Eric Butler was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Omaha Branch Board in 2015 and was the Branch chair 2018-2019.

Mr. Butler is the retired executive vice president of Union Pacific Railroad and is currently the founder and CEO of Aswani-Butler Investment Associates LLC, an investment company that has significant equity ownership positions in different companies. During his almost 32 year career with Union Pacific he led a wide variety of company functions and initiatives including, Marketing and Sales, Purchasing and Supply Chain, Financial Planning and Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Human Resources, and retired as Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Butler is a member of the Omaha Airport Authority Board, and NiSource, Inc. He is also a member of the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School Advisory Board, Executive Leadership Council, 100 Black Men of America, and other service purposed organizations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s 100 most powerful corporate executives. 

Mr. Butler also dedicates his philanthropic work to support for youth and community service activities. With his wife Cynthia, and the support of his children, Mr. Butler and his family founded the Purpose Driven Advocacy Center, Inc. over 19 years ago and through this agency have positively impacted the lives of countless youth in the Omaha Nebraska Community. Mr. Butler has also served as a volunteer with numerous organizations including Douglas County Corrections, the Bridge Network Board, an organization dedicated to building affordable housing and creating homeownership opportunities in low income communities, and the North Omaha Good News Bears, an organization dedicated to improving opportunities for at risk youth.  

Mr. Butler graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1981 and an MSIA in 1986, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is an accomplished musician and was one of the founders of the first Carnegie Mellon University Gospel choirs while an undergraduate. He also started the first Gospel radio broadcast on WRCT – Pittsburgh.

Learn more about Mr. Butler in TEN Magazine.