40 Under Forty

Uneo’s President has been honored by The Business Journal as one of the Triad’s 40 Leaders Under Forty. According to The Business Journal, “The awards honor 40 remarkable individuals , all under the age of 40, who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community involvement, and who hold promise of even greater things to come.”

Jason said that receiving this award “only fuels my passion to do even more to help businesses in our community succeed and to help inspire and equip this next generation of tranformational leaders.”

You can see more of Jason’s responses to The Business Journal’s questions below. These were not included in the publication due to space limitations.

  • What three adjectives best describe you? passionate, generous, hard-working
  • Greatest career achievement? Building long-lasting relationships with people from all walks of life and all parts of our city/community—relationships that have survived and thrived long after the end of a particular job or project.
  • Greatest career disappointment? Not knowing then what I know now.
  • Most meaningful volunteer activity? My work with 614 Restoration (www.614restoration.org), a local non-profit organization that I co-founded. I particularly enjoy working with students one-on-one or through our 4Real initiative, inspiring and equipping them to be the next generation of transformational leaders. I also enjoy leading the Hoops4Him (www.hoops4him.org) citywide youth basketball program, another 614 Restoration initiative that I have led for the past 15 years that reaches over 700 students each year.
  • Are you an Apple or a PC? PC
  • Favorite website (other than your business’): www.614restoration.org and www.hoops4him.org
  • When I’m not working, I’m…spending time with my family and working on 614 Restoration initiatives
  • I am passionate about…making a difference in people’s lives
  • Don’t ask me to…accept the status quo
  • As a youth, what was your first job? Worked as a landscaper and on the farm with my grandfather and uncle.
  • Favorite book? Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge – The most engaging, non-religious book I’ve ever read that seeks to answer the question we’ve all asked of our lives at some point – ‘What sort of tale have I fallen into?
  • If I won the lottery, I would buy…some property I’ve had a vision for in Southside Winston-Salem and develop it.
  • Where is your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? The Dill Pickle at the corner of Cherry Street and 4th Street in Winston-Salem – best chicken sandwich in town!
  • If you had to pick another job or career, what would it be? Own and operate a restaurant.
  • If your house caught on fire, what two things — other than loved ones — would you grab? My laptop computer and my grandmother’s cast iron frying pans.
  • Best advice you’ve ever received? When hurrying to finish a landscaping job with my grandfather I inconspicuously left a few big rocks in the yard rather than pick them up. Checking in with my grandfather I asked, “Am I done?”. He replied, “You’re done when you’re not ashamed to tell somebody you did it.” I picked up the rocks. And I’ve never forgotten what he said.
  • Lesson learned the hard way: God really does want us to rest from our labors.
  • What could this region do to retain more young professionals? Speaking particularly about Winston-Salem—continue to develop downtown as a place to live, work, play, and shop. We’re on the right path, but lots more to do.
  • Who would make the guest list at your dream dinner party? There are so many amazing people, dead and alive, with whom I would love to have a conversation—too many to even begin to make a list.
  • What is the Triad’s greatest challenge? Developing a true sense of community that transcends perceived barriers of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and geography—a community that supports, encourages, and empowers the family; a community that celebrates personal and corporate generosity over self-indulgence and exorbitant profits; a community that acknowledges past successes and failures but is focused on the next generation.
  • What is the Triad’s greatest selling point? Small town feel with some large city amenities…and only a few hours from the mountains or coast! I love living here!
  • Song that best describes you or your career? All We Need by Charlie Hall
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