Eric Joseph Esoda is the President & CEO of the the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC). Eric joined NEPIRC in 1998 and, since that time, has held positions within the organization’s consulting, business development and financial management departments. Prior to joining NEPIRC, Eric worked with the New York offices of the accounting and consulting firms of Fust, Charles & Chambers, LLP and KPMG. Within those firms, his areas of specialization included manufacturing consulting, financial management, financial compliance and entrepreneurship.
Eric has several professional publications to his credit and has been a contributing researcher and author to several statewide and national publications on the manufacturing industry, CEO learning behaviors, and the impact of various economic development policies and programs upon the business sector. As a regular presenter at national conferences, Eric has hosted workshops and keynote presentations on topics such as manufacturing innovation, innovative approaches to addressing the shortage of qualified workers, how corporate culture impacts organizational strategy and how companies can effectively use Voice-of-the-Customer feedback to make business decisions.
Eric’s strong dedication to northeastern Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry led to his nomination as the nation’s Manufacturing Champion of the Year in 2011 and his designation as Master of Ceremonies at the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership Awards Ceremony during each of the past two years.
An ardent supporter of our country’s manufacturing industry, Eric has been called upon numerous times to provide expert testimony and presentations before various legislative committees, research teams and international audiences.
Eric holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton and a Masters Degree in Accounting from Binghamton University. He is a Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountant, a former Officer of the Northeastern PA Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is in pursuit of his Innovation Engineering Black Belt from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, University of Maine and world-renowned innovation leader, the Eureka Ranch.