The Courier Express - The anniversary of the Buffalo  blizzard of 1977 got me thinking about my day job in grade school and high school. I was 17 years old at the time and I don't recall if the Courier missed a day. That being said, we never got a day off, and if you were lucky enough to go on vacation with your family, you usually had to beg someone to take the route, and lay out a map by hand, and overpay to take the route for the week. And how about when you got your license and you didn't have to pull the wagon through the snow. And how about collecting in sub zero temps and the customer saying "You were here last week!! There is no way I owe for two weeks!!!" Your hands were so cold it was hard to make change by the end of collections. And waking up at 5:45 AM to see if they called your name on the radio for a free prize. And having to borrow money from mom to pay your weekly bill if collections fell short, and she gave it to you interest free. And oh, the bonus, the Christmas calendar, and the wad of tips you'd get for being a good business person throughout the year. Anytime I come across job seekers I've helped over the years who quit right before bonus my canned response has always been "That's like giving up the paper route in November."

To this day I remain an early riser and I attribute it to the Courier.  That paper installed good business values. 
Oh those were good times and there should be some type of Courier Club for all of us. Might be fun.

Posted by:  Joe Kreuz
Date:  February 27, 2015
Blog Posting: 6

The Autonomic Resources Adventure

Over the years we have built some remarkable companies, some falter, while others meet with remarkable success.  The Autonomic Resources adventure was one of our most audacious pursuits, and I am proud to have been a part of it.  Here is a little backstory from my partner Tony's blog

Posted by:  Joe Kreuz
Date:  January 15, 2016
Blog Posting: 9

AP Professionals Rochester 20 year milestone

I met Mark Pautler in high school in 1974, and we went on to finish college together, competed against each other early on, worked together for six years honing our craft, and partnered up together for phase three in 1996, and enjoyed building together ever since

Posted by:  Joe Kreuz
Date:  January 28, 2017
Blog Posting: 10

Business Values

Now That Was A Ride

For the first three years, I was little more than an idle observer of our FedCloud initiative; but, for the past 16 months, I have been working directly with Tom and John to bring our FedCloud adventure to fruition.  It was a high risk venture [certainly higher than we ever anticipated], and it was wrought with tension throughout the journey [somewhere between white water rafting and waterboarding].  Fortunately, this past Thursday, we were able to complete the sale of Autonomic Resources [after nearly three months of a roller coaster ride of negotiations and due diligence].

Although the sale of Autonomic Resources’ remarkable FedRAMP ATO’s might put our FedDROP start-up in limbo, I couldn’t be happier for the entire Autonomic Resources family, especially the crew at our headquarters in North Carolina.  And I am particularly proud to have been in the trenches with Tom and John seeing this thing through to such a successful conclusion.

A special round of thanks needs to go out to Butch, Kerry, Mike, Lynn, Geno, and the Pfalzgraf team for bringing this one home.  And an ever bigger thanks to Joe Kreuz, who got all these partnerships started over 20 years ago.

When I look at our lineup of IT partnerships today, especially Capax Global, CBX, and AP Phoenix [which just had it biggest month ever in January], I can’t help but be excited about what the future has in store.

My family is healthy and happy, I have the best partners in the world, the sun is shining, and the sale of Autonomic Resources has provided us with the resources to expand exponentially.  If I could drop a dozen pounds, I’d have it made.

PS  Tom and Anthony are both in Naples today, and we will be over at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt checking out a potential location for our warm weather CBX [along with a new TW&Co and Giancarlo’s].  I’ll keep you posted.

My Business Blog History

Posted by:  Joe Kreuz

Date:  December 12, 2014

Blog Posting: 4

What Would Norm Do?

