We’re so excited to welcome Eric Dean to our Build team as our new Registration and Recruitment Coordinator. Eric will manage all the registration process for our Build classes as well as outreach to more aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Get to know Eric a little bit more in this Q&A.
Where were you born and raised?
I am born and raised in Detroit, MI. I love to traveling and sightseeing but nothing beats Detroit.
What made you want the position of Registration and Recruitment Coordinator at Build Institute?
Each one of the Build staff, graduates, and volunteers I met were very welcoming and friendly. I knew wanted to be a part of Build Institute in some way. After finding out about the position, I knew that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join the Build team.
What do you like most about your current job?
Being that I come from a communications and public relations background, I love to connect with the public and spread the word about Build programs and courses. Whether it’s through social media, emailing, or in person, Build gives me the opportunity to be one of the faces of the organization.
What is your education background?
I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Public Relations and Sociology. I have been thinking about grad school lately, but I like spending my time at Build right now.
Do you own a small business?
No business yet, but I have been playing with the idea of starting my own public relations company.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not working, I am usually looking at fashion magazines or going to concerts. Fashion and music have always played a big part in my life. Whenever I was need to de-stress, I put on my headphones and read GQ, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, or Vogue.
What do you love so much about Detroit?
I love the people and the new developments happening around the city.
Detroit is a city full of hardworking, honest people. When you talk to someone from Detroit, we are very open and inviting to tell you about our lives. We remind you that we don’t live in the perfect city or have the perfect lives but we are strong and determined to make our lives remarkable and meaningful. The pain, passion, and determination in our voices are something that I haven’t seen in any other city.
I also appreciate the new restaurants forming. I love food!
What makes a successful leader?
To me, a successful leader is one who takes risks. Someone who understands in order to better yourself you sometimes need to make tough decisions. Someone who isn’t scared to state what they think, even if it’s not the popular opinion. With that, someone who understands they don’t know everything, so there’s always an area to grown and learn.
A successful leader in an organization is someone that can effectively communicate the goals and the mission of the company to their team. Some employees feel disconnected with the employers and it shows in their work. A successful leader is one who can include their team in the operations of the organization and inspire them to do their best work.
What’s your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
My plan is to travel more and spread the word about Build programs and courses. I want to finish grad school and start my own public relations company. That’s the simplified version. I know there’s a lot of work that goes into these things. So I guess that my BHAG.