In March 2012, Ken was invited to join a 6-member delegation by Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the U.S. State Department to meet with over 65 Afghans in government and non-government positions—including a private meeting with President Hamid Karzai. Upon return from Afghanistan, Ken has reached an audience of 190,000 through the media and became a keynote speaker in Massachusetts, Connecticut and California, reaching nearly 1,000 attendees with insight from this first-hand view of the situation in Kabul.
Mr. Furst is President of Momentum Group, Inc., a firm that works with CEOs to plan and grow their businesses profitably through sales and marketing. Formerly, Ken served as Director of Marketing Services for United Technologies Diesel Systems, where he directed strategic and marketing planning for this $100M unit of United Technologies. Early in his career Ken traveled widely to numerous countries as he directed corporate and distributor research and planning worldwide for the $1 billion division as Manager of Market Research for International Harvester Company, Construction Equipment Group.
Ken earned an MBA in marketing and International Business from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, Illinois: and a B.A. in Economics from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. He also served on active duty as a Signal Corps officer in the United States Army.
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