ERIC GUSTAFSON

Founder/President & Consultant

Eric founded the firm in 2010 and has over twenty years experience in senior executive recruitment for private and public multinational organizations, nonprofits, USA subsidiaries of Asian and European companies, and the operating holdings of private equity firms.  The firm has been named a Forbes America's Best Executive Search Firm. 

MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES | MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS

Eric recruits in technology, industrial, consumer markets, and adjacent others.  Clients are advantaged by his multiple function and industry expertise for recruiting superior, portable talent across relevant other industries.  He recruits Presidents and General Managers, their direct reporting C-level functional heads, and key subordinates at Director and Senior Director levels. 


Eric's clients often engage him for newly created positions which require deep understanding of the business and the attraction and assessment of talent that is capable of entering and thriving within critical, yet less well defined circumstances.  He founded and leads the firm's C-Level Advisory Services offerings and created the AdvocacyQuadrant.

EXECUTIVE SEARCH & INDUSTRY CAREER

Prior to founding Access Point Partners, Eric was EVP of a senior search and M&A advisory firm and a pre and post-IPO Senior Partner/Practice Leader in the New York City office of Korn/Ferry International where he was a Consumer, Industrial, and Technology Practice Leader.  He was K/F certified in Management Assessment consulting and was a hands-on search consultant without delegating assignments to junior recruiters.  Eric began in Human Resources with Ashland Inc. and was CEO of a PC and IT solutions firm.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Eric has been a member of the Japanese-American Chamber of Commerce & Industry of New York, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Advisory Board of B.R.A.V.E., a unique nonprofit team that advises military veterans on career goals and entrepreneurialism.  He and his family have been supporters and volunteer officers in A Better Chance, the non profit educating disadvantaged city youth, and other charities.


PERSONAL

Born on a USAF base in France, Eric has lived and worked in the northeast, southeast, and mid-west regions of the United States.  He is a graduate of Lafayette College where he played Division 1 basketball.  He and his wife have two daughters. 


Currently Reading: Founding Federalist. The Life of Oliver Ellsworth

BA, Economics w/concentrations in finance & sociology, Lafayette College

 
Casual Business Meeting

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I'd flown to England to meet the billionaire inventor/founder of a consumer tech company.  Having completed a tour, our conversation in his office began with him saying, "In order for me to decide whether I want to have you recruit for us, I have a question of you. If you were a dog breed, Eric, which one and what does that say about you?"

I replied, "Well, we have two Airedale Terriers, which you'd recognize as a British breed used in WWI and as police dogs.  If you look up their personality, it's described like this: Airedales have a big heart, courage, and while they don't start fights, they will finish one.  Yes, that's me."

Laughing loudly, the CEO replied, "Well, then, let's get started working together."

A BILLIONAIRE CEO/INVENTOR'S QUESTION