Erik Anderson, Co-Chairman and CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group, was one of the concept’s earliest investors and worked to bring Topgolf to the U.S. He was named the number one innovator in the golf industry by Golf Inc. magazine in 2015 and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by Ernst & Young in the southwest region.
Erik has also been President of WestRiver Group since 2002. WestRiver is a private investment company that provides integrated capital solutions for the global innovation economy. In addition, he is on the Board of Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA), an energy management company, and serves as Chairman of its Finance Committee.
With a strong commitment to philanthropy, he is the founder of America’s Foundation for Chess, which serves 150,000 children in the United States with its First Move curriculum.
From 1998-2002, Erik served as CEO of Matthew G Norton Co., a private investment company. In addition, his experience includes tenures at the private equity firm of Frazier & Company, LP, and Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree (Cum Laude) in Management Engineering from Claremont McKenna College.