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In the beginning (Nov 2010), Jodi Samuels and Allen Ganz created jdeal. Soon Buy Israel Week was launched to combat the BDS movement. The entrepreneurs soon identified another gap in the Jewish world, which was a centralized and efficient place to GIVE charity and so, their newest baby jgives entered the world.
jgives brings online philanthropy to the Jewish community worldwide. With jgives, giving charity is filled with ease and simplicity.
Giving is a central part of the Jewish religion however, often our lives get in the way of this. It takes time and effort to find the right charity, find a way to make payment, send through your details. Well, with jgives it is a simple process, allowing people to reincorporate giving into their daily lives.
Allen Ganz has 20 years experience with start up ventures in emerging markets, positioning companies for growth and evaluating M&A opportunities. He has a track record of developing new market opportunities, creating strategic partnerships and license agreements. He has also held global sales management responsibility. Most recently, Allen was Vice President of International Sales for L-1 Identity Solutions, a premier publicly traded biometrics and identity solutions company. During his 10-year tenure with L-1, the company grew from 8 to over 2000 employees, he led business development and strategic alliance activities and was responsible for over 200 partnership agreements. Prior to L-1, Allen was Marketing Manager for Identification Technologies International, a biometric security company. Before that, he was involved in marketing and business development solutions for emerging companies in market segments including biometrics, multimedia kiosks, pharmaceuticals, solar energy and telecommunications. Allen holds a MBA in International Business and Management from the University of Miami and a Bachelor's Degree from Drexel University. He also serves on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations.
Jodi Samuels has 15 years of business management and startup experience. She has worked in the not-for-profit, finance, fashion and beauty sectors. Jodi successfully started two non-profit Jewish organizations including the Jewish International Connection NY that currently boasts 10,000 members from 40 countries. She is the co-founder of Metroimma, an online site for Jewish moms, with over 6000 active monthly members. Jodi recently sold her share in Accounting Comes Alive, a corporate training business which she founded. Prior to that Jodi ran the MyCoupons division of Direct Response Technologies and was COO of MBC Direct Media managing a staff of 30 people. After completing her MBA Jodi worked as a financial advisor at National Australia Bank. Jodi started her first business at age 14. Her expertise in strategic and relationship online marketing has given her the foundation to acquire and retain a strong membership base for her businesses. She is known as a connector and networker in the Jewish community and has an impressive Rolodex of C-level contacts in the business and non-profit sectors. Jodi completed her MBA at Bond University in Australia and hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa.
jgives benefits from a team of highly experienced professionals, such as marketing and creative personnel, who have worked with some of the biggest consumer brands in the world.
jgives is also proud to have an impressive Advisory Board.