Eric Smith is the founder of The EKS Group, LLC, and creator of The Financial Literacy Coach and The Money Game Literacy Program. With nearly 30 years of success in the financial industry, Eric has the expertise needed to teach students and young professionals how to succeed financially, no matter which career they choose to enter.
As a successful lender and banking executive in the Atlanta, GA, Eric was one of the highest producing mortgage originators in the Atlanta metro area originating over one half billion dollars of residential mortgages. As a commercial lender and manager, he originated and managed nearly one billion dollars of loans, making him one of the highest producing commercial lenders in the metro Atlanta market. As the youngest executive officer of a regional banking company, Eric was involved in the credit review of thousands, many of whom were professional athletes.
As the founder of The EKS Group, Eric was the first ever financial literacy presenter and speaker to be included on the NCAA’s Speaker Registry. Eric has shared his financial education programs to tens of thousands of collegiate student-athletes across the country. He has also presented at many NFL rookie camps including the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers. Eric has been an invited presenter at the NCAA-NFL Life Skills Summit, the NCAA Leadership Forum and the 2013 NBA Draft Program. He has also taught financial success programs to many of the NBA G-League teams. Eric’s passion is helping to encourage, educate and equip students, young professionals, student-athletes and professional athletes to make better financial decisions. He is very passionate about using his skills and abilities as a cash flow expert to help individuals increase their chances of winning their own “Money Game.”
Eric graduated with honors from Georgia State University and from the Graduate Banking School at Louisiana State University (LSU). He understands the importance of community service and has served previously as a Director of the Midwest Georgia Homebuilders Association, a county representative for a State of Georgia Water Planning Board, and as Finance Chair for the Boy Scouts. He currently serves as a board member and Vice Chairman of his local County Water Authority. He resides in Coweta County, Georgia with his wife, two children, two dogs, one cat and 37 chickens. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and amateur farming. He has a work ethic that he describes as crazy compulsive and makes it a point to never take himself too seriously.