Bob Kraft, Chairman
Bob Kraft is chairman, president and CEO of FirstPathway Partners (FPP), a firm investing money on behalf of foreign citizens seeking United States citizenship under Homeland Security's EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program. Mr. Kraft has been instrumental in building and maintaining significant relationships between Wisconsin and China, including a very close connection between Milwaukee and Ningbo. FirstPathway Partners is a member of the United States-China Chamber of Commerce (USCCC), and Mr. Kraft serves as co-chair of the MMAC's China Council, hosting many
delegations of high-ranking Chinese officials. In 2009 and 2011 Mr. Kraft accompanied Governor Jim Doyle on trade missions to Shanghai and Beijing, and has moderated the Annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference China Session on multiple occasions (2009, 2011, and 2012). Additionally Mr. Kraft has spoken at many professional forums throughout China and has been featured in the Washington Post, The Business Journal, and China Daily for his ability to bridge international culture, trade and economic exchange. Through FirstPathway Partners he has earned praise for the significant economic and job creation impact throughout Southeast Wisconsin under the Federal EB-5 Regional Center Program.
Mr. Kraft has more than 35 years of international business experience at the Executive and
Board level, including 15 years with Moore Corporation (now RR Donnelley), the largest commercial printing and direct marketing company in the world. In 1987 he joined a Milwaukee international marketing agency, DCI Marketing, and shortly thereafter took over the role of President and CEO of the agency. In 1996 Mr. Kraft founded his first company Openfirst LLC, which was a leading national provider of direct marketing, database management services and other business communications support for Fortune 1000 corporations. Openfirst was sold to Quad/Graphics in 2006. Since then he has established multiple new entities.
Concurrent with his business start-ups, he has provided consulting services to Citicorp, Menasha Corp., Deluxe Corp. and Moore Corp. Mr. Kraft serves on the boards of RBP Chemical, PSA North America, PSA Group-Asia, FirstEdge Solutions and Word of Hope Ministries.
Mr. Kraft holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University in
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