The Bulu Crew
Power couple Paul and Stephanie Jarrett do everything together; they train together, they work together, they even write their bios together. After running the San Francisco half-marathon Paul and Stephanie stuffed samples upon samples of supplements, vitamins, and recovery gels from various vendor tents into their bag. Looking at their haul, the idea for Bulu Box hit them. Just a few weeks later the plan to build a company that provides premium samples to help individuals discover better health was in action.
Paul JarrettCo-Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Paul Jarrett is no stranger to vitamins and supplements. He used supplements to help him gain 100 pounds and become a 307lb D1 starting defensive lineman in the Big 12. When his collegiate football career was over, Paul used vitamins and supplements to lose 100 pounds.
Paul's work experience spans the country. From NYC to San Francisco, Paul has launched million dollar brands such as Neebo and executed multi-facted campaigns for Lowe's and Nike. In 2010, Paul joined Complete Nutrition where he became the Vice President of Marketing and an Executive Board Member. He built the MarComm department, trained dozens of franchises and positioned Complete Nutrition and its products for success in a saturated market. The company's growth skyrocketed. In fact, it was one of the fastest growing startups in the U.S. Paul's experience at Complete Nutrition was the precursor to starting his own company. In 2012, Bulu Box was born.
Stephanie JarrettCo-Founder / Chief Marketing Officer
With one hand strategizing big ad campaigns for successful brands like Jergens and Curel and the other hand sketching interactive design for brands like LeapFrog and TD Ameritrade, Stephanie made a name for herself as a multi-tasking master who oozes creativity and success. Stephanie built her portfolio as an Art Director and Interactive Designer for big brands like LeapFrog, TD Ameritrade and Complete Nutrition. Her varied marketing background, management ability, killer creativity, and online/offline skillset propelled her into the startup world.
Stephanie <3’s traveling, experimenting with new recipes and trying to convince her husband to run full marathons with her.
Tegan SnyderChief Technology Officer
Tegan got his hands on his first computer in 1993 and has been finding ways to program them ever since. From developing point-of-sale software for his mom's business, to designing the first website for the hospital in his rural Nebraskan hometown, he's been a developer and entrepreneur for over a decade. In his middle school years he started a dialup internet service provider and during his high school years he formed a wireless internet service provider. He brings more than fourteen years of experience in web architecture, development and system integrations. He continually keeps up-to-date on the latest technologies to bring automation, interaction and brand value to the internet experience. Prior to Bulu Box Tegan was the Web Architect for Nebraska Public Power District. He also created and co-founded Footwork, a political canvasing application for mobile devices.
When not staring mindlessly at his computer screen, he enjoys cross country road trips with his wife, windows rolled down, music blaring.
Adam ChoateChief Financial Officer
With almost a decade of big company corporate experience under his belt, Adam leapt into the startup world. This intrapreneur turned entrepreneur created and implemented programs such as textbook rental, and developed custom purchasing and shipping software. Adam proved his ability to identify, increase and manage hundred million plus dollar revenue streams while at Nebraska Book Company with its 250+ retail locations and with the launch of Neebo.com. Choate earned his BS in Finance at Tennessee Tech University and his MBA in Business Administration but the most impressive of all his achievements might be losing 40+ pounds in less than 3 months.
Kate StousDirector of Brand Relationships
Peek inside the top right drawer of Kate's vanity, and you'll see she is no stranger to sampling. You'll find packets of moisturizer, little vials of perfume and mini lipsticks. She loves discovering new products and having a chance to try them out. It was this passion for sampling that started the conversation with Paul and Stephanie about becoming Bulu Box's first employee. Prior to Bulu Box, Kate held a variety of positions as a Sales Representative for Sandhills Publishing, freelance videographer for several political candidates and organizations and most recently as a Clinique Business Manager. In less than six months, she developed a struggling Clinique counter into one of the best for the retailer. Her team was recognized as a Galaxy of the Stars counter by Clinique and won the majority market share for the area.
