President of Ericorp Consulting Ebong Eka works with organizations and individuals on leadership, entrepreneurship, and small business strategy.
Location: Washington D.C.
Job: President, Ericorp Consulting; CPA
Education: B.S. in Accounting, Calvin College
After graduating college, I played professional basketball in England and Switzerland for several years. Visiting North Korea in 1999 to play against the North Korean Men’s National Team was definitely a highlight of living abroad. When that ended, I returned to accounting, working as a senior analyst in sales tax research at Sodexo USA in Buffalo, New York. I had seen the posting in the Buffalo News classifieds and applied blindly.
As the founder and president of my own firm, Ericorp Consulting, I work with organizations and individuals on leadership, entrepreneurship, and small business strategy. I realized that I had a unique skillset and experience that could be used in the marketplace. My goal is to provide everyday people with real-life, practical solutions that can be implemented to improve their personal and professional lives. I focus on helping clients raise their prices and find high valuable customers. I recently worked with Jared Robinson, the owner of Bodywork at Work (a massage therapy business). Our partnership resulted in a 30% increase in profitability for his business.
I would remind myself that connecting with people and building relationships is just as important as being competent in your field.
I learned the importance of hard work and commitment in bringing your vision to life. It took me years to achieve my dream of playing professional basketball. I practiced for countless hours, worked multiple jobs to save money for basketball camps, and contacted hundreds of organizations before I finally landed a contract. It taught me what it takes to have a purpose in life. I also realized that I had a real gift for communication and leadership development. It's important to focus on what you’re good at instead of what you’re not.
I’ll always notice candidates who have the ability to relate to the interviewer. That is more important than their specific skillset, because I know we can train them for that. A candidate’s ability to get along with different personalities shows their leadership qualities and soft skills.
I have three: There's pleasure in progress. There's confidence in competency. I must master where I am today so I can master where I'll be tomorrow.
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