About Eric Swenson


Founder & Head of Workforce Management

Founder, Tanzanite Leadership Development

Workforce strategist, author, and speaker – Eric Swenson is acknowledged as a leading expert on management and leadership. His work with businesses throughout North America has led to improved performance, stronger employee engagement and greater customer satisfaction.

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His first book, “Managing People in the 21st Century“, was published in 2004, and was updated 16 years later in March 2020. His book, “The 5 A’s of Great Employees,” was published in 2016 and argues that experience and education have become far less important in today's workforce than intangible attributes.

A sought-after speaker, he speaks frequently to organizations and conferences on topics ranging from leadership and management, to workforce trends and issues. He has conducted seminars for organizations like the California Society of CPA’s and the California Bankers Association, to graduate programs at UC Irvine and Santa Monica College. He is the lead consultant for the Executive Development Program for the Western Bankers Association in San Francisco.

He is the Founder & Managing Director of RSJ/Swenson, a human resources and workforce development firm serving more than 250 businesses in North America. Those businesses range from start-ups to established companies with over 1,000 employees. Virtually every industry is represented in RSJ/Swenson’s portfolio. He founded his firm in 2003, and merged it with the CPA firm of Rose, Snyder & Jacobs in 2008.

He has managed hundreds of employees and interviewed thousands of job candidates in his career.

Prior to launching RSJ/Swenson, he led the HR outsourcing division in Southern California for Paychex, a Fortune 1000 company providing payroll and human resources solutions to small businesses.

He also spent 14 years with the Automobile Club of Southern California, having advanced from sales agent to senior management.  Also at the Auto Club, Mr. Swenson spent several years in marketing and training, where he first gained his initial interest in leadership development.

He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Arcadia, California. An Eagle Scout, he is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, where he majored in English and communications and was Student Body President at the College of the Pacific.

His newest book, "Weaknesses," is scheduled for publication in Fall, 2020.

Mr. Swenson is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Training & Development, and the American Management Association. He is a Past President of the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, where he received the club’s Trumbull award in 2011.