Craig Felzien retired in April 2015 after more than 35 years on the staff of the President of AT&T Missouri, where his primary responsibilities were in the areas of community engagement, media and public relations, and legislative affairs. He founded Majestic Consulting in August 2015, helping numerous clients with leadership development.
Felzien accepted the position at the Duree Center in October 2017 and had this to say:
“I believe the ‘Spirit of Entrepreneurship’ is in the very fabric of our lives as Americans. Our economics. Our sense of liberty and ethics. Our general optimism and hopefulness. Even our form of governance is rooted in a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit,” Felzien said. “Entrepreneurship is an essential element of American free enterprise. This is an amazing opportunity. I look forward to further developing and growing this ‘brand’ for the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship and the Hammond Institute.”
Since taking the helm, Felzien has made several advances with the Duree Center by forming a DECA Consultancy to serve Missouri Businesses, developed relationships with High School CAPS programs across the state, partnering on programming in the area of entrepreneurship and finance with the Greater St. Louis Boy Scout Council, and worked with local and state leaders to create a strategy for partnerships on innovation and entrepreneurship across the state.
Felzien holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Linguistics from Ottawa University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications-Journalism from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Masters degree in Corporate Communications-Media Management from Lindenwood University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Lindenwood University in the Communications Department for more than 10 years.