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Alongside his uncle, Jason planted the first seeds of change (literally) that grew into The Del Cabo brand of organic vegetables. After Del Cabo Jason switched focus to the entertainment sector working for MCA concerts, Producing Second City in Santa Monica, and then Rhythm Cafe in San Diego. Afterwards Jason pivoted back to the food sector, launching and growing the Brentwood Bread Company, and creating a line of organic breads for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Costco, and others. After selling his business Jason focused on volunteering and spending time with his family. A few highlights during this period, include serving as the Director of The Westside Waldorf School and setting School on a path of sustainable financial success; lobbying Turtle Bay Resort to adopt compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and brokering a deal with CROCS to make a special shoe to support a non-profit recreational program for disable individuals. Jason eventually teamed up with a longtime friend Rafe Furst in an endeavor called Accelerating Possibilities. This experience ignited a passion for working with companies in the startup phase, and he latter became the first board member of Crowdfunder. His diverse work experience has afforded him the opportunity to be successful in managing complex business initiatives, and achieving remarkable results. A dynamic organization professional with two decades of experience developing diverse teams, raising capital, implementing marketing strategies, negotiating contracts and overseeing compliance. Jason’s superpower is in solving problems other people can’t.
Responsible for all business operations of a private school with a staff of 30-35 and over 300 students. Accepted the challenge to restructure the school which was on the verge of bankruptcy, with an attrition rate of 80%, low morale, and a threatened loss of the site because of no lease extension. Negotiated leases, debt restructuring, lines of credit, and litigation settlements. Developed a comprehensive operation manual which encompassed recruitment and hiring practices, safety protocol, marketing strategies and office procedures. Reduced attrition improved morale and worked extensively to develop a climate of volunteering and giving.
Started an organic bakery and marketed the line of breads to Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, Safeway, Whole Foods, Costco, and others throughout the Western United States. Responsible for all aspects of the company including marketing, sales, governmental compliance, HR, and accounting. Drove the company from 0 to 3 million plus in sales in less than 8 years. Started with 5 employees and eventually employed more than 50 people. Successfully negotiated and completed the sale of the company in 2004
Opened two quality showcase venues (similar to House of Blues), providing an upscale atmosphere for entertainment acts such as Guns and Roses, George Carlin, Ronnie Wood. Directly responsible for all staffing, hospitality, contract fulfillment, and inventory controls. This was a new venture which included project management of the venue buildout.
Worked with some of the top names in comedic entertainment, producing 8 shows per week in a cabaret setting with a full dinner menu and bar. Created a school for teaching Improvisational theatre, which grew to 20 classes per week and over 250 students. Responsible for marketing, venue operations, food and beverage, ticketing, press relations, and the negotiating union contracts.