Gary Kusin – CEO of FedEx Kinkos

I just saw and met Gary Kusin, the CEO of Fedex Kinkos. He was giving a speech here at UT and drew in quit a large crowd. He called himself a “Forest Gump” of business because his success was simply the result of hard work. In a nutshell he stressed the trick to getting ahead was outworking the next guy.

He is a UT alumnus who graduated one December with a degree in Government…..that description will also fit me this December. It was very interesting hearing him speak about some of his friends and mentors such as Ross Perot, Jack Welch and Bill Gates. I breifly talked to him after the speech and got a picture:

The reason I am wearing a nametag is because of an idea I stole from “The Guy with the Nametag” Scott. He’s a motivational speaker who has been wearing a nametag for three years. I like the simplicity and effectiveness of the nametag. Now when I attend an event I make my own nametag. It helps people learn and remember your name and is great for starting conversations.

So far it has worked quite well. I usually forget I am wearing it and get thrown off when strangers call me by name! I bought a pack of 25 nametags for less than a dollar. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways to aid in meeting people.

-Nev

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    Blog posted on: October 12, 2005

    15 comments on “Gary Kusin – CEO of FedEx Kinkos

    1. Cap

      Gary Kusin’s pretty cool in my book. I was watching this CNN program called The TurnAround, where CEO from big companies comes in and help small business owners improve their operation. Gary Kushin was on this one episode, helping a dry cleaning business owner turn his business around and improving it.

      Although he introduced all these interesting marketing concept for the business owner, he did also stress the hard work factor too.

      But yeah, I hate those nametags. lol. Thats cool that its working out well though.

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    2. Anonymous

      Gary Kucin “is a UT alumnus who graduated one December with a degree in Government…..that description will also fit me this December.”
      —–

      Yeah, and he also has an MBA from Harvard…which you conveniently forgot. Are you going to Harvard Business School this Spring?

      Kucin is a heck of businessman, though. Great history of starting companies and flipping them.

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    3. The Dividend Guy

      Cool idea on the nametag. Is there anywhere that a transcript of Gary’s speach is posted – I like the Forest Gump analogy.

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    4. Expat

      anal name tag tip: wear the name tag on your right side, that way when you shake hands the name tag is facing the person and more easily captures their attention.

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    5. Neville

      I realize Gary Kusin got his MBA from Harvard…

      However, after he graduated from UT, he had no plans on furthering his education.

      From his story: He went to a party where he met a very rich man who went to Harvard. Not knowing how else to get rich, Mr. Kusin decided to go to Harvard! One year later he got in by striking a deal with the dean of the business school there.

      As of now I also don’t have any plans to get my MBA…but maybe a simple party will change my mind :-)

      Sorry, no transcript of his speech. However, he took some big risks (quitting great jobs to start some companies) and worked really hard. That combination worked out very well for him.

      -Nev

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    6. Hazzard

      Great post. It’s all about relationships. I always call it “relationship management”. It’s turned out to be a critical skill where I work, along with communication skills.

      Now if I’d just get off my lazy butt and be half as motivated as you, I’d be waaaaay ahead.
      Hazzard

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    7. Anonymous

      This is one of the best blogs on the the net right now, I enjoy your intelligent posts and have some great idea’s to help people out, it doesn’t matter if you think people will think your stupid, you don’t care you post anyway, this post being an example. Keep it up man.


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    8. Anonymous

      That’s great that you got to meet someone you look up to. However do your research Kusin has forced 5 of the companies he was head of into chapter 11.

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    9. Anonymous

      Gary Kusin did turn around Kinko’s. From a good, friendly, service oriented business into a money grubbing, i don’t care what you need, ineffiecent, undermanned, shell of a business.

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    10. Anonymous

      Kusin ruined Kinko’s — period. Now FedEx is faced with turning it around. Every day that goes by since his departure, they are uncovering the mess he has left. And as a consequence, this great company (FedEx) will again prove their worth at greatness in reputation, and exposing the Enronish Mentallity that this prick instituted at Kinko’s. He walked away with 60 million in cash, while leaving a trail of screwed co-workers and unhapy customers.

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      1. Concur with Anonymous

        Everything Anonymous is correct. Don’t forget also that Kusin tried to buy back the employee shares from the Kinko’s employees at a discount just before selling Kinko’s to Fedex. If Gary had his way, we would have gotten less than half what Fedex paid for the shares. Thank God for independent oversight of the ESOP.

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    11. Raul Kindl

      FedEx Corp. acquired privately held Kinko’s Inc. in February 2004 and rebranded it FedEx Kinko’s. The acquisition was made to expand FedEx retail access to the general public. After the acquisition, all FedEx Kinko’s locations exclusively offered only FedEx shipping.:-

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