October 14, 2021 – FortéOne, a national middle market consulting firm, announced today that Craig Speed has been named its new president. Speed will work alongside current FortéOne founder and CEO, Mark Rittmanic, in expanding national service offerings for investor and family-owned companies. Speed has more than 25 years’ experience leading sophisticated organizations, building high-performing teams, and consulting for well-known global brands.
“We’re very excited Craig has joined the FortéOne team as we usher in a new era,” said Mark Rittmanic, FortéOne CEO. “He brings relevant experience in the field, and we are impressed by his vision for the future of the company.”
For the past 20 years, FortéOne has provided consulting services to middle market businesses, with a focus on improving performance and maximizing Enterprise Value.
“There is a great need in the marketplace for the services FortéOne uniquely provides,” said Speed. “All the consultants have deep experience helping businesses create real, measurable change, and I look forward to spreading the word about our capabilities and successes to a much broader audience.”
Speed recently served as Founding Partner of a private equity firm focused on the lower middle market, where he acted as the CEO of several middle market manufacturing organizations and two Top 100 U.S. window manufacturers. He also brings ‘best practice’ experience he gained as a consultant for Fortune 500 organizations and private equity firms, including Colgate-Palmolive, GE, Citibank, Kohl’s, The Carlyle Group, The Coca-Cola Company, and Bristol Myers Squibb.
As someone who began his career at large, respected corporations, ran a global human capital and strategy consulting firm, the private equity practice for a global operational consulting firm and then founded a private equity firm focused on the lower middle market, Speed brings a unique perspective to the role.
“I’ve sat in every seat at the table, and I deeply understand the needs and challenges of middle market business owners,” said Craig. “I also know what private equity firms are looking for in a potential acquisition, and I look forward to putting that knowledge to good work helping middle market businesses become more attractive to potential buyers.”
To learn more about FortéOne and the services it provides, visit forteone.com.