Craig graduated from Curley in 1979, but did not go to college right away due to financial constraints. When many of his friends continued their education, Craig went to work as an assistant manager at White Coffee Pot Jr. While working, he began pursuing his education on a part-time basis, initially attending a technical school and earning a certificate in computer programming. This enabled him to enter the technology field as a programmer for Baltimore County Government and to begin pursuing a college degree. He spent the next ten years completing an A.A. degree from Essex Community College and then a B.S. degree from the University of Baltimore. During this period, he also worked for Loyola Savings Bank and CSX. Through the tuition reimbursement programs from these companies, Craig finished his degree. It took him twelve years. “Although my journey took twelve years,” he says proudly, “I wouldn’t change a thing. It wasn’t easy but nothing in life worth having is.” After taking a few years off from school, he went back in his mid-thirties and obtained a MBA from Ohio University.
Craig has worked in the technology field for over thirty years providing solutions to multiple industries and government agencies. It has provided him opportunities to travel throughout the country and meet a lot of great people. He currently works at Basys, Inc. as the Vice President of Professional Services. Basys is a software company providing benefit administration software to support the Taft-Hartley Act. The Basys software manages benefits and pensions for organized labor unions representing many different trades. The Professional Services division is responsible for implementing new customers on their cloud based solution. “I enjoy working with our customers,” he asserts gladly. “What is rewarding to me is implementing a technology solution that makes a difference for a business, their employees and customers.”
Craig acknowledges that his success in the business world is built, in part, on the education and mentoring he received as a student at Curley. This is why he enjoys mentoring and helping others. As he reflects on this experience, he says: “I do my best to help others. One rewarding experience for me was serving on Curley’s School Board. It gave me the opportunity to work with amazing men and women who give of their time and talents to ensure Curley provides the best education possible to the young men who attend.”
Craig recounts that he met some of his closest and dearest friends at Curley. This is never clearer than when his teammates from the ’78 championship baseball team reunite to share stories and renew friendships (see photo at the top.) As a father of three daughters, he did not have the opportunity to send a son to Curley. Maybe a grandson, Craig?! He and his wife, Kathy, enjoy time with their family and enjoy traveling. He ends with this nugget: “For those who know me, you wouldn’t be surprised that I enjoy watching professional, college and high school sports. But you might be surprised to know that I enjoy seeing a good Broadway show. My youngest daughter introduced me to the theatre world when she began performing as a child. As a family we enjoy going to NYC once or twice a year to see a show.”
You can contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org .