Where Young Entrepreneurs Turn Their Dreams Into Business.
Meet The Brightest Entrepreneurs From Today and Tomorrow…
Where can a young entrepreneur figure out how to turn their dreams into reality? Just take a step into the Shrimp Tank Arkansas. The Shrimp Tank brings you interviews with some of the most successful business owners in the United States to learn the do’s and don’ts of starting and running a successful business. Then, the fun really starts when we bring in high school and college students to pitch their business ideas to the Shrimp Tank. We don’t fund any business, but we do teach kids how to turn their business ideas into a successful business.
Richard Jensen / BRS Consulting
Rich Jensen is a principal and co-owner of BRS Consulting. In addition to his services as an advisor for BRS clients, he serves as chief financial and investment officer for the BRS companies. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982 with an engineering degree. After 5 years in the field of engineering, he founded his own financial consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, later moving to American Express Financial Advisors as a Senior Financial Advisor and District Manager. He then moved to Prudential Financial in Newark, NJ, where he served as Branch Manager, Managing Director, and ultimately, Vice-President of Financial Planning. In these roles he managed offices with $3.5 Billion of assets and helped create and develop Prudential’s fee-based financial planning platform. Prior to forming BRS with David Sims, Rich spent four years working with major donors to an international non-profit based out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Rich married Mary in 1985, and they have three children and one perfect grandchild.
David Sims, JD PhD / BRS Consulting
David Sims, JD PhD, is a principal and co-owner of BRS Consulting. In addition to his services as an advisor for BRS clients, he serves as chief compliance and content officer for the BRS companies. David married Tamara in 1986, and they have eight children. David is the author of The Child in American Evangelicalism and the Problem of Affluence (Pickwick, 2009). He is a graduate from the University of Florida (B.S. Business/Finance, 1983; Juris Doctor, 1986), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S., 1994), and the University of Durham (Ph.D. in Theology, 2006). David holds law, insurance, and securities licenses. Legal services are not provided through the BRS companies.
Gordon Jensen joined BRS in 2016 after graduating with honors from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is insurance and securities licensed. Joining the BRS team has afforded Gordon with the opportunity to bring his analytical mind, highly relational nature, and millennial perspective to the BRS workplace. He enjoys combining the business knowledge he learned at UCA with the firm’s unique methodology of stewardship. As he grows his client base, Gordon assists with the administration of the team’s marketing efforts and technological needs. He is engaged to his fiancée Kaitlyn, and they will marry in the summer of 2017.
Ted Jenkin/ oXYGen Financial
Ted has been an entrepreneur, leader, and social media pioneer in the financial services industry. He was a former Group Vice President for Ameriprise Financial and the youngest Vice President in American Express Financial Advisors history. In 2008 Ted founded Atlanta based oXYGen Financial, a financial services company focused on serving the X and Y Generation. oXYGen Financial now has more than 2,500 clients and manages over 450 million dollars. Ted has been quoted in more than 75 publication and newspapers including being a featured columnist for the Wall Street Journal The Experts and appearing frequently on CNN’s Headline News Weekend Express. He runs one of the top 15 personal finance blogs in the country www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com, and is one of the top 10 social media financial advisors in the country according to Brightscope. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for more than 19 years and has six advanced designations from the College for Financial Planning (CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®, AWMA®, AAMS®, CMFC®).
Ted lives in Milton, GA with his wife Genna and three kids.
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Lee R. Heisman/ Savant Comprehensive Technologies
Lee R. Heisman is the owner and CEO of Savant Comprehensive Technologies, My School Pool and Ask a Privacy Officer. Prior to this, Lee was the founder and CEO of H and W Printing and Brainstorm Design Works, a full advertising agency and commercial printing firm located in Atlanta, GA. He has a Master Degree from Rutgers University and is on the Advisory Board of the KSU Entrepreneurial Center. Lee has sold 2 of his previously owned businesses over the years through mergers and acquisition. Before launching his Entrepreneurial Career, Lee was a Licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey for over 3 years.