Eric Ushkowitz

Previously, Eric worked at the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission where he was the Director of Life Sciences and focused on the growth of the Biotechnology industry in the Central Florida region. In that role, he was also the Director of bioOrlando, which serves as the Central Florida Chapter of BioFlorida. Prior to his foucs on Life Sciences, Eric was the Director of Technology Industry Development where he was responsible for the Modeling, Simulation & Training and Optics/Photonics industry sectors. He was also project manager with clients in the Clean Tech, IT and Manufacturing industries. During his tenure at the Metro Orlando EDC, Eric served on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Simulation, Team Orlando and the Florida Photonics Cluster.

Prior to joining the Metro Orlando EDC, Eric was the Business Sales Manager for Verizon Wireless in Central Florida. Eric managed Verizon’s business–to-business sales force for over 4 years. His team’s territory covered a 7-county area within the Central Florida region. While with Verizon Wireless, Eric served on the Board of Trustees for the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Eric started his career with Verizon Wireless, previously PrimeCo Personal Communications, in sales and was the top salesperson for the Orlando area for 2 years before being promoted to Business Sales Manager.

Eric graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.