For Immediate Release
Steve Cramer, Founder, Completes Plan to Transition Company to Employees
Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) announces exciting new changes to executive
leadership and ownership structure to ensure a sustainable and successful future for both employees and clients.
Company ownership will transfer to CFS employees after the September 2015
completion of the Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) purchase from Cramer. After the sale,
Cramer will remain active at CFS as a board member and Senior Consultant.
Key changes will reinforce the culture of scientific excellence and collaboration initiated under
the direction of founding scientist and board member Steve Cramer. "We have planned and worked
for many years to position the company for the future, and now as a 100% employee-owned entity,
with great people and outstanding science and business leaders,
I am more confident than ever about our future."
Cramer continued, "A key to building a sustainable future was to find a
strong business leader to complement our outstanding principal scientists. I'm thrilled that
Ken Schrader agreed to assume the chief executive role and lead the transition of our company
to being employee-owned." The CFS Board of Directors recently named Schrader as the new CEO.
Schrader brings over 30 years of business leadership experience in Corporate 50 firms including
Hewlett Packard, as well as emerging businesses.
CFS Welcomes New Executive Team Member
Dr. Phil Roni
Dr. Phil Roni
Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is excited to announce that Dr. Phil Roni, an
internationally renowned expert on salmon habitat and watershed restoration, has joined CFS as
a Principal Scientist and Vice President. Phil comes to us from the NOAA Northwest Fisheries
Science Center, where during his 20 year career he created and directed the Watershed Program-one
of the top research programs in watershed ecology and habitat science in North America. Dr. Roni
has published some of the most widely cited and used scientific papers and books on fish habitat
and restoration, including the recent comprehensive start-to-finish guide on restoration "Stream
and Watershed Restoration: a guide to restoring riverine processes and habitats" (Wiley-Blackwell).
Dr. Roni's 25 years of experience in fisheries, salmon habitat, restoration science,
and organizational leadership are a welcome addition to an already outstanding interdisciplinary science
team at CFS. In his new role Phil will continue his excellent work and contribution to restoration and
fisheries science, direct our Pacific Northwest science staff, serve as member of the CFS executive
management council, and help our clients design, plan, implement, and evaluate highly effective salmon
restoration projects and other important fisheries studies.
You can reach Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (206) 612-6560.