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Jeni Bukholt, March 2022

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Jeni Bukolt speaks on a range of topics for community-building Mavens. As the founder and president of Haven Creative Agency, Jeni discovered her true passion is exploring the “why” behind a brand. Throughout her nearly 20 years of experience in community marketing, she has helped community leaders and successful business owners connect the dots to create visually impactful brand stories… While attempting to make them laugh at all costs.

When Jeni rebranded the Town of Waxhaw in 2015, she felt public humiliation and failure for the first time in her career and it became a pivotal moment. Although she and her team worked countless hours on the Board-approved town tagline, 1,000 residents signed a petition to have it overturned. She felt judged, embarrassed, and unsafe in her own town. “I felt like it was literally the worst thing that I could have ever experienced as a small business owner and I thought it was going to ruin me,” Jeni reflected. Little did she know, this was not the end. The rebranding elements she crafted for the Town of Waxhaw won multiple government communication and design awards and was only the beginning of Haven Creative’s journey to becoming the most sought-after community branding agency in the greater Charlotte area.

Jeni is a woman who wears many hats – she is an entrepreneur, a friend, a volunteer, a Waxhaw resident, a wife, and above all, a mother. Today, she positively influences the lives of driven business owners and communicators through her speaking events and hardcore honesty on social media as a working mom and successful business owner.