Management Team


Janet Holian Chief Executive Officer

Janet Holian joined Gemvara in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Previously, Janet spent 11 years at Vistaprint as President of Vistaprint's European business, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Vistaprint USA, and various marketing roles for Vistaprint since being hired as Vice President, Customer Acquisition in 2000. Prior, Janet served as Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Andover.Net, a Linux and Open Source technology portal with leading Linux sites such as Slashdot and Thinkgeek. Earlier in her career, Janet held the positions of Vice President of Marketing at PersonalAudio, Inc. and Director of Worldwide Marketing at MicroTouch Systems Inc.

Janet’s favorite Gemvara piece is an emerald-cut, blue sapphire and diamond ring. Her husband designed it for her as a Christmas gift.

Janet's passion is all about helping early stage companies define and prove their business model. She earned her B.A. in economics and business from Westfield State University in 1981 and completed the Tuck Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1995.


Matt Nichols Chief Financial Officer

Matt Nichols joined Gemvara in February 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and Board Member. Matt was previously a Principal at Highland Capital Partners where he invested in Gemvara and has served as an advisor since 2007. Through his investments in Gemvara and The OpenSky Project, Matt has become an e-commerce expert. Matt was also active in Highland's investments as a board member or board observer at Pixable (acquired by SingTel), Bullhorn (acquired by Vista Equity), U.S. Search (acquired by Intelius), and Going.com (acquired by AOL). Prior to joining Highland, Matt was a member of Google's corporate development team. Matt also worked at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, where he invested in Avamar (acquired by EMC), Tarari (acquired by LSI) and Perceptive Software (acquired by Lexmark). Matt was a member of the Google IPO team at Morgan Stanley.

Matt's favorite piece on Gemvara is the Slim Pave Band with sapphires and diamonds because he gave it to his wife to celebrate their son's birth, it was his first purchase at Gemvara, and the stones are also Matt's and his wife’s birthstones! Matt was formerly a nationally ranked junior badminton player, but his racquet skills have not transitioned well to the Gemvara ping-pong table, where he seems to lose to almost everybody.

Matt received a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College and an MBA with High Distinction from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


Jon Blotner Vice President of Operations

Jon Blotner joined Gemvara in the fall of 2012. As Vice President of Operations at Gemvara, Jon oversees the company’s customer care team, product development, jewelry creation and logistics. Previously, Jon was a Case Team Leader at Bain and Company where he advised Fortune 500 companies in the technology, consumer products, and retail and e-commerce industries. He also worked in Bain and Company’s private equity practice advising top-tier PE firms in the diligence process.

Jon’s favorite Gemvara piece is the Band of Brilliance as he gave it to his wife to celebrate the birth of their daughter. Jon designed the ring with his daughter’s birthstones and his wife’s favorite metal. Outside of the office Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and skiing, golfing, surfing, and cooking.

Jon earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA at Harvard Business School.


Geoff Greene Chief Technology Officer

Geoff Greene joined Gemvara in the fall of 2012. As Chief Technology Officer at Gemvara, Geoff directs the company’s e-commerce platform development and technical operations, as well as strategic product planning. Prior to joining Gemvara, Geoff was the CTO at Bullhorn for over seven years, the first truly web based and on-demand recruitment platform. While at Bullhorn, Geoff was instrumental in growing their users from 2K to 30K and managed a platform that supported 60 million transactions per day. Earlier, Geoff was Software Engineering Tech Lead at Macromedia for six years.

Geoff’s favorite piece on Gemvara is the Naked Cushion Triple Earrings, also a favorite of Oprah’s. He designed them for his wife and loves the way they look on her!

Geoff earned a B.A. at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.


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