After graduating from Fillmore Central High School in 2009 and earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Eric returned to Geneva to join the family farm. He was raised as the fifth generation of a family seed-corn and soybean farm near Shickley, Nebraska.
During his four years at UNL, Eric served as the 2012-2013 UNL Student Body President & Student Regent on the Nebraska Board of Regents. During his year in office, he was most noted for cutting student fees and decreasing the half-million dollar student government budget by 11% while maintaining the same level of student services.
Prior to his year as Student Body President, Eric was selected as a member of the 2012 Royalty Court for UNL’s Homecoming Week. Eric also served two years as a Student Government Senator for the College of Agriculture and two years on the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council. He was also an active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Agricultural Fraternity all four years at UNL.
Eric currently manages and operates Kamler Enterprises LLC, a seed-corn and soybean farming enterprise of 320 acres near Shickley that he started in 2006 as a high school FFA project.
Upon returning to Geneva after college, Eric was elected to the Geneva City Council in the 2014 election and was elected as President of the City Council two times serving from 2016-2018. He also served as President of the Fillmore County Development Corporation and President of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce during this time.
In addition to his farming operation, Eric is also a partial owner of Alchemy Aqua Vitae, a up-scale cocktail & martini lounge in Lincoln, Nebraska's Haymarket neighborhood.
Eric was elected as the 31st Mayor of Geneva in the November 2018 election with a focus on improving infrastructure, financial stability, and transparency. He currently serves the citizens of Geneva as currently the youngest Mayor in Nebraska.