Arizonans for Freedom: Eric Crown

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Entrepreneur Eric Crown knows what it takes to build a thriving business. He’s done it many times over, right here in Arizona.

Respect is at the foundation of every business, Crown said. In the three decades since Crown graduated from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, he has learned that successful businesspeople respect their customers, coworkers and investors regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation.

That’s why Crown, who co-founded the Tempe-based Insight Enterprises Inc. and developed it into a Fortune 500 company, supports extending the freedom to marry to all Arizona couples.

“It’s a pure equality issue,” Crown said. “As a businessperson, I think it is critical to treat anybody and everybody, from all walks of life, as equals and with respect.”

In addition to Insight, a global provider of information technology hardware, software and service solutions with annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, Crown has founded and holds leadership roles in many other businesses.

His most recent venture, the Crown Parker Advisory Group, is a successful business development company focused on cultivating U.S.-China business relationships.

Crown’s companies employ several thousand people in Arizona.

“I want to make sure that everyone, no matter the color of their skin, their gender or the gender of their life partner, feels welcome in Arizona’s business community,” Crown said. “To be successful and competitive we need to be sure we’re inviting to everybody.”

Crown, a generous philanthropist, launched the Crown Scholarship for Entrepreneurship at ASU, is a benefactor of the American Heart Association, a supporter of the Phoenix Symphony and a former board member of the Phoenix Zoo.

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