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2014 School Leadership Summit Keynote: James Bain

James Bain Groupon Startout

James Bain is currently Head of Sales and Account Management for Parking Panda, the leader in online parking reservations. Parking Panda allows drivers to find and reserve parking online, ahead of time through web and mobile applications and enables garages and lots to market their inventory through an online channel.

After earning his MBA from Chicago Booth in 2011, James joined Groupon as a City Manager, in charge sales and operations of all daily deals in such high profile cities as Detroit, Minneapolis and Toledo. In addition, James worked as a Senior Manager in Sales Operations, the merchant research and lead management departments—optimizing efficiencies and shortening the sales cycle for 800 sales representatives across the US. While at Groupon, James co-founded the LGBT employee resource group (ERG) Pride@Groupon, using a $20k budget to launch multiple successful social media campaigns, earning over $300k in additional revenues for the company and being honored by the HRC of Chicago with the Corporate Equality Award at their annual gala.

Outside of the tech world, James enjoys satisfying a deep wanderlust, being outside and NPR.   James is also on the national Board of Directors for he non-profit Start Out  and is currently launching their Chicago chapter.