CO-OWNER & PRESIDENT, FREEDOM COMMUNICATIONS
Eric Spitz is a man of many interests: startups, beer, food and a medium others have left for dead—newspapers. As president (since 2011) of 2100 Trust, a holding company, he engineered the acquisition of The Orange County Register and its parent, Freedom Communications, in 2012. He now is Freedom’s co-owner and president, overseeing daily operations, strategy, digital initiatives, marketing and partnerships. Previously, Spitz was chief financial officer of Narragansett Brewing Company, the official beer of the Boston Red Sox for more than 30 years, where he tripled revenues in three years. He also launched digital startups Gazelle and Beerdog, co-founded UFood Restaurant Group, which offers healthful fare in airports and other high-traffic locations, and founded Trakus, a digital sports-information service. He received an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania.