Chris Braun, CEO of Convaid Products, Inc., conducted a 60-minute presentation to approximately 100 students on leadership and team building, as part of a Business Management program at California State University Dominguez Hills. Speaking at the invitation of Dr, Thomas J. Norman, Braun’s professor host for the day, he shared personal career and life experiences that led to his hiring as a CEO at age 30, candidly sharing mistakes, mishaps and course corrections prior to his appointment as Convaid’s CEO, a little over a decade later.
Convaid, a 40-year old Torrance-based company, manufactures custom-made, compact-folding, lightweight, adaptive-assisted wheelchairs, has become a global leader in pediatric mobility under Braun’s leadership. Braun said that the CSUDH student body consisted of a larger number of returning adult students who were already working in local industry who had valuable insights of their own to share during the question and answer portion of his presentation.
“Many of these students have an advantage in that they are already working in local industry with an eye to better their positions and future opportunities by gaining college degrees, upping their worth in the job marketplace and making them more valuable at their current positions. It was exciting to exchange ideas of what leadership looks like today where a lead must at all times be a coach, motivator, change agent, mentor, problem solver and team builder,” Braun said.
Braun said that good leaders will create an environment of trust where “your people will make good decisions with the right tools when they are encouraged to think of ways to improve.” He added, “It is important to let your employees know that mistakes are inevitable as they are vital to improvement.”
Convaid is honing its own next generation of leaders through an inter-departmental task force of non-managerial participants who meet monthly to discuss efficiencies, challenges and opportunities for ameliorating processes, communication and workflow.
As Braun encourages the up-and-coming Convaid manager, he urged the CSUDH emerging leaders to stay flexible, reminding, “Not everyone does things the same was as you do. It is important to become comfortable with change and stay excited about new things and to remain willing to do any of the jobs that your team is doing, no matter how senior your position may be.”
Click here to watch a topic excerpt of Braun’s CSUDH presentation.
“I hope that a few follow your lead and become CEOs in their chosen industry. I know your words touched several students and you provided a wonderfully ethical example of how to success with authenticity, said Dr. Norman, Associate Professor and Statewide Academic Senator, College of Business Administration and Public Policy with CSUDH.
Convaid lightweight, folding, pediatric wheelchairs are often prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement concurrent to the following conditions: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among several other conditions.
About Convaid: Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience. Convaid is proud to be made in the USA.
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