Jake joined SPMB’s Ops Team in 2020 as the Search Operations Manager. He previously worked for Egon Zehnder for four and a half years as an associate in their enterprise technology team. Jake focused mostly on B2B software work at the CEO, Board and C-Suite level for public and privately held clients. He is leveraging this experience to focus on building operational efficiencies into SPMB’s practices and technologies, and developing new team members. Jake graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University with degrees in Economics and History, and is originally from Massachusetts.
Where have you traveled and where would you still like to go?
I’ve been to parts of Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and road-tripped across the US (southern route). I would love to get to Australia and New Zealand next, or to southern Africa. I’m originally from New England, so whenever I decide it’s time to move back home, I’ve always planned to roadtrip back, but on the northern route.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
I went on a solo trip through India, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in 2016, but with a layover in Dubai for a few days. While in Dubai, I convinced myself that I should go skydiving over the Palm. Completely giving over control of yourself and your life to the person strapped to your back at the door of a plane 13,000 feet in the air is nerve wracking to say the least. But it was worth it, and I’d do it all over again if I ever get back there.
What are your favorite books/movies?
My favorite book is Snow Falling on Cedars – written in the 90s, set in the post-WWII era, it’s incredibly relevant to what’s going on in the world today. A Man Called Ove would be a close second. My favorite movie is, by far, Fargo; while dark, I don’t think I’ve ever actually laughed out loud so much while watching a movie.
Which band would you love to tour with?
Fleetwood Mac; Rumours, Tusk, and Mirage were mostly what I listened to while driving from Boston to San Francisco when I moved to the West Coast.