The Network is adding eight great members to our Leadership Council in 2017, including Jason Klein from Logic Forte. Jason moved to Springfield from Wichita, KS in 2010 and has been heavily involved in the community ever since. We caught up with Jason to learn a little more about his day to day responsibilities and how he first got involved with The Network. Check out his answer below!
Tell us a little about your day to day role and responsibilities within your organization.
I spend a good amount of time keeping up on business practices (related to accounting, payroll, operations, HR, and legal issues) so that I can better manage my own business and provide better information services to my restaurant customers. Most of my time each day is spent developing new information services and reports to help my restaurant customers streamline their operations (e.g. I read a lot of articles, write a lot of software, and analyze a lot of numbers!).
What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
I began bicycling in 2012 and love it! After 13 months and 1200 miles of training on an old mountain bike, I completed my 1st century (100 mile ride) on a road bike. My fastest century was 5 hours 8 minutes (almost 20mph) at Hotter N Hell 2016. I recently completed my 10th century during BikeMS 2016.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
When I am not working, I like to spend time with family and friends, bicycling with the team, or reading/learning about the latest technologies.
How long have you lived in Springfield?
My wife, daughter, and I moved from Wichita Kansas to Springfield in 2010 so that we could be closer to her family. We miss our friends and family in Wichita, but we are very happy in Springfield!
What's the best place to unwind after a long day at work?
Favorites include relaxing at home with my wife and daughter, cranking out miles on my road bike, or having a drink at Barley, Wheat, and Rye.
How did you first get involved with The Network?
Chris Rozier told me about The Network and encouraged me to join last year, so I did! We were meeting to discuss how AITP and my own technology business could better utilize our Springfield Chamber memberships.
What other organizations or causes are you involved with?
I have been consistently involved in my local Chamber of Commerce since 2001, with experience serving the business community as Ambassador, on Steering Committee, on Special Event Committee, and on a local Economic Development Council.
I have been a member of Kiwanis since 2001, with experience serving local children through Service Projects and Fundraisers. I have served as past Board Member and past President of a Kiwanis Club.
I have been involved in Association of IT Professionals (AITP) since 2004. I currently serve our technology community as Board Member and President of AITP of the Ozarks.
I am also a member of Springbike Bicycle Club, Ozark Greenways, and the O'Reilly Hospitality Bicycle Team.