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Professional Profile: Sandra Plowman Kraus 2012


  • Title: President, Owner
  • Company: Culligan of New York
  • Location: N.Y.C. and Long Island
  • Birthplace: Ada, Oklahoma

Family: Husband (and business partner) Philip; two sons

College: Southern Methodist University -BA in Economics; SMU Cox School of Business – MBA; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – J.D.

First job unrelated to your current field: Chopping cotton in Elk City, Oklahoma (age 13)

First job in current field: Founder, Culligan Water Conditioning of Manhattan New York

What your firm does now and its plans for the future: Culligan of New York is a closely held exclusive water treatment franchise of Culligan International which is a world leader in water filtration and water treatment. Culligan provides water solutions to residential tenants and home owners, and to commercial and industrial businesses in both N.Y.C. and L.I. We understand that each customer is different; our water treatment plans will continue to be tailored to each customer’s unique requirements. We expect Bottle Free Coolers to be fast growing as customers continue to search for low cost, unlimited, sustainable water solutions.

Hobbies: Raja Yoga, family, wellness, community life

Favorite Novel: “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann

Favorite Film: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Keys to success: Know your values and lead by them, come hell or high water

Person(s) you most admire (outside of family): Helen Keller