As the manager of the Small Business Development Program in Loudoun since 2015, Eric leads a team of experienced business advisers and educators to help small businesses thrive and grow. With over 30 years of business experience Eric has worked with companies and organizations of every size and structure. He draws from strong storytelling skills learned during his days as a television producer and screenwriter to help businesses articulate their own value to customers. He brings over 20 years as a technology sales professional and 8 years a a trainer and business coach to classes and sessions with individual companies. Leveraging proven entrepreneurial tools and concepts Eric strives to help business owners identify key areas of opportunity and challenges. He leans on skills learned while a freelance IT trainer for Cisco,Polycom and NATO. He also draws heavily from his expertise launching and running his own coaching practice, which focuses on business communications, when working with clients. He understands small business dynamics and challenges from his own experience as an entrepreneur and from growing up in his family’s small business and uses that knowledge to help entrepreneurs develop a strong strategy for success. Leveraging his BS in Communications from James Madison University, Eric teaches and coaches strong planning and communications practices as the point person for the business consulting team at the Loudoun SBDC.
A Virginia native he lived in many parts of the state growing up attending high school in Chesterfield County, south of Richmond. After college he settled in Northern Virginia. Eric has lived in Loudoun county since 1999 and has been a resident of the Town of Leesburg since 2008. Eric served on the Technology and Communications Commission for two years and since 2017 he has served on the Economic Development Commission for the town. He is often a speaker, sometimes and author and always a proud father and grandfather. His favorite activity is making up stories with his seven-year-old grandson Mason.