Inventive, enthusiastic learner, master troubleshooter and an indisputable extrovert with a “Get It Done” mentality, Jackie serves as a Jack of all Trades for startup companies, helping bring concepts to fruition and products to the market.
Jackie graduated from the College of Charleston and obtained a BA in Communications in 2014. Through her senior Capstone course she secured a leading position with the local nonprofit, The Harbor Entrepreneur Center. The HarborEC is a 501c3 with one mission: to create collision among entrepreneurs. The organization has a number of initiatives dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston region, including an Accelerator Program for innovative startups and other programs specifically designed for further-staged entrepreneurs with viable, successful companies. Through their programs and events, every Founder of a business is connected with mentors that have done it, experts with the skills, investors with smart capital, and a peer group of other supportive Founders.
Jackie ran the HarborEC’s multiple programs, communications and marketing, planned and executed 5+ high impact events per year, and ensured the best possible experience for all groups involved (program participants, mentors, sponsors, community, etc.) During her time at The Harbor, Jackie was instrumental in building the organization’s brand from the ground up. Starting off as a small team of two, she achieved many things alongside The Harbor’s co-founder. This included, but not limited to: Opening 4 commercial sites throughout the Charleston region in less than 8 months. These sites were used to provide entrepreneurs the affordable workspace and resources they needed to move their businesses forward; raising 1M in 2 years. The Harbor was awarded a 250k Innovation Challenge Grant from the SC Chamber of Commerce for two consecutive years, both requiring a match; running 7 Accelerator Programs and pitch events since 2014, resulting in over 5M being invested in graduated accelerator companies; planning and executing high-impact events including Founders Ball (a celebration with 200 of Charleston’s most influential entrepreneurs), Lowcountry Hoedown (The Harbor’s annual fundraiser/festival celebrating Southern fare, libations and entertainment with over 1,200 in attendance) and “Rise of the Rest” Charleston, a tour of the Lowcountry’s most successful and innovative tech companies for AOL co-founder Steve Case and the Revolution Venture team to help draw attention to the Holy City as an emerging tech-sector.
Jackie worked for The HarborEC for three years until securing a job with blinktbi as the Director of Corporate Development in July, 2017. As Director of Corporate Development, she spearheads initiatives in strategic marketing and branding, software and hardware development, tech and customer support and more. Growing up playing a magnitude of sports, she is passionate about blinktbi’s mission to help keep athletes safer on and off the field. During her free time you can find her instructing spin classes, playing softball and bowling, and exercising.