Jared owes his work ethic to his father, Clayton, who put him to work at an early age on his car lot in Flint, Michigan. Pulling weeds, painting walls, and cleaning up the bump shop on weekends began when Jared was 11…then cleaning windows, washing cars, and running errands full-time during the summer months once he turned 14. This led to other manual labor jobs as Jared grew up—pumping gas (pre-self-service) and installing chain link fence in high school, washing dishes in college to help pay for financial aid, assembly line work canning plums in Traverse City, and running chain saw on a Christmas tree crew for two seasons.
Other job experiences came along as he finished college—selling Christmas trees on lots in Flint and Pontiac, driving cab in Kalamazoo, and working as a trim carpenter for a builder friend of his. Jared continues to spend much of his spare time doing manual labor: spreading gravel to stabilize 2-tracks, mowing trails, and building decks, docks, footbridges on his home acreage. Hard work is in his blood; he enjoys the exertion and the satisfaction of a job well done.