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Jake Wood

Jake Wood

What I do now:
I own an insurance brokerage firm in Downtown Shreveport as well as a marketing and public relations agency.

My work/job consists of:
Primarily I work with individuals and small businesses to manage and mitigate risk exposure. Our company has a large focus on the Mortgage and Real Estate Industry. Through RocketPup Creative, we serve the needs of small businesses in the sphere of branding, public relations, as well as printing.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
My career began through a Marketing Internship with SMG at CenturyLink Center (CenturyTel Center at the time) and through that experience, I worked my way from the internship through six different positions (including Interim General Manager) where I spent most of my time as the Director of Sales & Marketing. In 2017-2018, I worked with Planet Aqua Group on the launch of Shreveport Aquarium and developed their marketing program and government relations strategy. I started my marketing agency, RocketPup Creative, in 2013 and opened the Jake Wood Agency - Goosehead Insurance in 2018.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
I chose LSUS because of the small class sizes, along with the scholarships afforded to me by the University. I felt that the size of the classes would allow for a better professor-student relationship and that certainly was the case throughout my time.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I worked with the Rec Sports department while I was a student and thoroughly enjoyed the different sports and relationships that I built there.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
There's really too many to list!

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS has provided connections to our community that have served as stepping stones to fruitful relationships.

Advice to college-bound students:
Never stop learning. Whether through your degree program, or through daily life - there's always something new to master. View your educational goals as benchmarks, not finish lines.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Dare to be different. Long gone are the days of marketing from a template, so use your creativity to live outside of the box.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
From what I've seen, your major doesn't define your career, so study what interests you and gain experience where your career aspirations lie.

My toughest professional challenge:
You'll find a myriad of personalities in the professional world. The toughest challenge is finding a happy medium so you can work well with them all.

My toughest personal challenge:
Finding an ideal work/life balance; it's a daily challenge to work to live, and not live to work.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce 2014 Class of Top 40 Professionals Under 40.

I've learned this from life:
Find what makes you happy. The power to change your environment lies within your own hands and as cliché as it sounds, "Love what you do, and you'll never work a day in your life."

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
You'd find me underwater, scuba diving...somewhere tropical.

 
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