Erica Wertheim Zohar is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a connector. She first started American Groove, Inc., her women’s and children’s sportswear and private label clothing manufacturing company in 1995, at the age of 23. Serving as the company’s CEO, she grew the company’s brands to be sold in nearly 1,000 retail outlets, and manufactured for some of the country’s largest retailers.
Mrs. Wertheim Zohar is currently active as an investor and advisor to many start-up companies, and serves as her new role as Contributing Editor to Town & Country Magazine.
Mrs. Wertheim Zohar also serves as a Director of her family’s foundation, The Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation. The Wertheim Foundation has given more than $100 million towards funding higher education, medical research, and community projects, most recently partnering with the University of Florida in its naming of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, and Miami’s Florida International University in establishing the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the Nicole Wertheim School of Nursing.
Her family is a member of the Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and Mrs. Wertheim Zohar is an active member of the Next Gen Group of the Giving Pledge.
Mrs. Wertheim Zohar sits on several boards and is a long-standing member and former Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Ms. Wertheim Zohar's love for entertaining and educating the people around her is what she truly enjoys. Her ability to curate and connect is one that has awarded her a title as a lifestyle ambassador for luxury brands and an advocate of charitable causes.
Another passion of hers is traveling with her family around the world. Her gift to both her children is to have taken them to every continent in the world which has given them an understanding of the countries and their people through being immersed in their culture firsthand. From hiking in the remote islands of Southeast Asia to kayaking in Antarctica, the real education is not only through the pages of a book, but through the entire sensory experience.