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Reeves, Jeff

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Author of The Art of Branding Yourself

Jeff Reeves has more than twenty years experience as an influential Senior Business Executive with four Fortune “100” organizations: Pepsi Cola, US West, Scott Paper Company, and Sam’s Club, a Division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as SVP and CHRO with direct Board and International experience. In his most recent assignment, was accountable for oversight of Allianz Life HR and other ancillary businesses, prior to becoming EVP of Azoa HR (Allianz Life and Fireman’s Fund). Previously served as a member of the Executive Team and Advisory Board in role as Chief HR Officer and Organizational Development Effectiveness Leader, Strategist, and Consultant for the Ohio State University Medical Center and other university departments. Consistently recognized as a high achiever with remarkable energy, enthusiasm, and passion. Credited for broad business acumen and conceptual understanding of how many functions integrate in support of the overall organization’s vision. Furthermore, accomplished Author, public speaker and true champion driving integrated strategic business partnership. His experience includes CAO, interim COO and broad HR generalist accountability roles, in addition to having impacted areas including communications, marketing, branding, public relations, government relations and facility management. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan. Currently serves on the Board of the National League of Black Women, Florida A&M Advisory Committee, Gahanna Business Advisory Council, and Center for Executive Options Advisory Committee. He is a lifetime member of NBMBA (National Black MBA Association), SHRM (Society Human Resource Management), NAAAHR (National African American Association Human Resources), “M” Go Blue, Alumni and Victors Clubs, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. As an active community leader, Jeff is Founder and President of “AOK” (Athletes, Opportunities and Kids) Enlightening Youth Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. Providing college scholarships to inner city youth. Jeff was a three-year starter and letterman with the University of Michigan Wolverines including participating in three Rose Bowls, and one Gator Bowl. Former member of the Seattle Seahawks. Recipient Mobile Sports Hall of Fame Award and Columbus Linden McKinley High School Sports and Academic Hall of Fame. Jeff’s publications: Author: “The Art of Branding Yourself: How to Advance your Career Quickly”, Released July, 2008 Author: “Parental Guidance: From the Neighborhood to the Board Room”, to be released Spring 2010 Author Insert: “For Buckeye Fans Only by Rich Wolfe”, Chapter 3, pages 112-118. Numerous excerpts and quotations in many national leadership books, articles, magazines and journals. Jeff’s Motto: Be a sponge and absorb it all. Continuous learning.


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