John S. Shegerian
Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, ERI
Co-founder, CEO, RecycleNation.com
Co-founder, host, Green is Good Radio
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.
Co-founder, Director and Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of ERI®, Tammy Shegerian oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of each aspect of the organization, including sales oversight.
It’s a role she fits perfectly due to her 25 years of business management experience, most recently having served as chief operating officer and vice president of a privately held food manufacturer. For more than a decade, she was instrumental in achieving dramatic revenue growth while increasing net income through development and management of the company’s continuous improvement program. During this period, the company grew from number five to number one market share in its space.
Prior to her work in food manufacturing, Shegerian served as a commercial real estate broker for Julian J. Studley (Sommer Commercial Real Estate). Focusing on office and retail leasing in the Santa Monica/West Los Angeles marketplace from 1989 to 1997, she led that firm’s sales in the Santa Monica market from 1992 to 1997.
Earlier in her career, Shegerian developed her sales and sales management skills at National Service Contracts, a brokerage firm specializing in air conditioning and refrigeration service contracts nationally. Her team’s sales were highest in the company and instrumental in NSC’s completion of a public offering in 1989.
She started her career with the Carnation Company, working with the organization’s product management program until Carnation became part of Nestlé in 1985.
Shegerian earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from USC, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Kevin J. Dillon
Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer
ERI’s Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder, Kevin J. Dillon, has played a significant role in paving the way for the electronic recycling industry as a whole. Alongside Fresno-based entrepreneur and ERI’s CEO, John S. Shegerian, Dillon has constructed a new gold standard and has helped lead ERI to a place of national influence. Beyond playing a key role overseeing the top to bottom operations of the organization, Dillon’s work also includes managing corporate sales, overseeing internal operations, acquisitions and all business development for the company.
Prior to ERI, Dillon worked alongside John Shegerian at financialaid.com to help pioneer one of the largest student loan companies in the U.S. Dillon hired and creatively managed the organization’s sales force and loan counselors while growing financialaid.com’s sales to more than $2 billion annually — leading to the organization’s subsequent purchase by and transition to the oldest financial institution in the U.S.
Prior to his efforts at financialaid.com, Dillon served as project manager for Southwestern Bell Communications. At SBC, Dillon managed quarterly IT implementation releases for SBC’s subsidiaries and facilitated cross-functional team meetings.
Dillon worked as an outside pharmaceutical sales representative for Johnson & Johnson, where his responsibilities included product awareness and inventory management for California’s Central Valley.
Dillon earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from California State University at Fresno.
Co-founder and Chief Compliance Officer
One of the co-founders of ERI®, Aaron Blum is directly involved with high-level sales and compliance. Blum’s accounts include such Fortune 500 companies as NEC, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Toyota, BFI and Waste Management. In addition, Blum was instrumental in the development of the corporate relations and research and development infrastructures for ERI. He has helped lead the company to the #1 approval rating for SB20/50 claims in the state of California and played an integral part in working with the state to develop new regulations and improve the current SB20/50 legislation regarding electronic waste.
Before co-founding ERI, Blum headed the sales department for Pullz Computers, a Southern California-based computer resale company. Within a year of starting with Pullz, Blum helped double the company’s sales revenue.
Blum graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Tyler Browning is General Counsel at ERI®. Prior to joining ERI, Browning worked as a senior associate at Browning & Browning, LLP and as the Director of Business Development and Legal Counsel for CP, Inc., a multimillion-dollar holding company that administers, owns and develops branded consumer products. Prior to his work at Browning & Browning and CP, Inc., Browning was an associate at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP.
Browning’s long interest in recycling, clean energy and climate change issues, combined with his passion for sustainability and the environment, make him a great match for ERI.
Licensed by the State Bar of California, Browning received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, his LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern California.
Chief Technology Officer
Rich Calzada’s experience and history with ERI did not start with his current position in 2011. He was the VP of Development for a consulting company and oversaw all of ERI’s web properties and core systems since their inception in 2006. With his extensive knowledge of all of ERI’s processes and systems he is able to quickly pivot and guide his department in deploying cutting edge solutions both internally and externally.
Utilizing his years of experience in the industry as well as his Master of Computer Science, Calzada continues to try and push the envelope allowing ERI to offer a superior solution to their customers.
Director of Human Resources
Carol DeBellis, SPHR, GPHR, is the former director of human resources for Fresno Pacific University, a private Christian university that experienced significant growth over the past few years. She was previously the international HR and administration manager for Pelco by Schneider Electric, responsible for supporting the organizations international growth objectives, including all aspects of human resources. Prior to that, she was the international HR project manager for JCPenney Direct Marketing Services, overseeing startup projects in Canada, Australia and Japan.
Certified both in Senior and Global Human Resource Management, she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Business Management. She is active in the local community serving as the Chief Operation Officer for the Trauma Intervention Program of Fresno County.
Director of Administration
A wearer of many hats, Linda Ramos is ERI®’s Director of Administration — charged with overseeing productivity and efficiency at ERI’s Fresno headquarters as well as all subdivision offices of the company. Ramos is also responsible for supervision of the front office and HR staff, payroll, accounts payable, investor relations and management of company CEO John Shegerian’s travel and meeting schedule.
Prior to her work at ERI, Ramos performed similar duties working alongside Shegerian at financialaid.com, managing that company’s finances as it grew, and ultimately playing a key role in the success of what became one of the largest student loan companies in the U.S. Prior to her work at financialaid.com, Ramos served as general manager for Di Cicco’s Italian Restaurants for 15 years, where she was responsible for hiring and scheduling for two restaurant locations, on-site managing for a staff of 30, accounting, payroll, outside sales and implementation of company policies.
Ramos graduated from California State University at Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in management. She was also a member of Golden Key Honor Society and the business fraternity Phi Kappa Phi.