ERI Founder John Shegerian Featured as Keynote Speaker at CEO Global Conference

TAMPA, Fla.--()--John Shegerian, Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, was featured as a keynote speaker at the annual global conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) at the Hilton Tampa this past weekend.

ERI's John Shegerian shared insights with future entrepreneurs at last week's CEO Global Conference

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Each year, CEO sponsors an informative, action packed global conference that attracts about 1000 collegiate level students (and their faculty advisors) from around the world. During the three-day conference, attendees network with other entrepreneurial-minded students and listen to presentations from seasoned and nascent entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, motivational speakers and fellow students who are making the transition from dreamers to doers.

One of the highlights of the conference is the CEO Global Pitch Competition. Preliminary rounds of the competition take place each day of the conference with the winners being announced at an awards ceremony on the conference’s final day. Over the years, thousands of students have participated in this highly competitive competition that showcases new and innovative business concepts from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurially minded students in the United States.

In his presentation, Shegerian encouraged the business-minded students to “stop dreaming and start doing,” in keeping with the event’s theme. He shared anecdotes about the socially responsible, “problem solving” organizations and businesses he has founded, such as Homeboy, and of course, ERI.

When discussing ERI, he shared the company’s industry leading efforts to protect digital security while recycling all electronics in an environmentally responsible manner – and doing it here in the US.

“We are excited John agreed to be a keynote speaker at our Global Forum this year,” said James Zebrowski, CEO’s Managing Director. “CEO is dedicated to the promotion of its mission to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation, and John is a great example of what can be achieved when an entrepreneur pursues dreams.”

“It is an absolute honor and privilege to share insights with this incredible collection of future business leaders,” said Shegerian. “Sharing best practices, and insights with these impressive college students, and possibly inspiring them to pursue their own dreams of enterprise building is what it's all about, really.”

ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest ITAD and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit


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