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Shai Robkin

BA Economics, MBA Marketing

Biography

Shai Robkin

Shai is a serial entrepreneur. Born and raised in Atlanta, he moved to Israel in 1976 immediately following his marriage to fellow Atlantan, Judy Birnbrey. Following a career in international banking, Shai and Judy opened Israel’s first combination bookstore/coffee shop in 1981. They returned to Atlanta in 1984 to care for aging parents, using the proceeds from the sale of the Israeli store to acquire Vernon, a manufacturer and distributor of library supplies. Vernon’s technology division was sold in 2011 to One Equity Partners, a division of JP Morgan. Since then, Shai has continued to direct Vernon’s operations while engaging in outside business consulting and education, including a position as the transitional leader of Conexx, the America Israel Business Connector.

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Shai is a serial entrepreneur. Born and raised in Atlanta, he moved to Israel in 1976 immediately following his marriage to fellow Atlantan, Judy Birnbrey. Following a career in international banking, Shai and Judy opened Israel’s first combination bookstore/coffee shop in 1981. They returned to Atlanta in 1984 to care for aging parents, using the proceeds from the sale of the Israeli store to acquire Vernon, a manufacturer and distributor of library supplies. Vernon’s technology division was sold in 2011 to One Equity Partners, a division of JP Morgan. Since then, Shai has continued to direct Vernon’s operations while engaging in outside business consulting and education, including a position as the transitional leader of Conexx, the America Israel Business Connector.

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