6114 W Capitol Drive, Milwaukee
Industry: Business and government consultants
Number of employees: 15
Family: Wife, Joann Crump, CFO; Lafayette L. Crump, Esq.–COO
What was the smartest thing your company did in the past year?
“We hired extremely capable professionals to help take our company into the future.”
What’s new at your company?
“We now offer private training for small business owners to help prepare them to manage their businesses better. Internally, all of our full-time staff members have been issued iPads to communicate while in the field or in transit; and we have invested heavily in other technologies to provide greater and more efficient service to our customers.”
Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
“We will continue to invest in technology and hire/train staff as opportunities surface and we expand. We will likely increase our staff in three separate areas of expertise, with a focus on (1) public outreach with excellent writing and communications skills; (2) construction processes and training; and (3) respect for co-workers and an ability to work in a diverse office in a diverse community.”
What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?
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Do you have a business mantra?
“Say what you mean and mean what you say. It doesn’t cost that much more to go first class.”
From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?
“Reginald Lewis of McKinsey and Company.”
What was the best advice you ever received?
“Keep your promises. The Golden Rule. Learning the laws of reaping and sowing.”
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?
“Getting pulled over for speeding in Horicon, Wis., and getting stuck in the mud. The officer called a farm implement dealer to get me out, but they didn’t accept credit cards. The tow truck driver was more than happy to accept Brewer tickets in exchange for the tow.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“(1) Take time to learn something new. (2) Sketch, when I have time. I never sketch.”