Eric R. Gustafson is CEO of Coast Packing Company (Coast), the number one supplier of animal fat shortenings in the Western United States. Gustafson is the fourth generation in his family to own and operate Coast Packing. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and vision, and manages overall operations. Prior to being named CEO, he served as Vice President of Operations and has held various sales and marketing posts since December 2002. He has been a member of Coast’s Board of Directors since 2009.
In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Coast, Gustafson serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). He is also co-founder of NAMI’s Family Business Task Force. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for the Institute of Shortenings and Edible Oils (ISEO).
Gustafson joined the Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in 2010 and was Chairman of the Board from 2012-2014. In that capacity, he played a critical role lobbying the state legislature on behalf of the Chamber and the “Save Vernon Jobs” coalition. Through his and the coalitions efforts, AB 46 — a bill to disincorporate the City of Vernon – was defeated. In 2012, Gustafson was appointed to the Vernon Housing Commission and was named its first chairman. He was appointed to the Vernon Business Industry Commission in 2015 and currently serves as Chairman.
An active member of the Jonathan Club (and a fourth generation Jonathan), Gustafson was selected to be a member of the Club’s Junior Committee in 2007-2009 and in 2009 served as Chairman. He has also served on the Entertainment and Town Club committee’s to create member value through social activities and events.
In 2002, Gustafson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences with a minor in business from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the USC Cardinal and Gold Committee, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA).
In his free time, Gustafson is a competitive drag racer and holds multiple class championships and records with the NMCA. In addition to his passion for drag racing, he attends USC football games, enjoys spending time with his wife Courtney, daughters Avery and Lucy, son Bo, traveling, golfing and skiing.