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Co-Founder | CEO | Coach | Speaker

Marc D. Braun

Encouraging Leaders

9909 Manchester Rd.  #175

St Louis, MO  63122


A Bit About Me

If you really knew me, you'd know that I love growth. I love the uncomfortable feeling I get when stretching and growing as a leader. I love the uneasy feeling when businesses grow beyond their current capabilities. And I love being close enough to others to experience when they courageously grow. That's why I Coach CEOs and Senior Executives to lead fearlessly and to build courageous cultures of growth.

My life's purpose is to encourage (breathe courage into) others to become everything they were created to be. This passion has led to a lifetime of pursuing challenge after challenge, testing my potential and encouraging others to do the same.


From Engineering and Statistics to Sales and Operations to Business and Courageous Culture

I pursued a Chemical Engineering degree in college because I was told it had the most complex problems of any engineering discipline, and I love complexity. When I took my first real-world job, I quickly learned that engineering problems and statistical process control were nothing compared to getting everyone on the team aligned and moving in the same direction. Over the next decade, I focused on deep learning of people systems in Sales and Operations. I read voraciously, started paying for professional coaching to accelerate my growth, and experimented with different leadership models to find the optimum.

Everywhere I went, Specialty Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Service Industry, Sales, or Operations, growth was the common factor. The business growth was directly correlated to my growth as a leader and the growth of the people I had the privilege to lead.

Thirteen years ago, I had the honor of stepping into leadership of Cambridge Air Solutions, an engineering and manufacturing company focused on providing market-leading HVAC technologies for the Commercial and Industrial Markets. Over the last decade, the team delivered 4X revenue growth and 10X profitability growth. Along with the financial gains, Cambridge became one of the most studied mid-sized manufacturing cultures in the US. Over 5000 people traveled from around the world to visit the Courageous Culture and be encouraged and inspired by the Cambridge employees.

In July 2021, I stepped down as President after helping the owner transition to an internal successor. They are thriving, and I'm ready to help other successful CEOs build their own growth story.

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