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Meet Us

The wonderfully one-of-kind faces and stories behind The Grommet

Level The
playing field
Co-Founders Jules Pieri & Joanne Domeniconi
Over a decade ago, Jules and Joanne looked at the world of retail, and saw great ideas struggling to compete in a marketplace dominated by big-box stores and monolithic online retailers. The major players didn’t want to take a chance on these new products, so our founders started a company dedicated specifically to giving innovations the shot they deserve.
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Jules Pieri
Co-Founder and CEO
Jules spent her childhood days reading every single biography her Detroit elementary school offered, filling her head with gigantic ideas about how each and every person can impact the world. This inspires Jules as she leads the Grommet. She's building a Citizen Commerce-powered platform to help people support the kind of products that align with their interests and values. Jules' confidence in attacking seemingly impossible challenges was formed at a young age. Her first trip to Europe was not a mere visit...she moved herself to Paris right out of college. Similarly, she relocated her family of five to Ireland for the first half of this decade. Why? Why not?
The Grommet is Jules' third startup. Jules started her professional life as an industrial designer working for computer enterprises. She soon realized the majority of our economy is shaped by consumer products companies, so she followed the action over to consumer brands as an executive at Keds and Hasbro. Jules is told she is the first industrial designer to get a Harvard MBA, where she is now an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and in June 2014, she was invited to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.
Fast Facts
  • University of Michigan, BFA Industrial Design, Graphic Design
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • Design Continuum, Vice President of Sales
  • Stride Rite, Vice President of Strategic Planning
  • Ziggs.com, President and COO
  • Avid hiker, theatergoer, and rescuer of greyhounds
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Joanne Domeniconi
Co-Founder and Chief Discovery Officer
Someday a business book will be written on why trust is the most important asset one can build in a company. And when that book is written, Joanne will be a central case study subject. In her every action, Joanne is working to deserve the trust of the Grommet community. She is personally driven by the idea of creating a business with deep purpose - one that is stitching together transparency and community to serve up meaningful, adventurous stories around products. Joanne continually raises the bar of what it means to be a great Grommet and to have a company holistically reflect the values it represents. Which translates for our Makers to: "I have your back."
Joanne has extensive experience creating and launching consumer products and spent over 20 years at Stride Rite Corporation where, as Vice President of Product Development her career culminated in a company turnaround, achieving a record $385mm business in a single year and 11 straight quarters of improving sales and profitability. Joanne loves building things in a team setting and thrives in fast paced, creative environments.
Given Joanne's flawless inner compass and courage, it's no surprise that her great grandmother was the first woman in Massachusetts to hold a motorcycle license. Joanne is breaking new ground too, in reinventing how products are launched. And she does it with caring and trust, running on all cylinders. In June 2014, Joanne was invited to the first-ever White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform, connecting Makers with Main Street Retailers.
Fast Facts
  • Grew up in Lynn, MA and is the first woman in her family to attend college
  • Simmons College, BA Retail Merchandising and Business
  • Vice President of Product Development – Keds Corporation
  • Mother to 3 wonderful boys and Sydney the dog
  • Loves 'Camp' - a place on the lake in Maine
  • Favorite saying: "I push big rocks up steep hills and I love it."
discover
innovative products
This is where it all begins. Our Discovery Team tirelessly seeks out and evaluates exciting new products from small businesses and independent Makers. Their keen eye for quality ensures only the very best make it into our lineup.

Discovery Team

Meredith

Ayana

Sydney

Alessandra

Charlotte

Erica

Jayne

Partner with
makers
Entrepreneurs need good partners. Our Maker Relations team has ushered thousands of them from garage-workshops to the big leagues. They know the process of bringing an idea to market like no one else.

Maker Relations Team

Erik

Felicia

Vivi

Mike

Create cool
content
At The Grommet, we sell products with a purpose, made by people with stories. Telling those stories is how our content team shines. They craft the photos, videos, and words that bring it all to life.

Content Team

Tim

Dan

Carina

Jeremy

Kyle

Ellen

Christine

Bring it
online
Our catalog of amazing products is always growing, and bringing it to your devices requires a lot of work behind the scenes. Fortunately, our team of techies plan, design, and code the tools that bring these discoveries to you.

Tech Team

Dave

Erin

Corrin

Kate

Aria

Todd

Alexis

Tyler

Stacey

Marie

Dan

Lauren

Get the
word out
It’s harder than ever for new ideas to get the traction they deserve. That’s where our marketing team comes in. They navigate the noisy tides of online media, getting the right messages to the right people, at the right time.

Marketing Team

Mercedez

Katherine

Charlie

Mike

Bring it to
main street
For many of our Makers, selling online is only the beginning. Our Wholesale Team helps them take their business to the next level, putting products on the shelf at brick-and-mortar retailers where they can thrive.

Wholesale Team

Jason

Ian

Alexis

Grace

Zack

Alex

Pedro

Anna

Amilia

Keep everything
running smoothly
The backbone of our business. These dedicated professionals keep us on the ball, keep us happy, and keep the lights on.

Finance, Operations, and HR

Nick

Matt

Stephanie

Kelley

Sean

Sam

Chad

Crystal

Brooke

Carlos

Where do you fit in?
Careers at The Grommet