The Bulu Crew
Paul and Stephanie Jarrett do everything together. They train together, they work together, and they even write their bios together. After running the San Francisco half-marathon, this husband and wife duo 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, dominating her coworkers in Settlers of Catan games and trying to convince her husband to run full marathons with her.
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.
Kelsey FandersDirector of Brand Relationships
Kelsey started at Bulu Box as an 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 Brand Relationships Director. Kelsey graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor Degree of Journalism focusing on Advertising and PR.
When Kelsey is not scouring the shelves, internet and trade shows for new products to sample, she is training for her next race, eating crab legs, busting out random dance moves, and raising her awesome sons, Kenneth Jude (a.k.a. “The Jude Dude”) and Knox (a.k.a. "The Knox-Star").
Michael MalyGraphic Designer
Michael began his time at Bulu Box as an intern but has since graduated to Graphic Designer and self-proclaimed Hip-Hop Dance Enthusiast. Michael’s daily works include creating killer branded pieces, enticing blog graphics, and web design.
When this jack of all design trades isn’t busting out sweet graphics or putting together in-house photo shoots, he enjoys spending his time traveling, listening to good music and pursuing his passions.
Marcus QuevedoDirector of Marketing
First attracted to Bulu Box because of his love for health and fitness, Marcus quickly fell into place as Bulu Box’s Social Media Manager and Copywriter because of his love for writing and creativity. When he’s not writing content or doing handstands around the office, Marcus spends his time training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, woodworking, or talking about Space with anyone who will still listen.
Anna ThomasBulugan Support Squad Manager / Associate Editor
Being a Bulugan Support Squad and Operations intern, Anna learned the ropes of Bulu Box to move into her manager and editor position upon graduating from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, she enjoys writing, photography, communications, advocacy, and event planning.
When she's not editing or talking to awesome Bulugans, you can find Anna nerding out over history, running around the block, or aspiring to be Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. Pawnee forever.
Sydney RotthausGraphic Designer
For Sydney, signing hello and meowing mid-conversation are no trips out of the ordinary. She is a free thinker with a passion for design. Sydney likes to take her work outside of the office and the classroom by competing in design contests and winning killer awards. When she’s not crafting a design masterpiece in the office, you can assume she is somewhere abroad in London, Paris, or Tokyo enjoying the randomness of life.
Sophie was first drawn to Bulu Inc. because of her interest in health and nutrition, and is now hooked on the positive energy and great people. She is working on her Business Administration degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is now among the new group of interns bringing fresh perspectives to Bulu.
When Sophie is not at the office or studying, she enjoys trying out a variety of different sports like racquetball and tennis, and rediscovering her (decent) basketball talent.
Hank PfeifferChief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Hank brings a diverse and all-around business background to the Bulu team. He possesses a balanced mix of strategic, operational, financial and organizational experience and abilities. Hank has a proven record of helping strong teams build great companies and see all stakeholders realize their goals and objectives.
Hank began his career working for 10 years as a corporate finance lawyer advising a wide variety of private and publicly held companies across the country on numerous aspects of their businesses. He has spent the last 20 years serving as a Chief Operating Officer executing a broad set of C-Level company-wide strategic, financial, operational and organizational responsibilities.
Hank has long standing ties in the Omaha, Lincoln and greater Nebraska business communities. He attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln receiving his B.S. in Business Administration and his J.D. in Law, graduating with Distinction.
Matt BoydChief Product Officer
Since age 13, Matt has obsessed over the evolution of startup culture. As an entrepreneur, Matt has both started and helped build numerous companies from the ground up. In 2013, Matt started Sqwiggle, a company dedicated to helping remote teams work together, better. Having raised $1.1 Million as AngelList’s first ever “Syndicate”, Matt and team designed product that ultimately changed the way people communicate over the internet.
As a software designer, Matt is passionate about building great user experiences, saying no to feature ideas and creating clean systems that are simply understood with no explanation. Great product needs no explanation.
Baileigh RodgersDirector of Bulu Marketplace Sales
Baileigh started with the Bulu Crew as a Social Media Intern, and quickly adapted to working in many areas including customer relations and marketing before settling into her role on the Bulu Marketplace Sales team. Her strategic strengths not only help Baileigh in her role on the Bulu Marketplace team, they help Baileigh crush her fellow Bulu Crew in a game of Settlers of Catan. Baileigh also enjoys de-stressing with a good book, or any sci-fi show on the BBC (she'd give up everything to go time traveling with the Doctor).
Brand & Retailer Relationships Manager / PR Manager
A Washington state native, Mariah loves to sing everything from musical soundtracks (Hamilton or Funny Girl anyone?) to the praises of the Bulu, Inc. team. Her strategic skill and killer ability to #BangTheDrum cemented Mariah’s role in Bulu Marketplace working with brands and retailers. Mariah also coordinates Bulu, Inc. press coverage nationally, showcasing Bulu Box and Bulu Marketplace in media like CBS, Glamour and Buzzfeed.
Katelyn RichardBrand Relationships Manager
Never one to turn down an adventure, the recent college graduate from Tacoma, WA moved for a new experience in Lincoln, NE. Katelyn is an expert organizer and likes making new friends... both are a part of her role at Bulu Marketplace! Katelyn enjoys volunteering in her community and playing card games. You can also spot Katelyn singing or rapping whatever song may be stuck in her head while she gets coffee.
Joe EchtenkampDirector of Website Development
After a short stint with Microsoft, Joe returns to Bulu Box and is ready to make things happen. Coding is only a part of a system, and Joe realizes this as he looks for ways to make the Bulu Box system better. Not only for the customer, but for the employees as well. He works effortlessly to keep track of multiple operations that he runs in parallel, he directs how the website should interact with the system, and he oversees how the website should cope with problems that may arise.
Justin HandaWebsite Developer
No stranger to the startup world, Justin joins Bulu Box after 6 years of engineering and overseeing devops for over 12 different companies. Justin has mastered the art of startup architecture and infrastructure. He is a pro at improving efficiency and scalability for growing companies. Justin got his start in the world affiliate marketing, giving him a competitive edge in the startup game with extensive knowledge of customer acquisition, lead generation, sales funnels, affiliate marketing and overall SAAS applications inside and out.
In his free time, Justin doesn't waste a second of enjoyment. He enjoys R/C Jets, traveling (especially if it's to throw down at the tables in Las Vegas), or anything that looks to be a good time.
Tobin BrownWebsite Developer
After taking a year off, Tobin has returned to the Bulu Box team as a full-time Web Developer. Tobin, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, is a Computer Science student in the Raikes School at the University of Nebraska
In his free time, Tobin enjoys working on his side projects, keeping up with technology, and enjoying Husker football and movies with his friends.
Reid GahanWeb Development Intern
Hot off his freshman year at UNL, Reid joined the Bulu Box team as a web development intern. He enjoys sunsets, long walks on the beach, and death metal. When not working for Bulu or his own business, Ice Cream Bro, Reid likes to read about startups, watch Family Guy, and longboard.
Jacob ShiohiraWeb Development Intern
Jacob is a proud Arkansan, born and bred, but he does not say y’all. He studies computer science and mathematics at the Raikes School at UNL. He is stoked to join the Bulu team, as he is interested in all things startup and business.
You can find him running, watching Game of Thrones, jamming to some bumpin’ tunes, or working on his own business - Ice Cream Bro.