Eric grew up in rural Northwest Ohio with his extended farming family and claims to have started in the family’s financial services business while learning the alphabet by filing client folders. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics, Eric has been providing solutions to credit unions, healthcare institutions and non-profit clients for over 20 years. First licensed in the financial services industry in 1997 with Northwestern Mutual Life, then transitioning to a consulting career in hospital revenue cycle management and patient medical records, Eric has consistently delivered value added strategies to client organizations. Taking an opportunity to follow a passion, Eric became the president and general manager of a regional ski and snowboard resort. After working himself out of a job by turning the resort around into a sale of the business, Eric decided to pursue an MBA in Corporate Finance and Strategy at his alma mater The University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. (Re)Joining the family business in 2009 in an analyst role, 2012 in a representative role, and as president and CEO starting in 2017, Eric has successfully moved Stearns Financial Group into a leader for custom retention and retirement solutions for high performing non-profit organizations.
Eric now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with wife Portia, their sons Elliott and Griffin, and the company canine mascots Vinny and Mouse.