Partner Spotlight: Ed Allfrey

Here's a little bit about a new addition to our strategic marketing department, Ed Allfrey:

Title: Strategic Planning Partner

Year Started at Elite: Started working with Elite in 1996 as a business education provider for Elite Employees

Education: Undergraduate (1972) University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Graduate Studies: University of Massachusetts (Business Education); University of Arizona (Business Education, Physology, Teaching Certification) 1973 – 1975; Northeastern Illinois University (English Literature) 1980-1983; DePaul University (Graduate Certificate in Business Administration) 1985

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

Writing (fiction), running.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

Writing.  I have been an avid reader since childhood and this led to the desire to write.

Proudest moment in life so far:

Birth of both children.

How did you get involved with EMC/ENV testing?

My company provided a “mini’MBA in Entrepreneurship” program in conjunction with the University of Illinois (Chicago) and Elite became a partner sending almost all their people through the program between 1996 and 2016.   Elite employees have a unique combination of technical and strategic business skills and understanding that make them great partners in working with their customers.

Why did you choose to work at Elite?

I worked with more than a thousand owners over 30 years in my business.  Elite was , well, elite among all those companies for its leadership and corporate culture.

What is something that customers/colleagues might find surprising about you?

I have worked with companies from virtually every industry from sports (The Chicago Wolves) to retail food (Oberweis Dairy)

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

First people, then profits.

If you could be paid in something other than money, what would you choose?

Travel (except United Airlines).