Man on a Mission
Dr. Eric W. Barton has owned and managed 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 the US, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Passionate about setting a positive example to his children and community, Eric gives of his time, talent, and resources to more than 30 charities. He’s served on the boards of Maryville College and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and he’s also a University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associate; education is central to Dr. Barton’s work, interests, and philanthropy.
Dr. Barton has been honored with numerous awards for his professional achievements, charitable outreach and many successful endeavors. As he moves forward, the future is sure to be exciting, challenging and full of purpose; he is always a man on a mission!
Since joining the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17, I’ve been on the go. Initially, my pursuits were simple — enlist in the military and get a good education. Maybe I’d even become a success one day.
Over the years, I have learned there is a greater mission to life than the pursuits that generally dominate our time. I have realized that success cannot be measured by wealth or possessions. The dictionary definition of success is ‘having a favorable outcome’, therefore, your very outlook on life can deem you successful.
To me, success is something you have to build with your own two hands. That doesn’t mean you 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—have provided me with an opportunity to also reach out to others.
Reaching out to help others, has been the source of so much pride for me. As Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Some international aid projects include establishing school facilities in Palestine and Pakistan, the creation of emergency villages in Greece and Saudi Arabia, and setting up medical centers in Burma. Most recently, establishing several perpetual endowments for scholarships at the University of Tennessee has been so rewarding both personally and professionally.
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 support international adoption programs. 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 boys I adopted from Ethiopia. I have had many job titles – Marine, chaplain, operations manager, and CEO— but the title of father is the one I cherish most. Although my youngest is 16 years old and the oldest has married and moved away, being a father is more important than ever. I’m an advisor, counselor, good listener, someone to call for house buying advice or career guidance. This is a lifelong mission that I treasure!
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