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First a play-by-play broadcaster. Now a playmaker.

In his earlier years, Jacob Bodnar described the action as a sports play-by-play broadcaster. Nowadays, he's still in the thick of the action, but this time he's calling the plays as a strategic coach for Maestro's clients.

Jacob grew up wanting to do something with technology, which fascinated him. He launched a website in seventh grade and started his own Internet radio station a year later. In high school he did football and basketball play-by-play and won awards for his sports columns and features in the school newspaper. Jacob also produced more than 500 podcasts on everything from politics to sports and technology. Later, at Michigan State University, he worked in the Athletic Communications department doing play-by-play for various sports and even did some DJing on the college radio station.

He later shifted his focus to digital and social media. He joined Kellogg's as a business analyst and worked with the social media team to deliver technologies that enabled the social strategy. He's a fan of reading, especially about forward-looking ideas, and spending time with his wife, MaryKate. He's not a fan of people who walk up escalators (“Seriously, people, they are moving stairs: No need to walk."), bees and oatmeal. “I was attracted to Maestro because its mission aligns with my passion for solving problems with technology. I was also impressed by the overall environment and the emphasis on working with a purpose."

Boldly Bodnar:

  • Wanted to be a weatherman as a kid.
  • Manually timed a PowerPoint presentation to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
  • As a kid developed and sold a collection of Christmas CDs called “Jacob’s Christmas Extravaganza.”

Fave Song

Keep Your Eyes Open by NEEDTOBREATHE on the album, The Reckoning