Here at AO1 Consulting, we are quick to celebrate what makes us so strong- our team. This month, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of our corporate trainers, Jacob Lowe. Jacob has been with the company since December of 2018 and calls Philadelphia home. In this one-on-one conversation, we discussed life, business, and rock-climbing.
Were you primarily raised in Philadelphia?
“Philly raised me, but where I did most of my growing up was in South Jersey.”
How would your parents have described you as a kid?
“Outgoing, energetic, extroverted free spirit. I was always looking for the next thing to make me feel fulfilled and informed.”
Were you in any sports or extracurriculars?
“I’ve played almost every sport growing up, primarily lacrosse. In high school, I was a three-sport athlete focused on football, wrestling, and lacrosse. The two extracurriculars that I have been most passionate about over the past four years have been rock climbing and surfing.”
How did that competitive environment help develop you?
“Being in a competitive environment teaches you about teamwork and leadership. Not only how to portray both but the value that is derived from doing both.”
Did you have any idea you would end up in this field?
“Absolutely not, I’ve always known that I wanted to be in an ownership position, but I never would have imagined this route that I’m on now.
Tell us about your college experience.
“Well, my major was architecture, so I was a part of the AAIS group, however, I always wanted to pledge a fraternity because both of my parents are Greek. In college, I felt very much like my own person and didn’t really feel the need to belong to another group. Looking back on the experience of not pledging, I can see that I definitely should have done it. Now I’m going to have to pledge grad Chapter.”
Where did you work before joining our team?
“I worked at Dunkin Donuts in high school, and before college, I worked for a moving company. I also worked internships in my field of study. I worked at a build design firm and architecture firm, but my most enjoyable job was as a Professional Route Setter for the Philadelphia Rock Gyms.”
What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?
“I’ve had the blessing of having a lot of great experiences in my life; however, my dad’s battle with cancer is the one life experience that has shaped me. My father has always been the definition of a man to me and for better or worse I have always compared myself to him and his accomplishment. Chemotherapy was the worst I’ve ever seen my dad and he was still able to be there for me in any and all capacities. So subconsciously I’ve always thought if that man can beat cancer than there is nothing I can’t do.”
What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?
“I’m actually a very loving and caring man. I’m extremely sensitive.”
What were your first thoughts when starting with the company? What was something unique you noticed?
“One of my first thoughts that it was relatively fun, and it wasn’t very difficult. The unique element that I noticed was the opportunity makes you so much more of a critical thinker when dealing with people.”
How would you describe the culture at your company?
“I would describe our company as a young startup company, hungry to take the next steps into the future.”
What has been your best memory with the company?
“My best memory with the company was moving to a new market and building individual relationships with the founding fathers.”
What is something you’ve learned through your work you didn’t know before?
“The grass isn’t greener on the other side; the grass is greener where you water it.”
How has this career changed you as a person?
“This career has made me more of a people person and given me the ability to take control of my own future.”
What are your goals with the company?
“Consultant or bust.”
For Jacob Lowe, the sky is the limit, and with his work ethic, we know he will reach it. The last few months have been full of success and growth for Lowe, and for that he thanks his team. “My mentor inside of the business would be Jamal Hollingsworth,” says Lowe, “That man has given me the resources to tap into my mentality for success.” When he is not breaking records in the office, Jacob can be found in a local rock gym. “Rock climbing is what I’m most passionate about,” says Lowe, “I will always love to pull hard on plastic or stone.”