CEO & MANAGING PARTNER
Erik has worked in virtually all aspects of the fine wine and hospitality industry over the past twenty five years. He has served in senior management roles for multiple publicly traded and private wine companies and has consulted extensively throughout the wine and hospitality industries. He also previously owned and operated a collection of high-end, award winning restaurants. In 2019 Erik was named one of the Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders by Wine Business Monthly.
At Metis, Erik leads a team of experienced professionals who provide Management Consulting and M&A Advisory Services to clients in the alcohol beverage and hospitality industry.
Erik has been extensively involved in industry groups including the Oregon Wine Board, Washington Wine Commission, Idaho Wine Commission, Walla Walla Wine Alliance, American Association of Wine Economists, and the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Erik serves on the steering committees for both the Beverage Business Management Program at Washington State University and the Wine Studies program at Linfield College and as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Walla Walla. Erik has taught and lectured widely on wine and the business of wine including at The Oregon Wine Symposium, the Washington Winegrowers Convention, the London Wine Fair, and the Wine Industry Financial Symposium. He is a frequent guest instructor at both Linfield College’s Wine Studies program and the Institute for Viticulture and Enology at Walla Walla Community College.
Erik graduated cum laude from Linfield College in the Willamette Valley and is a fourth generation native of the Pacific Northwest. Erik lives in Walla Walla with his wife and their four children. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, coaching youth sports, and sharing great wine with friends.