Top 50 EmPOWERED Leader Erlin Cruz

This year FCOED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s EmPOWERED Leaders who are experts and leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday as we get to know our Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders.

Erlin Cruz
Software Developer, Orases
5728 Industry Lane
Frederick, MD

Erlin Cruz received a degree in Computer Science from Capitol Technology University. With eight years of experience, he currently works at Orases as a software developer. He volunteers with the LYNX program at Frederick High School, instructing students about soft skills, and meeting Spanish-only speaking parents to support ESOL students. Recently, he began work on a scholarship at Orases to donate refurbished computers to recently graduated seniors at Frederick High School.

Tell us about a professional achievement that you feel most proud of.

While I'm is proud of all the projects I been associated with while at Orases, it is my work with the American Kidney Fund on custom software to help patients find the funds they need for lifesaving care that drives me to continue to improve.

What does EmPOWERED mean to you?

Creating a supportive environment to ensure future generations improve upon our current success.

What motivates you and why?

Learning is my biggest motivation.

In your career who has influenced you most and why?

At Orases we have the mantra "I'm because We are" so everyone at work has a big influence on my professional development.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?

Able to adapt quickly to new situations.

What personal or professional goal would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I'm striving to be a leader on my company and creating a real estate business as a personal goal.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't be afraid to fail. Fail, fail fast, fail forward.

What do you enjoy reading?

I like to read mystery novels.

What is your favorite quote?

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!

What do you hope to see for the future of Frederick County?

I would like to see the LYNX program expanded to more high schools.