Man on a Mission
Utilizing a natural ability for building successful multimillion-dollar businesses both internationally and domestic, United States Marines veteran Dr. Eric W. Barton currently owns and manages 28 world-reaching entities. His career encompasses 11 years in the Marine Corps as an enlisted and Mustang Officer; contract management in excess of $2.027 billion; employing nearly 12,000 people over the past decade; and establishing and managing several companies throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
While Eric is a proven talented and successful entrepreneur who thoroughly enjoys his career, his outreach extends well beyond his business talents. Passionate about setting a positive example to his children and beloved community, Eric gives back more than 20 percent of his earnings on average each year to more than 25 charities.
Mr. Barton has been honored with numerous awards for his business vision, philanthropic outreach and many successful accomplishments. He is poised to not only grow his numerous businesses but also influence the local economy and beyond.
Since my first days in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17, I’ve been on the go. Initially, my pursuits were simple enough—join the military and get a good education. Maybe I’d even become a success one day.
Over the years, I have happily learned there is a greater mission to life than the pursuits that generally dominate our time. I have also learned that success cannot be calculated by the sums in your bank accounts.
Success, as I see it, is something you have to build with your own two hands. That doesn’t mean you necessarily build it alone. There are other hands reaching out to help you, if you are willing to also help yourself, and I have been blessed to have many hands reach out to help me on my missions. Each hand that has reached out to guide me and steady me— whether from my mother, my brothers and sisters in the Corps, my five children, and countless others in the communities where I have lived and worked—has provided me with an opportunity to also reach out to others.
I am fortunate that my work has allowed me the opportunity to see the need people all over the world have for the most basic elements—food, shelter, security, and compassion—and to provide me with the opportunity to address those needs.
I am still on the go. On a mission, you might say. I want to make the world safer for my children, for your children, and for the children who have no one to speak for them yet. It is why I proudly work with non-governmental organizations to create new international adoption programs for children. And, here, as well as any other aspect of my life—I try to lead by example. My family is fortunate to include the loving addition of two children I adopted from Ethiopia. I have had many job titles – Marine, chaplain, senior operations manager, and President— but the title of father is the one I cherish and protect more than any other.
Through work in companies I own, my teams have had the honor of taking on goodwill opportunities around the globe. Some recent work includes establishing school complexes in Palestine and Pakistan, the creation of emergency villages in Greece and Saudi Arabia, and setting up medical centers in Burma.
When I need to re-energize, I turn to the love and comfort of my family in East Tennessee.
Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you’ll join and enjoy the conversations as I share news of my life at home and in the world. It seems I’m always on the go to a new mission, but I’m happy to have you along.