Charles W. Kriete, 39, Salem
Charles W. Kriete, 39, of Salem is senior vice president of Tessco Technologies.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
At 22, I was on a very standard career trend. Got the typical post-college job, really focused on climbing the corporate ladder. I often wish I had branched out sooner and taken the risk to start my own company sooner than I ultimately did. It’s a great time in your life to take some risk as you still have a family support network, no family responsibilities of your own, etc. It’s a relatively low-risk time to start your own thing. Things worked out well for me in the entrepreneurial world, but would have been even easier had I started younger. And one other thing, metabolic rates really slow down with age … so … watch for that.
Why did you choose your profession?
I really started to notice a consistent theme where all the most successful people I knew had created their success by starting their own thing and seeing it through. For me, entrepreneurship, while risky and self-reliant, represented the opportunity to make real money and shortcut the corporate system. We always have a “boss” whether that be a board of directors or your customers, but having the freedom to run things your own way is also a great benefit!
Volunteer activities: Board member, MIT Enterprise Forum, assisting young entrepreneurs in the New England area in starting new tech companies.