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"Robert Morris University really taught me how to function within a team instead of as a group just trying to pass a class.”
Chris Fryzek is a proud Robert Morris graduate. During his time as a student, he managed to both work and attend school as a full time student in the Dual Degree Program, earning his Bachelor and Master of Business Administration. While many college students may choose a more traditional route and attend college straight out of high school, Chris took a different path. “I spent one semester at Lewis University for Aviation and it wasn’t for me,” he says. Departing from Lewis University, Chris immediately decided to begin volunteering at Peace Memorial Church where he served as Director of Programming with children in junior high and high school. He spent six years building up the staff and creating the program. During his time at the church he began learning a lot about community organization and development and with this newfound passion went on to start his own nonprofit organization. “I was looking for something local to do,” he says. “I sat down with a few friends and decided to start a nonprofit organization.” Community Restoration by Ecumenical Workers (CREW) was founded on the basis to help people in the communities who weren’t able to afford to fix their homes or buy one. Chris was involved in projects in which he was then managing over 400 people who were building six houses in four hours. Chris was able to solicit sponsorship from community businesses and raised $25,000-$30,000 each year he managed CREW.
It was CREW that enabled him to travel around the world building homes for those less fortunate. Chris’s work led him to Tennessee and many other US states, and eventually to other countries, including South Africa. In South Africa he began to build more than just homes; Chris was building community centers to help in the fight against AIDS. “This all led me to Robert Morris University,” he says. “I wanted to get out of nonprofit and experience the business world.” Chris was ambitious and ended up enrolling the very same day he stopped in to apply to Robert Morris University in Orland Park. Chris wasted no time at all getting involved on campus. He actively served as both a leader and a mentor to all students - and was even nominated and selected as an Eagles Scholar and was later awarded a Proclamation Award for his efforts within the program. While finishing up his graduate studies, Chris both worked at Starbucks and interned at Robert Morris University Chicago’s Campus. While interning under Nancy Donohoe, Chris learned how to create press releases and media updates that informed alumni, potential students, current students, and the media about opportunities and scholarships at Robert Morris University, an opportunity he found very meaningful in his career development.
Chris is currently the Corporate Account Manager for clients in Michigan. He uses the skills he learned at Robert Morris to be the best manager at Enterprise Level Clients. He currently manages a $52 million portfolio and offers technology solutions. Chris believes he owes his leadership skills to Robert Morris University. Through Dr. Patel’s capstone management class Chris claims that he learned how to “function within a team instead of as a group just trying to pass a class.”
Chris also finds time to continue to volunteer for various organizations. One summer he repelled from the 78th floor of The Wit Hotel to raise money for the American Lung Health Association. He likes to find ways to do active involvement in his volunteer work. While some people walk or run for organizations, Chris is not afraid to be even more adventurous when it comes to raising money for charity. “I’d rather jump off a building because I am not a runner,” he says bravely.