Simms Jenkins is CEO of BrightWave, North America’s leading email marketing agency. The award-winning firm specializes in elevating email marketing programs that drive revenue, cut costs and build relationships. Jenkins has led BrightWave in establishing a world-class client list including Affiliated Computer Service (A Xerox Company), Aflac, Chick-fil-A, Cox Business, Google, Phillips66, Porsche and Southern Company. The agency has been ranked among the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine the past three years.
Jenkins was awarded the prestigious AMY Marketer of the Year from the American Marketing Association for being the top agency marketer and the Email Marketer of the Year at the Tech Marketing Awards held by the Technology Association of Georgia. Jenkins is regarded as one of the leading experts in the email marketing industry and is regularly cited by the media as such and called upon by the financial community to provide market insight and consulting.
Jenkins is the author of two definitive and highly regarded books on email marketing; The New Inbox (published in April 2013 by ClickZ/Incisive Media) and The Truth About Email Marketing published by Pearson’s Financial Times Press in 2008). Jenkins is currently the Email Marketing Best Practices Columnist for ClickZ, the largest resource of interactive marketing news and commentary in the world, online or off. His industry articles have been called one of the top information sources for email marketers.
He has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Bloomberg TV, Wired Magazine and scores of other leading publications and media outlets. Jenkins is a regular speaker at major digital industry and general business conferences and was named one of the World’s Top 50 Email Influencers.
Additionally, Jenkins is the creator of EmailStatCenter.com and SocialStatCenter.com, the leading authorities on email and social media metrics. Prior to founding BrightWave, Jenkins headed the CRM group at Cox Interactive Media.
Jenkins serves on several civic and professional boards, including Atlanta Families, Zoo Atlanta’s Marketing Board and Fernbank Museum’s Corporate Leadership Council. He has served as a mentor at Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech based startup accelerator program. Jenkins is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio and resides in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood with his wife and three children.
Random Notable Simms Fact: Simms was Student Body President in 8th grade, the Vice President in college and an intern at the White House, which ended his political aspirations.