Luncheon at The Briar Club
Author and Entrepreneur
Jay Steinfeld founded and was the CEO of Global Custom Commerce, which operates the world's number one online window covering retailer, Blinds.com. Bootstrapped in 1996 for just $3,000 from his Bellaire, Texas garage, Global Custom Commerce was acquired by The Home Depot in 2014. Jay remained as its CEO and later joined The Home Depot Online Leadership Team.
After stepping away from these roles in early 2020, he has increased his involvement on numerous private company boards and serves as a director of the public company Masonite (NYSE: DOOR), while also on its Audit Committee. Jay teaches entrepreneurship at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business and supports numerous charities.
Jay is an Ernst & Young Enntrepreneur of the Year and has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston Technology Center. Active as an industry speaker on topics including corporate culture, core values, how to scale a start up, and disruption, he has more than 100 published articles and authored the book "Lead From the Core: The 4 Principles for Profit and Prosperity"
Against all odds to succeed, Steinfeld's journey in business included failed acquisitions, partnerships gone wrong, perpetual self doubt, deaths in his family, budget limited guerrilla marketing, corporate buy outs, brutal market competition, and a complete disruption of industry leaders, including Amazon and big box retailers.
In order to build something like Steinfeld, you need to do more than dream about it. Learn Steinfeld's 4 E's: a set of guiding principles that help overcome any obstacle to your organization's success: EVOLVE continuously, EXPERIMENT without fear of failure, EXPRESS yourself, and ENJOY the ride.
You'll learn how to prevent costly business mistakes, or at least create the resilience to persevere, no matter where you are in your journey.