Craig R. Stokely founded The Stokely Partnership Inc. in 1992 to improve client performance and profitability through growth. Mr. Stokely has over three decades of broad experience in successfully building businesses and brands.
Our firm is located in the greater Chicago area. We serve manufacturers, retailers, service providers and associations throughout North America. Previously as Senior Vice President Corporate Development for Fellowes, a worldwide manufacturer of office products, Mr. Stokely led strategic planning, acquisition, new product and marketing initiatives during a period of rapid growth. He led the product development and market introduction for what has become the leading personal shredder offering throughout the world.
As Executive Vice President of the LeeWards specialty retailing division of General Mills, he was responsible for marketing, merchandising and operations during a national retail store expansion program.
He was Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning for the Kenner Toy division of General Mills. Mr. Stokely was largely responsible for the company’s acquiring licensing rights to the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman television programs and all Star Wars movies. During this time, the company became the world’s second-largest toy marketer. Early in his career in the Big G Cereal division of General Mills, he conceived, consumer researched, and recommended introduction of Nature Valley Granola.
Mr. Stokely has been a member of the Institute of Management Consultants, The Executives' Club of Chicago and the Association for Corporate Growth.
His articles on strategic planning and marketing have appeared in the Handbook of Business Strategy, Office Products International, M&A Today, Association for Corporate Growth Network and Independent Dealer.
Mr. Stokely is a highly rated conference speaker and has been the featured guest on Chicago television. He has been quoted in Investor's Business Daily, Entrepreneur Magazine and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
He received his MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He received a BA with distinction from DePauw University where he is a recipient of the alumni Community Leadership Award and has served on the Board of Visitors.
He has served on the board of directors of the American Brain Tumor Association, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Kentucky, Showingtime, Chromcraft Revington, U46 Elgin School Board, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Greater Elgin YMCA and Camp Edwards, and as a trustee of the Village of Wayne, IL. He is an Eagle Scout and a Rotarian.