In 1981 Jeff launched Illinois based Livingreen Interiors,
Inc. which was a company engaged in interior plantscaping;
subsequently a second operation was developed in Omaha during
After exceeding annual revenues of $3.0 million, Jeffs
company was purchased in 1998 by ServiceMaster Corporation,
a Fortune 500 Company. Livingreen, at the time it was sold,
was ranked nationally in the top 25 as a provider of commercial
and residential horticultural sales and services.
ServiceMaster retained Jeff as a consultant for the interior
plantscape division to take on the challenge of building what
became a $7.0 million national holiday division.
The first plan of action was to establish, test and rollout
the division product lines. Jeff then created and implemented
a comprehensive training program to train sales people, customers
Along with the divisions team, Jeff established, co-coordinated
and managed all facets of the production. All of these important
functions provided the resources and support to successfully
hire and manage 75 salespeople. Sales revenue rose from $1.2
million to over $7.0 million during Jeffs two-year tenure.
In 2000, he acquired Accurate Communications Company which
is a national inbound telemarketing company and business-to-business
answering service. His business serves clients across the
country ranging from small single-item products to large national
TV campaigns and catalogues.
Jon's core expertise was built on a solid HR foundation. Jon has practiced in all areas of compensation design, with a focus on applicant screening / background checks, base pay, and incentive development for all employee groups. He has developed, enhanced, and supported small to mid-size business practices in the areas of compensation, bonus / incentives, employee policies, payroll, HRIS, web development, process improvements, and other critical HR management elements.
Jon has developed competency and team-based work designs and information systems that support management’s vision and direction.
He holds a Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha (1994). Jon also has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
"I've spent years in the HR trenches, helping companies build the processes and systems infrastructure for their people. I've been exposed to a multitude of tools and systems which are designed to help managers make better hiring and placement decisions. For me, the exciting part about business consulting is the reliability and usability of the information we can provide. A brand-new manager can immediately begin making better decisions with literally no additional training at all!"
Jon also gained experience in business development, social networking and retail sales when he joined Summitsoft Corporation, a leading retail software publisher, in early July 2006. During his years in the software industry, Jon’s knowledge of Internet commerce helped boost the company’s online sales and web presence by overseeing the addition of new products, affiliate partnerships and retail channel services.