John Ericson, Trustee
Term Expires: April 2016
When John and his wife, Karen, came to Estes Park on their honeymoon 40 years ago, he told her he wanted to move here someday. It took a while, but they finally moved to Estes Park in 1998 and became local business owners.
Before moving to Estes Park, John spent 25 years in the accounting side of the life insurance industry. He was Controller and Chief Financial Officer for one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the country, headquartered in New York City. Then, as President and Chief Executive Officer, he supervised the dissolution of an insolvent Florida life insurance company, protecting the best interests of policyholders and investors. This process took five years.
John grew up in Moline, Illinois and graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Denver. While a student he made frequent visits to the mountains. He attended the Wharton School of Business and is a CPA. After his parents retired to Estes Park in 1975, he visited on a regular basis while his son and two daughters were growing up. He is looking forward to introducing the town to his four grandchildren.
With his wife, he owns and operates the Serendipity Trading Company downtown and Estes Park Self-Storage, which was started by his father, Milt, 30 years ago.
Since his daily commute is now three minutes instead of three hours, John has time to give back to the community. He attended the Citizens Information Academy and was a member of the Citizens Economic Advisory Council. He has served as treasurer of Noon Rotary and the Library Board Foundation. Following in his father's footsteps, he was appointed a commissioner to EPURA and served for three years before being elected as a Trustee.
John has always been a numbers guy and is using those talents to make Estes Park the best place to live and work for everyone.