Driven leader seeks new roads

Posted: March 27, 2016 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Jeremy Wilson, president and chief executive officer for NewRoad Ventures; photographed on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in their Bentonville office for Progress edition
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Jeremy Wilson, president and chief executive officer for NewRoad Ventures; photographed on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in their Bentonville office for Progress edition

Jeremy Wilson is president, CEO and managing partner of NewRoad Ventures, a Bentonville-based venture capital firm. He is also the founder and chairman of Now Diagnostics, a Springdale firm that develops diagnostic tests. Both companies started in 2012. Wilson also spent 16 years working for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and about four years at Rockfish.

Date and place of birth: Jan. 11, 1972, Little Rock

Family: Wife, Andrea; sons Hudson, 9 and Sawyer, 7; and daughter, Emerson, 2

Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance and financial management from the University of Arkansas and executive education from Harvard Business School

First job: Summer archaeology digs starting in the third grade for the next 10 years

Reality show I could see myself on: The Shark Tank

Worst habit: Not listening, I’m too busy thinking

If I had an extra hour each day I would spend it: Driving my kids to and from school every day

You would be surprised to learn I: Build furniture and live in a 5-acre farm with about 20 chickens in Bentonville

Advice for my children: Don’t lose sight about what you really want to do in life

Favorite drink: Cabernet franc

If I could only eat one meal the rest of my life it would be: Pepperoni pizza

Dream vacation: A 30-day RV trip I took with my family

Pet peeve: Drama. Life’s too short

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