Eric moved to the Rogue Valley in 2006 with his wife and then 3-year-old son. They chose Ashland as home for its scenic beauty, outdoor opportunities, culture and small town charm.
After a time in the service industry wearing all the hats including cook, waiter and manager, a chance meeting with a local sign maker and graphic designer introduced Eric to technology and a different kind of service industry. They eventually opened a graphic design and sign company together. Eric later ran his own sign company which was a very rewarding experience but interest in computers eventually won out and he transitioned to computer consulting, focusing on supporting creative agencies.
In the mid 1990's when the internet was in its infancy, Eric and a local team of professionals founded a regional internet service provider. Over the next decade the company was on the forefront of technology and provided a solid platform to hone his skills in management, contracts, negotiation and problem solving at a high level.
With the move to the Rogue Valley, Eric changed his focus to small business website hosting and, in partnership with his wife Robin, started Rogue Web Works. Eric continues to manage the web design company for his wife and uses technology skills gained over almost three decades to his advantage in the real estate industry.
Dan Shepherd and Eric Gotfrid, Windermere Van Vleet & Associates real estate agents and owners of Shepherd Gotfrid Group, specialize in supporting buyers and sellers through every phase of their real estate transaction. “We strive to give our clients the personal touch that buyers and sellers deserve,” Eric said.
Accessory Residential Units (ARU) will be exempted from going through the often arduous planning application process if they are under 500 square feet and are within or attached to a single-family residence, thanks to a unanimous vote by the Ashland City Council Tuesday.