By Ryan Yousefi
A young entrepreneur from Parkland has received the prestigious honor of being named to Forbes magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 list.
Jordan Scheffler, a longtime resident of Parkland, 2014 Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduate, and co-founder of the company Crewfare, a Miami-based startup focused on travel technology, was recently named as one of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs in the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2023.
The list highlights 600 outstanding young entrepreneurs, leaders, and stars making significant strides in their respective fields. After receiving the coveted honor, Scheffler took a moment to chat with Parkland Talk as he reflected on his journey, his ties to Parkland, and his vision for the future.
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by Forbes as one of the top young entrepreneurs,” Scheffler shared, reflecting on his achievement. “
“For anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you I’ve been working tirelessly from a young age. I deeply value dedication and perseverance, so it feels amazing to see all my effort pay off with this acknowledgment.”
A longtime member of the Parkland community, Scheffler attributes much of his success to the values he learned growing up in Parkland.
“The close-knit community of Parkland instilled in me values like persistence, creativity, and community that have been integral to my approach with Crewfare,” he shared.
“Being surrounded by such a collaborative culture at MSD High School helped shape my perspective on teamwork and working towards a shared vision.”
Rewinding his experience growing up in Parkland, he fondly recalled a turning point while attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas when he participated in the annual Relay for Life charity event. His involvement led him to connect with the event’s DJ, who recognized Scheffler’s diligence and mentored him in kickstarting his own DJ career.
According to him, the hard knocks experience taught him the basics of business and marketing.
“The experience opened the door for me to start booking my own DJ gigs for events all across South Florida on the weekends,” he reminisced.
“This experience instilled in him a strong work ethic, expanded his network, and sparked his interest in entrepreneurship.”
As with any teen finding his way as he grows into a man and takes on the real world, Scheffler shares with Parkland Talk the supportive environment Parkland always provided him was an essential element of his journey to appearing on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
“Having a solid foundation and people cheering you on makes you believe you can achieve your goals,” he said, highlighting the uplifting spirit Parkland is well-known for.
As a co-founder of Crewfare, Scheffler envisions giving back to the Parkland community by developing innovative tech solutions, creating economic opportunities for local businesses and talent, and mentoring aspiring founders.
“I aim to play an active role in moving the local business ecosystem forward and cultivating the supportive environment that shaped me as an entrepreneur,”
Looking ahead, Scheffler’s aspirations for Crewfare are ambitious. He envisions the platform facilitating meaningful connections and streamlined operations for travelers, experience organizers, and hospitality partners.
“Crewfare has the potential to fundamentally transform how people travel, live, and work by improving and elevating the full travel experience,” he said.
When prompted to provide young individuals in Parkland aspiring to venture into entrepreneurship or the tech industry a piece of advice as they begin their journeys, he stressed hard work, and good, supportive people, will always be a recipe for success.
“Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and learn through hands-on experience. Find good mentors and partners who will support you along the way. You can realize your dreams with hard work, perseverance, and resilience.”
No longer currently living in Parkland, Scheffler says his mind continues to drift back to a place where he once again calls the city home.
“I envision raising my family in Parkland down the road and continuing to support the town’s growth.”
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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