Bryan Cruwys

Occupation: Vice President of Client Services - SilkRoad Technology, Inc.

First Car: 1976 Camaro

Favorite Restaurant: Arun's in Chicago for a night out, or Taco Grill in Westmont with the boys.

What are three things most people don't know about you?

For better or worse, I’m pretty much an open book with people I know.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Raising three sons.  Every day really is different, bringing new challenges and suprises. The first goes to college this year!

What's your best childhood memory?

Bailing hay at my grandparents farm in the summertime.  My grandpa had a knack for making hard work fun!

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Raise three sons!  Its really a combination of art and science to know when to intervene and when to let them make their own choices - good or bad.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Tough choice, either coaching my sons in sports (less of that now that they are older), or grouse hunting with my Brittany Spaniel.

What are you currently reading?

Email!  Actually I’m about halfway through a few books, fiction and nonfiction, but I just don’t have the free time for leisure reading right now.

What is your favorite book?

The Sun Also Rises

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Id like to visit Scotland.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Habitat for Humanity.  I think that the sanctuary of a home is a basic need for everyone.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d either be teaching or coaching or working with a non-profit.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I was actually a commodity floor trader at the CBOT for many years.  As technology began to force a paradigm shift, I reinvented myself.  I started a web consulting company in the mid 90s as the Internet was just taking off, was lucky to get some very smart partners, and leveraged the vacuum in the space at that time.  After getting my Masters at University of Chicago, I got involved with some start up system integrators and it blossomed from there.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Find a good company that teaches great process.  Pay your dues, build a pedigree, and find areas of specialization that interest you