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Who is Erik Anderson?

Erik Anderson is a distinguished entrepreneur and executive, renowned for his leadership across various sectors including sports, entertainment, energy, and technology. As the founder of America’s Foundation for Chess, he has significantly impacted youth education by serving 160,000 children in the United States with the First Move curriculum. His tenure on the Board of Play Magnus showcases his commitment to promoting chess, inspired by World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. Anderson’s leadership roles extend to being the Vice Chairman of Callaway Golf Company and the former Executive Chairman of Topgolf Entertainment Group, where he propelled Topgolf to become a rapidly growing sports brand. His influence in the golf industry is underscored by his rankings as one of the most powerful people by Golf Inc. Additionally, Anderson has made substantial contributions to the energy sector through his long-standing service on the Board of Avista Corp, where he also chaired the Finance Committee.

Beyond his achievements in sports and energy, Erik Anderson has been recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and transformative vision. He has received accolades such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was named by Goldman Sachs as one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. His early recognition by Seattle’s Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the Top “40 under 40” underscores his longstanding impact. Currently, Anderson serves as the Executive Chairman of Singularity Group, focusing on leveraging exponential technologies to address global challenges. He is also involved in the decarbonization of the global economy through his role as Chief Executive Officer of the DCRB+ Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) and serves on the Board of Directors for Hyzon Motors Inc., a leader in zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. His commitment to social impact is further exemplified by his positions as Executive Chairman of the SVB Capital Credit Platform, Vice Chairman of ONEHOPE, and Co-Chairman of TOCA, demonstrating his diverse influence across industries and his dedication to making a positive difference in the world.

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