Jerry Blais is President and Founder of Blais + Associates. Originally from Piqua, OH, Jerry achieved a MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Wright State University. Jerry started his career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a Buyer before venturing into private industry with Alcoa Home Exteriors. An extensive 25 year career brought about many experiences including eight personal moves, multiple changes from public to private, several acquisitions, and two different private equity owners. Jerry held many leadership positions throughout his career including; General Manager with full P&L responsibility, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Director of Product Marketing, Director of Corporate Marketing, Commercial Lead – Oracle Implementation, Manager of Market Research and Training, and Territory Sales Manager. Business ranged from small to large including; $5B, $2B, $800M, $500M, $18M and $2M. Jerry has had the good fortune to participate in several executive leadership programs including; Ply Gem’s Advanced Leadership Program, Alcoa Foundation for Leadership and USAF Squadron Officers School as a Civilian. He brings a vast array of skills in strategic planning, building and engaging teams, organization alignment, new product and market development, sales management and business development, marketing and branding, market research, analysis, training, networking, leadership, coaching and mentoring. Jerry is an avid golfer and loves working in the yard. He also volunteers for The First Tee to teach kids life skills through the game of golf.