Kepner-Tregoe Timeline

1958
Ben Tregoe and Chuck Kepner start the KT partnership in Ben Tregoe’s garage in Pacific Palisades, California. The first to focus on the critical need for training in problem solving and decision making, Kepner-Tregoe was founded to help others learn the processes that they had developed.

Kepner-Tregoe, Ltd founded in the UK.

1962
Kepner-Tregoe moves its headquarters to Princeton, NJ.

1963
Kepner-Tregoe creates the Leader Development Institute (LDI), the first organization to introduce the “train-the-trainer” concept. Client employees who completed the rigorous LDI program were certified to teach KT Problem Solving and Decision Making and to lead programs that encouraged the use of Rational Process within their organizations.

1965
The Rational Manager, (McGraw Hill) by founders Kepner and Tregoe is published, becoming a best seller and a business classic that has been translated into many languages and continues to be read throughout the world.

1966
Kepner-Tregoe formalizes the company’s Basic Beliefs in writing. These are the principles and ideas that had been discussed and established since KT was founded in 1958, and they continue to be readdressed over the years without changing their intent. They grow out of the founders’ initial decision to create an organization that helps others learn to use the processes that they had developed and they guide the way KT business is conducted.

Kepner-Tregoe Deutschland, LLC founded.

1967
KT moves to a beautiful wooded location on Research Road. The modern building remains a classic example of 1960s modern design that features flexible interior spaces and large windows that frame woodland views.

1970
Kepner-Tregoe Australasia Pty Ltd founded in Sydney.

1972
OY Rastor becomes the first KT franchisee representing KT Rational Process in Finland. Today KT licensees are located in countries throughout the world.

1973
Kepner-Tregoe Japan, LLC is founded.

1979
KT purchases the Praxis Company from Alan Brache and Geary Rummler which provides KT with the performance system model and the basis of the KT approach to managing performance and the Engineering the Performance System® program.

1980
Top Management Strategy by Ben Tregoe and John Zimmerman is published. KT formalizes strategy consulting service offerings.

1981
The New Rational Manager is published, an updated version of the original business classic.

Kepner-Tregoe Southeast Asia, Ltd founded.

1984
Kepner-Tregoe, S.A. serving Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg is founded.

1985
In response to client demand, KT Project Management is developed to bring a rational process approach to project work.

1986
Kepner-Tregoe (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is founded in Kuala Lumpur.

1987
Financial services company USF&G purchases KT.

1988
KT hits $20 million in revenues worldwide.

Kepner-Tregoe Thailand, LLC founded.

1989
Vision in Action: How to Integrate your Company’s Strategic Goals into Day-to-Day Management Decisions, by Ben Tregoe, John Zimmerman, et al is published.

1990
KT joins forces with Elliott/Luepker to offer consulting services in managing complexity and true cost performance.

1991
Ben Tregoe is elected to the HRD Hall of Fame.

1993
Ben Tregoe steps down as president of KT and establishes the Tregoe Education Forum, now known as TregoED, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing KT Problem Solving and Decision Making to children in American schools. He continued to play an active role on the KT Board of Directors until his death in 2005.

1995
A group of KT employees purchases the company back from USF&G.

1999
KT launches Project Logic® software to provide a rational process framework for Microsoft® Project.

2000
KT launches eThink® software to enhance and support use of KT Problem Analysis, Decision Analysis, Situation Appraisal, and Potential Problem/Opportunity Analysis.

Kepner-Tregoe Nederland, LCC is founded.

2002-2006
KT publishes a series of books that are well received by the business and academic communities. These include: How Organizations Work (2002) by Alan P. Brache; The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership (2003) by Mike Freedman; The Rational Project Manager (2005) by Andrew Longman and Jim Mullins; and Implementation: How to Transform Strategic Initiatives into Blockbuster Results (2006) by Alan P. Brache and Sam Bodley-Scott.

2008
At 50 years, KT continues along the path identified by its founders in 1958 to help others resolve business issues by providing training, facilitation, and consulting. Through problem solving, decision making and project execution, we collaborate with clients to set and achieve operational and strategic goals. 

2009
Portfolio Manager, a cloud based project management application giving organizations real time access to monitor important projects across company departments, time-zones and geographies is developed and launched by Kepner-Tregoe.

2013
Kepner-Tregoe Tablet App for iPad and Android is launched to support KT Clear Thinking processes in solving problems, making decisions, executing plans.