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Principal and Founder
As Principal and Founder of Clearpoint, Eric has helped clients creatively resolve difficult issues in retention and compensation of executive talent as well as increase net after-tax returns on investments. With over 20 years of experience in financial consulting, Eric helps clients to evaluate and identify the best strategies for achieving these objectives through insurance, investment and benefit solutions. He also works with a network of strategic partners who integrate compensation and benefits resources in one streamlined process as needed.
For one client, an $80 million family owned electrical contractor, Eric helped structure long-term incentive and supplemental retirement plans for two VIP, non-equity executives who were key members of the team, and whom the owners wanted to retain. The solution involved creating bonus and performance measures that the company funds and administers. In another example, he helped a $500 million transmission manufacturer maximize how much compensation its executives could defer under the company’s non-qualified 401(k) plan, also allowing the employer to eliminate potential concerns over the security and limits of the plan’s status.
For a high net worth individual, Eric helped create net returns on an after-tax investment through an institutionally priced insurance contract. This was done by analyzing the tax cost of changing investment positions, and placing a percentage of liquid assets into investment instruments, allowing the client to change allocations, take distributions at will and reduce taxes owed on gains.
Eric regularly publishes proprietary “News Briefs” to educate clients on the complex, sophisticated regulatory changes impacting their employee benefits and compensation. The strategic partners whose unique expertise he brings to clients are Carnegie Investment Counsel in Pepper Pike, OH, OneDigital in Wexford, PA and Vanbridge/Universal Insurance Services LLC in Deerfield Beach, FL.
Carnegie Investment Counsel furnishes institutional-quality portfolio management for corporations, public entities, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, foundations and endowments; One Digital assists owners and human resource professionals of mid-sized companies in the delivery system of health and welfare benefit programs, often acting as an offsite HR department; and Vanbridge/Universal Insurance Services LLC assists Clearpoint clients with insurance underwriting and risk management.
Eric has a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriters, the International Forum and the Association for Corporate Growth. Eric serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Pittsburgh Chapter.