Craig became the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Signature Group Holdings in June, 2013 after leading a proxy battle to remove the company’s board. This was Craig’s second successful hostile take-over on Wall Street. Growing from $40 million of annual revenue to over $1.5 billion, and, in the process became the world's largest independent recycler of aluminum, Signature Group was renamed Real Industry, Inc. (NASDAQ: RELY) in June of 2015. Real Industry Inc. through it's subsidiary, Real Alloy operates 18 plants in North America and 6 in Europe, with 1,700 employees.
In 2004, Craig co-founded Esmark Inc. Esmark acquired nine steel companies, including the celebrated hostile takeover of Wheeling Pittsburgh Corporation. Esmark accomplished the first hostile reverse tender merger in Wall Street history and became the 4th largest American steel company when its revenues grew from $4 million in 2003 to $3.5 billion in 2008. This story is chronicled in “America For Sale, How the Foreign Pack Circled and Devoured Esmark.” Copyright 2009 Craig T. Bouchard and James V. Koch, (ABC-CLIO.)
Craig is a New York Times Best Selling author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value” was released in October of 2013, reaching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. James V. Koch was once again Craig’s co-author. (McGraw Hill.)
Craig’s “The Adventures of Ai” was one of the world’s popular children’s book projects of 2014. The book was translated into Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic, with the accompanying Adventures of Ai video game, achieving 100,000 downloads globally on Apple iTunes, Google Play and Samsung. 16-time Grammy award winner Humberto Gatica produced the game’s music.
In 2010 Craig founded Shale-Inland, named for his daughter Shale, and his father’s company, Inland Steel. Shale-Inland is the nation’s leading master distributor of stainless steel pipe, valves and fittings, stamped and fabricated parts to the US energy industry.
From 1998-2003, Craig was the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York based NumeriX, a risk management software company commanding a lead market share on Wall Street in the valuation of complex derivative instruments.
Prior to helping found NumeriX, Craig was a Senior Vice President at the First National Bank of Chicago, (now JPM/Chase). His career there spanned 19 years. In the 150-year history of the bank, Craig was the 3rd youngest individual to rise to the level of Senior Vice President. He was the Head of Asia Pacific, living in Hong Kong And Tokyo, and became The Global Head of Derivative Trading and Quantitative Research.
Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University (1975), a Master’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University (1977), and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1981). He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University and the Foundation of the University of Montana. He is currently a member of the leadership board of the Department of Athletics, Duke University. Craig is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago, and was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (Illinois) in 2005.
Craig was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Hinsdale Central Township High School. Craig holds United States Patent 4,212,168, Power Producing Dry-Type Cooling Systems.
He is married to Melissa N. Bouchard and is the proud father of six children: Kai, Justin, Patrick, Shale, Cambelle, and Braidy. Craig and Melissa were ranked #8 in the 2013 US Tennis Association national rankings of Senior Husband Wife Mixed Doubles.