Active Term: 02/2023 - 02/2024
Areas of Expertise
Chief Operating Officer
Julia Swain is an energized business leader who uses creative intelligence to chart strategic plans that generate transformational growth for organizations. With over 20 years of combined expertise with workflow optimization, data-driven marketing, product development, and operational management that take consumer product companies to the next level.
A native Vermonter, in her current role as COO for Questech Corporation, a privately held Vermont, USA-based manufacturer of B2B & B2C home décor products, Julia oversees the daily operations of a $15 million-plus organization. At Questech, she successfully built an e-commerce business channel strategy from the ground up, resulting in a 25% overall revenue growth for the company. Previously she rose through the ranks at Dealertrack, supporting two company acquisitions, landing her the role as Sr. Manager of Marketing and Event Operations at Cox Enterprises.
There she managed a team of marketing professionals in support of a $2 million budget, using employment branding best practices to attract and hire top talent, expanding the hiring capabilities across multiple businesses for the company. She intuitively sees opportunities woven throughout a marketplace, or organization, and helps connect the dots and encourage collaboration to drive strategic business advantages.
Julia holds a Master’s Degree in Design Management and a BFA in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she graduated with the Certificate of Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Interior Design. She has continued her education with certifications in Marketing Strategy and Business Finance from Cornell University.