Mr. Blakeman is a lifetime business practitioner who now uses his experience to help business owners create success. His company, “The Crankset Group.”, provides outcome-based mentoring, peer advisory, and consulting for Business Owners, CEOs, and their growing businesses. He speaks and works with businesses in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Australasia.
Mr. Blakeman began his career in the U.S. Army, followed by 13 years service in non-profit leadership development. He started and grew five small businesses, including one sold to the largest consumer fulfillment company in America. He helped lead three other companies between $20-$100 million through repositioning in the Marketing Support Services industry.
Mr. Blakeman is considered a thought leader in the Marketing Support Services industry and has decades of experience in sales, marketing and operations of companies involved in branding, database and website development, call centers, fulfillment, printing and direct mail processing.
Some of Mr. Blakeman’s customers have included Microsoft, Apple, Eli Lilly, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Sun Microsystems, Tyco Healthcare, Johns Manville and many more.
He is a regular convention speaker, magazine contributor, and non-profit board member. His new book, “Making Money is Killing Your Business.” is radically changing the way business owners understand growth. Recent appearances include Entrepreneur Magazine, CNNMoney.com, NYTimes.com, Bizjournals.com, CoBiz Magazine, Home Business Magazine, keynote speaker at MFSA/Maui, Ireland, Kenya and many others.