Entrepreneurship Founders

Eric Jackson

Membership Information:

Member Status: Bronze
Member Since: 1996


Job Title: Partner/Owner/Emeritus CEO
Company: Peterbilt of Utah
Location: Utah


  • Transportation, Franchising, Team Management, Leasing, Farm and Ranch Operations


At 16 years old, Eric Jackson purchased his first truck and began his career in the transportation industry. Today he is the owner of the Peterbilt Truck franchises for Western Colorado, Utah and Idaho with sales exceeding $100,000,000 annually. 
In 1966, Jackson graduated from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma with a B.A. degree in Business and English. He immediately went to work for Ryder Truck Rental as a management trainee. By 1974, he had advanced to District Manager over Ryder's Northern California operations, including Oregon and Nevada.
In August of 1975, Jackson was hired by Jensen's, Inc., a large privately owned multi-line retailing business. Jackson served as General Manager until December 1976. The next year, he purchased a factory GMC store in Salt Lake City. 
 He recently completed a five-year term on the Cottonwood Hospital Advisory Board. In 1996, Jackson was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Jackson has served with his wife the past 5 years in the inner-city mission project in Latino wards from North Salt Lake down to Riverton. He is also a member of the Utah Latino Alliance. Eric is currently serving as the mission president in the Uganda Kampala Mission and will return home in 2013.