SJ Barakony

Dedicated Market Area Director with expertise in leadership development, entrepreneurship, and strategic planning


SJ Barakony is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Consultant, Thought Leader and Mentor with more than 8 years of success across the education, real estate, and insurance industries. Leveraging extensive experience as an edupreneur for a variety of companies, he is a valuable advisor for an organization seeking guidance on preparing for share economy services and specializes in working with family businesses. His broad areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, recruiting and staffing, leadership, replicative leadership, business development, and strategy.

Throughout his executive career, SJ has held leadership positions with Service Before Self Leadership: An Educational Solutions Provider. H7 Network,, and Web Strategy Plus. SJ is also a prolific guest blogger and podcast host.

2011 - Present

CMA (Consultant, Mentor, & Advisor), Facilitator, & Founder - Service Before Self Leadership: An Educational Solutions Provider

Service Before Self Leadership: An Educational Solutions Provider

  • Advocate for servant leadership
  • Mentors and provides consulting for youth entrepreneurship programs
  • Shared economy expert and advocate
  • Helps business with future-proofing

2019 - Present

Community Ambassador - Startup Space Apps

Startup Space Apps

2018 - Present

Brand Ambassador - Web Strategy Plus

Web Strategy Plus

  • Actively serving as Web Strategy Plus' Brand Ambassador for the Columbus Metro and Central Columbus areas

2017 - Present

Territory Development Director - Cleveland Metro - H7 Networks

H7 Networks

I’m Available To Advise On The Following Subjects


Business Development



Company or executive-specific business strategy

Business advice related to my role at my company

Input and advice on a key project

Serve as a sounding board and second opinion on a key decision

Specializes in working with family businesses

Helping business prepare for shared economy services

Mentorship, input and advice on a key project

Softskills specialist