John Shegerian, chair and CEO of California-based electronics recycling and information technology asset disposition (ITAD) company ERI, has been named by financial firm Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2021 at the bank’s Builders + Innovators Summit. That event is taking place in Healdsburg, California, in mid-October.
“What a tremendous honor to be named alongside this list of visionary entrepreneurs from around the world,” says Shegerian. “We’re proud of what we do at ERI—protecting people, the planet and privacy—and keeping millions of pounds of toxic e-waste out of landfills. Being recognized by Goldman Sachs at this event is a powerful reminder that we’re doing the right thing and helps inspire us to continue with our commitment to do more. I am truly grateful and humbled.”
“Innovation doesn’t happen just anywhere; it thrives where there’s a wide range of thoughts and perspectives,” says David M. Solomon, chair and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “One of our great strengths is our ability to bring together people from different walks of life and to spark conversations today that will lead to breakthroughs tomorrow. The leaders we’ve chosen to highlight at our Builders + Innovators Summit are truly remarkable, and we are pleased to recognize John Shegerian as one of this year’s most intriguing entrepreneurs.”
Goldman Sachs selected Shegerian as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the summit consists of sessions and led by entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders.
ERI describes Shegerian as a serial entrepreneur and says he is being recognized for his work helping ERI become “the largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction and electronic waste recycling company in the United States.” ERI has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tons of electronic scrap annually at its eight locations, according to the firm.