KEVIN R. KRASON:
 




 
 
 
 
 
CEO of Oak Park-based Biznet Internet Solutions Inc., a 12-year survivor of the dot-com shakeout. The company started out as a simple dial-up Internet service provider and Web developer. It was an early Microsoft Corp. partner, which led to a hosting business and eventually to an advanced e-commerce development business.


WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My parents were definitely very influential. They both moved here in the late ’60s, and my father worked for General Motors. I think he realized after 15 years at General Motors that yeah, it’s nice to have the job security of a big company, and there were opportunities, but there were also limitations. I think he secretly had an entrepreneurial spirit. And my mother is one of the most determined women. She has a master’s degree, always been a career woman. Both of them are financial people. I will never forget my father telling me, and I was probably 12 years old but it stuck with me, ’Son, you’ll never get rich working for someone else.’ I don’t think he was talking about getting rich so much as pointing out that you’re going to be stuck in a pattern, doing things for someone else, unless you’re on your own. Among other people, Bill Gates has been influential. I’ve always been a technology geek, and he’s always had crazy ideas that turn out to be right eventually.”

LAST BOOK READ: “I’ve been listening to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s one of those things you can put on in the car and it’s never a bad refresher.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Determined. Tenacious. But at the same time, I care about what I do. I’m not trying to sell solutions for the sake of selling. What gives me the most satisfaction is helping my customers.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “I think we’re headed into mainstream. I think that everything we do is very rapidly becoming mainstream business communication. I think every business will use what we provide, or what another vendor like us provides, to improve their business—especially in Michigan, where the economy is a little tricky right now.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “I don’t have all the ones I want, but the favorite one that I use every day is high-speed wireless Internet. I just love being able to get online anywhere and do whatever I want to do. I think you have to have the Internet wherever you go.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “I don’t have a clue. My goal is to work really hard for the next 10 years and then travel for the rest of my life.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I have two. One is movies. I love movies, and I have a collection that is really absurdly large, to the point where I could probably watch a movie every night, maybe two, and I couldn’t get through my collection in a year or two. I also love to play roller hockey. I’ve been playing with the same group of 15 guys for 10-12 years. Just pickup games, but the season starts next week so I’m real excited.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Ice cream, hands down.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “The fact that my background is in finance, so I can understand the numbers, and that I can actually write code. It’s helped me tremendously in this role.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “I think I want to be remembered as industrious and hard working and as a bit of an innovator, somebody who saw things before they developed. I knew the Internet was going to be huge back in ’93, but boy, was it hard to get there. I also want to be remembered as a business leader who puts integrity and heart at the forefront of every decision. It’s not for the sake of making money, it’s for the sake of doing the best I can for everyone. Of course I want to make a living, but I want to do it the right way.”