Executive Spotlight: Jason Jacobs

Executive Spotlight: Jason Jacobs

Full name: Jason Lon Jacobs
Title: CEO
Company: RenderQuick
Age: 35
Hometown: Central, La.

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because (boring answer) I love it. Less boring answer – because it's the most awesome thing in the world to create something ex nihilo.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

My greatest professional accomplishment is being recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report TWICE now! Thank you Business Report. What an honor.

What was your first job?

My first job was working as a "laborer" for Rusty Jacobs of Jacobs Builders, Inc. Yes, that's my dad. He made sure that I hated construction enough to desire a college degree. It worked. Thanks, Dad.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

The best advice I ever received was "marry her." I did. She's the best wife and mother.

If you could have any job other than your own, what would it be?
If I could have any job other than my own, I'd love to be a private investigator! You know, like the Hardy Boys. Or a stunt man.

What is the greatest personal or professional obstacle you've overcome?
The greatest personal obstacle that I overcame was my inherent moral and ethical corruption. But really, it wasn't me that overcame it. It was God who, by His mercy and grace, changed me from the terrible person I once was into who I am today – a dude who wants to make God happy in all that I do. If you want to hear more about that, contact me!

If you started over, what would you do differently?

If I started over, I would do a LOT of things differently. Of course, that's assuming I could start over with the knowledge and wisdom that I gained from the first time around. So, maybe I really wouldn't/shouldn't start over because all of my experiences had purpose.

What is your prescription for life?

My prescription for life is to do all things as though God himself asked me to do them, and to do them in a way that would be pleasing to Him. Also, to get lots of sleep. Sleep is good.

What book are you currently reading?

The book that I'm currently reading is…wait…define "currently". If by "currently" you mean books that I've begun reading, stuck a bookmark inside, and set down to read later because I was so ADD that I wanted to start another book – then LOTS! But to answer the "spirit" of this question, I dislike fiction and spend my spare time reading and studying theology. Most people would find theology BOOOORING, but I believe there is no greater pursuit than to know God.

If you could have dinner with any three living people, who would they be?

If I could have dinner with any three living people, I would choose George Lucas, John MacArthur, and Jesus (who IS still alive, by the way). But I would really prefer lunch instead of dinner. Who's buying?

Who would play you in a movie?

If anyone played me in a movie it would have to be either Alan Ruck (Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) or Jason Bateman because I look similar to both of those fellas. Also, I think Chris Hemsworth (Thor) would work, but he'd have to bulk up a bit to play me.

What do you do to unwind?

When I need to unwind, I play piano. I'm irresistibly drawn to a piano. If I enter a room which has a piano, I will play it. It's inevitable. Resistance is futile.

What is the most expensive purchase you've made for yourself?

The most expensive purchase I ever made for myself was my summer home in the Hamptons.

What is your favorite weekend activity?

My favorite weekend activity is doing nothing/anything with my family. And I never work during the weekend unless a client is having an emergency – and emergencies cost a lot, which makes having to work on the weekend totally worth it.

What's your favorite spot in Baton Rouge?

My favorite spot in Baton Rouge is Derek Chang's Koto. A very close second is Mugshots.

How do you take your coffee/tea?

I don't drink coffee, but I like my tea ice cold, strong, sweet and with lots of lemon.

What is your favorite movie? TV show? Band?

My favorite movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. My favorite TV show is Wipeout (but only the first 20 minutes or so), and my favorite musician is Fernando Ortega.

What is your favorite gadget?

I love gadgets. My favorite gadget is my iPhone. However, sometimes, I get weary of all the technology, gadgets, and "noise." I think it might be nice to be Amish – at least for a few days.

What is something that you can't live without?

Something I cannot live without would be food and water. Oxygen is kinda necessary, too. Also, my Tempur-Pedic bed.

If you could change one thing about Baton Rouge, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about Baton Rouge, it would be the weather. BOY does it get hot here in the summer!

What is your greatest hope for Baton Rouge?

My greatest hope for Baton Rouge is a true, historical, spiritual revival. And not just for Baton Rouge, but nationwide. If you didn't think I was nutso before this answer, then I'll bet you do now.

What is your greatest fear for Baton Rouge?

I don't have any fears for Baton Rouge.

You've been into 3-D imaging since you were a teenager. What drew you to it and what keeps you immersed?

I've been into 3D computer graphics since 1994. I have no idea why I was drawn to it, but let me tell you I was STRONGLY drawn to it in the same way that I was drawn to piano, my wife, and God – with great passion and wild abandon.

How is computer imaging changing architecture and related fields?

3D is changing and has changed the design industry in major ways. For several years now, design colleges have made it a requirement to learn how to build 3D computer models. Most people have a difficult time understanding a traditional set of CAD plans, so the value of presenting a concept in 3D (especially realistic 3D like we do) is priceless. Designers can sell their ideas. Developers can pre-sell their properties.

Obviously, they can do these things without 3D, but not nearly as efficiently or effectively. Good 3D work is a necessity these days.

What are some of RenderQuick's more high-profile projects in the area?

Some of the high-profile projects that I've worked on include the Baton Rouge Airport Addition, the Condo's in downtown BR on the corner of Third and Laurel, and the proposed Raising Cane's Corporate Headquarters just to name a few. Due to the electronic, non-centralized nature of my company, we get projects from clients world wide. We recently bid on a 40,000 square foot palace in India (think Taj Mahal).

What would you consider your dream project?

My dream project would be to create virtual sets for a high-profile motion picture with a large CG budget! Maybe I can discuss that with George Lucas over lunch.

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