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Eric Crites ’07

Eric CritesTell us briefly about your career path and where you are today.
Immediately after graduation, I moved to Massachusetts to begin a sales training program at EMC Corporation, now Dell Technologies. While there, I met and married my talented and beautiful wife, Diane. Then we moved to Chicago and I joined the TransUnion sales team in the health care division. At TransUnion, I built and managed an inside sales team and a sales operations team. Two and a half years ago, I was recruited to Q-Centrix, a private-equity owned, mid-market health care technology and services business, to build another inside sales and sales operations team. After building the teams, I was asked to build and manage our channel partner and account management teams, and continue leading our sales operations team.

When you look back on your life, what has your SU experience meant to you?
Opportunity and friendship. I’m still impressed with the sheer amount of opportunities to explore your passions or build your skills at Syracuse. Whether it was skiing with a club, participating in Greek life, practicing poetry at a poetry slam, or getting a jumpstart on leadership training with OrangeSeeds—it was all available and easy to do at SU. When opportunities like these abound, people are drawn to participate in the activities that interest them. That’s how I found like-minded individuals and developed lifelong friendships. After my time at Syracuse, I learned to expect and embrace opportunity. Now, I apply this mindset to my work. I always look for more opportunities to explore passions and build skills and I never accept the status quo.

What successes in your life (personal/professional) do you attribute to SU?
Darn near most of it. I still remember the first semester I went to ’Cuse. Here I was, a California kid, moving to the opposite side of the country. I brought nothing but three bags and directions to the Carousel Center to get anything else I needed. It was fun. It was new. And, I learned quickly that I wasn’t alone in my adventure. Being part of the ’Cuse community taught me that I am never alone in any adventure. Whether my adventure included moving to Boston, moving to Chicago, marrying my wife, having a child, or starting a new job, all I had to do was simply ask others or look around. There was and will always be someone eager to help or selflessly guide me.

How did SU help you get to where you are today?
I got very involved in extracurricular activities at Syracuse right away. I was fortunate to meet Travis Mason my freshman year. Travis introduced me to the finance board and then asked me to be the vice president for student government. These events eventually led to helping create OrangeSeeds, participating in boards with faculty, organizing homecoming events, planning winter carnivals, and meeting some amazing people. Just meeting one person snowballed into so many opportunities and friendships that taught me so much about who I am, what I value, and the values I admire in others.

What is your favorite memory of Syracuse University?
The Carrier Dome. There is nothing quite like sitting in bone-chilling temperatures waiting for those doors to open. Then, sprinting to get the best seat possible!

As an alum in the Chicago region, how have you enjoyed connecting with other alumni in the area?
Watching sports with SU fans is the best! It’s screaming at the top of your lungs alongside perfect strangers wearing orange who instantly feel like longtime friends!

Why do you think it's important to help future students get their start at SU by making SU part of your philanthropic priorities?
Everyone needs an opportunity to make a big difference in life. It is much more meaningful for me to provide that opportunity for someone else than to simply look at money in a bank account.