Jesse Cole, Fans First Entertainment Founder & Savannah Bananas Owner | #76

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Jesse Cole is the founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas baseball team, a member of the Coastal Plain League, which consists of 16 teams throughout North and South Carolina featuring the top college players from around the country.

Jesse’s teams have welcomed more than one million fans to their ballparks and have been featured on MSNBC, CNN and ESPN. The Bananas have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year, and won the CPL Championship in their first year. Fans First Entertainment has been featured on the INC 5000 lists as one of the fastest growing companies in America. The Savannah Bananas currently have sold out every game for two straight seasons and have a waiting list in the thousands for tickets.

Jesse is an in-demand speaker and released his first book “Find Your Yellow Tux – How to Be Successful by Standing Out” in January of 2018. The book launched #1 in three categories on Amazon and has been sold in 18 countries. Staying true to his mantra, “Whatever’s Normal, Do the Exact Opposite,” Jesse launched the book with a World Book Tour….at Epcot.

Jesse’s greatest mentors are Bill Veeck, PT Barnum and Walt Disney. All three share a wall in his office on custom-made posters that display the words Innovation, Showmanship, and Vision. Jesse believes that to be successful you need to Stand Out and Be Different. He releases daily videos, blogs and articles on LinkedIn. He is passionate about creating attention, loving your customers more than your product and loving your employees more than your customers. Jesse is the Host of the Business Done Differently Podcast and has been featured on more than 100 podcasts including the Ziglar Show, StoryBrand with Donald Miller and NPR’s Only a Game.

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