In her free time, Kate loves trying new workouts and pushing herself to do things she never thought she'd enjoy, like running. She is learning to love running because it allows her to enjoy more of her favorite food, cheese.
Nicholas MuthersbaughArt Director / Producer
Coming from Complete Nutrition Nick brings a healthy knowledge of nutrition to Bulu Box. Nick joined Complete Nutrition as an entry level designer and worked his way up the ranks to become a top Graphic Designer / Video Producer. Nick was part of the foundational MarComm department that helped Complete Nutrition make its mark in the health and fitness industry to become one of the fastest growing startups in the U.S. Nick's hands-on experience at Complete Nutrition made him a creative powerhouse of strategy, graphic design, package design, user interface, video production and "getting-it-right-the-first-time." Nick is a knowledgable edition to the team as he is able to produce professional level work at every step in the creative process.
When he's not in the office developing creative work, he's outside being creative. Growing up loving motion picture, Nick is currently attending online film school and is in the process of scripting his first short film. Nick is into staying in shape, playing soccer, and getting outdoors.
With one hand on the keyboard and the other wrapped around a cup of coffee, Joe digs through thousands of lines of code and hundreds of tables in order to keep BuluBox.com in tip-top shape. Born outside of Grand Island, NE, Joe grew up tearing things apart in order to understand how they worked and if they could be improved upon. After tearing apart numerous computers and electronic devices, he realized he had a knack for understanding how computers "thought" and operated. Joe enrolled in the University of Nebraska's Computer Science program, to study concepts and improve his computer skills.
Kelsey HarrisSocial Media Strategist | Customer Relations
Kelsey started at Bulu Box as a social media intern and instantly fell in love with the Bulugan lifestyle which is just one of the reasons they snagged her up as a full-time Social Media Strategist and Customer Relations specialist. Kelsey graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor Degree of Journalism focusing on Advertising and PR.
When Kelsey is not answering emails, Facebook stalking, pinning or tweeting, she is training for her first half marathon, eating crab legs, busting out random dance moves, and raising her awesome son, Kenneth Jude (a.k.a. “The Jude Dude”).
Baileigh RodgersOnline Marketing Manager
Baileigh started at Bulu Box as a social media intern, but is now working full-time as a Marketing Associate. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with degrees in Business Administration and Spanish.
Baileigh comes from a family of marathon runners, and is currently training for a half marathon in May 2013. She can't survive a day without taking FRS Energy Chews to wake her up in the morning. Her favorite way to relax from a stressful day is a good book, or any Sci-Fi show on the BBC (she'd give up everything to go time traveling with the Doctor).
Stephanie "Steezy" LeonardCommunity Outreach Manager
Stephanie graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Big Red!) with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism focusing on Advertising and PR. At Bulu Box, we call her “Steezy” because she likes to think she's a rapper. Steezy is a Bulu Box social media intern turned Community Outreach Manager. When she's not blogging, pinning, tweeting, rapping, facebooking, or networking with fellow Bulugans, Steezy is running, shopping, and enjoying life!
Michael MalyGraphic Designer
Michael is currently a senior working towards a major in graphic design and photography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. When he's not busting out sweet graphics for the website or taking photographs of the Bulu Crew he enjoys spending time traveling, listening to good music and shooting old school film cameras. His travels have taken him to Colombo, Sri Lanka where he spent a summer as a graphic design intern at Grant McCann Erickson and to Kyoto, Japan where he spent a month taking photographs and exploring.
Marcus QuevedoCopywriter/Community Outreach Manager
First attracted to Bulu Box because of his fitness obsession, Marcus is currently a social media intern. He loves laying down smart copy and engaging social media posts. Though, when he’s not doing handstands around the office, Marcus spends his time training Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. He currently holds 2 state titles and an above average amount of health/fitness knowledge he attributes to hanging around after practice too much.
Rex & RubyEmployee Wellness Representatives
Rex and Ruby have been with Bulu Box from the start. They stay busy by relieving employee stress and keeping the company co-founders sane. That is, when they aren't busy begging for a lap to sit on or a ball to be thrown.