As a nuclear trained mechanic and scuba diver on a US Navy Submarine, Jeff Barnes traveled the world underwater at extreme depths, running a nuclear power plant and sleeping with torpedoes while learning invaluable skills. His innate leadership ability and understanding of complex systems allowed him to run the largest division on his submarine and take charge of the ship’s quality control program.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Jeff took his expertise and experience to Corporate America, helping clients grow their businesses as a risk management consultant and helping entrepreneurs develop strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. Jeff spearheaded international projects as an Innovation and Technology Director bringing new technology and ideas to the global marketplace.
In 2018 Jeff took over the CEO role at Angel Investors Network to help more entrepreneurs bring their products, services, and technology to the market as an advisor, mentor, coach, and venture fund manager. As an entrepreneur, two-time best-selling author, and CEO, Jeff enjoys helping business owners’ structure, systemize, and optimize their operations allowing them to scale quickly. As the manager of the Angels & Heroes Venture Growth Fund, he finds opportunities for his investors to make great returns by investing in the next generation of private companies.
Jeff earned his Leadership MBA in 2011 from the University of Washington and now mentors young professionals and entrepreneurs alike. During his free time, he sits on the board of Lifeschool, a nonprofit helping kids gain life-skills they don’t learn in school, as well as a great deal of time coaching his two boys’ sports teams, enjoying the outdoors and traveling.
Jamie has been a business owner and trainer for more than two decades. During that time, he also served in various mission-critical roles within the US Army Special Forces. In both capacities, he has trained thousands of individuals around the world, and briefed high ranking military and government officials from numerous countries. He was a keynote speaker for the National Guard Bureau for their reintegration program for returning soldiers.
After Jamie completed his dual degrees, he continued to work in the law on a part time basis, focusing on civil rights and Constitutional law issues, specifically involving DOJ regulations regarding the National Firearms Act. The NFA is an extremely convoluted and dangerous area, but he is known for his experience and ability to decipher and translate this area of the law. In all of the cases he worked with the firm, they prevailed 8 for 8.
Jamie also spent several years at Netflix overseeing teams in Customer Service at the Salt Lake call center. During that time, he created and launched the centralized support plan for the Netflix call centers and PBO’s, standardizing the way customer and technical support was conducted. Luckily, Audra recognized that his talents were being underutilized at Netflix and recruited him to join PBC. He currently serves as Chief Compliance Officer at Angel Investors Network.
His goal in setting up the Veterans Business Builder Program, with wife Audra Hajj, was to help military veterans find their post-military mission and channel their leadership skills into entrepreneurship.