Hi, I am Jay Graves. Dad. Database nerd. Dude who quotes Fletch a tad too much. Overly enthusiastic about most things technical and all things database.
Jay Graves is a Partner at Strategic Solutions for Business (SSB) and is responsible for data strategy and data warehouse consulting along with developing new digital marketing technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in technology management, software development, strategic business development, and high-growth startup companies.
Prior to SSB, Jay was co-founder and President of SmartDM which developed one of the original Software as a Service (SaaS) email marketing and database solutions and was sold to Acxiom Corporation (ACXM) in 2005. SmartDM worked with clients in sports marketing, financial services, non-profit, and retail developing pioneering digital marketing efforts for many Fortune 500 clients. After Acxiom, he worked in several consumer marketing and digital technology startups before the call of entrepreneurship beckoned again and he joined SSB.
Jay is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. When not with family or working with clients using data to help solve business issues, he is usually found exploring new ways to work with data to help solve client business issues.
Jay Graves's Background
Jay Graves's Experience
Partner at SSB Consulting
January 2013 - Present | Nashville, TN
Vice President Digital Products at Wiland Direct
2011 - 2012
Wiland Direct is a consumer intelligence company that partners with database marketers to create the most innovative marketing solutions in the industry - with a history of proven ROI for our clients. Phil Wiland founded Wiland Direct in December 2004, after spending 30 successful years in the direct marketing business.
Board of Directors at Alereon
Alereon, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company using industry standard Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio technology to develop low-power, blazing fast wireless solutions ideal for connecting media rich products and displays. Our mission is to enable consumers to simply and wirelessly stream real-time video and data from consumer electronics to HDTVs, monitors and laptops.
Chief Technology Officer at edo Interactive
August 2009 - April 2011
edo Interactive is a pioneer in developing technologies that leverage payment card platforms for digital marketing purposes. Helped build the first instant "coupon on a card" platform working with financial institutions and secure payment networks.
Vice President at Merkle
April 2009 - July 2009
Improving client financial performance by deploying Integrated Customer Marketing database platforms.
CEO at Hobby Lobby International
October 2007 - April 2009
Strategic planning and leadership of an industry leader in the R/C hobby arena.
Group Leader at Acxiom Direct
January 2006 - September 2007
Group leader for Acxiom Direct, the direct marketing business unit for Acxiom.
Unit Leader at Acxiom Corporation
2005 - January 2006
Ran the mid-market database marketing business unit for Acxiom Corporation
Board of Directors at Hands On Nashville
2000 - 2005
Recruits, educates, and coordinates a network of volunteers for diverse community service projects in Nashville.
Co-Founder and President at SmartDM
January 1995 - January 2005
Help start, grow and run SmartDM - which began life as a direct mail agency and then grew into one of the original Software-as-a-Service providers focusing on customer database management and email marketing.
Communications Director at Tennessee Republican Party
1993 - 1994
Developed the first in-house donor and voter file database management systems which substantially increased direct fundraising and voter contact efforts.
Jay Graves's Education
1989 – 1993
Indian Springs School
1987 – 1989
Jay Graves's Interests & Activities
Digital marketing, Quantified Self, Upland Hunting, and general outdoor activities