As Commercialization Network Manager, Eric Smith focuses on building and leveraging TLA's network of domain experts and business drivers who consult on University technologies to help reveal their commercial relevance as they are prepared for the market.
After graduating from Eller with a BSBA in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Eric decided to sell Revolution Entertainment, his company of 5 years. With a successful sale behind him, Eric took his knowledge to industry as the Business Development Manager for Aztera, a technology development and engineering company in Tucson. His role was to not only bring in business, but he was also heavily involved in project management, HR, Operations and the creation of Aztera’s startups from idea to funding. In 2013, he was selected as the ambassador for a partnership between Aztera, the City of Tucson, and Tech Launch Arizona. Eric's role was to represent the city in commercialization efforts at the UA.
Eric stays active in the community as the Board President of the Tucson Manufacturing Group, a long-time member of the Idea Funding Committee, a member of the Eller College Associates, a member of the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Council, and an Arizona Advisory Member for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.