Provision IAM

Lab Partner: John Jacobs

When you’re interacting with Exclamation Labs, there is a good chance that you are unaware of the talent fueling your project. We work with some pretty spectacular people who are truly experts in their field. Take a few minutes to get to know them, personally and professionally, and see why these folks are our “special sauce” in the recipe for success.

This month we meet our Director of Sales and Partnerships, John Jacobs!

John joined our team in August 2019 to help lead the expansion of the Provision IAM solution in the financial services industry. His background in sales and familiarity with the banking and credit union industry have helped guide the development of the product and given a friendly face to go along with our name.

Founder & CEO, Jonathan Hutcherson, had this to say about John:

John has been a game-changer for our company and Provision IAM. He brings tremendous experience leading financial institutions in their digital transformation and has reshaped our go-to-market sales strategy. More importantly, his level nature and strong integrity clearly demonstrate why our clients love working with John.

Now for the fun part– get to know John, who may just be one of the happiest guys you've ever met!

John and his family, vacationing in St. Lucia

Since we’re here in the “Lab,” time for an exam! No right or wrong answers, but it is rapid-fire. We'll call this "10 questions in 60 seconds." Tell us the first thing that comes to your mind:

1. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Living the Dream (anyone who has met me will get this)!

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Tough one! I love learning new things. Maybe brain surgery, but I don't have the most steady hands. Okay, seriously, I’d like to learn how to sail.

3. When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

There is so much that could be done with 30 minutes of free time. Not necessarily in this order, but I would check on my daughters, read a chapter from a good book (I still like books you can hold in your hand), focus on self-reflection, or go for a quick jog.

4. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Tony Stark– but if it's Tony, I guess I’d really be choosing Elon Musk, who isn't fictional. Superman! Although, living the life of Bugs Bunny does sound appealing.

5. What is something you learned in the last week?

The word "biscuit" comes from two old Latin words — Bis (Twice) and Coctus (Cooked). In the Middle Ages, when biscuits became a popular food to make, they were cooked twice. First baked, then dried.

6. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

I enjoy spending time with family, reading, running, and hiking. The most enjoyable activity would be visiting a new place with my family.

7. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

I don't hate anything! I think there is something we can learn, or use to improve ourselves, from all chores. Although, if I had to choose which I disliked the most, possibly laundry.

8. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, whom would you meet?

This is impossible to answer in short, but I’ll try with a snippet. Plato (not just because he was a great philosopher, but because he was a great athlete as well — a wrestler), Muhammad Ali, Sacajawea, Einstein, George Washington, Katherine Hepburn (I bet she has some good stories to tell), Julius Caesar, Patton, and Robin Williams. I guess I should at least choose one or two living people: Jim Brown and Jeff Bezos.

9. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?

Digital transformation, hands down. Simplifying business process with technology. This includes things like creating better, faster, more secure, and more meaningful user experiences, and making greater strides towards AI. All the things we can do with better, quicker access to data, research, results! The possibilities are endless.

10. What would you most like to tell potential eLabs employees or customers?

Well, I already told you about the biscuits, what else is there?! Okay, let's try this, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Although I have many favorite things about eLabs, the top would be the team I work with, who are so responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable about information security. Second, we are having fun building something that addresses very real, very critical problems in the financial industry!

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