JumpStart Appoints Kathy Heflin as New Chief Financial Officer

JumpStart, a leading venture development organization supporting tech startups and small businesses, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Heflin as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With over 30 years of experience in strategic finance and operations, Heflin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role.

Before joining JumpStart, Heflin served as the Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer/Deputy Director for Holden Forests & Gardens, where she played a pivotal role in transforming the organization’s financial management. Under her capable leadership, Holden Forests & Gardens thrived, even amidst the challenges posed an organizational integration and the COVID-19 pandemic. Heflin’s commitment to transparency, curiosity, and financial acumen has been instrumental in driving the organization’s success.

“Kathy has led Holden Forests and Gardens through unique circumstances, including an organizational acquisition and integration, as well as other challenges as their CFO,” said Julie Jacono, CEO of JumpStart and JumpStart Ventures. “Her experience working with startups and her passion for improving our region makes her an invaluable addition to our team. We are thrilled to welcome her to JumpStart as we embark on a new chapter.”

Heflin’s impressive career includes several leadership roles at Brandmuscle, a SaaS startup based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her extensive experience in accounting and finance spans startups to Fortune 100 companies, enabling her to bring a diverse perspective to her new position.

As a Certified Public Accountant, Heflin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University and an MBA from CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. In addition to her professional achievements, Heflin is deeply committed to community and sustainability. She serves as the Treasurer of the nonprofit organization Footpath Foundation, where she connects inner-city children to nature and promotes sustainable practices, a testament to her values and dedication.

“I am honored to join JumpStart and contribute to its mission of fostering entrepreneurship and economic growth,” said Heflin. “I look forward to leveraging my experience and skills to support the organization’s ongoing initiatives and help drive its success.”



About JumpStart Inc.
JumpStart is a nationally recognized investing, entrepreneurial support and economic development organization dedicated to unlocking entrepreneurship to transform entire communities.