Jody Sherman, Ecomom Co-Founder, CEO, Dead at 47 - 8 News NOW

Jody Sherman, Ecomom Co-Founder, CEO, Dead at 47

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LAS VEGAS -- Jody M. Sherman, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas tech startup ecomom, has died. He was 47.

Sherman died early Monday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Sherman, a Miami native, quit high school before his senior year, but became a data systems technician for the U.S. Navy and later went into sales and marketing.

He was an early employee of Internet search engine Lycos and sold a private jet booking company, Smart Charter, to billionaire airline owner Richard Branson.

Sherman moved ecomom to Las Vegas after meeting CEO Tony Hsieh at a poker party in San Francisco. Hsieh's Vegas Tech Fund backed ecomom's move to downtown Las Vegas with $300,000 in financing.

In a blog post dated Jan. 21, Sherman wrote of his company's commitment to giving and the tax it places on the company. Ecomom pledged 10 percent of its proceeds of every sale to AmeriCares, a disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed 300,000 people and left as many still homeless three years later, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

"I could go on all day about the things we take for granted that remind me, at times like this, how lucky I am," Sherman wrote. "When the (earthquake) relief effort has developed to the point where they have identified items that can be of use, we will donate again and make it easy for our customers to donate as well. Because we are all lucky and we need to share our luck with the less fortunate."

Ecomom co-founder and Chief Mom Officer Emily Blakeney said Sherman "worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for everyone.

"We have lost a great soul."

Blakeney called Sherman "an unwavering inspiration, a fearless leader and above all a loyal and loving friend."

The company's board of directors appointed ecomom's Vice President of Operations Marcus Nucci as president.

Ecomom is an online retailer that focuses on environmentally friendly products. The company, which launched in May 2010, moved to Las Vegas from California in January 2012.

Sherman is survived by his wife, Kerri, and family.

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FILE: Jody Sherman practices yoga at the ecomom headquarters in June 2012.

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FILE: Jody Sherman treated his employees to yoga lessons every week at the office (June 2012).

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