Faces of Shift with The Social Agent
Jake Deschene (pictured left): I am a Colorado native who grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. So, I am a Cornhusker but a Broncos and Rockies fan through and through. I am married to my beautiful wife Kristin and my favorite hobbies are golfing, skiing, sailing and attending concerts and comedy shows while building an advertising agency. Outside of those things, I consider myself a foodie and love to cook. Currently I am always craving steak from Guard & Grace. When I am not around the Denver area, my wife and I love to travel. Since she is from New Orleans we find every excuse to get back there and always in search of the next place to wine, dine and explore. Recommendations always welcome!
Jack Kristie (pictured right): I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, a majority of that time in Wheaton, IL. I am married to Jamie and we are approaching our 9th wedding anniversary. We have four kids Drew, Cash, Capri and Sienna. My favorite hobbies are sports, fishing, hiking, reading non-fiction, being with my kids and the new and evolving industry of Digital Marketing. My favorite restaurant in Chicago is Portillo’s and my favorite restaurant in Denver is Snarf’s sandwiches (mainly because my oldest daughter’s nickname is “Snarf”). Our favorite place to vacation as a family is in Destin Florida.
Why did you choose Shift?
Jake Deschene: When I went out on my own and started this agency, we were looking for a great community to network and the flexibility to grow as needed. Shift has changed a lot since I started, and it’s been a great environment that fuels a collaborative and creative work environment.
Jack Kristie: I didn’t actually choose Shift, that was my partner Jake as I was working remote when we made that decision. However, this is the best atmosphere I’ve ever worked in. Everyone is respectful, the amenities are great, and the staff have become my friends. There is a ton of opportunity to network and create valuable, professional relationships.
How has Shift helped support the growth of your company?
Jake Deschene: Shift has provided us with the space and the resources to grow our team from 2 solo entrepreneurs to a full team in the years since we have been here. The keg, snacks and massages are a nice bonus too!
Jack Kristie: There are challenges that all small businesses face, and Shift minimizes those challenges tremendously.
What inspires and motivates you?
Jake Deschene: When I set out on this endeavor, I was looking to do something special for the right clients and ultimately make an impact through housing and the real estate community. We are excited as we are partner with New Story in the near future to sponsor 3D Printed Homes for families in El Salvador and Haiti and this motivates us to be able to provide safe homes to families.
Jack Kristie: All of my motivation comes from wanting to be a good example to my kids and to provide a good satisfying life for my wife. I also love the fact that we’ve created a company that provides a living to our employees and Jake and I share the same goal of giving back to those less fortunate.
Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?
Jake Deschene: In the next 5 years I see our agency as an established team who is well known as a solution to infuse the real estate agent back into the transaction through awesome tools and strategies while so many companies are trying to replace the real estate agent much like travel agents were replaced by technology once upon a time.
Jack Kristie: Within the next five years I see our company as an innovative leader in all local digital advertising across many platforms for many industries. In doing so, we will be able to give back and truly help people who are without basic needs such as food, water and shelter which is our ultimate goal.
What is something about you that most people do not know?
Jake Deschene: My claim to fame is being named the 1993 Hostess Kid of the Year for the Colorado Rockies.
Jack Kristie: Generally, when I tell people I have four kids, they look at me like I’m an alien.
About the Social Agent
The Social Agent is a thought leader in the real estate industry for connecting with real estate agents and consumers through social media. We are an advertising agency committed to helping the right agent clients connect with prospective sellers and buyers to build value and be the best local resource. Our mindset is to advocate for the real estate agent and infuse them back into the process through social media advertising. Our goal is to provide predictable and profitable results to our clients and consult them on their strategies to get in front of the right people when they are ready to sell or buy. As an agency, we work to create great products and leverage the best tools and strategies. We work with agents and brokers to navigate the fast-changing landscape with the best solutions to deliver prospects that turn into listings for awesome local agents.
To contact The Social Agent, please visit their website at www.TheSocialAgent.com