President, Red Post
Eric Kanagy has never been one for sitting around doing nothing.
While attending Goshen College, Kanagy interned in Silicon Valley. While he enjoyed the California high-tech marketplace, Kanagy knew he wanted to start his own business and decided Goshen would be the perfect place.
He started his first company – the video production firm Everblue Media – while he was still a student at Goshen College, where he also organized a film festival, participated in arts and theatre productions, and won an inaugural Indiana Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders.
After Everblue, seeing what he believed to be an opportunity and underserved market, he created RedPost, a digital sign service designed to replace community bulletin boards.
“I’ve been successful at taking an idea and attracting talent and capital,” Kanagy says. “As a startup, you have to change direction quickly while finding a way to keeping growing along the way.”
He’s also good at immersing himself in the community where he works. In addition to partnering in a Neapolitan pizza restaurant (Venturi), Kanagy has served as president of Downtown Goshen Inc. and helped to launch The Local, an arts and start-up enterprise incubator in an old downtown dry cleaners. He’s also been instrumental in the development of the successful First Fridays events and other downtown Goshen projects.
He sees his involvement in Goshen as part of a symbiotic relationship that reaches across Elkhart County. The people of the area pull together and simply get things done, he says, and that makes it possible for people like him to succeed.
“Elkhart County went from being called the ‘white hot center of the economic meltdown’ in 2008 to having one of the highest GDP growths in the nation,” he says. Even the area’s most established, older-order businesses have learned to operate in an entrepreneurial mode, he says, and embrace innovation.
Then again, they probably feel they have to, just to keep up with young up-and-comers like Kanagy.
Elkhart County, IN Entrepreneurs
"Elkhart County went from being called the 'white hot center of the economic meltdown' in 2008 to having one of the highest GDP growths in the nation."