Clients & Placements
JJA Venture Search builds strategic relationships with clients who leverage our services deeper into their org chart and longer through their lifecycle. 4 out of 5 clients engage us for multiple searches and we have multiple clients where we've staffed 20+ positions.
Co-Founder & President
BESE (pronounced "bee-say") gets its name from the word "be" in English and "se," to know, in Spanish.
Aimed at millennial and Gen-Z Latinx, BESE will produce digital-first stories in video, editorial, and podcast formats, to be shared on social media channels and BESE.com. BESE's mission is to broaden & reshape the cultural narrative by shining light on the untold stories that reflect today's America.
Founded by actress Zoe Saldana, BESE creates multi-format cultural storytelling for Millennial and Gen Z audiences distributed across social and digital platforms.
JJA placed a former VP Business Development from Mitu in this role.
Director of Business Development
JJA placed the former Head of Sponsorship at BattleBots in this role.
Chief Financial Officer
FreshRealm enables forward-thinking food industry partners to meet changing consumer demands by delivering prepped perishables
including fully-prepped meal kits, ready-to-eat meals and more — to doorsteps and store shelves. JJA placed the former EVP & CFO from Fairmont Raffles Hotels International.
VP of Client Services
Amobee is a technology company that transforms the way brands and agencies make marketing decisions. JJA placed the former Sr. Director, DSP Client Services & Optimization Strategy, at Oath in this role.
Platform Solutions Director
Amobee is a technology company that transforms the way brands and agencies make marketing decisions. JJA placed the former Associate Director, Programmatic Product, at 360i in this role.
Chief Financial Officer
Kitchen United offers shared delivery-only kitchen space, lower costs and access to the latest robotic, AI and other tech solutions. JJA placed the former CFO & COO @ MoPro in this role.
Sr. Brand Manager
Winc (Formerly Club W) is not your average wine club. This well financed and profitable company is the leading direct to consumer, digitally driven, and vertically integrated wine producer in the quickly changing consumer beverage industry. JJA placed the former Founder, President, CEO & Creative Director at Matuse, Inc in this role.
Chief Marketing Officer
Winc (Formerly Club W) is not your average wine club. This well financed and profitable company is the leading direct to consumer, digitally driven, and vertically integrated wine producer in the quickly changing consumer beverage industry. JJA placed the former Vice President of Marketing from Nordstromrack.com | HauteLook, a Nordstrom Company in this role.
Winc (Formerly Club W) is not your average wine club. JJA placed the former Head of Accounting Operations from The Honest Company in this role.
The Bar Method is a complete, one-hour workout that efficiently changes student’s bodies. JJA placed a former Marketing executive from Sexy Hair and eHarmony into this role.
Chief Executive Officer
Kitchen United offers shared delivery-only kitchen space, lower costs and access to the latest robotic, AI and other tech solutions. JJA paced the former GM of Audience at SSI and previously CEO of Pictage in this role.
Sr. Director Client Services
Amobee is a technology company that transforms the way brands and agencies make marketing decisions. JJA placed the Sr. Director of Client Services & Optimization at Oath / AOL in this role.
Director of Growth
The Flex Company is bringing innovation and science to the grossly underserved market of feminine period products.
MFour is the leader in mobile market research. JJA placed former a VP of Sales from Salesforce.com in this role.
Chief Financial Officer
Jukin Media is a global entertainment company built on the belief that the future of storytelling is user generated. JJA placed the former GM at Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc in this role.
CreatorIQ's software platform allows brand marketers and advertisers to optimize and own their influencer marketing campaigns. JJA placed a former Vice President of Marketing from CAKE in this role.
As a new lifestyle brand, MeUndies is transforming how people perceive and buy basics such as underwear and (soon) socks, bras and other items. The company’s mantra of delivering “The World’s Most Comfortable Basics” includes a relentless emphasis on quality and service. JJA placed former Chief Marketing Officer from The Bouqs Company in this role.
"We have trusted JJ&A with the majority of the most senior executive searches that we have conducted while rapidly scaling our business. Their process gets the job done - in every search we have followed the straightest line to the best candidates. We also hear over and over again from candidates that JJ&A has represented us so positively and knowledgeably that their associates seem like Velocify employees. It's this cross-company team collaboration that really differentiates JJ&A in the marketplace."
“JJA Venture Search helped us build our Employer Brand. The Client Dossier they crafted became an important narrative for our hires. It helped us tell our company story and polished it over time. With JJA’s help we were guided through a fast, transparent and efficient process, and arrive at the right result.”
“When the position is critical and I need someone great, I call JJA Venture Search.”
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jim and his team on multiple searches from CEO to Sales and Marketing. I consider myself a tough customer -- especially as it related to hiring senior management in our portfolio. I feel at times that JJ&A are even tougher than I when it comes to screening and qualifying candidates. I never feel like I am being sold, but rather that we are on the same side of the table. They run a very consistent process and the results are excellent. I give them my highest recommendation."
"I wasn't looking for a job when I was approached by Jim and his team. I was in a public company doing extremely well. He challenged me and stayed after me. He convinced me to go on the interview and for the month that followed, we talked just about every day. I had a lot of reservations, but he helped to instill confidence and trust. At some level I was leaning on his experience and judgment as I approached a very important career transition. He didn't let me down."
"All recruiters tout similar advantages and it can be difficult to separate claims from reality. But for me, search professionals prove their worth when a talent search forces them outside their database and network. That’s when you see the true quality of their ability to represent a client, to work to a specific objective, with the easy dip into their database gone. The real value of a recruiter is revealed when the best talent is out of easy reach and favors count for nothing. A Jim Jonassen search maintains candidate quality irrespective of where talent must be found."
"I have had some bad experiences with recruiters and broken searches in the past. We engaged Jim and his team and they quickly delivered exactly what we were looking for. They took direction and course-corrected when we pushed, and they pushed back when expectations were unrealistic. The results exceeded our expectations and I really enjoyed the process. They have my unconditional endorsement."
“Jim is a driven sales guy and he knows great sales talent. We had our backs to the wall and they delivered for us-- fast . I met five candidates and I wanted to hire three of them. We got the best guy, and he is doing great. Beyond filling the search, Jim opened up his Rolodex and helped us with partners, customers and advisors -- amazing. JJ&A is a true "partner" not a vendor only."
"Jim and his team cover the Venture Capital market across California exclusively and have for years. He is or has been an investor, a founder, a CEO and has also spent a long time in search. For us at Clearstone he is a well connected and go to search guy for CEO's and key sales and marketing executives. I strongly recommend JJ&A Venture Search without reservation."
"Jim is simply world-class. His entrepreneurial background, his south side of Chicago roots, his ability, unquestioned integrity, incredible network, and aggressive drive is a killer combination. I look forward to working with Jim and his team for years to come."
"These guys have batted 1000 for us delivering senior management talent across sales, marketing and business development for our portfolio companies in Consumer Internet, Mobile and Enterprise Software. I recommend JJ&A without hesitation."