Erik

Johnson

Executive in Residence (EIR)

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

Erik has been a “coach” and EIR at LACI since its inception.  He participated in the original incubator program and is also involved in planning and coaching our FBA program. Following in his Father and Grandfather’s footsteps, Erik’s been a serial entrepreneur for 40+ years, working with business partners that include Berkeley Capital Management, Peter Gabriel/Real World Studios, Universal & Disney Companies, Saint-Gobain North America, United States Information Agency, and Department of the Interior.  Erik is currently Owner/CEO of Greneker, a design/manufacture company for retail visual display and specialty product manufacturing, and is the Founder/Managing Partner of Grenite, which manufactures patented, zero-waste, prefabricated sustainable countertops for Hospitality, Commercial, and Multi-Family sectors.  Both companies have operations in the U.S. and Asia.  He has been involved in the building and development of projects, businesses, and manufactured products on a global scale with experience in design/manufacturing, marketing, crisis turnaround, and corporate/small business in cleantech, built environment, energy retain, and mobility sectors. Pursuant to his engineering studies at UCLA, and working with Tishman Construction, Erik was recruited by Walt Disney Imagineering to “build some really cool stuff, with some really cool people.”  In addition to coaching startups at LACI, Erik co-teaches entrepreneurship at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

 LinkedIn Resume  LACI EIR since 2011.

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