“You have got to come to Kronos.”
My friend, Tom Kimmel said those words to me shortly after he joined Kronos in 1997. By that time, Tom and I had worked together at NEC for about a dozen years, going way back to NEC’s heyday of printer and monitor glory in the US. We both ended up in the bizarre world of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, where Tom’s rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” with two male law-enforcement customers at a user conference in St. Louis is sadly something I can’t unremember. I could go on with the stories, but my point is that after working closely together, trust grew, so when Tom flatly stated, “You have got to come to Kronos,” I knew it had to be a cool place.
When it became time for me at NEC to “pursue other business opportunities,” Kronos was it. In my 14 years, I’ve seen continuous change and continuous improvement. Recently I was chatting with my friend Barb, who was thinking about what makes Kronos successful. What’s the formula? What are the metrics? What’s the algorithm? What’s the secret sauce of success? Like soylent green, our secret sauce is made from people.
This week, a press release titled, Kronos Continues to Outpace Workforce Management Market; Only Leading Vendor to See Market Share Gains came out. Aron, our CEO talked about our success. I’ve added some (people) commentary:
“It is an exciting time for Kronos. Not only have we surpassed $1 billion in annual revenue, but as IHS confirms, Kronos continues to outpace the workforce management market and acquire share from our competitors. It proves that our significant investments in the cloud (people), vertical market (people) expertise, global (people) expansion, and award-winning products (people) are fueling our growth.”
This week, Tom called to tell me he’s leaving Kronos after 17 years. Some woman executive fell for his Southern charm and pursued him for a big-shot job at another successful tech company. Thanks, Tom, for your friendship and for helping to recruit me. I’ve learned a lot from the big man over the years, and honor his contributions to our business when I say, you have got to come to Kronos.