BE Modern Man - BE 100: Craig Brown, Phd
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Name: Craig Brown, PhD.

Profession:  CEO & Sr. Partner of STEM Resource Partners

Age: 47

One word that describes you: Preeminent

Craig Brown is the Techpreneur & CEO of STEM Resource Partners, an IT consulting company. A well-rounded individual, Brown is a Big Data subject matter expert, technology & business consultant, philanthropist, cancer survivor and mentor.

As a front runner in the technology industry, he seeks to offer advice that minimizes the use of technical jargon and maximizes the use of real language, helping ease challenges that most companies and professionals face daily.

Brown’s educational background and professional experience are second to none. He possesses doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School) and B.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Combine this with over 25 professional certifications in technology & business, Brown is a leading expert in the IT arena.

“I am inspired by using technology as a means to increase awareness of opportunities in the African American community,” Brown tells BE Modern Man. “Awareness allows for more African Americans and people of color to move out of the old age into the Tech Age, and into lucrative technology careers and small businesses.”

When Brown became a key player in the tech space, he realized that his position was a great way to liberate poverty-stricken people of color.

“At a minimum, I can encourage them to obtain a simple certification within a tech field,” Brown tells BE Modern Man. “I was 25 years old at the time and have been a mentor ever since.”

At 25 Brown began to transform himself into a business-minded, entrepreneur with a competitive edge. Looking for opportunities in the tech space and working within his passion, laid the foundation for success.

Brown says, “Sell your skills; not your experience. If you don’t have much experience then use your knowledge and leverage that as experience. What you know is every bit as important as what you have done.”

Being an overachiever is part of the necessary ingredients for excellence in the world of data.

“Relevance is also a key ingredient,” says Brown. “If you have these two ingredients you undoubtedly have the remaining ingredients: purpose, determination and ambition.”

For Brown, standing apart in the tech space is not that hard. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, and has been recognized for his achievements. But what makes Brown unique is what he has done with the recognition he has garnered.

“I have taken all of my accomplishments, achievements, recognition and success and poured it into every man, woman and child that would allow me to show them a way that worked for me could also work for them. I have single-handedly changed the lives of close friends, family members and total strangers by sharing myself with them.”

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