Meet our Keynote Speaker
Jill Nelson, CEO and Founder of Ruby ReceptionistsA driven entrepreneur passionate about building a one-of-kind company, Jill Nelson has grown Ruby Receptionists into a four-time winner of FORTUNE magazine’s top five Best Small Companies to Work for, and a Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon recipient for the past eight years. Since founding the company in 2003, Jill has led Ruby to double-digit revenue growth every year, and last year sold the majority share of Ruby for $38.8 million to Updata Partners out of Washington D.C.
Today, Ruby’s 300+ employees provide live receptionist service to more than 5,000 small businesses throughout North America. Jill’s unique vision of charming, professional receptionists enabled by leading-edge technology has built Ruby into a platform by which small businesses can deliver exceptional customer experiences over the phone and grow their companies.
In addition to her own entrepreneurial endeavors, Jill has been recognized for her contributions to the Oregon business community, receiving the EO 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year award and 2010 Orchid Award from the Portland Business Journal for her service. A fervent supporter of local business, she has served on the board of Entrepreneurs Organization for over five years and acted as a mentor in its Accelerator program, successfully helping business owners reach that $1,000,000 revenue mark.
Jill will share her entrepreneurial journey, including how she bootstrapped her business, created a dynamic culture and business model that led her to take on investment capital, and most recently – sell a majority portion of her business for nearly $40M. Jill is a “Duck” (’88) and is excited to come back to Eugene to share her story and inspire other entrepreneurs.
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