After a successful lacrosse career at the University of Maryland, Jon pursued his dreams and played professionally for 7 years, both indoor and outdoor. Being that lacrosse players don't make too much money, he had a "regular" job working for a commercial printer in Sterling, VA, called ColorCraft of Virginia. He knew nothing of the printing industry when he started there, so they trained him for two years. When he finally got into sales, he earned "Rookie of the Year" in 1999 and salesperson of the year in both 2003 and 2004.
He knew that he wanted to start his own company when he was done playing lacrosse. After two more knee reconstructions, and a couple of concussions, the doctors advised him to stop playing after the 2004 season, and so in 2005 he threw his energies into entrepreneurship and started JB Creative Services in 2005. Since starting the company, he has maintained many high profile accounts such as UnderArmour, The Kennedy Center, Washington Nationals, Capitals, and Wizards. JB Creative is located in Bethesda, MD and has eight employees. The company was recently named a finalist for the National Capital Business Ethics Award.
Jon grew up in Maplewood, NJ, where he attended Columbia High School -- He was a multi sport athlete his whole life, and then had to narrow it down to three sports once he got to high school. The three sports were soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse. Although he was good at all three, he excelled in wrestling, and that was the sport he was going to do in college. Unfortunately, injuries would prevent this from happening. After blowing out his knee in both his sophomore and junior years while wrestling, the doctors informed him that he couldn't wrestle anymore, and that even playing sports from then on would be a challenge. He didn't want to listen to what the doctors said, although he had to listen to them about not wrestling anymore. He then focused his energy into soccer and lacrosse. Going into his senior year in soccer, he was the returning leading scorer from the previous year's team (state champion)s, and was being recruited heavily to play soccer in college. Going into his senior year in lacrosse, he wasn't really heavily recruited, being that he had missed his entire junior year due to knee surgery. After having great seasons in both sports, Jon ended up accepting a scholarship to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland.
All 4 years that he played at Maryland, from 1992-1995, the team qualified for the NCAA tournament. He was a three year starter, and in his senior year (1995), he helped lead the team to upsetting Johns Hopkins in the semi-finals, thus sending the team to play for the National Championship. The Terps ended up falling to Syracuse in the finals. He was awarded the Jack Faber/ Al Heagy Unsung Hero Award, given to the player who best exemplifies determination, will to win, and pride in accomplishment.
Jon was inducted into the Columbia High School Hall of Fame in 1998, and the NJ lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. He resides in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife of six years, Carolee, and their identical twin boys Bronston and Dominick.
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