Josh Stull, Founder and Director

I founded Eight One Seven to pursue my dream of owning and operating my own business. That dream’s inception came during junior high when I started a locker-based lollipop business and was first exposed to the dynamics of supply/demand. Through my professional and educational pursuits, I learned more about the impact a business owner has on their company, their employees, and their community. This realization has broadened the scope of my ambitions and reinforced my dream to be a business owner.

I started my career at General Mills and, later MillerCoors, working in a hybrid sales-strategy role. While at both companies, I was in charge of managing key relationships with companies such as Wal-Mart and 7-11. Most recently, I was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. While there, I worked on projects that covered a variety of industries  (healthcare, consumer, manufacturing, construction) and functions (marketing, growth strategy, and market due diligence). I hold an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Notre Dame, where I was also a walk-on on the football team.

 

While originally from Brownsburg, Indiana – a western suburb of Indianapolis - I attribute my work ethic and values to the blue-collar farm town in Northern Indiana where the majority of my family lives and where I spent most of my summers as a youth. I am passionate about sports and helping underprivileged kids. My wife Becca and I have been married for 5 years and we currently live in Milwaukee with our dog Scout.

 

My Advisors

Judd Belstock is the founder and CEO of the Denver based brewery, Dos Luces. Prior to founding Dos Luces, Judd was the National Sales Director at Boulder Beer. Judd holds his BA from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jon Kaplan is a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group where he leads BCG's health-care payers and services team in North and South America. Prior to BCG, Jon was a senior partner at Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young. Jon holds his AB from Cornell and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Paul Schlagenhauf is the President of Badger Truck Center. Established in 1965, Badger is a second-generation, family-owned commercial truck dealership with locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Badger started its business with the Ford franchise but, since taking over in 1990, Paul has expanded the business to include other manufacturers and services. Paul holds his BS from Marquette University.

Jim Sharpe is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Arthur Rock Center at Harvard Business School. There he concentrates in the area of turnarounds, entrepreneurship and running small businesses. Prior to that position, Jim was the owner and CEO of Extrusion Technology for 20+ years. In that time, he grew Extrusion Technology from $4MM to $32MM. As an investor, he has ownership positions in more than two dozen entrepreneurial companies. Jim holds his BS from Babson University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.