If you’ve spent any time working with Jason Jellis and his fellow HS Sign Shop team members, words like humble, talented, knowledgeable and hard-working quickly come to mind. Since Jason has been an integral part of HS for the last 21 years, we asked him how he thinks about his two plus decades here.
It’s been 21 years at HS, do you remember exactly what you were doing 21 years ago?
Wow, 21 years! Time flies when you’re having fun. Twenty-one years ago I was just starting to soak in all things HS and I sat next to Lynell and Tammy as they showed me the ropes.
I was originally hired to be a designer and head of our quality control efforts. That role has developed over the years and I’m glad to say I have not had a boring day at HS for the last 21 years. There is always a new, fun project waiting in the wings with its own creative challenges. The diversity of what we get to work on each day is what keeps it exciting.
Now that you’re of legal age – and a bit more – what advice would you give to someone about being a responsible Agency Partner and worker?
Live and lead by the Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. I try to lead by example. I like to dive in and work on a project from beginning to its end – and I like to do this with our staff by my side.
What does it take to achieve longevity in an ever-changing business?
Always be ready to accept a new challenge. Every day is a learning opportunity. Be ready to dive in and try your best, even if you are unsure of yourself at first. The words I live by is that, “if you don’t try to do something, you will never do anything. So just try it. You might surprise yourself.”
In the HS Sign Shop, you tackle a lot of project variables. Is there one particular tool you absolutely cannot live without?
Not exactly a tool, but our awesome staff and their “can do” attitude is something I could not do without. With their help, we have been able to design, build and create some amazing projects. Whether it’s our staff at HS or any one of our amazing clients, it’s just good to work with good people.
When you go on vacation are you able to NOT look at signs?
No, I’m always looking, touching, feeling and trying to figure out “how did they build that sign?!” It is that curiosity and thirst for knowledge that helps keep that next project fresh for our clients.