• President, AUSA Suncoast Chapter since July 2018
• Past Region President of the European Region, 
Suncoast Chapter
• Independent Consultant for Government Contracting & Technology
• Training in Human Resources Management & Leadership, Government Procurement Processes, Unmanned Aerial System Technology

Born in Tampa, Florida in 1967, Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from St.Andrews Presbyterian College and a Masters Degree in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. He is fluent in German, a certified SCUBA diving instructor, and has deep knowlege of military history and is armed with a global network of professional contacts.

From1992 to 2018, Eric lived in Frankfurt, Germany where he worked for General Motors before assuming the role of Regional Sales Manager for a large Coca-Cola bottler in 1993. Following a merger of Coca-Cola bottlers, in 2010, he left Coca-Cola to become an Independent Consultant. Since 2011, Eric has been involved in government contracting. He prepares proposals for government contractors, manages government contracts and teaches government contracting processes.

Eric joined the Old Ironsides Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army in 2006 and served on the chapter’s board of directors beginning in 2008. In 2010, he was elected to be president of the Old Ironsides Chapter which eventually was renamed as the Rhein Main Chapter. During this time the chapter hosted the AUSA Security Symposium on the 10th anniversary of 911 and recast the AUSA support of the new USAREUR headquarters in Wiesbaden. The Rhein Main Chapter earned the prestigious Best Overseas Chapter award in 2012.

In 2013, after the merger of the Rhein Main Chapter and Gen. CW Abrams Chapter, Eric was elected President of the AUSA European Region where he served until June 2018. In July 2018, he relocated to his hometown of Tampa, Florida where he currently serves as chapter president of the Suncoast Chapter of AUSA, Chief Operating Officer of the Patton Foundation and Independent Consultant.

Contact Information:
1016 Eckles Drive , Tampa, Fl 33612
Tel (813) 
406-8577, Mobile (813)-585-1634.
el@ausa-er.org  -or- eplien@yahoo.com