A true Florida native, Eric’s family lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Plant City and is now settled in Lakeland, Florida. His desire to be a part of something bigger than himself led him to fall in love with soccer. It is through this sport that Eric found qualities such as sacrifice, commitment, and putting in the hard work in order to succeed. He also attributes soccer to many of the life-long friendships he gained throughout the years.
It is these friendships that led to another passion of Eric’s, and that is traveling and exploring. Upon graduating at the University of Florida, he and a few of his friends left America to explore Europe. “It was the trip of a lifetime”, and on a shoestring budget he was able to explore Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Eric wraps it up by saying that the journey was much more impactful than the destination, that what he learned about himself and the world was much more meaningful than what he saw. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the story is worth a million more.
Eric also looks up to his father for instilling in him the passion of music. He has fond memories of singing made up songs with his dad and performing for the family. He often would sit and listen to his dad play on the porch swing and dream about connecting with others through the creativity of music. Eric enjoys writing songs in leisure, but it wasn’t until 2020 that he decided to pick up an instrument and learn to play. “After having a daughter of my own, I thought about all those fond memories I had as a child, and decided I wanted to be able to give that to my daughter as well.” The instrument of choice is the baritone ukulele. It has a sound more similar to guitar rather than the typical ukulele sound. Eric plans to be able to play well enough to write and play Christian songs for local ministries. To Eric, music is the universal love language.
When Eric isn’t busy helping clients achieve financial peace through financial planning, he enjoys spending time with his wife Christina, daughter Olivia, and their chocolate lab Remington. Eric and Christina share a passion for philanthropic charities among the greater central Florida communities. He is active with United Way Central Florida, Central Florida Speech and Hearing, Early Learning Coalition of Polk County, Lakeland Kiwanis, and a board member of Friends of Bonnet Springs Park. To Eric, it all comes back to love. To quote a favorite book of his from ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’, “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”