Eric Aerts is a manufacturing and innovation consultant with 20+ years experience in product development, market development & analysis, branding, intellectual property rights, and production process improvement.
A graduate of Columbia and Stanford Universities, Eric has been the chief Innovation Engineering expert (certified level 200 Blackbelt) for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP – a 501c3 division of the US Dept. of Commerce). In this role he mentored and instructed numerous NJ manufacturers on Innovation practices aimed at developing and marketing meaningful and customer-targeted products and services.
Prior to his tenure at the NJMEP, Eric spent many years in the textile and fashion industry as the head of a number of successful textile firms and/or their divisions. He has been awarded several US patents for his inventions related to textile products and automated manufacturing techniques. Many of these products have been influential in their markets and have sold in the millions of units each.