Jackie began her career at the Telegraph in Alton, Illinois twenty years ago. After learning the dynamics of marketing and advertising, she moved to the automotive sales division at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A few years later, she was managing that 22-million-dollar division through the biggest shift in the newspaper industry as automotive dealers around the country were filing bankruptcy. In the observation that the landscape was changing, she moved through various divisions helping to strategically grow with mergers in the recruitment, retail, and classified division. She managed the growth of Stltoday.com, contributing to a 10-million-dollar growth program.
Over the next several years, Jackie would manage the digital divisions at 11 radio stations across St. Louis with a team of over 50 sales reps across the radio brands. She also invested time learning the dynamic of television as she worked at Fox 2 News. With her passion to really understand how to grow companies, she launched her own marketing agency. This created opportunities for her work with many communities on big projects such as the Great Race in Kirkwood and with every media company across the St. Louis Metro area. During this time, Jackie served on the Board of Directors for the Kirkwood/Des Peres Chamber of Commerce.
She has worked as a media seller in newspapers, magazines, direct mail, radio, television and all emerging digital technologies. She also experienced the other side of the table as a media buyer for many companies across the region and the country. Once she sold her marketing agency, she worked with a high-level team of entrepreneurs to help the city of Alton with the Alton Encore group.
Over the last several years, Jackie has invested her time in helping to build an international preparatory academy. She traveled the world recruiting students to travel to the U.S. to further their education in the United States. She currently teaches an economics and entrepreneur program at a preparatory academy. Her economics class focuses on teaching students real world skills with a process of selecting a job, housing and living situation and applying it in a real working budget. The entrepreneurship class builds real companies with emphasis on driving revenue and overcoming challenges that every business owner faces. With this effort, she understands what it really takes to build a company’s marketing plan to get results on a very limited budget.
Today, she owns multiple companies that include a digital agency and media corporation. She is the owner and publisher of the Collinsville Daily News. Her passion is to lock arms with a community and help business owners from every background find creative solutions to tell their story and grow their company.