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In 1983, Rose Jenne worked in the telecommunications industry as a sales representative for a regional manufacturer’s rep firm. In 1986, seizing on a business opportunity, she put all her assets on the line including equity in her home and launched Jenne Distributors, Inc. The original strategy for creating the company came as a result of the split up of the Bell Companies (today AT&T) and the lack of distributors selling telephones and communications products. Rose saw the opportunity to create a business that offered telecommunications products and solutions enabling resellers and installers to purchase all their products from a single source instead of ordering from different manufacturers separately. Rose’s business philosophy emphasized customer service, quick turn-around time, easy ordering, product training, and certification, along with product support and knowledgeable sales professionals, which continues at the company to this very day.
Sales at Jenne topped $2.4 million during the company’s first year in business under Rose’s leadership. Ever the entrepreneur at heart, in 1996, Rose identified another business opportunity and formed N2Net, Inc., an Internet Service Provider, offering dial-up access, high speed access, hosting and web design along with offering fulfillment and distribution opportunities through the Internet. She ran that company for a number of years until October 2001, when she decided to sell N2Net Inc., because Jenne was growing so rapidly. She decided to focus all her time and resources on the continual business growth needs of Jenne.
As President and CEO of Jenne, Rose grew revenues to $130 million. Under her leadership, the company experienced double digit growth for many years. In May of 2008, Rose moved into the role of Chairman of Jenne, Inc. after identifying and hiring Dave Johnson, a former executive from Avaya, to serve as the company’s President and CEO.
During her accomplished business career, Rose has earned many awards including:
  • Top Twenty Women Business Owners Award in Northeast Ohio for 1996;
  • Small Business Person of the Year Award Finalist for 1997;
  • Top Ninety Award for Top Performing Companies of Northeast Ohio;
  • The Golden 30 Award for the top growth companies in Lorain County, Ohio for the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009;
  • Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northeast Ohio in 2000;
  • The Weatherhead 100 Award from Case Western Reserve University for 2000, 2001, and 2003; and
  • Inside Business Magazine’s NEO Success Award for Top Performing Companies in Northern Ohio in 2004.
Rose serves on the board of directors of The Lorain County Community College Foundation board and the board of directors of Magnificent High School. Rose also has served on the boards of The Light House, Inc., The Center for Leadership in Lorain County, and Lorain District National City Bank board.