About

Mission

We create and implement strategic and succession plans to help businesses proactively identify solutions to recurring problems.

Vision

We envision a world where everyone thinks proactively and strategically. To that end, we help small and medium-sized businesses conduct comprehensive strategic analyses, develop and implement strategic plans for sustainable growth and success, improve their personal and organizational structures, systems, and productivity, communicate and resolve team conflicts more effectively, and prepare for succession to cement a lasting legacy.

We help business leaders find the problems they are sick of, and we work with them to develop plans to solve and eliminate those problems for good.

Through proactive planning, rather than reactive responding, we help business leaders step back to work ON their businesses, rather than only IN them.

“We believe that by proactively planning, rather than reactively responding, business leaders can work ON their businesses, rather than only IN them.”

Craig A. Escamilla

Values

We believe in:

  • Proactive planning and strategic thinking
  • Data-driven analysis and decision making
  • Future-oriented creativity
  • Effectiveness and efficiency
  • Exceptional quality
  • Availability and responsiveness
  • Integrity and ethical behavior

 

Goals

CAE Solutions, LLC, was founded to pursue the following strategic goals:

  • Serve a select and limited group of clients annually, with excellence, through plan development and implementation
  • Provide training and coaching services in using a proactive mindset
  • Contribute extensive practice-based knowledge to businesses’ strategy and planning resources
  • Establish “go-to” resources in strategic thinking for small-to-medium businesses
  • Re-invest in the communities that support us

Craig A. Escamilla

Craig A. Escamilla helps others find solutions to recurring business problems. With fifteen years of consulting, teaching, and senior management experience, Craig brings a wealth of practical expertise to helping others work on rather than in their businesses. An avid Seinfeld fan, Craig is inspired by Jerry’s quote that “innovation comes from asking, ‘What am I really sick of?’” Craig seeks innovative ways to help others identify problems they are sick of and implement results-driven solutions.

Advising

As an advisor, Craig helps small and medium-sized businesses with strategic plan development and implementation, succession planning, talent management tools and systems, interpersonal communication, resolving conflicts, and customer acquisition and retention. Craig’s clients throughout Texas are in the oil and gas, higher education, health care, community service, family enterprise, and nonprofit industries. His assistance designing and implementing strategic and operational plans has led clients to increased sales revenue, client bases, and charitable contributions, clearer and more sophisticated organizational structures, clarity of strategic vision, improved interpersonal relations, and increased productivity and efficiency.

Coaching and Public Speaking

Craig also coaches clients and presents on strategy, business communication, improving meetings, productivity, leadership, and ethics. His speaking and coaching clients include IT teams, engineering professionals, HR managers, and family enterprise owners.

Experience

Prior to launching CAE Solutions, LLC, Craig practiced what he preaches at the Symphony of Southeast Texas and Lamar University. As Executive Director at the Symphony, Craig oversaw a nearly 20% budget increase, 25% increases in ticket sales and individual contributions, a Music Director search, the publication of two case studies, and the elimination of all financial debt.

In his ten years in Lamar University’s College of Business, Craig has taught over one thousand students in various management classes. As the College’s Director of Accreditation and Assessment, he helped establish the student success office, which saw retention increases over 20% in three years. As the University’s Executive Director of Retention and Student Success, he oversaw a 4% increase in first-year retention to record levels in two years. He served on the Enrollment Management leadership team that achieved two consecutive years of record enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, despite challenges from tropical weather and COVID-19.

Craig has published case studies and articles on strategic planning, leadership, ethical behavior, social media management, HR issues, and nonprofit management. He has given speeches and presentations at national and international conferences and to local civic organizations on leadership, decision making, strategy, and ethical behavior. Craig has led and served on teams that created undergraduate and graduate courses on critical thinking and decision making, productivity, organizational behavior, strategy, and conflict resolution.

Craig holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Business Administration degrees. He was selected as one of thirty participants in the League of American Orchestras’ Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar in 2008 and was named one of Southeast Texas’s 40 Under 40 Young Professionals in 2014. During his undergraduate studies, he was selected as a McNair Scholar, conducting undergraduate research in musical improvisation. Craig is actively involved in the Southeast Texas community, specifically with the Rotary Club of Beaumont and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, where he has served on the Boards and chaired the strategic planning committees for nearly ten years.

Craig lives in Beaumont, TX, with his wife and better half, Laura.