Eric Bartsch is President and Founder of Chanute Consulting Group. After earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and an MS from the University of Illinois, Eric started his career at Procter & Gamble in innovative product development. He built the Design for Manufacturing Center at Procter & Gamble as well as the electromechanical device team responsible for a portfolio of new product launches.
After his experience at Procter & Gamble, Eric spent ten years in executive-level roles inside Newell Rubbermaid and Horizon Hobby. During this time, he built the product development team at the Calphalon division of Newell Rubbermaid, delivering a series of award-winning products to the gourmet kitchenwares market. At Horizon Hobby, he held roles encompassing both Product Development and General Management, leading this division through a period of significant sales growth during a global economic recession. Eric also joined Generation Brands, one of his consulting clients, as EVP of Product, managing Product Management and Product Development across six leading brands in the lighting market. The teams Eric has led have launched billions of dollars of innovative new products into a wide variety of consumer markets.
Within the aerospace market, Eric has been involved in the emergence of electric propulsion technologies, as they have significantly impacted both the drone and manned flight sectors including: