Project Nia has an exciting introduction! We would like to welcome one of our newest team members, Jason Serchay. Serchay joined our team only last month, but has already made his mark on our team. The account manager was born and raised right here in San Antonio, Texas. This month, we decided to celebrate him the only way we know how, with an employee spotlight! We sat down with Jason for a one-on-one conversation to discuss the path that brought him to us, and his future with the company.
Hi, Jason! Let’s start from the beginning. What childhood experiences were most influential in your life?
“I would say that being extremely busy influenced me. At one point, I was involved in piano all year round, acting and swimming in the summer, soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, Hebrew school three times a week, and my parents put me on three baseball teams one spring. Being so active and involved, having to balance it with school, not wanting to always do it but never quitting helped influence me into the person I am today. I was taught from a young age that you always finish what you start and that helped build my work ethic. Also, traveling around America to play baseball, going on a trip to Israel, and making music influenced me.”
That is quite an active childhood. How would your parents and peers describe you?
“Outgoing, funny, active, driven, down to earth, and adventurous.”
Tell us about the way your life as an athlete shaped who you are today.
“I was always involved in sports and extracurriculars whether it be acting, music, football, basketball, swimming, soccer, or baseball. That competitive environment helped develop my work ethic and my will to win and succeed. It also developed a sense of confidence and acceptance of failure, or in other words, thick skin. At a young age, I realized that there will always be someone smarter, better looking, stronger, faster, or better than you. So, it always made me wonder on a daily basis what someone else, the competition, was doing to get better and that drove me to work harder consistently.”
Did you have any idea that you would end up in this field?
“My childhood dream job was to be an astronaut and an international businessman. I don’t know that the first one will pan out, but I think the second one still has some potential. I had an idea that I would end up in sales during my senior year in college. My personality led me to this field.”
You knew in college? Tell us about your college experience.
“I attended the University of Texas at San Antonio as an Economics major. I received a baseball scholarship to attend the university and participated on the baseball team. I met a lot of great people and traveled to different parts of the country during my time on the baseball team. I also spent a summer during college living on a farm in Kansas and a summer living in Virginia. I made friends from different colleges all around the country and ended up going to visit them during my breaks. I really made some friends that I will have for the rest of my life which is awesome. In addition, I also worked at the La Cantera Resort Golf Course.”
What is one life experience that you feel has shaped you?
“I think the one life experience that has shaped me is going to the National Holocaust Museum and seeing a video of myself with my grandma sharing her story. That really put in perspective how precious life is and how lucky I am to live in America and just be alive in general.”
What is something we might not know about you by just looking at you?
“You probably wouldn’t know that I love to skydive, that I make music, or that I can eat twenty hamburgers in one sitting.”
What would you consider to be your greatest skill, quality, or asset?
“My greatest quality is adaptability. Being able to make adjustments on the fly especially being in new environments with new people.”
Those are definitely qualities we look for. What drew you towards Project Nia?
“What drew me in was the culture of Project Nia and how new the company was. There is so much potential here. In addition, the opportunity for entrepreneurship and the opportunity to grow at a quick rate. The work environment is very competitive and team-oriented which I love, and the culture is very conducive to the team’s personal and professional development. We control how much we make, and our growth is also up to us as well.”
What is something you’ve learned through your work you didn’t know before?
“What I’ve really learned through my work is that preparation builds confidence from a vocal standpoint and that the difference between being good and being great is a matter of additional minutes you put towards sharpening your saw.”
You are definitely a leader in our office. Give an example of a time you exercised leadership and drive.
“In college as team captain of the baseball team, I took matters into my own hands through a shared goal at the beginning of the season. I helped reach that goal and stayed on course throughout the year to win a conference championship. It was an everyday battle to make sure we were performing at a high level and never playing down to the competition, even if it was an unimportant game on a Tuesday or an early morning practice on the weekend. You have to be your best every single day to achieve anything great and memorable.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
“In five years, I see myself managing my own team and owning my own business in the field of technology or something progressive that influences a large number of people. I’d like to travel the world, whether that is through my work or a byproduct of autonomy through my work. Only time will tell.”
When he is not crushing goals in the office, Jason Serchay can be found seeing live music, hanging out with friends, or training for the marathon he will be running in December. Fun fact about Jason, his favorite movie is Pulp Fiction, closely followed by any Tarantino movie on the market.