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 1,000 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 and customer success.
In 1997, Fran designed the original concept of the web-based timesheet. 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 cloud Unanet ERP software 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 is active in the professional services community serving on the George Mason GovCon Board of Advisors, the Professional Services Council Board, and the Loudoun CEO Cabinet. Fran has served on the SECAF (Small Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum) Board, 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.
In 2018, Unanet made the Inc 5000 list. Unanet employees nominated Fran for The SaaS Report top CEOs where she reached #10 out of 5000 nominations. Also, in 2018, the Northern Virginia Tech Council (NVTC), the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia, selected Unanet as a 2018 Tech 100 Company and Fran as a 2018 Tech 100 Executive. 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!