After spending 22 years in retail management, Jeff left corporate mainstream in 2000 and founded Milwaukee's first angel network, Silicon Pastures. Subsequently, he has been on the Board of Directors of a number of private and public companies, as well as non-profits. Jeff is on the board of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. An avid birder, world ranked having so far identified 679 species of birds in the ABA Area (U.S.- excluding Hawaii - and Canada), Jeff is also on the board of The American Bird Conservancy.
To date, Jeff has been Chairman and lead investor in two startups that have been acquired by Fortune 500 companies: Internet retailer BUYSEASONS, which owns and manages the largest retailer of costumes in the world, BuyCostumes.com (sold to Liberty Media in 2006), and ModernMed, a healthcare services company, which was sold to DaVita in 2012.
Jeff is Chairman and lead investor of both Aurora Spectral Technologies, a tech spin-off out of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and Trinity Intel Media, which owns the social polling network PollPals. He is also on the board of Death's Door Spirits, Propeller Health, and Fishidy, all based in Madison, Wisconsin. Jeff is also President of ETR Group, LLC, which previously owned and managed the world's largest Christmas-specific portal on the Internet, Christmas.com.
Jeff has both a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia. He has learned over his lifetime to believe in facts and science, and struggles with science denialists with NDD (Nature Deficit Disorder) who think the Earth is flat, that the planet is not getting warmer at an alarming rate, and that dinosaurs lived alongside humans 6000 years ago. I mean, if we can't agree on science, what's the point?!
He resides in Grafton, Wisconsin.
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