Craig is a New York Times Best Selling author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value” debuted 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 Signature Group Holdings (OTCQX: SGGH) in June, 2013 after leading a hostile proxy battle to remove the company’s board. This was Craig’s second successful hostile take-over on Wall Street.
Craig is also the founder and current Chairman of the Board of Cambelle-Inland, LLC, a private company named after his daughter. Cambelle-Inland houses Craig’s investment activities in the steel industry and his investment in China. Joining Craig on the Board of Cambelle-Inland is Quincy Jones, legendary musician, composer and producer, Yue-Sai Kan, perhaps the most significant businesswoman of this generation in China, Investor Raj Maheshwari, and Clifford Perlman, the CEO who built Caesars Palace to a position of world prominence.
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 is rated B3, with revenues approaching $1 billion.
In 2004, Craig co-founded and became the President of Esmark Inc. Esmark accomplished the first hostile reverse tender merger in Wall Street history and became the 4th largest American steel company when its revenues grew from $4 million in 2003 to $3.5 billion in 2008. This 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.)
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 3nd 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 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 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 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 the year 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.
Craig is married to Melissa N. Bouchard and is the proud father of six children: Kai, Justin, Patrick, Shale, Cambelle, and Braidy.
America for Sale recaps the amazing, sometimes incredible events leading up to the sale of Esmark, including intense pressure from the United Steelworkers and the company's major public shareholder to make a decision not in the best interest of all shareholders. It also analyzes the efforts by the Esmark board of directors to observe its fiduciary duty, details the company's "poison pill" effort to raise its sales price, and describes the actions of Leo Gerard and Ron Bloom of the United Steelworkers Union--which led to some surprising alliances. The authors--one Esmark's president and vice chairman of the board, the other an Esmark director, preeminent American economist, and former university president--then provide their own assessment of the Esmark story. They offer legislative and policy prescriptions aimed at making sure U.S. business doesn't devolve into one big garage sale to foreigners seeking to take advantage of the coming decline of the U.S. dollar.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.
In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.