Jay Woodhull graduated from Bucknell University in 1978 with a degree in English and Art History. Upon graduation, he spent 18 months as a sales representative for Lanier Worldwide before returning to his family’s business in Dayton, Ohio. He spent 16 years with Woodhull Corporation, (a privately held dealer/distributor/service provider of copy, fax, microfilm, local area network, and document imaging systems) in various sales and management positions with increasing levels of responsibility before acquiring Woodhull Corporation from James M. Woodhull (Woodhull Corporation Founder) in 1988.
Jay managed various operations and was responsible for all aspects of sales, service, and customer satisfaction. He has experience in managing organizations of more than 100 people with multiple layers of management. In addition, he developed strategic direction and plans that included product and vendor selection, evaluated required systems and procedures to assure quality, built effective teams, and insisted on the highest levels of customer satisfaction. He and his team managed detailed budgets, developed systems for managing cost and increasing cash flow, created a positive work environment, and built lasting relationships with customers and employees.
In 1996 Woodhull Corporation was acquired by IKON Office Solutions. From 1996 to 1999 Jay was named the Dayton Marketplace President. During that time he was responsible for consolidating IKON’s four acquired dealerships into a high performing, customer focused team. With a newly formed team of 160 sales, service, and administrative employees in the 13-county marketplace, sales grew from $12M (annualized) in 1996 to $27M FYE 1998. Operating profit grew from 8.8% to 15.9%.
After leaving IKON in 1999, Jay was hired as Director of Cox Arboretum MetroPark to lead the uniquely successful private-public partnership between Five Rivers MetroParks and the James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation. Jay was hired to oversee $5.6M in new construction of a campus of buildings for education around conservation and horticulture. While at Cox Jay coordinated the merger of two volunteer boards, worked with outside consultants to develop a strategic plan, raised private funds to pay for a long term Master Plan by renowned landscape designer Francois Goffinet, and raised multiple gifts and pledges exceeding $2M to begin the Master Plan.
Jay’s strengths include organizational development, with a history of success in this area. He has unique talents in planning, building healthy high performing cultures and teams, building appropriate systems that empower the people in the organization. He also possesses excellent listening skills and is able to translate customer and client needs to deliverable goals, actions, and results.