Eta Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi at Eastern Illinois - Jerry Brown ’90: “Make sure you leave with no regrets.”

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Brother Jerry Brown ’90 joined Sigma Chi for the team environment and knew that he made the right choice when the chapter felt like home. Jerry got plenty of leadership experience during his time in the chapter and learned how to bring all different personalities together for one common goal. Now, Jerry is the Executive Vice President of Sales for Adapt Telephony Services in Illinois.

Q: Why did you join Sigma Chi EIU in the first place?

A: Being an athlete my whole life who decided not to play collegiate sports, I knew I still needed to have that team environment in my life. Joining a fraternity seemed like a logical direction to turn to for that. During rush, I found out how important intramurals were to Sigma Chi and I knew I found the right home.  I felt the brotherhood and that team environment I was looking for my first night during Rush Week.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your time in the chapter?

A: Winning several intramural championship trophies with my brothers and always participating heavy during initiation night.  It was a great experience watching the pledges go through initiation, as it always brings up the great memories of your own initiation. It reminds you that Sigma Chi is much more than parties and intramurals, our brotherhood has a deeper meaning.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your brothers?

A: Yes.

Q: Tell us about the company for which you are Vice President.

A:  I am the Executive Vice President of Sales for Adapt Telephony Services based out of Oak Brook, IL. Our company is 150 employees and we are in telecommunication software space. We are a reseller for a major manufacturer and have been their World-Wide Partner of the Year the last six years in a row. I manage a team of 15 sales representatives with an annual quota of $30 million.

Q: How did your time in Sigma Chi help to prepare you for that role?

A: In college, and especially in a Fraternity, you have to learn how to work with all sorts of different personalities and backgrounds. As a leader, you have to bring everyone together for a common goal and focus. I held several offices that required a great deal of time management, organization and a passion to do a good job on behalf of Sigma Chi. This is exactly what you have to bring forward to your career.

Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

A: That is easy. My children are my wife and I's greatest accomplishments.  Our son is a Sigma Chi at the University of Alabama and our daughter will be a freshman this year at Alabama and going through Rush as well—looking to be an Alpha Phi like her mom. Attending my son’s activation at Alabama was the highlight of my Sigma Chi experience; we shared a special moment that we'll still talk about years later.

Q: What advice would you give to future generations of Sigma Chi members?

A: Get involved—don’t just attend parties and only focus on the social aspect. You will get much more out of the experience if you help build and drive the fraternity forward.  Run for an office that interests you, and if you don’t want to be the lead, volunteer to be on a committee that helps with rush, pledge training, etc. Don’t look back and say, “I wish I would have done this while I was there.” Make sure you leave with no regrets.

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