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Erik is an author, speaker, and consultant now, but his path to his current career has three parts. In his first career, he managed a commodity trading firm for a major Chicago brokerage firm where he was the national sales leader, and traded on the floor of a Chicago commodity exchange.  When his sons were born, Erik moved into his second career, teaching.  He taught English, math, science, and civics over a twenty year career and coached numerous sports as well as debate and forensics. Erik was a teacher of the year in one of the nation’s most prestigious school districts.

Now in his third career, Erik brings his unique experiences to empower teachers to change.  His consulting work focuses on how to teach oral communication, how to teach good thinking (argument, persuasion, and reasoning), and how to update instruction with practical ways to use technology in the classroom. Erik is a frequent presenter and keynoter at conferences of education professionals, and he has led workshops for schools, school districts, and universities across the United States and around the world.
Erik lives in Denver, Colorado.  His educational background includes Southern Methodist University, Oberlin College (BA Government), the University of Denver College of Law, and the University of Colorado (MA Curriculum and Instruction). 
Erik is the author of these books:
Own Any Occasion (ATD Press, 2017)