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Jesse Cole

Owner, Savannah Bananas

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Jesse Cole is the founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas. Using Jesse’s Fans First Experience approach to customer experience, the Savannah Bananas have sold out every game since their first season and have a waiting list in the hundreds of thousands for tickets. Jesse and the Savannah Bananas’ 6-part docuseries premiered as the #1 show on ESPN+ and have been featured on many other network shows.

His teams have welcomed more than one million fans to their ballparks and are embarking on a World Tour in 2023. The Bananas have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year, and won the CPL Championship in their first year. Fans First Entertainment has been featured on the INC 5000 lists as one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Cole has been featured on over 500 podcasts and is an in-demand keynote speaker all over the country sharing the Fans First Experience on how to stand out, be different and create raving fans of both customers and employees.

Fun Fact: Cole owns seven yellow tuxedos and proposed to his wife Emily in the yellow tux in front of a sold out crowd. She said Yes! The two later married at their stadium. In 2018, they welcomed their first baby banana, Maverick.

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