Eric Spitz and Bill Lockyer launched Golden Systems in 2016. A former chairman and president of the Orange County Register, Spitz leverages twenty years of executive leadership and start-up experience to design and develop California’s nascent cannabis industry supply chain and create a logistics/distribution company inside it.
Spitz led the purchase of Freedom Communications in July 2012, and served as the company’s President and Chairman until March 2016. Upon acquisition, the company’s portfolio included the Orange County Register and five other daily newspapers. Spitz led the financing and corporate development efforts for the company, including the sale of the non-core papers and the acquisition of the Riverside Press Enterprise.
Previously, Spitz served as Chief Financial Officer at Narragansett Brewing Company, where he helped revive the classic beer brand that had served as the official beer of the Boston Red Sox for more than 30 years. And, before that he served as co-founder and President of UFood Restaurant Group, a concept that offers healthy food selections in airports, hospitals, health clubs and other high-traffic locations.
In 1997, Spitz founded the sports technology company, Trakus, which pioneered the use of digital information systems in the world of sports. Trakus’ platform formed the basis of new data gathering capabilities in hockey, golf, horse racing, auto racing and other sports. He served as CEO of Trakus through August 2004.
A prolific speaker and writer, Spitz appears frequently on television and at investor conferences, business schools and industry events. He has produced a Harvard Business School case HBS Case- Narragansett, a US patent and numerous op-ed pieces in the Orange County Register and the Wall Street Journal. Over the past two years, he has focused his speaking and writing on the emerging cannabis industry, where he moderates panels and provides commentary.
Some examples: It’s all about California, California's Cannabis Supply Chain.
Spitz received an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife and three daughters, who are striving daily to reassert the Spitz name in the annals of swimming lore.