Born a natural communicator, Jen’s mom swears she arrived in the world and asked, “Where’s the phone?” That passion, coupled with her need for a fast-paced environment (or was it her love of shoes?), landed her retail over twenty years ago.
Jen began her career managing and merchandising in specialty stores. Her next adventure took her on a 12-year adventure with May Company. She held positions of increased responsibility including sales, buying and special events & and PR. During her tenure, she learned the value of forging strong partnerships and giving back to the community. While based in Los Angeles, Jen directed the PR and community events efforts for the west coast. She developed revenue-generating strategic plans and collaborated with vendors, while growing a PR department from the ground up – including spearheading studio services and product placement deals. Jen counts directing the company’s philanthropic efforts among her favorites, raising funds for numerous worthwhile causes including LA Revlon Run/Walk for Women, Race For The Cure and numerous other multi-faceted partnerships.
From there Jen’s retail career transitioned to the luxury segment with Neiman Marcus. Her responsibilities included managing personal appearances for high-profile designers including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Stella McCartney, producing first-class fashion presentations and sales driving events. From there, Jen joined The Richards Group where she gained valuable agency-side experience working on new business, furthering her presentation skills and managing and mentoring a team to drive business for brands such as Goody’s, Michaels, Victory Park, Zales and Texas Back Institute.
After a four-year stint in the frozen tundra (Milwaukee), providing strategic counsel for companies including Macy’s, Time Warner Cable and Kohl’s Department Stores, she, and her family, currently makes her home in Dallas where she runs The Press Retriever. Jen continues to give back by volunteering at her boys’ school and various other non-profit organizations.
Jen earned her degree from George Fox University in Management and Business Information Systems. ‘Mama’ to Cole, Jaxon, Barley, Hops and Duke, Jen works hard to teach her kiddos the value of excellent communication skills, including negotiating a deal and creating a win-win for all parties involved.