Are you a veteran or recently transitioned military member looking to join the corporate world? We strongly encourage veterans to consider Gartner as their next career step after the military because we are not just a team professionally, we are a family. Below, U.S. Army veteran and Gartner Team Client Manager, Eric Bostic shares the story of his career path and how he found Gartner.
A native of High Point, North Carolina, I graduated from Southern Guilford High School and played football at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, before becoming injured and joining the US Army in 1991. While in the Army I served as a Ranger and Green Beret in the 7th and 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne). I saw combat in Somalia in 1993 and was attached to the DEA in South America on a direct action team doing drug interdiction for the remainder of my time in service to the country on active duty.
After earning numerous awards and commendations, I exited active duty in the military in 1998 and completed my college education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Business Administration – Management while serving in the Army Reserves until 2000. I then went to work for Jefferson-Pilot Financial in Greensboro, North Carolina, and transitioned over to Great American Financial where I built one of the more successful agencies in the Southeast. I earned multiple sales awards and two Million Dollar Round Table awards before selling the agency to Lincoln Financial.
I then went on to build a business within the Tom James Company, selling custom clothing and coordinating wardrobes for successful businessmen. I was the number nine Rookie of the Year out of 111 who completed the apprenticeship program and the first one in Charlotte, North Carolina, to ever attain this honor. I earned four straight President’s Merit Club awards before the call of business ownership beckoned again in 2007.
I founded Eric Bostic & Associates (EBA) in 2007 as an agent office for Card Payment Solutions, an ISO of First Data, the largest payment processor in the world, where I managed a team of 24 subagents throughout the Southeast United States. There I set businesses up to accept payments via credit cards, gift/loyalty cards and checks. I had the top agency within the CPS agent network for three straight years and was named the Vice President of Sales for the Agent Division in 2010. It was at that point that First Data made me an offer to buy my residuals because I had several large national accounts in my portfolio that they wanted to manage in-house. I agreed and sold my portfolio back to them for a tidy sum that funded my retirement.
My skills from the military also translate to Gartner, primarily around working with teams, meeting deadlines, managing projects or staff, having a goal-oriented mentality and respecting others. Gartner employs a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds. I have been consistently impressed with how intelligent everyone is. From my first day of onboarding, I truly felt at home working here.
My advice to any veteran looking at Gartner is to go for it. You will not be disappointed in working here. Yes, you will be challenged, but it’s a lot easier than a drill sergeant/drill instructor yelling at you or doing a forced road march for 12 miles while carrying 55 pounds and a rifle at port arms. The work atmosphere and esprit de corps here is the closest thing you will find to your service days. RLTW and DOL!
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