Serial entrepreneur and investor Eric Crown has been building and investing in companies - start-ups to multibillion-dollar public enterprises - for more than 30 years. A leader known for creating high-performance cultures and streamlined business processes, his mantra of "eliminate it, automate it or administrate it" took Insight Enterprises, which he co-founded with his brother Tim, to more than $5 billion in annual sales and a position on the Fortune 500 list.
Today, Eric is a partner in AZ Crown, LLC, which has positions in companies across the globe. Eric is an active investor, bringing in assisting companies that AZ Crown invests in, especially in the areas of strategic planning, financial assistance, technology management and sales and marketing. AZ Crown's breadth of holdings reflects Eric's wide-ranging interests.
Crown's approach to business and to life can be summed in a commencement speech he made at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business, where he had graduated years earlier: "Don't get all A's. I got pretty much straight B's. B's are good. Drink beer. Keep the ideas flowing."
Crown's imagination and appetite for achievement go beyond business; he has skied to the North Pole, taken a submarine trip down to the bow of the Titanic for tea, and climbed countless mountains on six continents. Closer to home, he takes an active role in public policy, elementary education, advancement of entrepreneurship and improving world health issues.
Eric Crown created the Crown Innovator Scholarship, which assists entrepreneurial students with $2,000 towards their tuition along with mentorships, contacts, and once in a lifetime experiences.
He also created, along with his brother Tim, a non-profit private school serving Phoenix. Beginning with 50 students, the Summit School of Ahwatukee has now grown and now teaches 500 pre-K through 8th grade students with a mission to "foster academic excellence and the love of learning through a liberal arts education."