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GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Dick Resch, president and CEO
of KI, was selected as one of America's top business innovators profiled in
"Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win" (William
Morrow), an important new book by William C. Taylor and Polly LaBarre that
presents fresh new ways to lead, compete and succeed in business.
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Resch was credited with leading the company in innovative approaches to
customer collaboration and product development. Under his direction, KI has
leapt in the past two decades from the 25th largest industry player to a
major force that ranks in the top five.
The authors praise KI as a "truly distinctive workplace," with a rate
of growth in the past two decades that cannot be overstated. Among the
select group of companies profiled in the book, Taylor and LaBarre single
out KI's unique "Market-of-One" strategy, in which employees work closely
with clients to deliver highly tailored and customized products. Its
approach has made the company "a force to be reckoned with."
"Recognition in this book is an affirmation of the values and strengths
that have set us apart from the competition," says Resch. "In leading KI to
success, I have focused on giving employees the tools, knowledge and
confidence to excel at their jobs, and to understand our customers'
businesses and industries in devising solutions that meet their unique
The book emphasizes that when Resch signed on as a junior executive in
1964, sales hovered at $4 million. Currently, KI has 3,500 employees and
annual revenues of $600 million, a staggering financial increase that has
largely been accomplished in-house. The phenomenal success of KI is the
natural result of a workplace in which "every person understands what makes
the business tick."
Among Resch's maverick ideas is the use of company sales
representatives to directly target end users in core markets, a strategy
that guides KI in designing furniture to meet their customers' unique
needs. Resch also established a culture of open exchange and company-wide
give-and-take, with monthly meetings for all managers to review operations
in-depth. Resch's primary goal is to teach every employee to think like a
CEO, generating personal interest and incentive to excel.
KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for
college & universities, K-12, healthcare, government and corporate markets.
The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates
sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada,
Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific
needs of each customer through its unique "Market of One" customer service
and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit
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