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Meet Chris Ehrenreich
Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
Be yourself and be true to who you are.
Also, never stop swinging for the fences. It is ok to fail, just make sure to pick yourself up and try again.
Please tell us about your background and what led you to pursue a career at MorganFranklin.
My educational background was a mix of Microbiology/Molecular Biology and Management Information Systems. Fortunately, I have spent the past 20 years in technology consulting in just about every IT capacity: IT strategy and ideation, systems and solutions architecture, database and data architectures, software development and testing, and a host of other IT-related areas. I enjoy diving into technical details to figure things out, and to convey technical topics in non-technical ways.
You are heavily involved with Data & Analytics and CIO Advisory work at MorganFranklin, and work in our Information Management & Technology sector as well. How would you describe your role to a 3rd grader?
Wow – this is a tough one. I think I would use a Lego analogy to illustrate my role in Data & Analytics.
Legos come in different shapes, sizes, and colors which can be segmented into groups, or combined in countless ways. Legos are assembled in different ways to produce something new. What you produce is determined by your perspective and context. Data and analytics generally work the same.
At MorganFranklin, we capture data and begin to study the data so that we understand what it looks like – size, volume, shape, variety, etc. We can also group or segment the data in various ways to understand patterns. When we apply computer programs to the data, we find meaning. In doing this, we are able to understand how to solve complex problems or build models to analyze trends and behaviors.
Tell us about your first impression of MorganFranklin?
Super positive, to say the least. I observed very open, honest communications from the time I met the recruiting team, through my first day, and up to the present. Communication at MorganFranklin has always been direct. I am a big fan of getting to the point!
Will you offer some advice to candidates hoping to pursue a career at MorganFranklin?
MorganFranklin sets high expectations for everyone, so be prepared to jump in quickly. Be focused. Adapt to being outside your comfort zone and always remember you have a large team of people ready and willing to help you out.
Above all, have fun doing what you do.
What has been your favorite MorganFranklin project, and why?
Fortunately, I have been involved in many projects (spanning our service lines) that challenged me to learn quickly and advance my skill-sets. The people on the team – along with having a client who partners with us – is what makes the MorganFranklin projects great.
What is most rewarding about your work at MorganFranklin?
The ability to take on unique projects that enhance my expertise, the trust and respect of teammates, and the knowledge to deliver superior solutions.
What characteristics and disciplines do you need to be successful in your role at MorganFranklin?
Hard work, dedication, the discipline to know when you need help, and the wherewithal to know when to ask for it. Above all, the ability to challenge people and processes, both internally and externally (in a respectful and productive manner, of course). The best ideas and solutions come from open discussion and collaboration. You cannot get there if you always agree with the room.
How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
My wife, Natalie, and I enjoy spending time with our two daughters: Lauren (soon to be 16 … and driving!) and Sydney (12). Both are active in sports – soccer and lacrosse, respectively. My wife would say that we have two other kids in the house; our Goldendoodles, who are as active as can be!
The humans in our family enjoy hiking in the mountains, kayaking, riding bikes, and vacationing at the beach.
What is your favorite way to unwind after a long day at work?
Spending time with my wife and daughters. Most nights involve some level of helping my daughters study for an upcoming test or learn a new biology or chemistry lesson. I also love to hike and be outside when the weather is nice — It beats watching TV every day of the week!