Eric has nearly 30 years of experience as a creative and entrepreneurial professional in roles ranging from general management, team leadership and project management to technical roles in IT, software development, financial services and law. He has run business units, managed teams and delivered projects for established global enterprises and as the founder of a number of startups. Over his three decades at work, his job titles have included Board Member (public, private and non-profit), President, Founder, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Research, Chief Investment Officer, Fund Manager, Software Developer, Securities Analyst, Web Designer, Systems Integrator, Investment Advisor, Fundraiser, Consultant and Attorney.
As a software consultant, he developed cloud-based, mobile-app software for one of the world’s leading electronic medical records companies (Cerner). As Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research for a startup financial services firm (Wanger OmniWealth, LLC), he developed a proprietary, risk-based holistic reporting platform for wealthy families and a set of allocation models based on it. Between 2002 and 2013, Eric served as a portfolio manager of the Long Term Opportunity Fund (small/micro-cap equities) and the Alternative Fixed Income Access Fund (blend of exchange-traded and privately negotiated debt). He also was the strategist and founder (with Ralph Wanger) of the Income & Growth Fund (multi-asset class dividend strategy).
Eric was a senior investment analyst at Barrington Research Associates (Chicago), covering technology and business services. Prior to that, Eric was a software, communications and technology analyst for the Edgewater Funds, a private equity/venture capital ﬁrm with over $1 billion under management.
Before joining Edgewater funds in 2000, Eric worked in Silicon Valley providing consulting, training and software development to early-stage ﬁrms. Between 1991 and 1996, Eric was a principal consultant at EDW, Ltd., a ﬁrm he founded to provide software development, training in rapid software development techniques (NeXT), and systems interoperability consulting services for large multi-vendor and distributed computer networks. EDW’s clients included such companies as Fannie Mae, MCI, Swiss Bank Corp. (UBS), Chrysler, Merrill Lynch, Apple Computer, Stanford University and The Acorn Funds.
Eric received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar. He was co-founder and managing editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review. Eric holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2005.
Eric lives in Chicago with his three children and a fat English Labrador retriever named Casper. He enjoys classical and jazz piano, hiking and aviation. He is an instrument-rated pilot. Eric serves as a trustee for the Acorn Foundation and is active at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.