Our Chairman and President, Eric Bolling, is best known as a nationally recognized political commentator, author and financial analyst. Eric’s passionate commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic springs from the tragic loss of his only son, Eric Chase, to a single Xanax laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl. This event drove him to establish a foundation in his son’s name and to join a senior team of entrepreneurs to launch JanOne for the express purpose of developing new treatments to end the opioid crisis.
After earning a bachelor’s in economics, Eric began as a commodities trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange and served five years on the board of directors at the NYMEX (now CME Group). He became a strategic adviser to the board, was among Trader Monthly’s Top 100 in 2005 and 2006, and received the Maybach Man of the Year Award at the Trader Monthly Awards in 2007.
As a rising television personality, Eric helped to develop CNBC’s Fast Money, hosted Fox Business Channel’s Cashin’ In, and was co-host of The Five and of Fox News Specialists. In 2016 he published his New York Times best seller Wake Up America, followed in 2017 with another NYT best seller The Swamp, his book on Washington’s culture of corruption.
Today, in addition to executive responsibilities for JanOne, Eric maintains his engagement in political and social issues as host of America on Blaze TV and as host of Sinclair’s nationally broadcast and number-one-rated political talk show, AMERICA This Week With Eric Bolling.
These accomplishments do not explain Eric’s passionate commitment to tackling America’s opioid crisis. On a terrible night in 2017, Eric and his wife received news that their only son, Eric Chase, a University of Colorado sophomore, had fallen victim to a Xanax pill he had bought on campus—a pill that had been laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl.
How could they move forward? That call destroyed their happiness, but it did not end their craving to extract meaning from personal grief.
“As details of our son’s passing emerged,” Eric has said, “I resolved—at the least—to do whatever I could to keep other parents from receiving that call, to do something about the opioid epidemic—which has become the worst drug crisis in American history.”
Taking action against the opioid epidemic is the legacy of Eric Chase’s tragedy and inspiration for creating The Eric Chase Foundation and for establishing and leading JanOne.
Eric was born in Chicago, graduated with a BA in economics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and was a standout baseball player drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, though baseball ambitions were cut short by injury.