We at The Brandery are excited to announce that Jeff Boeh is our new Program Manager. Jeff has a great wealth of experience with startups, beginning with his work with Iron Yard Ventures and most recently as Campus Director of the Cincinnati chapter of the Iron Yard Code School. Read on to learn more about Jeff, and be sure to give him a hearty StartupCincy welcome!
From Startups to Code School and Back
Hey everyone, my name is Jeff Boeh. I am a born and raised Cincinnatian with an incredibly strong passion for all things startup. I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about my journey and how I landed here as the Program Manager at The Brandery.
Three and a half years ago I left my comfortable job, school, and Cincinnati to join another nationally ranked accelerator program, Iron Yard Ventures, in Spartanburg, SC. At that time, I had no idea what I was getting myself into or if I had made the right decision, but looking back now – I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity and allowing myself to take the risk. I originally joined their team as the Operations Manager and quickly grew into the Program Manager role. Over the next 2.5 years I learned more about myself, the world of startups and accelerators than I could have ever imagined possible. The world-class mentors, innovative startups and Managing Director, Marty Bauer not only helped shape the direction of my career, but taught me so much along the way. However, if it weren’t for discovering how to embrace my own failures and learn from them – I wouldn’t be who I am today.
When I joined the Iron Yard in early 2014, the Accelerator program was their core focus. At that time, however, they were in the process of shifting that focus and launching their code school bootcamp in Greenville, SC and a few other Southeastern cities. The company eventually split into two – Iron Yard Ventures and The Iron Yard Academy. The code school grew rapidly over the next 2 years and was incredible to watch. In the beginning of 2016, we were winding down our Spartanburg accelerator program and looking at what was next. The timing for me couldn’t have been better. The Iron Yard code school made the announcement I had been eagerly awaiting – they were launching a code school in my hometown, Cincinnati. I jumped on the opportunity to bring The Iron Yard to Cincinnati and help grow the Cincy tech scene. In March 2016, I moved back to Cincinnati to lead The Iron Yard Code School as Campus Director.
Launching the code school here in Cincy was one of my most challenging yet rewarding experiences. My passion for helping others and my love for everything Cincy is what drove me to make an impact for our students and Cincinnati in general. After a year and a half, I can confidently say that we did just that. Of the 17 people we taught to become a successful junior level developer, 11 have begun new careers in the field and 6 are beginning their career search after graduating from our last cohort. One of the most impactful elements of my time with the code school was the opportunity to get involved in StartupCincy by establishing an advisory board with many great companies – The Brandery included. None of our success would have been possible without them.
The Iron Yard recently made a tough decision to close the Cincinnati Campus in efforts to increase opportunities at their other campuses as well as invest in their growing corporate training programs, online learning platform and new part-time course formats. Though bittersweet, upon the close of the Cincinnati campus, I found myself seeking the next challenge on my career path.
After searching for new opportunities in the Cincinnati area, I discovered the Program Manager position at The Brandery. Upon initially learning about the opportunity, I was immediately drawn to the position and the possibilities. With my previous work with Iron Yard Ventures and the startup world, the opportunity at The Brandery sparked my excitement and passion – I immediately knew it was the perfect fit for me.
With many highs and lows, successes and failures along the way, I cannot be more grateful for the journey, and cannot be more certain everything in my past has brought me to the opportunity I have today. I am extremely excited to meet and work with the incredible mentor network, agency partners and corporate sponsors that are a huge element of what makes The Brandery unique and successful. Those relationships are key in ensuring the success of not only The Brandery, but our startups as well. I am eager to welcome the new Brandery class to Cincinnati, lead the program to success, and continue making an impact in StartupCincy. I’ve met so many incredible people along my journey and I look forward to growing that network. If I haven’t had the privilege of meeting you yet, I would love to connect – please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow my journey on twitter at @jeff_boeh .