JEFF CHAVEZ

Author. Speaker. Entrepreneur. 

 

During my sophomore year in high school, I started selling custom surfboards from my garage. Self-taught, relying on blueprints cut from a 1985 Surfer Magazine, I carefully studied each step of the surfboard-building process and got to work. I sold three — before my mom shut down the operation because the entire house smelled like a chemical factory.

 

That early venture, though short-lived and unsuccessful, sparked within me a love for entrepreneurship. I started my first real business when I was 22, a small industrial service company — leading to the launch of now, twenty different companies over the years. There isn't a business model, economic cycle, financial scenario, management challenge, or employee situation that I haven't lived through. I've been to the top and back to the bottom many times, and I've got all of the mental, physical, and emotional scars to prove it!

 

Now, for context, I didn't graduate from high school. I left during my senior year to work and surf in Kona, HI. I didn't attend college. My journey has been unorthodox, while self-education and life experience have been my University. 

 

Raising a young family at age 22 while starting new ventures and learning the job of CEO in real-time, I didn't know what I didn't know. I read voraciously and studied anything I could get my hands on. Over the years, I narrowed my research and practical application to four primary topics: human behavior, entrepreneurship, leadership, and productivity. These disciplines reveal the critical actions that create excellence. 

 

Today, I'm the CEO of Authentic Development, an experiential learning company. We teach the disciplines I've outlined to well-known clients, including Hewlett Packard, Walmart, and SAP. As a corporate education faculty member for Duke Corporate Education, I lead executive leadership programs worldwide. With a team of experienced CEOs, I serve as a managing director of Sunray Industries, an early-stage investment company. 

 

So, I'm an entrepreneur who loves the business of building businesses. But that isn't what matters most to me. What matters most to me is this: How can I form impactful relationships with those I have the pleasure of working with, whatever the situation? 

 

With two new books set for release in the next 12 months, I anticipate the next few decades of work will be less about business-building and more about teaching the timeless principles that help each of us improve.

 

Fair Warning, Why Real Societal Solutions Begin at Home, Fall of 2020.

 

The Three Disciplines, How to Build a Great Company, Career, or Anything Else, Summer of 2021.

A California native, I currently live in Fallbrook, CA (N. San Diego). My wife and I are working hard to raise seven great kids, the most important of any other of life's work. I surf, run, read, and sleep as much as I can.

 
 
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