Jen Randall

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President and co–founder of Maestro in Kalamazoo. Founded in 2007, Maestro helps companies and organizations build communication, sales, and training programs through online, mobile, and blended–learning technologies. Randall works with the Maestro team to create learning products and apps for mobile learning using 3D, video, and animation technologies for Maestro’s Fortune 1000 clients, including Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, and Netflix. The company was named one of the 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation and was a winner of a Main Street USA Best Small Business Award, and the Small Business & Technology Development Center’s Best Small Business Award. Maestro has been ranked in the Inc. 5000 for the past two years, most recently reporting a three–year revenue growth of 343 percent with revenue of $3.7 million in 2012. The company employs more than 40 and continues to add new clients. Prior to Maestro, Randall was a sales manager and regional trainer for Johnson & Johnson. Before that, she was a teacher in Arizona. Randall received her bachelor’s degree in science and education from Northern Arizona University.

WHERE BORN: “Goshen, Ind.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “There are many but in my early life, it’s my parents who set me up with the right attitudes and behaviors and to do something right the first time. Along the way, there have been so many mentors and coaches and now they include my current employees and the influence of customers.”

LAST BOOK READ:Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Genuine, generous, caring, thoughtful, great listener, driven.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “The technology industry is moving very rapidly. I just attended a meeting in Chicago and everyone is talking about connectedness – connect your car to your technology, automated workspace, and home space. You are driving home and your home is getting ready for you to arrive with the heat and lights. Individuals will have higher expectations – we’ll expect more and more out of technology. Our company is building custom solutions for companies with larger sales forces to be more productive – in training or sales and marketing. There’s a lot of innovation coming on the market.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My iPhone – I’m always with it. And living in Michigan, my team bought me a car starter when I didn’t have a garage and it is glorious.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “I’ve done a fair bit of traveling in my career but my favorite place is home. I love to be home with my family and my two boys.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Reading, coaching and mentoring, working out and weight lifting. I also love shopping and going to the movies.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Mexican, but I also love appetizers, so going to a tapas restaurant and sampling foods is so fun.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Maybe not a ‘teenage whisperer’ but my degree is in teaching and my favorite age group is middle schoolers. Being able to meet and influence and have authentic conversations with teenagers is awesome.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As somebody who would stop, listen, and help out. When I was a teacher, my kids would have a question and I would stop, turn my body towards them and help them as much as I could. I still do that in my professional work – shut the laptop and listen and figure out how I can help. I hope I’m remembered as someone who cared enough to be of service to people no matter what they needed.”

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.