Workforce strategist, author, and speaker Eric Swenson is acknowledged as a leading expert on management and leadership. His work with businesses throughout North America has led to improved performance, stronger employee engagement and greater customer satisfaction.
He has conducted his cutting edge leadership development programs before thousands of senior executives and managers, as well as first time supervisors.
Eric has written two books: Managing People in the 21st Century and The 5 A’s of Great Employees, the latter of which became a best-selling book in 2016.
A sought-after speaker, he speaks frequently to organizations and conferences on topics ranging from leadership and management, to workforce trends and issues. He has conducted seminars for professional organizations and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and conventions. He is the lead consultant for the Executive Development Program for the Western Bankers Association.
Eric is the Founder and Managing Director of RSJ/Swenson, a human resources and workforce outsourcing firm serving more than 250 businesses in North America. Those businesses range from start-ups to established companies with over 1,000 employees. Virtually every industry is represented in RSJ/Swenson’s portfolio.
Eric founded his firm in 2003, and merged it with the CPA firm of Rose, Snyder & Jacobs in 2008.
He has managed hundreds of employees and interviewed thousands of job candidates in his career.
Prior to launching RSJ/Swenson, he led the HR outsourcing division in Southern California for Paychex, a Fortune 1000 company providing payroll and human resources solutions to small businesses.
He also spent 14 years with the Automobile Club of Southern California, having advanced from sales agent to senior management. Also at the Auto Club, Mr. Swenson spent several years in marketing and training, where he first gained his initial interest in leadership development.
Eric was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Arcadia, California. An Eagle Scout, he is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, where he majored in English and communications and was Student Body President at the College of the Pacific.
He’s currently developing groundbreaking new talent management programs such as “The Destination Employer,” co-authored with renowned ethicist Michael Josephson, and “Understanding Next Generation’s Global Workforce,” with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Kushell.
Mr. Swenson is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Training & Development, and the American Management Association. He is a Past President of the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, where he received the club’s Trumbull award in 2011.
He and his wife, Yukiji, live in Los Angeles.