Name: Jimmy Vosika
Position at ShopJimmy: Director of Partology
One sentence job description: I do a little of everything, but my main goal is to drive creativity, growth and innovation at ShopJimmy.com and ShopJimmy.co.uk.
Reason(s) you started SJ: It started by mistake actually, woopsies! I was a big eBay seller, so ’d like to think I was good at it, and one night I happened to see a broken TV which I thought was listed poorly from an eBay seller in Kansas. I bought the unit and resold it the next week for a 250% profit! Then I bought 4 more, then 19, and so forth. I was selling the complete units to TV repair shops who needed parts out of them. Finally, after a few months, the light bulb went off in my head and I realized we needed to start taking the parts out and selling them individually and overnight, ShopJimmy was born.
TV model in your family room: Panasonic TC-P65S1 65” Plasma
Family: Wife – Christy (really old), Daughter – Millie (3 years old), Son – Grady (3 months old), and my new puppy – Gus (3 month old Landseer Newfoundland).
Biggest challenge you’ve faced since founding SJ: Growth! Growth is a great thing but we grew really fast, which creates non-stop problems with funding, warehouse space, inventory, legal issues, web and accounting systems, etc.
Hobbies: Traveling, Flying (started when I was 15 years old), Golfing, Long Pong, and watching
Disney princess movies with my family.
Favorite restaurant: Tacos & Tequila – a Mexican restaurant located in the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Go-to Pandora station: Lady Gaga, duh!
Best part about being the Director of Partology: I have the best group of employees and customers anyone could ask for.
Worst part about being the Director of Partology: Public speaking, by a long shot.
Beverage of choice: Diet Coke by day and Becks Vier by night.
In-flight reading material: Emails… hundreds and hundreds of emails.
Favorite customer story: It’s one that Justin told awhile back when he was the Featured Partologist. A woman wanted to buy an LCD screen because she broke it when she threw her cell phone at her daughter! She of course missed her daughter and hit the TV. Justin, as much of a smart ass as he is, told her we didn’t have the replacement screen, but maybe this was something child services could help out with.
Three things you’d bring to a deserted island: iPhone, iPad, and sour cream
On a web dating service, you’d describe yourself as: I’ll have to pass on this one, unfortunately our web servers block dating websites now. Someone was spending a little too much time on okcupid.com during work hours.
Status of ShopJimmy in five years: Larger, but with the same personal touch.
You can find me on…
- Twitter: @jimmyvosika
- Facebook: facebook.com/jimmyvosika
- MySpace: Never
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmyvosika