John Shegerian

"The way we recycle electronics takes protecting our environment to the next level. A massive amount of energy is saved when recycling metals, plastics and glass, and new jobs are created. A triple bottom line is created. And everyone wins."

"The importance of digital security cannot be overstated. That’s why we developed the world’s most efficient shredding technology for the destruction and recycling of e-waste."

"Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world today and there is no end in sight as we are about to see an explosion of new segments in electronics such as wearables (watches, glasses, and clothing), personal drones and robots. These items, as with all consumer electronics, MUST be recycled responsibly."

"In a space where nobody was recycling electronics the right way, we were able to develop a new paradigm that we wanted to create and scale. At Electronic Recyclers International we approach our mission as a growing team of creative innovators who relentlessly thrive on developing collaborative solutions for our customers. "

"Sustainability is a journey. There is no perfect beginning - and no end. It is ever evolving and we can change the world for the better, if we work together."

"Our DNA and corporate culture is to always put the customer first, listen to them and respond to their needs. The more we practice that mission the more they reward us with their loyalty and increased business."

  • John Launches RecycleNation - June 01, 2015

    In 2015, John rebranded ERI's subsidiary digital brand, 1-800-RECYCLING, into RecycleNation.

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  • ERI Continues to Grow - December 25, 2014

    Last month, ERI recycled nearly 25 million pounds of e-waste — staggering growth from the 10,000 pounds per month when ERI launched in April 2005.

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  • Electronic Recyclers International's Indiana Facility Debuts its Shredder - December 31, 2011

    ERI debuts a state-of-the-art electronics shredder at its Plainfield, IN, recycling facility.

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  • Alcoa Takes Ownership Stake in Electronic Recyclers International - March 02, 2011

    Alcoa, the world’s leading aluminum producer, became a minority investor in ERI, the largest U.S. recycler of electronics waste.

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  • Electronic Recyclers International Unveils Electronics Shredder at its Holliston, MA, Facility - December 31, 2010

    In 2010, ERI debuted its first shredder on the East Coast at its recycling facility in Holliston, MA.

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  • UrbanMining.org Debuts - December 31, 2009

    In 2009, John founded ERI's second subsidiary digital brand, UrbanMining.org. The site offers an ever-growing collection of news articles and original content about the urban mining process, wherein compounds and elements are reclaimed from products, buildings and waste. The site launched in May 2010.

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  • LS-Nikko Copper Invests in Electronic Recyclers International - December 17, 2009

    One of the world's largest copper smelters, Seoul-based LS-Nikko, obtains a minority investment in ERI.

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  • John Launches 1800Recycling.com - December 31, 2008

    In 2008, John founded ERI's subsidiary digital brand, 1-800-RECYCLING, a dynamic recycling and green living-focused website that makes recycling, conserving, reusing and living wisely easy.

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  • Electronic Recyclers International Debuts Fresno, CA, Mega Shredder - December 17, 2008

    In 2008, ERI debuted the largest and most efficient electronics shredder in North America.

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  • John Wins The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award - December 10, 2008

    John Shegerian wins the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work at Electronic Recyclers International.

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  • John Starts Green is Good Radio - December 31, 2007

    John founded the award-winning "Green is Good" radio program (greenisgoodradio.com) in 2007. What started as a regional FM radio show with former co-host Mike Brady has now become the nation's #1 ranked environmentally themed radio show, in which John interviews celebrities, company leaders and green nonprofits regarding environmental issues, best practices and opportunities.

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  • John Co-Founds Electronic Recyclers International - December 31, 2004

    In 2004, John took over a struggling electronic recycling business, then based out of San Diego, moved it to Fresno, CA, and rebranded it Electronic Recyclers International. The newly renamed business reopened in April 2005, recycling 10,000 pounds of electronic waste during its first month of operation.

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  • FinancialAid.com Sold To CIT - October 01, 2004

    In October 2004, Shegerian and his partners sold FinancialAid.com and all the aforementioned affiliated properties to Education Lending Group, which was purchased in February 2005 by CIT (NYSE: CIT).

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  • John Co-Founds FinancialAid.com - December 31, 1998

    John and his business partners co-found FinancialAid.com in 1998. They followed up that success with CampusDirt.com, CampusClix.com and RateYourCampus.com. The sites were sold to CIT in 2004.

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  • John Co-Founds Bulldog Brewing Company - December 31, 1997

    John co-founded Bulldog Brewing Company in 1997 in Fresno, CA. Bulldog became a popular bar and grill near the campus of Fresno State University. The company became famous for its Bulldog Root Beer product, which was stocked in grocery stores in California.

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  • Bradbury Building Filming - January 01, 1994

    With John as the project manager of the building, Michael J. Fox and other celebrities filmed various pictures at the Bradbury Building.

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  • Bradbury Building Reopens - December 31, 1993

    John, while working at The Yellin Group, worked to renovate and reopen the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles in 1993.

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  • Tyler Shegerian Born - December 09, 1992

    John and Tammy's son, Tyler, was born on December 9, 1992. Tyler would go on to study at Fordham University in New York, and with plans to study law in the future, Tyler served as a Field Organizer in New York City for President Obama’s successful 2012 Presidential Campaign.

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  • Grand Central Market Project - October 05, 1992

    While working at The Yellin Group, John helped revitalize Los Angeles' iconic open-air Grand Central Market.

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  • John Co-Founds Homeboy Tortillas - June 01, 1992

    John co-founds Homeboy Tortillas in inner-city Los Angeles while still working at The Yellin Group. One of Homeboy's chief goals was to give those involved in gangs and those incarcerated a second chance to work and get on the right life path.

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  • Rebuild LA Project - December 31, 1991

    Rebuild LA Project

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  • John Named Senior Vice President of the Yellin Group - December 31, 1991

    John becomes the Senior Vice President of the Los Angeles-based real estate firm, The Yellin Group.

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  • Cortney Shegerian Born - October 01, 1986

    John and Tammy's daughter, Cortney, was born October 1, 1986. Cortney would later go on to graduate from law school and work at Shegerian & Associates, an employment law firm founded by John's brother, Carney Shegerian.

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  • John and Tammy Wed - October 25, 1985

    John and Tammy are married on October 25, 1985.

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  • John Graduates from NYU - May 31, 1984

    In the spring of 1984, John graduated cum laude from New York University (New York, NY) with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

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  • John Breaks the World Record for Fastest 5/8-Mile Dash - December 31, 1979

    At just 17 years old, John became the youngest harness racer to hold the world record for the fastest 5/8-mile dash. The win was recorded at Liberty Bell Park Racetrack in Douglassville, PA.

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  • Playing Monopoly, Only With Real Money - June 25, 1979

    In 1979, John's father, John Shegerian Sr., purchased the most expensive colt ever for its time.

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  • John Wins His First Horse Race - December 31, 1977

    At 15 years old, John wins his first harness race as the youngest driver in America.

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  • John Shegerian Born - November 16, 1962

    John S. Shegerian was born on November 16, 1962.

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