Jeff McConnell has earned a reputation as a successful CEO and now as a leadership advisor. He acts as “partner” to our Technology and FinTech clients where he assesses and recruits the talent required to enhance valuation. McConnell understands the issues and challenges of leading disruption and the talent that is required to path to value. Simply, he has “lived” it. With twenty five years of experience in these sectors, Mr. McConnell advises a wide variety of emerging enterprises at different points in their development as well as serving significantly larger publicly traded and private equity controlled companies that are at strategic inflection points requiring a step up in leadership. Our clients benefit from McConnell’s judgment, perspective and insights in defining game changing talent requirements and the recruitments thereof, as he has led the founding, funding, operations and successful monetizations of several companies building upon his earlier senior management experience gained in highly reputed public companies with notable brands.
Jeff McConnell’s most recent emerging company experience includes • Whisper Communications: an information security company founded in Georgia Tech Venture Lab to secure proximity commerce backed by Imley Investments, Georgia Research Alliance and the National Science Foundation. • Avalon International: a SAAS check imaging company that led the way in distributed imagining processing backed by TTV • iKobo an internet money transfer company that leveraged a prepaid card as a payout mechanism rather than an agent. The company was backed by TTV, Council Ventures and Greenhill Ventures. • CFO of a payments acquisition entity backed by $200 million equity from Genstar Earlier in his career, McConnell held various financial, strategic and operational roles at leading financial and technology companies including American Express, First Data, Western Union, Moneygram, PRG Shultz and Integon.
Jeff started his career in public accounting and then moved to the finance function of public companies gaining operating expertise as a Controller, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer before making the transition to General Management. He’s served as Division President and Chief Executive Office and is experienced in building exceptional teams to succeed in turnarounds and high growth environments. He cofounded both Pitch Gauntlet and Startup Gauntlet that helped teach storytelling and customer discovery to over 1,000 startups. He created and ran the Venture Atlanta coaching process and teaches how to make effective presentations in the TiGer program at Georgia Tech’s Scheller School of Business. McConnell earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Jeff and his wife, Jan, reside in Marietta Georgia