Jobs are the political issue these days. Unemployment is stubbornly high and we constantly hear people in political office, and those who want to be, talk about creating jobs.

But what do the actual job creators think?

We reached out to local business owners through our Public Insight Network. Dozens responded. In the coming months, we’ll bring some of them together to talk jobs and other legislative issues important to their bottom line.

 

Here's a little more about our first panelists:

 

Yosh Eisbart

As CEO and co-founder of NIMBL, Eisbart is responsible for driving tangible business value to NIMBL's client base via many avenues. Focused on business development and cultivating mutually beneficial bi-directional relationships, Eisbart works closely with both NIMBL direct customers and NIMBL partners to maximize clients' SAP investment and lower their TCO. Yosh also acts as NIMBL's Alliance Director working closely with America's SAP User Group (ASUG), SAP America, non-SAP strategic partners, and the greater SAP eco-system.

 

Wy Livingston

Livingston is the President and CEO of Wystone’s World Teas Holding, Inc.  The tea enterprise consists of a 120 seat tea bar, café and retail establishment, a Wholesale division, a Product development division, and a Franchise division.  Prior to beginning her adventure in tea, Wy Livingston has worked in Fortune 500 companies all her career. Since graduating from the University of Denver, she has managed service, call centers and operations at Federal Express, Lockheed, CIGNA, Jackson National Life Insurance and AIG, where she held the position of Senior Vice President, Nationwide Variable Annuity Operations. Most recently she was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Pulte Homes, the largest home builder in the country.

 

Amanda O’Connor
Amanda O’Connor, P.E., LEED AP is President of EES and offers over 19 years of experience with a broad engineering background that includes site civil design, drainage design, transportation design, and traffic control design.  She is responsible for the successful design, coordination, and management of municipal and private sector improvement projects, studies, and reports.  Amanda serves as project manager on interdisciplinary projects from the initial entitlement stages through design development and construction, working effectively with city and county councils, planning commissions and other community groups.  Amanda is licensed in multiple states.