Jonathan Ishee, Executive Chairman & Founder
Jonathan co-founded Broad River Furniture in 2003 with a single location in Pineville, NC. Since then, he has led the acquisition of multiple companies and re-entry into previously failed markets. Under Jonathan’s leadership, the Company has grown to number 63 on the Furniture Today Top 100 Retailers list and has been one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country. Jonathan also oversees real estate for Broad River Furniture and has developed over 300,000 SF of retail space. Jonathan’s passion for the Customer, drive for continuous improvement and strategic decision making have helped Broad River Furniture thrive in a tough business environment.
Prior to starting Broad River Furniture, Jonathan led the Interactive Department at GodwinGroup, the largest advertising agency in Mississippi. Jonathan also spent several years learning the furniture business under the tutelage of his uncles at Miskelly Furniture, another Top 100 Retailer. As early as junior high, Jonathan was learning the retail craft by working alongside his grandfather at the venerable Howard’s Department Store.
Jonathan graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College in 2000 where he was a member of the tennis team. He then earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management in 2003. Jonathan has returned to Vanderbilt to lecture on entrepreneurship and advise aspiring entrepreneurs.
Jonathan and his wife Anne are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and have been happily married since 2007. They are the proud parents of Max and Sims Ishee.
Jonathan is a passionate golfer and enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds. He is a hopeless fan of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Jonathan is also an avid reader and enjoys business writers Michael Lewis and Seth Godin as well as history.
Jonathan is a member of Young Presidents Organization, was named to the Top 40 under 40 by the Charlotte Business Journal and a Mover and Shaker by Business Leader Magazine in 2009. He was also named a Top 50 Entrepreneur in 2010.
He is involved with several charities and is a former board member of CharlotteOne and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Jonathan is also a member of Social Venture Partners, where he works with SEED20, and has worked with the strategic planning committee for Y Readers. He is also involved with Beds For Kids and has been a supporter since its inception.