Call Ken Grantham the metallurgy man. The year-old metals industry stalwart is the face of the global company formerly known as American Utility Metals. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Crompion manufactures specialty stainless steels for and supplies services to the petrochemical, sugarcane and transportation industries.
Senior Vice President of Marketing Company: Baton Rouge Area Chamber Family: I worked at the local public library in high school. What has kept you in Baton Rouge since then?
Finding a group of young professionals who were passionate about the city and who were genuinely making a difference was inspiring.
I quickly learned that Baton Rouge truly is the home of big ideas and open doors. If you show up and speak up, the people in this community will champion your success.
I have a front row seat to the amazing things happening here—and there is so much happening.
What do you think Baton Rouge needs to do to attract more young talent like you to our city? More than anything, I think that we need to engage the young talent we already have in the region. What are your best productivity hacks? Hiring passionate and talented people is a great step one.
On a personal level, I like to plan ahead and communicate priorities. I take time on Friday afternoons to forecast the upcoming week, identifying major deadlines and aligning workflow around them. On days when I know I have something especially complex to tackle, I like to work from home to limit distraction.
Where are we going and what do you recommend I order? Cocha is one of my favorite spots for a working lunch. Hard to beat it! My morning routine rotates between hitting snooze until 7: While I am not at all an early riser, I feel much more energized and focused when I convince myself to get up and exercise.
Economic development is far more comprehensive than most people think. What are your hobbies, or your favorite things to do in your free time? My husband and I got scuba certified a few years ago, and we dive as often as we can.
I spend a lot of my free time researching our next adventure. I also enjoy reading, hiking, trying new foods and snuggling with my dogs.
Giving negative feedback is a kindness.
I have learned that giving consistent feedback and course correcting regularly is much less painful than letting things slide and waiting for something to go seriously wrong. Grand Cayman has probably been my favorite vacation so far. The island itself is beautiful and clean, the food is great and the diving was like swimming in an aquarium.
My vacation bucket list is very long, but a backpacking trip in Patagonia has been on it for a while. BRAC recently announced a major renovation of its downtown headquarters. BRAC is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization, and the renovation will allow the physical space to reflect that personality and mission.
Can you name someone who has had a great impact on you as a leader, or someone who has been a mentor to you in your life or career? How have they changed your outlook? Many of my professional and personal milestones have been influenced by her mentorship and friendship.
I think I would have made a good scientist—oceanography or marine biology were fields I gave a fair amount of consideration. What is one of the luckiest things that has ever happened to you?Signs, symbols, emblems, flags or insignia of groups under which they organize themselves successfully and who insist on bringing their own world-systems into the existing order(s) on a local and/or global scale, often under the threat of severe sanctions from the state or government.
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