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Knowlton R. Atterbeary

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Beef (Roast)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1946
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Beef (Roast)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth.

Birthplace

Born:
9/18/1946
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Knowlton Atterbeary was born on September 18, 1946, in Philadelphia. He attended public schools in Crodon and Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, before attending Michigan State University in 1964, where he received a B.S. in systems science and economics in 1968 and an M.B.A. in 1970.

At Michigan State University, he worked as the graduate student director of the Computer Institute for Social Science Research. After earning his M.B.A., he worked for a year as the director of marketing for the Black Economic Union of Kansas City, Missouri. From 1972 to 1991, he was employed at the consulting firm Macro International as senior vice president and partner.

In 1981, Atterbeary founded KRA Corporation, a professional and technical services firm headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he continues to serve as president and CEO. Under his leadership KRA has grown from a staff of 6 to more than 400 employees. For four consecutive years, Inc. Magazine named KRA as one of the 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the United States. KRA has also been lauded for its community involvement with HIV/AIDS prevention, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the promotion of minority- and woman-owned businesses.

The numerous awards and honors bestowed on Atterbeary and his company include Small Disadvantaged Business Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service; 1997 Outstanding Minority Business Enterprise by the Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and the Food and Drug Administration Director's Special Citation for Sustained Superior Performance.

Atterbeary actively promotes small businesses through his participation in the National Coalition of Minority Businesses, the Small Business Federation and other organizations. He is a member of the Small Business Task Force and the South Africa Working Group of the Corporate Council on Africa. He serves as treasurer for the National Coalition for Minority Businesses and as chairman of the Small Business Committee for the National Job Corps Association, among other professional affiliations.

Atterbeary lives with his wife, Rosalynne, in Clarksville, Maryland. They have two children, Knowlton R. Atterbeary III and Vanessa Elaine Atterbeary.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Knowlton R. Atterbeary's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his mother's upbringing and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his paternal grandmother's interest in his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about his childhood in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his first experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary recounts his parents' handling of race
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about his experience at Delhaas High School in Bristol, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his decision to attend Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about entering Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan in 1964
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary lists black faculty, staff, and organizations at Michigan State University in East Lansing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about how he became interested in computer science and social science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes using computers for social science research in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about Michigan State University's Upward Bound Program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary recounts his decision to pursue his M.B.A. degree at Michigan State University in East Lansing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about his tap-dancing experience, and his M.B.A. program at Michigan State University in East Lansing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes working with the Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his entrepreneurial ventures in Kansas City, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his entrepreneurial ventures in Kansas City, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary recounts his systems analysis work at Makro International in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his firm, KRA Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about regulatory compliance and the role of KRA Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes how his firm, KRA Corporation adapted to the economic changes of the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about working with federal programs to provide vocational training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary details the challenges of running a for-profit business in South Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about government contractors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes the federal Job Corps program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about his reading habits
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Knowlton R. Atterbeary narrates his photographs, pt. 2