Eric Edward Pearson

November 2, 1965December 26, 2018

Eric Edward Pearson, age 53, residing in Sandy Springs, GA, went to be with our Lord and Savior on the morning of December 26, 2018.

Born November 2, 1965, in Winter Park, Florida to Carl Pearson (deceased) and Sonia Brauer Pearson. In 1983 he graduated from Astronaut High School in Titusville, Florida, and in December 1989, he graduated from the University of Central Florida. Eric worked for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for over 20 years and was most recently their Chief Commercial and Technology Officer. Past employers included NASA, IBM, Disney Vacation Club and he was on the board of the Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia. Eric was one of a kind, giving, loyal, thoughtful and loving to all who met him. The unconditional love for his family was the bedrock of Eric’s existence on Earth. Eric went above and beyond with everything he did, and his passion for life touched everyone around him. Eric always found a way to show people a great time, and his generosity knew no bounds. His interests included: traveling, hanging at the lake, boating, wake surfing, fishing, golfing, attending Atlanta Falcon football games, and entrepreneurial adventures.

Survived by his loving wife, Kelly Pearson and his sons Spencer (16) and Jacob (13), his mother Sonia Brauer Pearson, brothers; Karl Pearson (wife Lisa) and Fred Pearson (wife Betsy), sister Sonia Pearson and nine nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to; Junior Achievement of Georgia for a scholarship in Eric’s name, send donations to 275 Northside Drive NW, Building C, Atlanta, GA 30314

Family, friends and others whose lives Eric touched are invited to: -A visitation at Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mount Vernon HWY, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm -Funeral service at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Dr. Atlanta GA 30327 Thursday January 3, 2019 at 1:00pm Followed by a burial for close friends and family only please at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Commital Thursday, January 3, 2019

Eric Edward Pearson

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Charlene Woolley

January 2, 2019

Eric carried himself with such grace and kindness. He left an authentic example of what a leader should be, especially how he treated others. He was so personable and approachable. I was always amazed how he remembered my name each time we passed each other in a hall or shared an elevator at IHG. Eric, you will be greatly missed and I will always be grateful that I knew you. To his family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss and wish you peace and comfort.

Charlene Woolley
Former IHG worker

Paul Mulcahy

January 2, 2019

Eric was an amazing person. He invested so much passion and energy into everything he did. He was a fabulous leader, always challenging the norm, never afraid to take a risk but also someone who had your back. I feel very fortunate to have known him and to have learnt from him. Deep condolences to Kelly, Spencer and Jacob.
RIP Eric.

David Friedersdorf

January 1, 2019

Kelly, Spencer and Jacob,

I was very sorry to hear about Eric's passing. He and I worked together at IBM for the first few years of our careers, and I enjoyed my periodic visits with him over the past 20+ years on the phone, or in my periodic trips to Atlanta.

Eric brought a rare combination of energy, enthusiasm and intelligence to the workplace, and I'm confident he was an amazing father and husband.

He was truly an inspiration in many ways.

I'm deeply sorry for your loss.


David Friedersdorf

Rene Tidwell

January 1, 2019

My deepest love and condolences to Eric's family. The world has lost a rare, beautiful, bright light that is going to be missed terribly. Eric and I went to high school together in Titusville and even back then he demonstrated the energy, leadership, humor and kindness that those who worked with him have expressed. There is a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that comes to mind: "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart". We hadn't seen each other in quite some time but I was always confident that the next time we saw each other, we would give each other a big hug, have a good chuckle reminiscing about our high school shenanigans, and then devote most of our time sharing stories about our families. That's the kind of friend Eric was and I am blessed to have the memories of his friendship and his footprints in my heart. Praying that precious memories will bring comfort and peace to his family during this difficult time.

