Jerry Swain is a highly recognized, results-driven Chief Executive Officer with over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, planning, strategy and business operations. He is recognized for delivering outstanding results by identifying, developing and executing go-to-market strategies. A passionate, enthusiastic leader that inspires company management teams to reach optimal effectiveness that results in significant increased sales and profit. Jerry combines clear communication of initiatives with relentless enthusiasm to build winning teams.
Jerry’s dynamic leadership is unique with his ability to blend corporate leadership with entrepreneurial grit and drive. With a highly recognized career in sales management at IBM along with developing his own profitable business, Jer’s Chocolates, then selling it to a strategic buyer, Jerry has real-world experience as a successful entrepreneur and a corporate leader.
Jerry exemplifies collaborative focus on metrics, results, and improvements to steer companies towards generating success. Jerry built an international chocolate brand from the ground-up leading every aspect of business and creating a sustainable niche market. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for exceptional leadership, direction, vision and strategic execution.
With experience in Vistage and EO, Jerry is passionate about learning from other outstanding talented individuals. Jerry sits on several business and advisory boards and is the current Chair for TIGER 21 in San Diego.
- Strategic Acquirer & Jer’s Chocolates – Managed financial, operational, marketing and sales functions for seven (7) West Coast chocolate brands including four (4) manufacturing plants.
- Increased revenue of West Coast brands by 21% YOY during first year; same brands experienced decreasing revenue previous 6 years.
- Developed unique branding strategy creating positive personality for company platform; recognized by The Food Network, Rachael Ray, QVC, The Home Shopping Network and local networks ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX.
- President of IBM Sales School and New Business Marketing Class – elected by professional peers