About KP Persaud
My real name is Kuldeep Persaud, but most people call me KP Persaud for short.
I provide coaching to business owners as well as to executives. I also offer a variety of training programs to help businesses get the most out of their employees. These days, I spend most of my time living in both Iowa and Montana.
Using today’s technology, I help clients no matter where they’re located. For example, some of my clients are located several states away. Two of my clients are outside of the U.S.
I work with clients in person, too.
Additionally, I serve as a speaker and workshop leader for a variety of events, including conferences.
My Career/Business Experience
My career began at Dover Corporation, an $8 billion industrial conglomerate. As a General Manager with the De-Sta-Co Division, I created and promoted a lean thinking culture, encouraging people to strive for operational excellence. We successfully rebuilt a business unit of De-Sta-Co, which was operating at a loss, to a 25% pre-tax profit.
The next step in my journey took me to Tower Automotive, a $2 billion automotive supplier. As the General Manager of the Tooling Business Unit, I hired, trained, and developed a leadership team to promote a profit-thinking culture. Together, we reduced operating costs by $15 million.
Ready for the next phase of my journey, I took a position as General Manager/CEO for Midland Forge, a division of Columbus McKinnon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Through leadership development, global market penetration, and inventory management, I increased revenues from $22 million to $40 million and improved profit from a 25% range to 35%.
After 32 years of creating successful teams, companies, and results, I decided to leave corporate America to fulfill my dream of becoming a business owner. I realized that educating and helping others reach their potential was what made me feel most energized and accomplished. My passion and skill for people development, combined with my ability to successfully rebuild companies, led to my decision to become a Business Coach.
Born in Guyana, South America to illiterate parents, I quickly learned the meaning of hard work and responsibility. Working in the sugarcane fields as a young boy, I dreamed of what I wanted to become — and the life I desired to live.
Through self-discipline, determination, and dedication to excellence, I earned scholarships to the University of the West Indies, where I earned a degree in Law, and later the University of Michigan to study Industrial Engineering.
I then went to work in corporate America as an engineer, plant manager and CEO for companies ranging in revenue from $20 million to $100 million annually.
I owe a great deal of my success to the love and support of Debbie, my wife of 32 years. Together, we have raised two beautiful daughters, Alicia and Stephanie, both graduates of the University of Iowa. We also have three gorgeous granddaughters, all under the age of five.
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