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- The Inspirer
Our newest ipsonian, Jordan, appreciates Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, playing Risk and reading comic books. But while he chalks these interests up to being “nerdy,” we know what drives Jordan’s interests are an incessant curiosity and fascination for all the world has to offer. Everywhere he goes, and with every interaction, Jordan is always soaking something up and taking something in. He was even able to enjoy algebra in high school, because it taught him to think strategically and logically. This knack for problem-solving has certainly carried into his adult, professional life.
Jordan is incredibly relational, and loves establishing connections with those around him. His comfort and confidence in his own skin make him both an incredible listener AND communicator. Far and above his many interests, Jordan LOVES people. When asked what it is that he loves so much about people, he spent several moments contemplating the question before responding. “I just think everybody is going through something… If I can be there for them, bring some healing and restoration to whatever they’re dealing with… that’s what makes me happy.” While Jordan makes friends everywhere he goes, he sees his nuclear family as his best friends. Though it was a rough transition at first, his parent’s divorce and re-marriages gained him two more awesome siblings and parents. “I wouldn’t want it any other way at this point. Finding a new rhythm was so freeing, and I’m so grateful for it.”
Starting at a young age, Jordan has always loved sports and a good healthy competition— especially when it was against older brother (and fellow ipsonian!), Vince. Whether it was soccer, basketball, or a ridiculous game of foosball, Vince never let Jordan get a win in. But, like the true learner he is, Jordan saw those defeats as growing experiences. In fact, Jordan sees Vince as a major source of inspiration. “He defines success as being better than you were yesterday, and he truly pursues and lives that. And he loves sharing it with others.”
In their free time, newlyweds Jordan and Cara love cooking, watching Parks and Rec, spending time with their friends & family, and immersing themselves in the peace and solace nature provides: “I love that it's so quiet and still, yet contains so much beauty and life.” Jordan admits that while the future can freak him out, he's reassured by Seth Godin, a role model to all of us at ipso, who said: “You can never be ready, but you CAN be prepared." Jordan is looking forward to the lessons he's sure to learn about small business and agency life during his time at ipso. He dreams of someday applying those lessons to some sort of entrepreneurial pursuit with Cara.
Jordan is talented at relationship building -- specifically via his ability to empathize, relate, listen, and advocate for the needs of others. He's a natural learner who loves research and studying innovations, and is currently learning the in's and out's of customizing Wordpress sites and project management.
Q&A with Jordan
What's the best part of your story so far?
The best part of my story so far is actually a pretty recent phenomenon. I had the incredible privilege of marrying my wonderful wife Carasella, and thus embarking on a lifelong adventure full of wonder and friendship. Can’t wait.
What organization or company inspires you and why?
Any other time somebody has asked me this question I have said ipso. I haven’t needed a second answer before. There are lots of companies that grab my attention, money, and even excitement, but inspiration is something different. So a company that inspires me is truly something special. ipso is just that, it’s something special. Passion, ingenuity, creativity are all words that describe the incredible humans that make ipso such a special place. “Things” can only inspire so much, but humans…humans can reach into the depths of who I am and inspire me in ways I never thought possible. That is why ipso is so inspiring, because of the humans.
What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?
I used to be chubby.
What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?
There is an intense feeling of joy and fulfillment anytime I affirm another humans worth and value. It’s one of my favorite ways to serve others. Every single human has something to offer the world, period. Helping others discover what that is is so awesome.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
I’m building friendships. I love people. I love getting to know people.
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
EVERYTHING. I’m a dreamer so I think about this question a lot, and I come up with a different answer every time. To name a few: musician, actor, scientist, professional athlete, etc. I’ll come up with a different list next week.
What does flourishing mean to you?
Great question. When I hear “flourishing” I think of a plant, or a flower, or a garden in epic bloom. When you see a garden that is full of color and overflowing with life you think, “Man, that garden is flourishing.” It is flourishing because it is beautifully successful and beaming with fullness, but also because it multiplies the life it produces.
What aspect of ipso's culture resonates with you the most?
The dedication and determination to do the very best we can and provide exceptional service without excuse. The desire to go farther and do more than what may be comfortable because we strive for greatness not mediocrity.