Erik Linn Of CrossCountry Consulting: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became A Founder

An Interview With Ben Ari

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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8 min readSep 25, 2022


Have grace with yourself. Because you haven’t done this before, you’re going to be figuring a lot of things out along the way.

As part of our interview series called “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became A Founder”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Erik Linn.

Erik Linn is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CrossCountry Consulting. Erik brings almost 20 years of experience founding, leading and growing consulting companies. He has a consistent track record of assembling world class leadership teams, serving high profile clients and scaling businesses.

Prior to CrossCountry, Erik served as Managing Director and Practice Leader for Navigant Consulting (now Guidehouse) Finance and Accounting Solutions practice, which he co-led with Dave Kay. There, he was responsible for leading the company’s strategic planning and market positioning, acquisition investment strategy and integration, and business development activities related to the financial services industry. Additionally, Erik served on Navigant’s Management Committee where he advised executive leadership on strategic and operational issues facing the firm.

Erik began his career at Arthur Andersen in the firm’s Audit and Business Advisory division. He received a BBA in Accounting from James Madison University.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Growing up, I always wanted to own my own business, and I knew I wanted to major in business in college. With the support and insight from my university advisors at James Madison, I decided to focus on accounting. That focus led me to an amazing opportunity at a Big 4 consulting firm out of college and the exposure to the very clients and industries CrossCountry now serves. I can honestly say that I went full speed into my professional journey and never looked back.

Can you tell us a story about the hard times that you faced when you first started your