About Göran

 

GE_OL_260.jpgAs a longtime Culver City resident and chair of Culver City’s Finance Advisory Committee, Göran Eriksson has a long track record as a successful businessman and community activist.

Endorsed by four of the five sitting City Council members  - Mayor Mehaul O’Leary, Vice Mayor Andy Weissman and Councilmembers Jeff Cooper and Jim Clarke  - Eriksson takes  his role as a community representative seriously.

As Chairman of the city’s Finance Advisory Committee, he led the committee in pushing the City Council to increase community involvement in the city budget process, update the city’s current financial policies and extend the city’s long-term financial forecast. Thanks to his efforts, the city's finances are more transparent and the public can access more financial information than ever before.

Eriksson serves as the vice chair of the Culver City Unified School District’s Citizen Bond Oversight Committee, where he works to  keep the public informed of the expenditures of the bond proceeds and to ensure that bond proceeds are used only for the purposes set forth in the Measure CC bond.

Eriksson volunteers as:

  • Board member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chairman in 2012
  • Member of Culver City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Member of Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES)
  • Board member of Culver City Exchange Club

He is a graduate of the Culver City Citizen’s Police Academy and has coached soccer in AYSO for several years.

Eriksson also volunteers his time as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lund University Foundation, Inc., where he raises funds for a project to curate, translate, and digitize the Ravensbrück Archive, a rare body of real time testimony from concentration camp survivors, which now resides at the Lund University Central Library. Ravensbrück was a concentration camp built solely for women and children, the only one of its kind. The Archive includes 500 interviews done at Lund in 1945 – 46 of the women of Ravensbrück, among 21,000 evacuated to Southern Sweden.

As a businessman, Eriksson has been involved in international sales, marketing and business development for more than 30 years. He is president and founder of esi Techtrans, Inc., an international business development consultancy founded in 1987.

Göran also serves as chairman of the board and CFO for Euro VAT Refund Inc., the company he co-founded with his wife, Britta, in 1992. This firm is a leading VAT financial service corporation that specializes in VAT reclaim and management.

In addition to his many years of work for the Swedish government to strengthen the Swedish – American business relations, Eriksson co-founded the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles and served as its president for three years.

Before moving to the United States in 1983, Eriksson held several jobs in Sweden, including as a longshoreman on the port docks. Eriksson is a retired Army captain and a more than 20-year homeowner in Culver City. Eriksson and his wife of 30 years, Britta, have two sons, Niklas and Philip, who have grown up in Culver City. They are now studying at Loyola University Medical School and UC Davis, respectively.