Maine SBDC Business Advisor Since 2023
Advising Specialties: Business Start-up, Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Retail, Food and Beverage, Computer Software, and Operations management.
Education: BS in Geology with minor in Chemistry, Yale University
Professional Background: Eric has over 35 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and management of start-up businesses. He served on the board of directors of STRIVE International, a non-profit focused on workforce development and readiness, where he was chair and then CEO for 3 years. Eric’s start-up experience was in engineering and supply chain software, ranging from refinery modeling to supply chain, inventory, and shipping optimization across a wide range of industries, including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, automotive, and aerospace. In 2016 he started up Pugnuts Ice Cream and Gelato Shop in Surry, Maine, which has become a well-loved brand Downeast. A native of Milo, he returned to settle in Surry, Maine in 2008.
Other Info: Eric grew up working in his family’s greenhouse business in Milo and has strong ties to his local community in Surry where he serves on the Selectboard.