Eric, currently a Rutland, VT resident (but born and raised in Brandon, VT), first began his career at The Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Vermont as a 19 year old intern, June of 2004. As the theatre’s Programming Director, Eric is also the key contact with talent agencies contracted to perform at The Paramount Theatre. In addition to his responsibility as chief Main Stage programmer, Eric manages all marketing initiatives for events occurring at the Paramount Theatre; generating close relationships with both local and national media outlets. He is also the responsible party for rental contracts of both performance spaces at the ParamountCenter: The Brick Box and the Main Stage. Additionally, Eric oversees The Education is Paramount Enrichment Series – a series he established that has continuously presented to 8000 students annually. Other responsibilities include overseeing Box Office operations utilizing a ticketing solution he integrated in 2006. Eric also created a Summer Theatre Camp Program that has successfully run for 2 years, hosting 400 K-12 students aspiring to be actors, actresses or stage technicians.
Eric sits on several local community theatre Board of Directors (including The Marble Valley Players and Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre). He is also a past director with the Rutland-based program, The Mentor Connector. Most recently, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene, he created the fundraising campaign I AM VERMONT STRONG. As of this writing (only two-and-a-half weeks after the storm), more than 3500 t-shirts have been sold internationally and more than $60,000 has been raised for The Vermont Foodbank. Currently I AM VERMONT STRONG is being vetted by several landmark Vermontmanufacturers who are eager to tap into the positive energies that the campaign has created. A not-for-profit guy at heart, Eric has pledged that additional monies generated by I AM VERMONT STRONG through the sale of other products will be shared with Vermont charities. Eric is also a founding Drama Advisor at Fair Haven Grade School in Fair Haven,Vermont – a program that has, since its inception in 2003, produced more than 18 productions and introduced more than 500 students to the world of live performance. Through a company he helped develop in 2005 (SB Booking) Eric produces live entertainment (music, comedy and speakers) in a variety of venues and concert halls throughout the northeast including venues (ranging in size from 250 to 1100 seat capacity) in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Maine.
Favorite part of job?
The opportunity to meet so many high energy, tireless advocates of the performing arts.
Who is your living hero?
My mom, of course! Cliché? Maybe. True? Absolutely! I have never met a harder working, more caring individual. I strive to one day have the ability to recognize in myself one-tenth the selflessness nature that she leads her life by.
Favorite downtime activity?
A ride in the car on some back road (preferably one that I have never been down before). They say that when an infant is restless, the best thing to do is to take him/her for a ride in the car – I guess I never really out-grew that!
Favorite Vermont Escape?
Vermont IS an escape. More particularly? I’m quite fond of Chittenden Dam – a real kayaking dream.
Favorite social network?
Let’s just say, I don’t “tweet”, but Facebook is listed in my “bookmarks” (toward the top, too).
Is there where I am supposed to say VermontBiz.com ? While I am indeed a fan…favorite site? It’s a real toss-up between HuffingtonPost.com and Pollstar.com.
Vermont Business Person you would most want to network with?
Immediate past director of The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Andrea Rogers. With more than 3 decades of not-for-profit performing arts cheerleading under her belt, I believe this powerhouse of an advocate is one of the driving forces behind the “shape” of the arts scene in Vermont today.