04 Dec December 4, 2019 – Branded Online Jan Nugent, Edward Jones’ Jenna Short and Open Enrollment Gil Silva
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Jan Nugent – Co-founder and CEO of Branded Online Ecommerce
Jan Nugent has a proven track record of creating successful businesses since the onset of the e-commerce revolution. His leadership in both global business strategy, digital marketing and solution-based technology platform development has generated billions of dollars in revenue for some of the largest tech, media, entertainment and fashion companies in the world. As CEO of Commerce5 (formerly BuyNow), an e-commerce outsource company in the consumer electronic space, Jan grew the business through identifying holes in the existing market and future growth opportunities then being first-to-market with solution based, forward-thinking digital platform technology. The success of the company under his leadership resulted in a merger with Digital River, a leading tech company providing e-commerce services to software and digital content companies. At Digital River Jan oversaw sales and logistics, helping titans like Microsoft, Sony and Best Buy implement performance marketing platforms and enterprise e-commerce solutions that would enable them to scale globally and adapt to the rapidly changing digital landscape. Jan also served as CEO of Gunnar Optics, where he helped launch and transform the revolutionary performance eyewear company into a global, category-defining fashion brand. Under his leadership and through innovation in product design, digital marketing and tech-driven global logistics, Gunnar experienced significant growth. It was then Jan had a light-bulb moment – Most middle-market fashion brands use outsourced e-commerce services and platforms built on outdated and often-ineffective technology. This ultimately led to the start of what is now, Branded Online. With this idea, Jan teamed with software development pioneer Geoffrey Van Haeren, a longtime friend and colleague from Commerce5 and Digital River, to build Branded Online’s revolutionary e-commerce platform. At Branded Online, Jan and Geoff have built a culture of teamwork fueled by self-empowerment. They continue to push the needle in tech innovation and have Branded Online perfectly poised to bring fashion brands leading-edge, data driven e-commerce solutions, now and for years to come.
Jenna Short – Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
Jenna Short has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones for over 14 years. Using an established process, she builds personalized financial strategies for her clients that are designed to achieve their unique goals. She takes the time to truly listen to clients and construct measurable objectives uniquely tailored to their circumstances. Once the strategies are implemented, she maintains regular contact with her clients to speak with them about any developments and address their needs. In order to provide a comprehensive service, she regularly collaborates with a team of CPAs, attorneys and other trusted professionals, always keeping client information confidential. The mantra in her office is “our friends are our clients and our clients are our friends.” She genuinely love building relationships with her clients and relishes in the opportunity to help others achieve success through the advising of their financial lives. Within Edward Jones, she is an “optimize your practice” coach and a member of the hiring team.
Gil Silva – Deputy Regional Administrator at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Gil Silva works as a regional administrator for Medicare and Medicaid. Today, he comes to School for Startups Radio to help entrepreneurs of all sorts select the Medicare, Medicaid, or Marketplace plans that are best for their health and budget alike.