Q and A with Van Jackson
NAME: Van Jackson
TITLE: CEO/president, Affordable Glass Protection
MARRIED: Twenty years very happily married to my wife, Stacey
CHILDREN: Son, Carson (17) and daughter, Lauren (15)
YEARS IN BREVARD: I was born and raised in Brevard County so that would make it a total of 54 years!
WHAT IS A “TYPICAL DAY” LIKE FOR YOU?
My family is involved in a carpool for my daughter’s school, so, I start my day by driving three middle school teenagers to school every morning. After that I drive to my office where I check my emails and review the daily schedule for my installation crews. I then proceed to look at my opportunities to bid on state contracts and review the current leads for the day.
Next, I need to confirm my scheduled appointments for the day. I proceed to make those phone calls personally to demonstrate my ongoing dedication to being involved in knowing and recognizing the customers’ needs early in the business relationship. I then travel to meet with my prospective clients and try to educate them on the products and features that AGP has to offer. After evaluating the customers’ needs for hurricane protection, I then advise them to research other companies and get other bids so when they have made their final decision to purchase the product, they can rest assured that they have made the right decision with AGP.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love the independence that it provides me to spend quality time with my family.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
I feel the biggest challenge of my career is dealing with the unscrupulous competitors and carpetbaggers because of the false promises and guarantees that they offer.
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE TIME FOR NOW?
I wish I had more time for family, friends, hunting, fishing and reading.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO ON YOUR IPOD?
I was born in 1958… what’s an iPod?
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?
I admire my brother, Steve Jackson. He was a 10th grade high school dropout who ended up joining the Army in 1972. He was never a guy to wallow in his own misfortunes or to wait around for others to help him out. He worked diligently and remained focused on his personal goals and eventually retired at the age of 39 as a captain who practiced as an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant. He currently is employed at Blue Ridge Orthopedics in South Carolina.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN BREVARD COUNTY?
I love Brevard County because it is my birthplace, childhood and adult life home. It is the community where I met my lovely wife and where we are raising our two beautiful children.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESSES?
I would say that first and foremost they need to write a 5- and 10-year business plan. I would continue by saying to be honest and forthright with everyone you deal with in business and always put the customers’ needs first.
IF YOU COULD TRADE PLACES WITH ANY OTHER PERSON FOR A WEEK WHO WOULD IT BE?
Ronald Reagan. Because he worked extremely hard for everything he got in life and he was a great conservative!