Eta Mu Chapter of Sigma Chi at Eastern Illinois - Ed Huber ’86: “I find myself relying on foundational attributes…in The Jordan Standard.”

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Q: Why did you join Sigma Chi EIU in the first place?  
A: As I recall, there were several reasons. First, the quality of the National reputation was outstanding. From the principles upon which the Fraternity was founded to the long list of famous alumni, it was very impressive. Second, the local chapter at EIU was exceptionally well balanced. The group was a great blend of good athletes, good students and just a great group of guys to associate with.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your time in the chapter?  
A: There were plenty. The highlight was my election as Counsel—to be given the leadership responsibility for 100+ guys and a Fraternity with such an outstanding reputation was humbling. The Derby Days parties at the "Barn" were epic (800 sorority girls at our house at one time!) Greek Week was always a blast and I remember the parties after winning "Greek Sing". Winning back-to-back IM trophies was also fun. Of course, it was fun anytime you could beat the Sig Pis. Sig night at Ike's, initiation road trips to Illinois, pledge "walk out"... I could go on and on.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your brothers?  
A: It gets harder over time, but social media helps. I recently saw Matt Palmer, my fraternity little brother, and had a blast talking about old times. I remember having over 30 Sigs at my wedding. Lon Black ’86, Carl Traub ’87, Al Roller ’85 and Bruce Carpenter ’86 were all in my wedding. 

Q: Tell us about the company for which you are Vice President.  
A: I have been with The Clorox Company for 25 years. Based in Oakland, CA, I now call the Bay Area my home. My current role is Vice President and General Manager for two of our businesses—Glad (trash bags, food bags, plastic wraps, etc.) and Brita (water filtration systems and filters). I have P&L responsibilities for these global brands, which account for over $1B in annual revenue for the Company. A recent highlight was signing Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors to be our spokesperson for Brita.

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Q: How did your time in Sigma Chi help to prepare you for that role?  
A: In a competitive business environment, I find myself relying on foundational attributes that were reinforced in The Jordan Standard.  As issues get complex, my team needs to know that they'll get a high sense of honor and a deep sense of personal responsibility from me…always. 

Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?  
A: On the personal front—being a father.  Having two daughters, I need to be a role model and set the character standard for them to expect as they grow up and take on the world. On the business side, I am most proud of leaders that I have helped develop in our organization. Great advice I received early in my career was “hire people who are better than you and you'll be very, very successful.”

Q: What advice would you give to future generations of Sigma Chi members?  
A: Embrace all aspects of the Fraternity—social, academic, spiritual. What you learn and take away from those college years sets a path for future personal and professional growth. It certainly did for me!

In hoc,

Ed Huber, Eta Mu Class of 1986

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