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Eric Brinker


Eric Brinker, Nancy Brinker and nephew of Susan Komen, fills the board seat left vacant by his father Norman Brinker who died in 2009. Norman had served on Komen’s board since it formed in 1982. Eric was elected to serve the typical two-year term.

Brinker is currently owner and president of Metro Leasing Company, a family-owned business in Peoria, Ill. In this role, Brinker is responsible for a commercial real estate portfolio that includes Metro Centre, Peoria’s premiere lifestyle shopping center, which is also home to the offices for the Peoria Memorial Affiliate of Komen for the Cure. He has been active with the Peoria Affiliate for many years, and serves as co-chair of the 25th Anniversary Susan G. Komen Peoria Race for the Cure May 8, 2010.

As part of the original JetBlue Airways marketing team, he was instrumental in developing the airline’s customer experience and brand positioning. Brinker remained with JetBlue for seven years and continues to serve as a consultant for the airline.

Prior to JetBlue, Brinker was a founding member of start-up Satmark Media Group that linked a nationwide network of more than 25,000 web-enabled ATMs with advertisers. He also served as director of relationship marketing at Cendant Corporation where he oversaw the forging of more than 100 partnerships with Fortune 500 companies.

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