Eric Newell is the CEO and founder of Stoneridge Software, a Microsoft Gold partner specializing in implementation, consulting, and support for business applications. In 2012, he co-founded the company with a passion for business excellence and the determination to better serve the market. Eric has led the Stoneridge Software organization through rapid growth in team members, clients, services, and product offerings and consistently successful ERP and CRM implementations. He was also named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
Driven by his vision to create a company with exceptional team members and outstanding work culture, Eric has led Stoneridge Software through rapid growth and consistently successful ERP and CRM implementations. What started as a three-person organization has scaled to 200 people in the first eight years in business. In 2018, he co-founded Levridge, a software company focused on delivering business applications for the Agriculture industry.
Prior to founding Stoneridge Software, Eric spent 13 years at Microsoft and Great Plains Software where he was instrumental in leading the Premier Field Engineering practice for Dynamics AX across North America to growth rates of 50% each year during his time in the role. Throughout his tenure at Microsoft, he led strong performing teams across Dynamics support, Global Support and Consulting Operations, and Premier Support.
Eric enjoys the challenge of taking complex business issues and using technology to figure out ways to streamline operations. The combination of solving challenges and assisting clients in tackling obstacles that affect their businesses are two of his biggest passions.
“My focus is to ensure our clients achieve their business goals with a straight-forward, yet strategic approach. I take pride in the work our team does every day, and it is a privilege for me to be able to lead that charge.” – Eric Newell
In addition to building trusted client relationships and completing successful implementations, some of the recognition Eric is most proud of are several "Best Place to Work" awards including the honor of earning the Gold, top honors, in 2015 for medium-sized businesses from Minnesota Business Magazine. Stoneridge has also been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in 2020, 2019, and 2018, and the SPI Research "Best of the Best" Professional Services firms in 2016 and 2017.