Jason Jones

Occupation:  Vice President, Professional Services, Crossgate, Inc.

First Car: 1969 Pontiac GTO

Favorite Restaurant: Anything cajun and all kinds of soup!

What are three things most people don't know about you?

1. I take guitar lessons with my kids. 
2. I love Science Fiction. 
3. “JavaPosse”, Howard Stern, and “The Disciplined Investor” are among my favorite iPod programs.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Hitch-hiking across the country after high school, and driving through England on the wrong side of the road.
What's your best childhood memory?

The Mattel “Crazy-Car”, my first kiss, dodge-ball, baseball, and Jerry West basketball camp.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Richard Feynman, because that would be an interesting conversation, myself at age 100, for wisdom and a broader outlook on life and Jesus Christ, just because.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Quit college, start over again and finish in 3 years.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I still love programming.  I invent little projects for myself, code them up in a new language or platform as a way of staying current.  I love the thrill of launching a program I wrote myself and watching it work just the way I want, even better if it actually does something useful....

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is Number 1, followed closely by “Surely you must be Joking, Mr. Feynman”.
I also like Kurt Vonnegut, R.A. Heinlein, Neal Stephenson’s early stuff.  Biographies of any kind are also a great read.
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

The Taj Mahal, and the Earth from outer space (seriously).

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the insulin pump, portable water purification, and the iBOT and Segway personal mobility systems, created FIRST to get kids excited by Science and Technology again.  Kids work with mentors to build robots from everyday materials and then compete against kids from other schools to see which designs work best.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Why I’d be jamming-out with Eric Clapton, of course.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Interest in computers lead to “home-brew” software projects, which lead to an IT staff position, which led to consulting assignments with a System Integrator, which led to career opportunities at software companies in Silicon Valley and Germany.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Grow where you’re planted.  Work your butt off always, but especially from ages 25 to 35.  Reputation and reliability are everything.  The difference between mediocrity and greatness is a mere 2%.  It’s that extra little bit that you do, that no one else does, that sets you apart from the rest. Do just that little bit more and watch what happens over the long run!