Getting to Know Hesperia Mayor Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt wears many hats, from being the President of Exquadrum, Inc., to holding several civic and community volunteer positions and designations. Schmidt seems to be constantly out and about in the community, speaking at many business and chamber meetings, as well as community events. Achievements in education are high on his list of goals, and he applauds programs like the first elementary school robotics program, and early college entry agreements where high school students have an opportunity to graduate from college in two years rather than four. Schmidt constantly advocates bringing more tech, aerospace and industrial business growth to the area. Schmidt went about shattering the idea that the High Desert is a “bedroom community,” during a presentation at the 2014 High Desert Opportunity Conference. He made it clear that, with a population of 440,000 people, it is the 8th largest “city” in the state, maintaining its own economic base of consumers while still holding on to its “hometown” feel. He also talks of the High Desert’s rich history of innovation, with tidbits like how Jess Ranch at one time had the largest turkey farm in the U.S. to the fact that Barstow’s Casa Desierta train station was the first “Harvey House.” And, how retail and restaurant companies use the High Desert as a testing ground for expanding their products “out west,” including first Walmart and Super Target stores, Steak ‘n Shake, Beef O’Brady’s, Freddy’s Steakburger, Golden Corral, Dunkin’ Donuts, Wood Grill Buffet, and the very first Del Taco was located in Barstow. Intelligent, yet approachable, Eric has a charming personality and quick wit that serve him well in business and in the various community endeavors where he devotes a substantial amount of his time. Schmidt possesses a combination of real world experience and formal education. He is compassionate and empathetic to the constituents that he serves in the High Desert and through his volunteer efforts county-wide. His natural abilities complement his work as Mayor of Hesperia, and are just what a city like this needs to flourish and grow responsibly. In his business life, Schmidt supervises the day-to-day business operations of Exquadrum while providing the corporate and technical vision, and is heavily engaged in its research and development efforts. He is personally involved with many of the engineering projects, including developing cost-effective gas flow data sensors, coatings for hypersonic wind tunnels, fabrication methods for arcjet heater segments, affordability technology for small launch vehicles, and prototype and test facility fabrication. Several of his most recent awards and recognition include the Tibbetts Award (2015), Victor Valley Chamber’s Most Inspirational Leader (2015), Technology Entrepreneur of the Year (2013), Honorary Service Award for the San Bernardino County Parent Teacher Association (2014), and Alumnus of the Year for Cal Poly Pomona Aerospace Department (2011). Currently, Schmidt is Mayor of the City of Hesperia, and has been a councilman since 2012. He was on the planning board from 2011 to 2012, and a member of the Hesperia Citizens Safety Advisory Council from 2010 to 2012. He was recently made President of the Victor Valley College Foundation for the 2015 to 2017 term, and has been a vice president and board member since 2012. He is co-chair and executive board member for the Alliance for Education of San Bernardino County (since 2010), is a current member of the Industry Action Council for Cal Poly Pomona Aerospace Engineering Department, a board member of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (since 2013), and board member of the Victor Valley Economic Development Authority (since 2012). Schmidt has lived in the area for 35 years and graduated from Hesperia High School. He is a forward thinker, and has high standards for himself, his company and his community. A devoted family man, Schmidt and his wife Cindie have raised two sons and a daughter in Hesperia.

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