Getting Back into Civilian Life
How Eric Pringle Found A New Career in Inside Sales
Eric Pringle joined the US Army right after high school with the intension of building a military career. He rose to staff sergeant rank, but due to an injury, he was discharged from the armed forces in 2004.
“After the Army, I had to reconsider my future,” says Eric. “In my mind, I was going to be in the military for the rest of my life.”
After ending his service, Eric started exploring career options. Knowing how to play piano, bass, drums, and harmonica, he decided to become a freelance musician while he taught himself guitar. He worked at a few factory jobs and then as manager at a video game store. That’s when he knew sales was his new career path.
“There was something about sales,” says Eric. “I enjoyed the energy of it all.”
Attracted by the sales environment and encouraged by his girlfriend, Eric applied to Infinity.
“I love this place—the people that I work with and the people I work for,” says Eric. “I love the energy that this place brings.”
The family environment at Infinity has impacted Eric’s life in every aspect. So much so, that when he was ready to propose to his girlfriend—who recommended the job—he got on one knee at the Infinity holiday party. She said “yes,” and they are getting married next year. He plans to perform a song at his wedding reception.
Looking back on the time he spent in other jobs after leaving the military, he says, “I regret not coming to Infinity when my fiancé first told me.”
Today, Eric is successful account executive with Infinity. Although he faced challenges getting comfortable with phone sales, the perseverance he developed while serving in the military set him up for success.
“I never give up, no matter what happens,” says Eric. “I am always pushing myself.”
When asked what advice he would give to other military veterans who are getting back to the civilian life and considering joining Infinity, he says:
“Set yourself a goal, and pass that goal. You are in a business of yourself. You sale every day; you just don’t know it.”