Impact! with John Shegerian

Welcome to Impact! with John Shegerian — a weekly podcast featuring conversations with some of the greatest business minds and thought leaders on the planet!

John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the nation's leading fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, serves as host.

Impact! is produced by the same team that created the world's number one environmental and sustainability business podcast, "Green is Good," which was also hosted by Shegerian, and featured interviews with many of the planet's most recognizable brands, such as the United Nations, the EPA, Raytheon, General Motors, Ford, Ben & Jerry's, National Geographic, Best Buy, GE, Intel, Qualcomm, IKEA, Hewlett-Packard and UCLA, among many others.

Conversations on Impact! cover current topics, advice, information and solutions straight from business' greatest innovators, disruptors and experts. The show regularly provides opportunities for listeners to hear first-hand accounts of how some of today's greatest thought leaders got their start and how they are able to make the world a better place on a daily basis.

In addition, the show covers topics that make an impact on people, the planet, and your privacy, including topics well known to host John Shegerian, such as sustainability, data security, and impact entrepreneurship.

Impact! appears weekly as part of iHeartRadio's digital broadcast, reaching over 120 million users. The show is also available from over a dozen syndication partners, including iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker, TuneIn, Vimeo, Soundcloud, libsyn, blubrry and Podfeed.net.

"We're back with a new show that's going to be bigger and better than anything we've done to date," said Shegerian. "Whether we're talking to a major international corporation, an athlete, a celebrity, an emerging new company or a nonprofit with a passionate cause, our listeners will be delighted and informed by impactful stories shared by our guests about inspirational issues that have become more important than ever."

Those interested in booking a guest on the show should contact producers Linda Ramos at linda.ramos@impactpodcast.com or Subrina Hernandez at subrina.hernandez@impactpodcast.com.


John Shegerian

On-Air Host

John Shegerian is a serial social entrepreneur who focuses on solving global problems through game changing innovation to build successful, socially responsible companies. John is also an inspirational public speaker, being invited to speak at conferences and provide keynote speeches at a variety of special events.

No stranger to “recycling lives” and serving up second chances, in 1993 Shegerian co-founded Homeboy Tortillas and Homeboy Industries, which continues to serve as a paradigm for urban renewal in America and was awarded the New York Stock Exchange Building for the Future Award for creating new jobs and opportunities for gang-impacted youth in post-riot Los Angeles.

Shegerian is also the creator of the popular Bulldog Root Beer brand, which he launched in 1997.

Shegerian then co-founded FinancialAid.com, filling the financial aid gap for higher education and generating one of the most successful student loan companies in the country. While at FinancialAid.com, he also created RateYourCampus.com (a college student polling and feedback community), leading to the creation of CampusDirt.com (which evolved into the most relevant and visited college search engine of its time). Also, CampusClix.com was created and became one of the first college social networking properties on the web.

In October 2004, Shegerian and his partners sold FinancialAid.com and all the aforementioned affiliated properties to Education Lending Group, which was purchased in February 2005 by CIT (NYSE: CIT).

Shegerian founded Addicted.com in 2005, one of the largest web resources for individuals seeking help for addictions online. The website boasts a database of over 20,000 addiction centers across the United States.

Shegerian is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI, the United States’ leading recycler of electronic waste and the world’s largest IT asset disposition (ITAD) and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States, and providing peace of mind to hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses that their personal data is responsibly destroyed.

Shegerian is the co-founder and CMO of The Marketing Masters, a digital marketing and web development company that builds effective, ROI-driven marketing campaigns for businesses large and small.

Shegerian co-founded and is the CEO of SOM Sleep, a drink formulated to help individuals achieve better, more restorative sleep.

Shegerian is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business’ Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Advisory Board and was named the Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California by Ernst & Young.


Linda Ramos

Executive Producer

A wearer of many hats, Linda Ramos is the Director of Administration for Electronic Recyclers International®(ERI), charged with overseeing productivity and efficiency at ERI’s Fresno headquarters as well as all subdivision offices of the company. Ramos is also responsible for supervision of the front office and HR staff, payroll, accounts payable, investor relations and management of company CEO John Shegerian’s travel and meeting schedule.

Before she joined ERI, Ramos performed similar duties working alongside Shegerian at FinancialAid.com, managing that company’s finances as it grew, and ultimately playing a key role in the success of what became one of the largest student loan companies in the U.S.

Prior to Ramos’ work at FinancialAid.com, she served as General Manager for Di Cicco’s Italian Restaurants for 15 years, where she was responsible for hiring and scheduling for two restaurant locations, on-site managing for a staff of 30, accounting, payroll, outside sales and implementation of company policies.

Ramos graduated from California State University – Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She was also a member of Golden Key Honor Society and the business fraternity Phi Kappa Phi.

As an executive producer of Impact! podcast, she enjoys bringing leading-edge thinkers and green movers and shakers to the show.