Our dogs are our fiercest companions and most loyal guides. They comfort us at our lowest points and help us rise to new heights. It was this type of companion that Rick Crandall found in his dog Emme.
Rick Crandall was at the lowest point of his life when his wife said the words, "Let's get a dog." So begins the story of Emme, a 200-pound Saint Bernard trapped in the body of 5-pound Australian terrier puppy. Soon, Emme and Rick were hitting the hiking trails around Aspen, Colorado. Before long, they were scaling Colorado's fourteeners. In mountaineering Rick realized he had found--in his late sixties--his life's new passion. Even after Rick understood the glory of climbing, it was Emme still doing the leading, until Rick learned how to lead himself.
Rick Crandall was founder and CEO of the international technology company Comshare, Inc. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Donnelley Financial Services, as well as serving as Executive Chairman of Pelstar, LLC, a company that was cited for "Private Company Board of the Year" for 2016. Rick was named "One of the Five Leading Pioneers of the Computer Industry" and has received Outstanding Entrepreneur awards from both the University of Michigan and Harvard Business School. A native of New York, Crandall now lives in Aspen, Colorado, where he is an avid mountain climber, cyclist, and skier, activities he has documented in blogs and in print publications.