Eric Chester is widely considered an expert on school-to-work transition and the emerging workforce. Though a professional speaker for 25 years, Eric is, at heart, still a Career and Tech Ed Instructor. He holds his Masters Degree in CTE and, as a former high school marketing teacher, DECA Advisor, and coach-turned motivational speaker for millions of students, Eric soon became a highly sought after speaker for hundreds of leading companies that needed to know how to manage and motivate post-Generation X’ers.
Widely known for his breakaway books, Employing Generation Why and Getting Them to Give a Damn, and presentations on Generation Y (aka 'the Millennials'), Eric's clients asked him to advance the conversation past generational differences. After interviewing 1500 diverse business owners, executives, and educators, he discovered the primary concern on behalf of employers and educators everywhere is the lack of work ethic and the sense of entitlement of the new emerging workforce. Eric's 3rd business book, Reviving Work Ethic, has been endorsed by CEO's of household brands like 7-11, Snap-On Tools, Brookstone Stores, and Golden Corral restaurants.
Eric also is the Founder and CEO of The Bring Your A Game to Work Initiative, a comprehensive work ethic training and certification program for teens and young adults. With work ethic being a primary concern for today’s employers, Chester frequently appears on national media to provide insight and perspective to business leaders and concerned adults. Bring Your A Game … to Work® is an entertaining, spirited, compelling compilation of ideas Eric garnered through more than two decades of interactions and interviews with innumerable employers and teenagers in various work environments.
Eric and his wife Lori are parents of four Generation Y aged young adults, and live in Golden, Colorado.