corporate clients and former employers are many of the world’s most financially successful brands. On the mid-market side, they include Fastenal, Paychex, EWI, American Superconductor, and American Greetings. Some of the larger brands consist of JPMorgan Chase, AEP, Greif, Rockwell Automation, Owens Corning, Battelle Institute, Nationwide Insurance, Wells Fargo, Progressive Insurance, Westfield Insurance, Alliance Data, Linde, Berkshire Hathaway, and many others.
- His leadership in partnerships has generated tens of millions of dollars of sales and profits in the organizations he’s managed, in addition to building successful strategic alliances with major brands such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Apple, Panasonic, Canon, Siemens, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- His professional peers elected him Regional President for The Association of Microsoft Solutions Partners for two years where he went from being a business development and professional services executive in a $40 million partner to Microsoft’s twelfth largest privately held partner ($980 million; business development and Managing Director, Strategic Alliances). In this role he oversaw relationships with several hundred small and mid-market consulting and software development firms across Ohio.
- His management consulting and executive search career has provided him with significant opportunities to work with and interview many of the best entrepreneurs on the planet. Tripp has interviewed over 16,000 senior level executives is his management consulting career.
Because of his wide ranging experience working with high performing leadership teams, Tripp was given an opportunity to work with the faculty at Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces) to help develop the new inter-agency / inner service leadership framework in a post 9/11 world. He has also led graduate and undergraduate level classes at Miami University of Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, and the Keller Graduate School of Management.
What this experience means to you is that Tripp has developed a keen insight into what it takes to grow a business exponentially. Further, his experience with some of the brightest minds in the world have helped provide the foundation for much of his thinking on how effective leadership in the present and succession planning for the future can provide your business with a competitive edge, growing profits and value to levels you may have never thought possible. As managing partner of Strategic Performance Partners, Tripp maintains offices in both central and northeastern Ohio.
He lives with his wife of more than 21 years on Lake Pymatuning, where they raise and care for their three beagles. He is also an avid photographer, with a particular interest in capturing the radiance of wildlife.
He currently has two blogs with over 150,000 readers in their Leadership communities. You can find them at Market Leadership Journal and Developing Serving Leaders. They focus on the many different aspects of market leadership through the eyes of a serial technology entrepreneur.
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