Jay Snaric is a successful entrepreneur, business owner and investor. He is also a teacher, biologist and creator/writer. His extensive academic past includes a graduate degree in biology from the prestigious graduate school at New York University, as well as graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from a Pennsylvania state university, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He taught 20 years as a physiology professor before becoming a full-time entrepreneur.
Although he was a tenured professor, he was driven to entrepreneurship. He had a feverish desire to build a successful business – and he did! In 2015 he was able to quit his job and move to Florida, due to the fact that he built successful companies in 9 major US cities.
At 12 years old, Snaric worked “off the books” for his best friend’s uncle who owned a janitorial company. Although he made less than minimum wage cleaning toilets and mopping floors, he loved working and earning money. Even at a young age, he had an industrious nature, as well as a strong penchant for entrepreneurism.
As early as junior high school he would buy large bags of Jolly Rancher candy and sell individual pieces to classmates for a profit. In high school, he and a friend started a cleaning business in which they advertised by hanging hand-written flyers in the local supermarkets.
Although it wouldn’t be until much later in life that he became a successful entrepreneur, the seeds were evident early.
BREAKTHROUGH AND SUCCESS
After high school, Snaric put the dream of entrepreneurship on hold in order to attend college. Because he had poor grades and low SAT scores out of high school, he had to attend a 2 year community college. Unexpectedly, he excelled in the college environment and spent the following years studying subject matter that included physiology, molecular biology and microbiology.
Through tutoring, in order to help support himself through college, he discovered that he loved teaching. At just 22 years old, even before completion of his graduate degree, he found himself teaching his first college course. And the rest was history. He went on to become a tenured professor in St. Louis teaching physiology, anatomy and microbiology to future nurses and other healthcare professionals.
It wasn’t until after six years of teaching that he regained the “itch of entrepreneurism”. He started a real estate business where he bought and sold investment properties. He wrote a nutrition and weight loss plan known as “The 9th Law”. And then he and his future wife, Kimberly, created a software program for children teaching them how to eat healthy. Although none of these programs had much success, what was learned in these “failures” laid the critical foundation for his future.
It wasn’t until he and his wife started their business that certifies healthcare providers in CPR and advanced life support courses that success came. All his past experiences and failures finally paid off.
CONTINUED PASSION FOR TEACHING
Snaric continues his passion for teaching as a SCORE (partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration) volunteer where he mentors entrepreneurs and anyone who is interested in starting and/or growing their business.
Through his early business failures, he noticed a common problem – he didn’t have enough customers. He immediately went to work on how to fix this issue.
Not only did he learn how to fix this problem for his future business, but he now teaches what he learned to others.
He teaches a method that he coined “Direct Hit Acquisition™” which is made up of tried-and-true strategies and tactics arranged in a simple and understandable way that show business owners how to “get paying customers”.
Because Snaric never studied business in college, he had to search for and seek out materials from which to “self-educate”. He found what he was looking for by studying the marketing greats such as Jay Abraham, Dan Kennedy, Gary Halbert, and Frank Kern. And like so many entrepreneurs, the books “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and “Think and Grow Rich” had a profound influence on him.
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn
Snaric’s greatest motivation comes from the high school teachers and standardized tests that told him he will not succeed in college. A guidance counselor once told him that based on a standardized test he was best suited to be a bus driver, and nothing more.