• Volume 21, Issue 2 | 2nd Quarter

    Employee Spotlight

    Meet Jake Bross

    Director of Business Development

    A native Buckeye, Jake started with Brooks in October of 2020. Coming from Tyco/JCI, where he was Regional Suppression Leader and Subject Matter Expert for their Western Operations, he has spent nearly 30 years in the Fire and Life Safety industry.

    Today, as Director of Business Development, his main goal is to drive Brooks’ business forward. He does this through customer connections, programs, training, employee development, and pushing new product lines. Getting to know Brooks customers and what their needs are is also part of it. “Brooks has never lost sight of what makes them successful; keeping the customer as the focus rather than today’s bottom line. Long-term relationships mean more today than they ever have,” says Jake.

    Most of Jake’s career in fire protection has centered around special hazards. NICET 4 certified, he has a keen interest in how equipment is tested through the UL listing process. Why different chemicals are used on different types of fires is another special interest of his. And if not for the Fire and Life Safety industry, Jake says he would most likely be in a mechanical engineering field somewhere—maybe “teaching and learning every day,” which is a personal mantra of his.

    Away from Brooks, Jake’s favorite place in the world has to be the Cayman Islands. He and his family vacationed there once, swimming with dolphins and stingrays and taking in the absolute beauty of the islands. As for his favorite food, Jake’s very partial to his wife’s homemade chicken and dumplings. “She makes the dumplings from scratch from her grandmother’s recipe.” Jake also spends time away from work playing golf, woodworking, and oil painting. And when he got married, he wasn’t old enough to drink at his reception! He’s been married for 29 years and has a 1-year-old granddaughter. He wouldn’t change a thing either.

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