James J. Olecki is Founder and Chairman of J2O Enterprises, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of The Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center in downtown Scranton, PA. In this role, Mr. Olecki leads the day-to-day operations of the business and is tasked with growing awareness and expanding revenue sources for the historic theater.
Mr. Olecki is also is the Founder and Managing Partner of J2O Advisors, a bespoke advisory firm specializing in conflict resolution, crisis prevention and reputation management. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Olecki has served as a trusted advisor and fixer to global CEOs, Boards of Directors, celebrities, government officials and high-net worth individuals.
Throughout his career, Mr. Olecki has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s largest companies, including The Coca Cola Company, Caesars Entertainment, Dow Chemical, UBS, Bank of America, IBM and Ally Financial (formerly GMAC). Highlights include: advising and serving as a key member of the “war room” in the $130 billion merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont (the fifth largest deal in history) and influencing the media to solidify Dow CEO’s legacy; creating Coca-Cola East Japan in Tokyo on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company and taking that entity public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange; managing the last three CEO successions forThe Coca-Cola Company and playing a integral role in the Company’s ten-year strategic plan; serving as a key member of the “Privatization Committee” and right hand to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas in the sale of the Government’s telecommunications industry; advising the co-Founder of Bumble on its sale to Blackstone for approximately $3 billion; and orchestrating the bank financing strategy for OnlyFans.
Prior to The Ritz Theater, Mr. Olecki was Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Sensei Advisory, a high-impact consultancy focusing on digital reputation management, where he drove the strategic direction of the business and served as the lead advisor and senior strategist to the firm’s largest global clients.
Previously, Mr. Olecki was Chief Operating Officer of Teneo Strategy, the global CEO consulting and advisory firm, who’s Board of Directors included President Clinton and former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. In this capacity, Mr. Olecki focused on solving the daily challenges facing Fortune 100 CEOs and Boards of Directors.
During the financial crisis of 2008, Mr. Olecki led GMAC through its U.S. Government bailout request and subsequent rebrand to Ally Financial. He also served as the Company’s primary spokesperson through the mortgage crisis of 2010.
Mr. Olecki is an Executive Board Advisor – Corporate Strategy and Investment Banking at Didgebridge. He graduated with a degree in marketing and finance from Marywood University.