BORN: Oregon City, Ore.
We could talk about James Grierson until we’re blue in the face. The Bluehost.com CEO — with his blue personality, of course — runs one of the world’s largest providers of cloud-based online solutions, employs more than 700 people, and has entrepreneurism running through his (blue) veins.
The BLUE Talking “I am willing to let people come up with their own methods, but when they need help solving a problem, I am always happy to provide guidance or even sit side-by-side to figure it out together.”
Biggest Accomplishment “Built a world-class online affiliate marketing program for Bluehost.com, growing daily new subscribers from 200 to over 1,000 per day within three years.”
Favorite Accomplishment “At 17, I closed my first major deal for a startup. I was working in my bedroom using my house phone line and brought in a $40,000 digital advertising deal. It helped the company take off and jump-started my career.”
First Job “James’ Car Wash. I started my own car detailing business at 12 washing fleet vehicles and employee cars for a company. I saved over $2,000 that summer.”
Favorite UV Billboard “I like the UVU Engaged Learning billboards. They worked. I’m back at school earning an MBA.”