Jordan Zimmerman is founder and chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, the 15th largest advertising agency in the country, with 22 offices, more than 1,000 employees, and $2.5 billion in published billings. He also shares the ownership of the Florida Panthers hockey team. Zimmerman developed a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, selling greeting cards and managing a paper route before age 10. As an advertising major at the University of South Florida, he developed a love for an industry that would soon become his passion. Upon graduating, he secured interviews in New York City, hopeful of landing his dream ad agency job. But after no offers, he realized the need to further his education. Perseverance allowed him to push through the early rejection after graduation, motivating him to acquire hands-on experience while pursuing his graduate degree.
Zimmerman had a vision, and with his M.B.A. and $10,000 in savings, he opened his own agency. Today, the company serves clients in every retail sector from fast food to real estate. In 1999, Zimmerman sold his company to Omnicom, a leading global marketing and corporate communications group and a premier holding company. The partnership remains strong, with Zimmerman serving as chairman of the agency.