Years of working on the back-end of complex design projects — mostly NASA facilities — gave Jason a keen sense of the importance of pre-design programming. As an AV Design Engineer at TEECOM, his focus is on developing a detailed understanding of client needs and ensuring the design documentation communicates those needs to the entire team. He maintains a high level of communication through CAD drawings, RFI responses, and site visits.
Before he got into AV, Jason was trained in aviation. His father has his pilot’s license but is 80% deaf, so Jason grew up helping him with the radio. He had to “talk the talk” and get the lingo down, and he eventually earned his own pilot’s license. He worked on airplanes in the Navy, and for a while he was on track to become a pilot, but decided that turning the hobby into a career might spoil the romance. If he could afford it, he says, he’d fly all day every day.
Music soothes the savage engineer. Jason started noodling on the guitar with buddies in the Navy, and then reconnected with a high school friend to start a band. One thing led to another and pretty soon the group was recording a CD and playing live shows. Although band members have since gone their separate ways, Jason continues to play on his own and learn new riffs. His favorite genre is indie rock.
Growing up in Reno, 45 minutes away from Lake Tahoe, Jason has snowboarding in his blood. He says it’s like if you grew up in San Diego, you’d have to surf. His “home mountain” is the Mount Rose ski area, the closest one to town. Next in line are Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. For Jason and his wife, snowboarding is not so much about the number of runs or the jumps you get it; it’s more about getting up on the mountain and hanging with friends. Irish coffee helps.