President, HomeExchange.com

Jim Pickell is the President of HomeExchange.com, an advisor, angel investor and frequent guest lecturer. Pickell co-founded several companies including OpenEnglish.com, Latin America’s leading online language school, now with over 2,000 employees. He served as the Senior Vice President of SONY in L.A., where he was responsible for leading digital distribution strategy around film, music and eBooks. He started his career as an attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions but ultimately sought to collaborate with like-minded thinkers and create ideas that influence positive change. Pickell’s lifelong wanderlust has taken him to more than 30 countries, including living for short periods in Italy (his wife’s home country), Japan, Mexico, and the U.K. He and his family value the relationships they have formed with locals and participate in authentic local experiences whenever they travel. Pickell holds a degree in economics from UC Berkeley, a law degree from Loyola Law School, and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

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