Founder @ Fan Faire | PopConGo - Online Pop Culture Marketplace
Bachelor's degree @
Louisiana Tech University
John Jacobs is a seasoned business development professional with a focus on process improvement, strategic implementation, eCommerce and Global Management. John is highly regarded as a community organizer and business mentor, serves in an advisory capacities within the local government, and University of Arizona Eller School of Business, serves as Chairman of the Downtown Tucson Merchants comprised
John Jacobs is a seasoned business development professional with a focus on process improvement, strategic implementation, eCommerce and Global Management. John is highly regarded as a community organizer and business mentor, serves in an advisory capacities within the local government, and University of Arizona Eller School of Business, serves as Chairman of the Downtown Tucson Merchants comprised of over 160 diverse member businesses, and coaches youth sports in the community.
John has founded and operated dozens of companies with extensive experience establishing internal organization procedures, controls and metrics and created administrative systems. As Founder and CEO of ArtFire.com, an international online artisan marketplace and community, John has connected artisans and makers with patrons all around the world. The vibrant online ArtFire community serves over 150,000 members and 15,000 merchants who move tens of millions of dollars in art and handmade goods.
Primary area of focus:
-Strategic Analysis and Planning
-Business Development and Growth
-Leadership and Team Development
-Business Administration and Process Controls
-Marketing and Sales Management
-P&L and Financial Responsibility
-Budget Planning and Cost Controls
-E-commerce and Global Commerce
-Search Engine Optimization and Content Development
-Social Media and New Media Strategies
-New Product Development and Roll-out
-Brand and Product Management Market
-Agile Development and SCRUM
John holds an MBA in International Business and a BA with a concentration in business and served in the United States Air Force as a member of the 2SFS squadron at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA. John owns and manages a digital and social media consulting firm, and an early stage capital investment firm that has mentored and invested in dozens of local community businesses.
Founder @ *Fan Faire brings fans of pop culture together to buy and sell comics, graphic novels, games, toys and collectibles in over 1200 rad categories. Coming to the interwebs in 2016 in partnership with ArtFire.com, Tucson Comic Con and Phoenix Comicon, Fan Faire is the largest pop culture community and marketplace in the world. Join millions of fans and on Fan Faire and acquire more super.
*Fan Faire is the working title only... Help us name this new pop culture marketplace and you'll receive a lifetime supply of hugs and the title of "Visionary" on the site! From November 2015 to Present (2 months) Founder @ Founder and Manager of the City of Tucson's regionally acclaimed Summer in the City program that brings together over 140 local companies each year to promote business in downtown Tucson during the summer months. Program drives over 20MM physical and digital impressions.
Coordination, partnerships and sponsorship with the City of Tucson, SunLink, DTP, FAMA, Maingate Square, Marshal Foundation, Mercado San Agustin, Visit Tucson, KXCI, Sunshine Mile, Zocalo Magazine, The Centurions, Ben's Bells, KOLD, KVOA and KXCI. From January 2010 to Present (6 years) Founder and CEO @ ArtFire.com is a leading interactive online marketplace and community of self representing and independant artists and business owners with millions of handmade, vintage, antique and craft supply items. Members can interact with like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners and quickly grow their jewelry design, soap or craft hobby into a vibrant business!
ArtFire coined the concept of Community Directed Development (CDD) which puts community members in the driver's seat of site development in near real time. Be involved with a vibrant and energized community where you are respected as a members and your voice matters! From February 2008 to Present (7 years 11 months) Co Founder @ Maker House is a unique place to create, collaborate, and connect. Located in the heart of Downtown Tucson by and for makers the idea behind Maker House was to create a space where creativity flourishes and diversity is celebrated.
As the worlds first artisan driven maker space of its the home to over 2000 artists, creatives, musicians and makers each month and host to nearly 60 events and classes. Housed in a 15,000 square foot 1880s adobe building, the former Bates Mansion, Maker House is a central part of the Downtown Innovation District and partner with numerous art and technology firms in the greater Tucson area. From April 2013 to May 2015 (2 years 2 months) Tucson, Arizona AreaProprietor, Founder @ Triple Titanium eBay Power Seller among the top bead and jewelry component suppliers in the U.S.
Import and wholesale distribution, liquidation, of beads, craft & art components, findings, and supplies. Importer and supplier of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry. Production of instructional rich media content. From July 2004 to June 2011 (7 years) Tucson, Arizona AreaGeneral Manager Business Development @ Responsible for the growth and development of a local remodeling and general construction company. Grew from three to thirty employees and expanded offerings to include design services and product sales. Improved revenue and profits by over 3000%. Implemented processes and internal quality controls to intelligently scale the company.
Managed all aspects of the business including sales, design, estimating, project management, human resources, accounting and marketing. From October 2001 to July 2004 (2 years 10 months) Tucson, Arizona AreaSecurity Forces @ Graduated Basic Military Training and attended Security Forces Tech School in San Antonio, TX
Studied Law Enforcement Principals, Nuclear Security, Flight Line Security and Air Base Defense.
Served at the 2nd Security Forces Squadron, 8th Air Force at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.
Member Emergency Services Team (EST) training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
Selected to represent Barksdale AFB in the USAF Contending Warrior weapons and tactics competition three years in a row. Created tactics training curriculum and served as Contenting Warrior Team Trainer.
Selected for early rank advancement through USAF Below the Zone (BTZ) program.
Received maximum performance review point "firewall fives" on every annual Enlisted Performance Reports (EPR) ever received.
Worked to protect U.S. assets and interests in the Middle East with French, Saudi Arabian, and Royal Air Forces during Operation Southern Watch.
Vehicle Assault Certified | Distraction Devices Certified | Intermediate SWAT Certified.
Trained with Shreveport and Bossier City Police Departments in joint exercises.
Trained with Cado Sheriffs Department in joint exercises.
Attended night school full time and graduated with BA while on active duty and deployed.
Squadron and team weapons instructor, placed 2nd in M9 handgun among career field.
Obtained Secret Clearance
Obtained Honorable Discharge From November 1997 to November 2001 (4 years 1 month)
MBA, International Business @ University of Phoenix From 2001 to 2003 Bachelor's degree, Business Administration and Management, General @ Louisiana Tech University From 1998 to 2001 John Jacobs is skilled in: E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Social Media, Small Business, Social Media Marketing, SEO, Social Networking, Online Marketing, Art, Marketing Strategy, Landing Page Optimization, Start-ups, Jewelry Design, Program Management
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