​I was talking to my mom the other day about our new business, the Consilium Business Exchange (CBX). I told mom as I begin to recruit a CBX sales agent team I'd be looking for people similar to my dad. His business acumen and sales ability were second to none. The year was 1969. I was in fourth grade in Cleveland, Ohio. My dad was selected as part of an elite sales team to expand LM Berry's Yellow Page footprint in Western New York. He was good at what he did and off we went. I watched my dad prosper over the years. I often tell people dad taught me social and selling skills at the kitchen table. He sold Yellow Pages his entire life, first for Ohio Bell, then for LM Berry, and finished off his career with White Directory Publishers. 

Yellow pages was the Google from the 50's to the 90's. I told my mom Google didn't exist back then, and if dad were selling today, he'd be top of the heap in Google sales. If you wanted something back then, you had to rely on Yellow pages and word of mouth (and an encyclopedia). One thing I noticed as I grew up was my dad had a great following of clients, and every year when it was time for renewals, he sold those ads with confidence as he renewed one account after another, traveling from city to city around New York State

My dad sold one thing and he sold it well. Forty Five years later after my dad was recruited, we will be recruiting our own elite sales team at CBX. I wrote in my high school year book I wanted to wear a suit to work and follow in my dad's foot steps.  I wonder how much more he would have made if he had other things to sell to his loyal following. That being said, CBX has developed a great product mix and we'll make those products and services available to our CBX tenants, CBX agents, and global commissioned sales force.

These CBX sales agents will have the opportunity to sell many of our products and services. CBX's entire product line will be accessible online in our resource library at CBX will also be developing a complimentary and eclectic mix of other best in class resources, from products to services. To learn more about how to lease offices, sales pods, how to become a CBX certified agent, or registering your products in the CBX resource library, email me at, or simply reply below.​

Posted by:  Joe Kreuz

Date:  December 2, 2014

Blog Posting: 3

Launching ABX

I am proud to announce the launch of our new business concept, The Advantage Business Exchange (ABX).  At ABX, we are a trusted one-stop resource for all of our clients’ business needs. We provide our commercial, institutional, and government clients with direct access to premium resources for all of their business activities.  All of our services, programs, and products are fully vetted for our clients’ assurance that they are receiving the finest resources befitting their specific needs. ABX is located at The Walker Center and showcases our three core competencies.

  1. C1Secure  ~ 
  2. C1Search ~
  3. c1Advantage ~

ABX’s business services will offeer robust Resource Library of Business Services and product offerings available to certified and commissioned sales agents, and Physical class A space located at the Walker Center offering professional office space and advertising opportunities, individual catalog and profile displays, virtual web based presentations, and physical presentations all in a succinct bundled package. You can get a sneak preview of the goods and services available by viewing our annual catalog on line at

ABX will be presenting a weekly Webinar Series and showcasing their subject matter experts in their respective fields commencing with our grand opening January 22, 2015.

Posted by:  Joe Kreuz

Date:  November 7, 2011

Blog Posting: 1

Globally Competitive.  Expanded IT Services.  Record Profits.

The root of G8 Professionals ongoing international success all started in Western New York in 1993.  At that time, we were fortunate enough to build an enduring partnership with the Advantage Co.  Our original business model was simple: we would access the remarkable resources of the Advantage, and we would control our own G8 destiny.  G8’s alignment with the Advantage as our strategic partner has enabled us to far exceed our own expectations.  

At G8 Professionals, we have been setting the standard for excellence in IT professional services, software development, cloud services, platform modernization, and staff augmentation since our inception.  Through our eponymous partnership groups: AP Professionals, Consilium 1, Capax Global, and Autonomic Resources, we’ve established the industry standard in end-to-end solutions for our blue chip clientele.

Our G8’s partnerships have always had a common strategy: navigate adroitly, innovate, and, ultimately, be the dominant provider in our chosen vertical categories.  Today, our industry leading delivery teams are capable of resolving the most complex problems while delivering proven results [and continuing to expand our service offerings around the globe].  Along with our wide array of strategic alliances and channel partners, we are well positioned and poised to continue our remarkable growth.  The future is so bright I’m treating all my partners to new shades for the holidays.

Thank you,

Joe Kreuz, G8 Founder