Meet Eric Jefferson, the new Director of Sales and Marketing at Onyx+East! Eric started his career as a framing carpenter and homebuilder. Since then, he has worked for various builders and developers around Indianapolis and Florida. Find out more about Eric and his journey to Onyx+East in his staff spotlight!
What is your job title? I’m the Director of Sales and Marketing at Onyx+East. Day to day, I work with a team on the planning of future projects and the marketing of current projects. I also work with the sales team and get them what they need to be successful.
Why should people live in downtown Indy? The excitement and convenience. We have some excellent, diverse restaurants, the Cultural Trail, the canal, historic neighborhoods - it’s just a great place to live. Plus, downtown is always changing and progressing. There’s never a dull day.
Why should people buy from Onyx+East? We want our residents to have an enjoyable experience from the time they meet us to the time they close on the home and even during the warranty period. The building process can be fun and easy, and we want to make it that way. Also, I think people appreciate our commitment to build quality, innovative homes in locations that promote an easy, exciting lifestyle.
What is your favorite feature in an Onyx+East property? They’re all so different! The unique design is one thing that is very appealing. I love our properties with rooftop decks. A rooftop deck is always cool no matter what part of town it’s in.
What was your first ever job? I washed dishes at Empress Chili in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tell us about your background. I grew up in Cincinnati, OH. I moved to Indiana and attended Taylor University which is where I met my wife, Beth. My first taste of homebuilding was as a framing carpenter. Then, when I was about 21 years old, a friend and I started to build custom homes on the south side of Indianapolis. I remember putting out directional signs on the weekends and opening my personal home as a model. We built several homes and eventually I went to work for a few different builders around Indianapolis. One of those builders had a project in southwest Florida called The Residences of Coconut Point where I was Director of Sales and Marketing. We lived in Naples for almost five years, then moved back to Indy. Prior to coming to Onyx+East, I worked in the senior living industry as a Director of Sales and Marketing for a large continuing care community here in Indianapolis.
What are your interests outside of work? I’ve been married for 19 years and I have three kids, ages 17, 15 and 14. Family is very important to me so I spend a lot of time with them. I’ve always been a huge sports fan especially baseball. I also play guitar. One of my favorite things to do is to find a new restaurant and take my wife there for dinner.