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.

Title: CEO.

Education: High school, life.

Birthplace: San Diego.

Age: 41.

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.

Jackson Design and Remodeling