Author of Control + Alt + Delete LEADERSHIP

"Soft-boot" your personal operating system and enhance your leadership success!

Ralph Howard

Ralph Howard is author of the book "Control Alt Delete Leadership." This straightforward, readable book is loaded with insights and inspiration for students of leadership at all levels.

Ralph is President & CEO of Design Specialties - the market leading manufacturer of glass fireplace doors. Over the course of his career, he has held leadership positions with five industry-leading blue-chip companies, including Kohler Company, W.W. Grainger, Master Lock, Pella Windows and Ariens. He has run businesses - both large and small - ranging from 50 employees to over 1,900. His business and leadership knowledge is drawn from running successful businesses, fixing several which required major turnaround efforts, and leading business integrations and cultural transformations. In his new book, he brings to life stories and experiences from his days with these iconic companies - several of which are seldom featured in publication due to their private ownership structures.

Academically, he holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and he's a Harvard Business School alum as a graduate of the prestigious General Manager Program. He's currently an outside director on the boards of two privately-held companies, and he is the founder of Howard Leadership Services. He's a passionate and enjoyable speaker, and he can be reached at