Growing up in rural Western North Carolina, Eric spent countless hours working alongside his grandfather on the family farm and spending time roaming the woods and nearby mountains. Eric’s love and appreciation for the outdoors stayed with him as he went on to attend the University of Tennessee where he studied Plant & Soil Science with a concentration in Environmental Science & Natural Resources. Eric graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture in 1997 and then began his career in the Green Industry as an Irrigation Technician with a large, full-service landscape company. It is with this company where Eric found his passion for irrigation and water management. During his 20 years with this company Eric excelled through the ranks holding the positions of Irrigation Manager, Regional Irrigation Advisor, Corporate Irrigation Trainer, Market Irrigation Manager, and was also the Operations and Branch Manager for a multi-million dollar location for several years. During this time Eric became involved with the Irrigation Association where he earned numerous industry certifications including Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT), Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor (CGIA), Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC), and Certified Irrigation Designer with specialties in Commercial, Golf, and Residential (CID-C,G,R). In 2019, Eric celebrated his 20 th year of being an IA certified professional. Eric has also been a certified backflow tester, state licensed irrigation contractor, and currently holds his Green Industry BMP certification.
During his years in the green industry, Eric also developed a passion for mentoring others and training. In February 2018, Eric brought his passion for water management and for sharing his knowledge to ASI to become the Director of Irrigation. Eric is helping to lead and grow ASI’s water management division while continuing to attend educational classes to keep up with the latest industry standards and technologies available. He helps to not only manage the day-to-day operations of the irrigation division, but to also partner with the other divisions within ASI as well as its clients in order to support, educate, and find solutions to their water management needs.