Meet New EO New Jersey Member Kevin Mahoney
Kevin Mahoney is another new EO New Jersey member. He is looking forward to sharing with and listening to the experiences of other entrepreneurs who are working through similar challenges with their businesses. He believes this should help him in formulating decisions of his own.
For more than six years Kevin worked for Fry Inc. as the technical director for their New York office. While there he architected and managed the technical team for e-commerce sites such as Godiva, Waterford, Wedgwood and Gracobaby.com. In 2003, he decided as a way to learn the new Microsoft .NET platform he would build his own e-commerce site as a side project to get up to speed on the new framework. He was also familiar with adhesive tape since he had a very good friend who owned a tape converting family business (a company that takes jumbo log rolls of tape from manufacturers such as 3M and slits them to standard-width rolls or rewinds them to shorter length rolls). The site launched in 2004 and after a couple years the “side project” took on a life of its own and he was able to stop commuting into the city. He now primarily works from home.
His business – FindTape.com – primarily sells cases of tape to other businesses and resellers, but they also sell single rolls directly to consumers (they also ship cases of tape to Amazon almost every day, which they then fulfill directly through their Amazon Prime program). The great thing about adhesive tape is that it is an expendable (after you use it, it must be purchased again) and 25 percent of all their orders are reorders from existing customers. FindTape.com has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for three straight years (No. 2708 in 2013), and they were No. 848 on Internet Retailer’s list of largest e-retailers for 2013.
Kevin went to the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University and received his bachelor’s degree in finance. He also has a master’s in information systems from New York University (it was a joint program between their Stern School of Business and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences).
When he graduated from Penn State in 1991 the job market wasn’t very good, but he did finally get a job with Shell Oil down in Houston, Texas. After completing their managerial training program he worked for them for a little over a year and developed a dial-in and GIS-based application to help set the wholesale pricing of gasoline. He was then hired by the GIS company (MapInfo) whose software the application was built on and worked for them as a sales engineer for four years in both their Dallas, Texas, and then their Bethesda, Md., office in their government sales division.
Following MapInfo he worked at Oracle Corporation in their New York City office since more and more map-related data was being stored in relational databases. He stayed at Oracle for three years as the technical director of their NYC demo solution center. He then went to work for Fry Inc. as discussed previously.
After living in New York City for over six years, he and his wife moved back to New Jersey. Kevin grew up in Branchburg and his wife is from Millburn. They now live in Montgomery, just outside of Princeton, with their 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. His wife is principal of Brooks Crossing & Brooks Crossing at Deans in South Brunswick.