Ken Bratz is a Palestine, Texas native. Being raised by an entrepreneurial father created a desire to follow the path of independence. Working in the family service station from the time he could reach the center of the windshield, Ken learned about customers and the importance of good service. Having to "check up" the register and post bills while in high school added to the practical skills that would be needed later.
Ken's first job after graduation from Texas A&M was as a computer operator for Texaco's R&D Lab in Houston. The input was paper tape and octal switches with the memory being four Ampex one inch tape units with forty seconds of memory. Ken wrote their operations manual while learning the system. The computer was a TIAC, Texas Instruments Automated Computer. This job was short lived because before the first year had ended, Navarro College had offered him a teaching job and that was the start of the training career.
Back in the 1970’s when Ken was an instructor at the Texas A&M Institute of Electronic Science, he began to have a vision of starting his own company. What would he call it? After a lot of brain storming, he decided upon Technical Assistance and Materials, using the TAM from Texas A&M. His first product was an Ignition System Simulator for the Texas Department of Corrections. It was a wooden three-foot cube that contained all the parts of an engine and the accessories. The motor was a variable speed electric motor, but it had spark plugs that fired, a rotor with points and condenser, a headlight, a battery, an alternator, etc. After the first was built, they ordered three more. It became obvious in a short time, that most of what he would be doing would be training, so the organization was re-named Training and Management Consultants, continuing to use the TAM as a basis.
Years later, in 2003, business began to fall off. Organizations indicated they were not interested in purchasing training or courses. They were looking for something different. So, the staff got together again and discussed the problem. It was determined that the organizations real need was leadership. Out of this discussion, Leadership Resources and Consulting emerged. A part of the input was finding a name that we could also use as a web site. So, we began to call ourselves Leadership Resources, for short. Guess what? It worked. Business immediately increased. But a funny dynamic showed up. Companies were asking for the same stuff as before. So in reality, the company just changed clothes but continued to market the same products, but under the banner of Leadership.
In 2014, the DISC portion of the business was spun off to Stacey Harris, our previous Marketing Director. She has continued to use the LR&C name and increased the sales significantly.
Since then he has operated under the name KBC/Ken Bratz Consulting. In 2017, he is beginning a new marketing campaign and is very passionate about future plans.
We are having FUN and God has blessed.
Leadership for the Future is a 501 C3 organization established to allow the capability to receive and disburse funds of a non-profit nature. Of particular interest were Leadership Institute programs with communities and Chambers of Commerce. Also of interest were Grants from State Agencies for development and training of Leadership related initiatives.
Leadership for the Future also disperses funds to individuals and families in need. Of particular interest are students attending college.
Leadership for the Future was developed to help those yearning to be leaders..
Pictured above: Ken Bratz with his wife of 50 years, Patsy Bratz
Ken Bratz Consulting is in business to provide unsurpassed personalized and professional service to our clients by helping them recognize and fulfill their training and development needs. In all that we do, our principal philosophy is to treat others, as we would have them treat us.
Our commitment to Christian values is to reflect unquestioned integrity, professionalism, and competence. Our goal is to strive toward continuous improvement, the ongoing growth and profitability of our company, and the enjoyment of our work.
Helping individuals and organizations be effective and efficient, one step at a time.
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