Linda Ghaffari

January 1, 2019

Like the rest of you, I am in disbelief - he was far too young to leave this world yet accomplished so much. I met Eric in the 90’s when I was an owner’s rep and he was in charge of this “new” revenue channel called “eCommerce”. We all felt like we were slaying dragons together against the OTAs back when the internet was literally Midievil. If I had to describe him in one word I’d call him a pioneer or perhaps a maverick. He was never afraid to try new things and stand behind his convictions; making the industry a better place. He was a leader amongst the brands and IHG was truly blessed to have him in their corner. I can’t imagine the loss (first and foremost) his wife and children must feel - I am truly sorry for your loss; may God give you courage and strength to make it through this time. For those of you that worked with him directly and were fortunate to also be his friend- I know you must feel a void that can’t be filled. He was your fearless leader and I am truly sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have learned from the best and continuing on his journey will be a way to honor him. He will always live on through his children and your work. God bless all of you.

Debbie Wells

December 31, 2018

There are truly no words to express the pain of this loss. I am truly grieved. Eric‘s life was such a bright light to me and so many others. I will never forget the last conversation he and I had before I left IHG in May. He was such a sweet soul and will forever be missed. PLUS he was the only man I knew who was brave enough to ride the Joker chaos coaster at Six Flags. With lots of love and PRAYERS....Debbie


December 31, 2018

I am so sad to hear about Eric’s passing.
He was one of the most charismatic executives I have ever worked with and his passion and enthusiasm for E commerce was wildly infectious.
Eric was an excellent orator and a great motivator making even the most cynical believe!
It was an incredible honor and privilege to have Eric as a member of my leadership team and I will cherish my memories of partnering with him in the early days of E commerce at IHG. My sincere condolences to Eric's Family — Ravi Saligram

Claire Bennett

December 31, 2018

I am so saddened by the loss of Eric. He was an inspirational, fun, humble leader- and we valued his friendship and partnership immensely. As a new employee to IHG, Eric was one of the first people I met in Atlanta- and it was obvious that he was someone who built strong followership; people wanted to work for him. He talked about his company, his family and his team with such energy and passion, it was contagious. And the more I got to know him, I came to appreciate him in many other ways. He was generous with his time, and as a peer I saw him as someone who wanted to work as a partner, to build great things, and to create a broader community of passionate people.
He was so proud of his family, and he talked a lot about the lake and how he enjoyed having the house full of people- he always emphasized the word "full".
He was very proud of his boys, and frequently mentioned how supportive Kelly was, and how she enabled his success. I hope as a family you know how often you were on his mind.
Most of all, I will miss his humor. I was able to travel with Eric quite a bit, and there were so many times he made me laugh until I cried- he just loved to enjoy every moment. Some people just let life happen to them- some make things happen for themselves and for others. Eric was that "enjoy every moment" person and will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure to know him.

Larry Light and Joan Kiddon

December 31, 2018

It was our honor to have worked with Eric. We are saddened by his loss, and moved by his memory. Eric leaves many legacies, but one of his enduring legacies will be his remarkable ability as a leader. It is impossible to be a leader if you have no followers. Eric generated a legion of followers. Eric inspired people; he educated people; he gave people the gift of confidence. From Eric’s vantage point, leadership was not about commanding people, but about helping people to be better than they thought they could be. Eric’s brand of leadership was about encouraging, and convincing people to do the right thing, while empowering them to know what is the right thing, unlocking their potential along the way. Eric never made excuses; he motivated for excellence. Eric helped us all to be better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today. Eric was decent, conscientious, principled, and good. We miss him. His memory will continue to be an inspiration.

Lance Luther

December 30, 2018

I knew Eric from working together on several business engagements. His leadership and support of IHG and his team were noteworthy as was his passion and excitement in supporting everyone to be successful with their work. My favorite memories of Eric, however, were from the times we spent together on the Techbridge judging panel where we awarded a non-profit organization a cash and services gift to help with their technology needs. Eric was one of the most engaged judges on the panel. He always showed great compassion for all of the finalists including working with the other business leaders in the room to find solutions to help every finalist regardless of whether they were selected for the final award. We knew we could always count on Eric to bring innovative ideas and lively discussion to serve the interests of others in need.

Eric always spoke very highly of his wife, Kelly, and his two sons. He was a proud dad and we would share stories about our children whenever we would connect. I know he is very loved and will be deeply missed.