Jeff Gardner, affectionately called El Jefe by his friends and colleagues, is currently General Partner at Springtime Ventures where he invests in seed stage companies in the Rocky Mountains. He also serves on the boards of PestRoutes, Active Soul, WishList, ThrivePass and Wish for Wheels. Prior to that, El Jefe played as CEO of Zen Planner for six years. He had the pleasure of building an amazing team and high-performance culture that delivered compound annual growth of more than 50% annually during his tenure. El Jefe was excited that he was able to deliver investors a ‘crazy good’ return while having a blast. Previously, El Jefe held executive positions at smaller technology & payment companies (ThrivePass, PaySimple and Pendum). Prior to realizing how much he enjoyed working with early stage companies, El Jefe worked for several larger corporations (GE, Avaya and Qwest).
El Jefe’s professional passion is developing great talent and building great companies. He is notorious for creating insanely fun and highly innovative work environments. El Jefe holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting from Penn State and an M.B.A. from University of Virginia’s Darden graduate school of business. When he is not helping to grow great people and companies, he is likely out on an adventure with his wife and 3 teenagers. He can often be found mountain biking in the Utah desert, stand-up paddle boarding Colorado whitewater, backcountry skiing, or riding motos.