Established by Shegerian and his partners in 2002, ERI is the world’s largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company and recycles every type of electronic device in an environmentally responsible way.
Shegerian is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business’ Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Advisory Board and was named the Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California by Ernst & Young. He received the “Innovator of the Year” award from the International Electronics Recycling Conference & Expo (IERCE). He was also named the recipient of the Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Shegerian and ERI were both inducted into the International Green Business Hall of Fame. ERI has also won Recycler of the Year and the Industry Pioneer award from the IERCE. Shegerian is also the recipient of the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award, presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee.
Shegerian is also host and founder of “Green is Good,” the world’s leading environmental radio show and podcast.
Shegerian regularly speaks on cybersecurity and the responsible destruction of hardware data, often providing his expert knowledge to news media, including The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Gizmodo and Wired, among others.
Prior to his work at ERI, Shegerian co-founded FinancialAid.com, one of the most successful student loan companies in the country. While at FinancialAid.com, he also created RateYourCampus.com (a college student polling and feedback community), leading to the creation of CampusDirt.com (which evolved into the most relevant and visited college search engine of its time). Also, CampusClix.com was created and became one of the first college social networking properties on the web.
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).
Shegerian is also the creator of the popular Bulldog Root Beer brand, which he launched in 1997.
No stranger to “recycling lives” and serving up second chances, in 1993 Shegerian co-founded Homeboy Tortillas and Homeboy Industries, which continues to serve as a paradigm for urban renewal in America and was awarded the New York Stock Exchange Building for the Future Award for creating new jobs and opportunities for gang-impacted youth in post-riot Los Angeles.