President and Founder, The Suder Foundation
A 30-year business veteran, Eric Suder is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of ESI, a leading manufacturer of business communications systems.
Since founding Estech Systems, Inc., in October of 1987, Suder has been awarded ten patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and continues to drive innovation throughout the company.
His strong commitment to social responsibility has led ESI to develop and participate in numerous global and community programs dedicated to have a positive impact on the lives of others. ESI’s “Success with Significance” philosophy is an integral part of the company’s mission statement.
One of Suder’s personal interests has been to help students with academic potential fulfill their goals through higher education. He funds direct scholarships for selected children of ESI employees and funded endowments to the University of Texas and his alma mater, West Virginia University targeting students with mid-range academic credentials and financial need.
After learning about the particular challenges first-generation students encounter in pursuing their college degrees, he created the Suder Foundation in 2008 to direct additional resources toward their support. Through its First Scholars® Program, The Suder Foundation aims to dramatically improve the graduation rate of first-generation students by providing them financial, academic, emotional, and social assistance at selected state universities throughout the United States.