Frances Craig

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Chair & CEO of Unanet

Investing years of experience in Information Technology and software development, Frances (Fran) Craig reengineered her first company, Computer Strategies, a professional services organization into a COTS software product company, Unanet. Acquiring over 1000 customers, Unanet has achieved 20% year over year growth for the last ten years. Developing and supporting Unanet software entirely in the United States, Unanet collaborates with customers who contribute enhancement ideas. Unanet is committed to enhancing the customer experience.

In 1997, Fran designed the original concept of the web-based time sheet. Since 1998, Fran has established Unanet as a leading vendor of web-based Professional Services Automation software. She has led the company’s strategy and positioning, recruited the Unanet management team, board members and advisors, won key customers, and developed alliances. In 2015, Unanet released the one software, Unanet 10, for managing projects, people and financials. Unanet’s vision is to be the market maker and market leader for software for professional services organizations.

Fran founded Computer Strategies, her first company, to set a higher standard for meeting and exceeding customer needs and to create a culture of high energy, bright, responsive, caring and dedicated team members. The Unanet company today is a growing organization across the United States with employees who are dedicated to customer success. With experience in leading IT organizations for Carnegie-Mellon University, GTE Telenet and DHL Courier, she understands the challenges of customers in building a profitable organization. Responsible for leading the design and development of the first worldwide tracing and tracking system used by DHL Courier, Fran has designed and developed state-of-the-art distributed applications including order management, billing and financial applications. Fran’s passion is to enrich business performance through affordable and easily accessible software.

Fran serves on the Board of Directors to Repperio, a commercial federal contracting analytics company. Fran is active in the professional services community serving on the SECAF (Small Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum) Board, the George Mason GovCon Board of Advisors, the Professional Services Council Board, and the Loudoun CEO Cabinet. Fran has served on the Loudoun CEO Cabinet as Chair, the Loudoun Chamber Board and Executive Committee, the Women in Technology Board, the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Executive Forum, the Society for Information Management, President Bill Clinton's Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities, and other organizations. Deeply interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and women in business, Fran serves as an Honorary Trustee of the Loudoun Education Foundation and the Children’s Science Center Board.

Fran is a 1999 Mindshare Graduate, a nominee for the 2004 Women In Technology Leadership Award, a 2006 Woman Who Means Business (Washington Business Journal), a 2015 Nominee for the GWSCPA (Greater Washington Society of CPAs) Community Leader Category for the Woman to Watch award, and a SmartCEO 2016 Brava winner. Fran mentors and speaks on entrepreneurship, women in business, starting and operating small business, project management effectiveness, and benefits of business management software.

To learn more, read the article featuring Fran in The Washington Post!  

 

"I love Unanet! It is great that you can run a report and easily see who is available, what projects a person is assigned to, and how many hours people are charging."- Michelle Graffin Controller, Orbital Technologies
An invoice that used to take 1 person 2-3 days that is now complete in 30 minutes, and a report that used to take 2 hours that is now produced in 2 minutes! - TJ Guarino, Tessada

 

"I’ve never done a timesheet so fast in my life! What an incredible change. I’m so glad we switched. They’ve really done a lot to polish it up, too."- Paco Hope Managing Consultant Cigital, Inc.
"Unanet billing is so great. I don't know why anyone wouldn't use this!"- Jackie York Controller, Quallion
Being able to see where we are on projects REAL TIME instead of waiting for Monday processing has made it much easier to let clients know exactly where we are with their projects. Unanet has set a higher standard for project reporting and there is more to come!. - Jenny Clark director, solvability