JENNIFER BARNES

Jennifer is the CEO of Optima Office, Inc. She is also the Co-Founder of Pro Back Office. She spent 6 years growing it to one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S..


Jennifer won the top 40 under 40 business leaders in San Diego (SD) County award in 2018, was named 2017 Young Entrepreneur by SDs Chamber of Commerce and most influential leader in 2016 by the Connected Women of Influence. Jennifer was a semi-finalist in EY’s, Entrepreneur of the year, has been a finalist in the Women of the Year for SD Magazine and SD Business Journal as well as being a finalist for CEO of the year.


Jennifer started her career in the accounting department at Petco after she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors’ degree in Finance, Accounting and Marketing. She moved her way up the ladder quickly and a few years after graduating found herself in a consulting role as a Controller or Director of Accounting for numerous companies and non-profits throughout San Diego. Learning quickly that she needed to further her education Jennifer earned an MBA from San Diego State University in 2008 (EMBA 17) and completed the Becker CPA courses in 2011.


Jennifer has sat on many boards in her career and currently sits on the board of The Better Business Bureau, The Business Executives Council, and Junior Achievements Young Executives Board. She also volunteers time at SDSU by participating in the mentor program and also as a judge in various student competitions. She is currently a member of Rotary 33, Vistage International, ACG, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Young Executives Council and Social Venture Partners.


Jennifer is a tenacious, intelligent and genuine business executive. Work life balance is very important to her so she is adamant about her team having a flexible, friendly and awesome place to work. Providing opportunities to superstar employees and helping small businesses grow is what keeps her motivated. Jennifer is married, has 7 nieces and nephews, loves spending time with friends and family and enjoys being outside, especially jogging on the beach or speeding down the mountain on a snowboard.

 

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