Jake was raised in Central, FL and graduated from Lakeland High School. He joined the Air Force at 18 years old and served six years during Operations Iraqi & Enduring Freedom. After his service, Jake attended Western Kentucky University where he earned his bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship with hopes of starting a business. He later earned his MBA from Florida State University. Jake started his career in economic development with the State of Kentucky and later with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Desperately missing the Florida lifestyle, Jake returned home in 2012 and joined the Tampa Hillsborough EDC (Now Tampa Bay EDC) as Director of Business Retention and Expansion. His department oversaw corporate expansions throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County. Since launching the Plant City EDC in 2015, Jake has helped announce 60 economic development projects which generated 3,200 jobs, nearly $1 billion in capital investment, and over 10 million sq. ft. of new light industrial real estate. In his spare time, Jake enjoys being on the bay with friends and family.