After coming to the United States with two suitcases, Johan Eriksson is now in a position where he can give back to his community. He tries to give others the same opportunities that he has had.
Born in Sweden, Mr. Eriksson grew up on an island off the northeast coast of the country. In high school, he dreamt of working for an American financial institution and tried to make it a reality. Johan applied to several colleges in the United States and decided to attend Gustavus Adolphus College, a Minnesota college with deep Swedish roots.
When Mr. Eriksson arrived in the United States, he had to adjust to the new climate, Midwestern accent, and American way of living. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus, Johan moved back to Sweden where he worked for a financial institution and married a fellow Gustavus alumna. Wanting to spend the rest of his life in America, Johan moved to Minnesota permanently in 2007.
Currently, Mr. Eriksson works as a financial advisor in the Twin Cities area. He gives back to his community by sitting on the board of many local nonprofit institutions, including the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Green Card Voices. Johan and his wife reside in Bloomington, Minnesota.