Eric has more than 25 years of banking experience and began his career with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Analyst in Public Finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Professional and Civic Eric has a long history of commitment to the Chicagoland nonprofit and civic community as reflected through his board service and volunteerism. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Urban League. He is a member of the board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Goodman Theatre.
Eric is a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Chicago Club, Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives Club of Chicago.
He and his wife Kimberly Taylor-Smith have two daughters.