Jared Eckler

President

Years of Service at Townsend Leather:
20 years 

About the photo:
In the past year or two, we have had a lot of fun with Townsend t-shirts and Friday t-shirt theme days!  We have taken so many cool photos with partners, choosing one to use here is tough!  The Get Shit Done shirts have become iconic at Townsend though, all of our partners love them, customers take them home too.   I think it just is a really loose way of being fun yet emphatically proud about being hard working.  Jess, who is pictured with me is arguably one of our hardest working partners and really embodies the kind of drive, hunger, humbleness, and care for her fellow partners and our work that I think is so important.  It is people like Jess that make our company and culture great, and my job and influence on it that much more rewarding and fulfilling to me.

Who has been the biggest influence on Jared’s life?
It’s hard to say Terry over Sarah, Sarah has always supported me and believed in me just as I am.  She always saw in me a great person, and being with her always drove me to be the best I could as I always felt I had gotten lucky to meet such a beautiful, smart, woman.  Terry saw something in me that no one as much as he pushed to come out.  No one in my life ever put such high expectations on me and supported me in achieving things I never thought about before than him.  At each new height I reached with his direction, advice, support, encouragent, he would see my potential grow and raise the bar higher.  He gave a lot of his time to help me grow as a person, professional, and a leader in my life that I am positive without I would not be who I am today.  The lesson was to always strive for your potential and not settle for less from yourself or others that surround you.  As you improve, so does your potential to be even better.

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