Executive Profile: Todd Jackson
|Monday, May 3, 2010|
Todd Jackson is chief executive of Jackson Design and Remodeling, a design-build remodeling company located in Kearny Mesa.
Name: Todd Jackson.
Company: Jackson Design and Remodeling.
Education: High school, life.
Birthplace: San Diego.
Current residence: Ramona.
Family: Wife, Heidi; daughter, Danica.
Essential business philosophy: Never stop learning; treat every client with integrity and honesty; give back to my community and my industry.
Best way to keep a competitive edge: Continue to reassess, evaluate and never do something because that's the way you've always done it.
Guiding principles: Honesty, loyalty, expect the best - be the best.
Yardsticks of success: Client satisfaction, company profitability.
Goals yet to be achieved: $10 million in revenue a year, retire at age 50.
Best business decision: Buying my building and opening a premier design center.
Worst business decision: Purchasing and completely rebuilding a property in a neighborhood below its worth.
Toughest business decision: Who stays and who goes in difficult economic times.
Biggest missed opportunity: Not marrying my wife 10 years sooner.
Mentor: Paul Winans, remodeling industry leader, owner, consultant and overall great man.
Word that describes you: Energetic.
What you like best about your job: The opportunity to be creative, to strategize and to win. I love to compete.
What you like least about your job: Losing the deal.
Pet peeves: Messy office space.
Most important lesson learned: Trust your gut.
Person most interested in meeting: A new client with a million-dollar remodel.
Three greatest passions: Family, competition and trapshooting.
First choice for a new career: Attorney.
Favorite quote: "You can't always get what you want ... but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need" - The Rolling Stones.
Most influential book: "Good to Great," by Jim Collins.
Favorite status symbol: I'll take substance over status any day.
Favorite restaurant: Café Sevilla.
Favorite place for business meetings: World headquarters, Jackson Design and Remodeling Design Center.
Favorite vacation spot: Black Rock, Maui.
Favorite way to spend time: Barbecuing with friends, an apple martini, a good cigar and Ultimate Fighting Championship fights.